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Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services Records

Collection ID

Acc. 971

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services Records

Dates
1958-2002

Collection ID
Acc. 971

Creator
Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services

Quantity
3 linear feet (9 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English        

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

In 1968, a resident-led campaign for better housing began in Pittsburgh, PA. This grass roots movement garnered support and became the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) in Pittsburgh. The Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLB) became involved with the local Pittsburgh effort in 1970 and expanded the local effort into a national one. These evolved over time into the NeighborWorks organization.

The Philadelphia Neighborhood Housings Services, Inc. (PNHS) was incorporated in June 1975 and was chartered as a non-profit Pennsylvania corporation. The PNHS became operational in 1976. The mission of the PNHS was to combine the resources of Philadelphia financial institutions and philanthropic organizations with those of community residents toward the goal of halting the process of disinvestments and deterioration that threatened to destroy many of Philadelphia’s older residential neighborhoods. The PNHS tried to improve the flow of information and communication between community residents and city, state, and federal offices.

A Central board of directors governed the PNHS. Operating under the Central board were four branch offices: Allegheny West, East Frankford, Southwest, and Belfield. The branch offices of Allegheny West, East Frankford, and Southwest were in place by 1982. The Belfield branch office was established in 1983.

From its inception the PNHS was involved with various city offices and philanthropic organizations. Important ones among these included the William Penn Foundation and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC). The foundation provided funding for rehabilitation efforts. The PCPC provided guidance for city revitalization efforts. The NHS also worked closely with the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority to locate sites for rehabilitation and funding.

Neighborhood offices under PNHS undertook a variety of initiatives. One was the Apartment Improvement Program (AIP) in the Mt. Airy Section of the city. This was designed to help residents modernize and improve apartments at low cost. The South West Weatherization program, begun in 1982, showed community residents how to weather proof their residences. In 1983, the Comly Rich house in East Frankford was rehabilitated successfully using grants provided by Philadelphia charitable organizations. Site improvements like these were made by the NHS in many areas around Philadelphia with the help of the City of Philadelphia.

In June 1987 the PHNS was disbanded. Financial and administrative difficulties precipitated the demise of the local Philadelphia organization.

Description of Collection

This collection contains Board minutes and meetings, Branch Office records, material on special programs and activities dealing with housing-related issues sponsored by the PNHS, news clippings, magazine articles, and copies of articles related to PNHS programs and housing issues, maps, publications, and other materials.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 8 series as follows:

Series 1:  Administration, 1975-1987 (Portions restricted)
Series 2:  Publications, 1983
Series 3:  Initiatives, 1958-2002
Series 4:  Southwest Branch Office, 1980-1987 (Portions restricted)
Series 5:  Other Organizations: Publications, 1957-1993
Series 6:  Un-filed Materials, 1977-1986
Series 7:  Clippings, 1976-1990
Series 8:  Maps, 1981-1985

Series 1:  Administration, 1981-1985 includes information about the structure and function of the Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. Types of materials include minutes, handwritten notes, agendas, memoranda, reports, correspondence, contracts, forms and manuals. The Executive Director Search and Staff folders are RESTRICTED. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Series 2:  Publications, 1983, includes the publications NHS Update, a quarterly newsletter of the activities of the PNHS, and feasibility studies of the Overbrook and Morris Park neighborhoods.

Series 3:  Initiatives, 1958-2002, contains memoranda, handwritten notes, correspondence, reports, drafts of reports and agreements, lists of lots and properties, survey forms, committee meeting notes and agendas, guidelines, and flyers relating to various initiatives of Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.

Series 4:  Southwest Branch Office, 1980-1987, includes information on the development, management and activities of the Southwest Branch office of the PNHS. Types of materials include minutes, agendas, reports, handwritten notes, census data and personnel forms. The Personnel folder is RESTRICTED. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Series 5:  Other Organizations:  Publications, 1957-1993, contains publications from: Drexel Institute of Technology (1957; 1970), Exxon (1980), Foundation for Architecture (1987), Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (1985), Pennsylvania Governor’s Energy Council (1982; undated), Philadelphia Electric Company (1977), Preservation Coalition of Philadelphia (1993), Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia (1964), Shell (undated), United States Department of Energy (1978), University City Science Center (1965).

Series 6:  Un-filed Materials, 1977-1986, contains copies of legislation, forms, census information, lists of properties, program descriptions, and handwritten notes dating from 1977-1986.

Series 7: Clippings, 1976-1990, contains clippings and copies of clippings from newspapers and articles from magazines about issues directly and indirectly related to PNHS programs.

Series 8: Maps, 1981-1985, contains maps of Philadelphia, neighborhoods, and site maps. Many of the maps are not dated. The dated maps span the years 1981-1985.

Patron Information

Research Access

Collection is open for research. Executive Director Search and Staff folders in Series 1, and the Personnel folder in Series 4, are restricted. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries.  Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.  Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services Records, Accession 971, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by David Lenapton, January 2003.             

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.           

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services

Subjects:
Community development -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Community organization -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Housing rehabilitation -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Neighborhood planning -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Urban renewal -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Material Types:
Administrative records
Articles of incorporation
Bylaws (administrative records)
Clippings
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Maps
Minutes
Newsletters
Publications
Reports

Inventory

Series 1:  Administration, 1981-1985 (portions restricted)

Series 1:  Administration, includes information about the structure and function of the Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. Types of materials include minutes, handwritten notes, agendas, memoranda, reports, correspondence, contracts, forms and manuals. The Executive Director Search and Staff folders are RESTRICTED. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

1          1          Advertising          1984

1          2          Annual Reports          1982-1984

1          3          Annual Meetings          1983-1986

1          4          Articles of Incorporation          1975

1          5          Board Nominating Committee          1984-1985

1          6          By-Laws          1984

1          7          By-Laws: Drafts and Revisions          1982-1984

1          8          Central Board Meetings          1982-1983

1          9          Central Board Meetings          1984

1          10          Central Board Meetings          1984

1          11          Central Board Meetings          1985

2          1          Central Board Meetings          1985

2          2          Central Board Meetings          1986

2          3          Central Board Meetings          1987

2          4          Central Board Meetings          1987

2          5          Central Board Meetings          1987

2          6          Central Board Minutes          1982-1983

2          7          Central Board Minutes          1984

2          8          Central Board Minutes          1985

2          9          Central Board Minutes          1986-1987

3          1          Conferences          1982

3          2          Conferences          1983

3          3          Conferences          1983

3          4          Contracts with Individuals          1985

3          5          Contracts with Corporations          1984-1985

3          6          Ethics Policies          undated

3          7          Executive Committee Meetings          1984

3          8          Executive Committee Meetings          1985

3          9          Executive Committee Minutes          1984-1986

3          10          Financial          1983-1986

3          11          Letterhead          undated

4          1          Personnel: Executive Director Search (restricted)          1985

4          2          Personnel: Job Descriptions          1984-1986

4          3          Personnel: Policies          1984-1987

4          4          Personnel: Staff (restricted)          1983-1986

4          5          Personnel: Miscellaneous          1982-1985

Series 2:  Publications, 1983

Series 2:  Publications, includes the publications NHS Update, a quarterly newsletter of the activities of the PNHS, and feasibility studies of the Overbrook and Morris Park neighborhoods.

4          6          NHS Publications          1983

Series 3:  Initiatives, 1958-2002

Series 3:  Initiatives, contains memoranda, handwritten notes, correspondence, reports, drafts of reports and agreements, lists of lots and properties, survey forms, committee meeting notes and agendas, guidelines, and flyers relating to various initiatives of Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.

4          7          Street          1988-1995

4          8          Abbott’s Square          1981-1989

4          9          Apartment Improvement Program          1983-1986

4          10          Delaware River Waterfront          1958-2002

4          11          Displacement          1974-1980

4          12          Expansion          1980-1986

5          1          Home Weatherization          1982

5          2          Insurance Full Partnership          1983

5          3          Loan Policy          1983-1984

5          4          Mapping          1983

5          5          NRC Program Review          1982-1983

5          6          Neighborhood Impact Committee          1982-1983

5          7          Neighborhood Self-Reliance          1985-1986

5          8          New Directions Program          1983-1984

5          9          Northern Liberties Land Use Study          1976-1978

5          10          Northern Liberties Study          1977-1979

5          11          Queen Village          1988-1991

5          12          Site Improvement          1983-1984

5          13          Urban Homesteading          1982-1984

Series 4:  Southwest Branch Office, 1980-1987 (portions restricted)

Series 4:  Southwest Branch Office, includes information on the development, management and activities of the Southwest Branch office of the PNHS. Types of materials include minutes, agendas, reports, handwritten notes, census data and personnel forms. The Personnel folder is RESTRICTED. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

6          1          Administration: Board Meetings          1982-1983

6          2          Administration: Board Meetings          1984

6          3          Administration: Board Meetings          1985-1987

6          4          Administration: Board Minutes          1982-1983

6          5          Administration: Board Minutes          1984

6          6          Administration: Board Minutes          1985-1986

6          7          Administration: Board Minutes          1987

6          8          Administration: Board Miscellaneous          1983-1986

6          9          Administration: Board Retreats          1986

6          10          Administration: Community Relations Committee          1982

6          11          Administration: Planning Committee          1986-1987

6          12          Administration: Program Development          1981-1984

7          1          Administration: Personnel (restricted)           1982, 1985

7          2          Initiatives: Data Collection          1980, 1982, 1986

7          3          Initiatives: Urban Homesteading          1984, 1986

7          4          Miscellaneous          1983, 1986

7          5          Publications          1984, 1986

Series 5: Other Organizations:  Publications, 1957-1993

Series 5: Other Organizations:  Publications, contains publications from: Drexel Institute of Technology (1957; 1970), Exxon (1980), Foundation for Architecture (1987), Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (1985), Pennsylvania Governor’s Energy Council (1982; undated), Philadelphia Electric Company (1977), Preservation Coalition of Philadelphia (1993), Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia (1964), Shell (undated), United States Department of Energy (1978), University City Science Center (1965).

7          6          Drexel Institute of Technology          1970

7          7          Drexel Institute of Technology          1957

7          8          Exxon          1980

7          9          Foundation for Architecture          1987

7          10          Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation          1985

7          11          Pennsylvania Governor’s Energy Council          1982

7          12          Philadelphia Electric Company          1977

7          13          Philadelphia City Planning Commission          1966, 1983

7          14          Preservation Coalition of Philadelphia          1993

7          15          Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia          1964

8          1          Shell          undated

8          2          United States Department of Energy          1978

8          3          University City Science Center          1965

Series 6:  Un-filed Materials, 1977-1986

Series 6:  Un-filed Materials, contains copies of legislation, forms, census information, lists of properties, program descriptions, and handwritten notes dating from 1977-1986.

8          4          Un-filed materials          1977-1986

Series 7: Clippings, 1976-1990

Series 7: Clippings, contains clippings and copies of clippings from newspapers and articles from magazines about issues directly and indirectly related to PNHS programs.

8          5          Clippings          1976-1987

8          6          Clippings          1978-1988

8          7          Clippings          1988-1989

9          1          Clippings and Copies of Clippings          1989-1990

9          2          Copies of Clippings          1987-1988

9          3          Copies of Clippings          1989

Series 8: Maps, 1981-1985

Series 8: Maps, contains maps of Philadelphia, neighborhoods, and site maps. Many of the maps are not dated. The dated maps span the years 1981-1985.

9          4          Maps          1981-1985