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Strawberry Mansion Historic Home Repair

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Virtual Zoom - Registration Required (below)


The recording of the meeting is available here.


Join Tonnetta Graham of the Strawberry Mansion CDC and Brandon Taylor from LISC Philadelphia as they discuss the Historic Home Repair Program in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of North Philadelphia. This is a collaboration between the CDC, LISC and other partners. Verónica Ayala Flores of LISC and DAG's Steering Committee will moderate this conversation.

The program is funded through a $1.4M grant from the William Penn Foundation. Guiding principles for the program include advancing racial equity, economic inclusion, community capacity building and deeper engagement of residents to support sustainable homeownership across the neighborhood. Activities will include:

  • Repairs to at least 25 long-term owner-occupied homes ($25,000 per home) to preserve the unique architectural qualities of building facades and improved basic systems to ensure that homes are safer and more efficient
  • Community-based programming for additional homeowner resources including legal support for property ownership issues, estate planning, and financial planning for sustainable homeownership and property maintenance
  • Capacity building and training for the Strawberry Mansion CDC to lead resident engagement activities and participate in program design through technical assistance and funding for operations


This meeting will be virtual, hosted through Zoom. You must register to attend. Please click here to register on Eventbrite and the Zoom link will be emailed to you before the event date.


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Tonnetta Graham

Tonnetta Graham is a Philadelphia native who is a Founder and current Executive Director of the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to neighborhood preservation, commercial, residential and economic development and planning. She has successfully lead community engagement efforts and negotiations on a wide variety of development projects that have led to community benefits that stabilized the neighborhood and empowered its longtime residents. Her additional service efforts include board affiliations with the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center, East Fairmount
Park Coalition, Community Partnership School Trustee Board and the Audubon/Outward Bound Discovery Center. She also serves as an Instructor for the Philadelphia Citizen’s Planning Institute and is a contributor to its Citizen’s Tool Kit and Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Preservation Tool Kit. Tonnetta has a BS in Human Resource Management from Indiana University of PA and her MS in Higher Education and Organizational Leadership from Drexel University with additional certifications in Volunteer Management and Citizen Planning. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her teenage son Luke, and friends.

Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor serves an Assistant Program Officer at LISC Philadelphia, providing programmatic and administrative support for the office’s Equitable Neighborhoods portfolio, which includes capacity building, estate planning, West Philadelphia Promise Zone initiatives, community engagement, and community safety. In his current role, he supports the execution of a holistic and strategic approach to community development that intends to result in
transformative and equitable outcomes by the communities that LISC serves. Prior to LISC, Brandon worked as a Program Manager at The Trust for Public Land overseeing the design and construction of parks and playgrounds in Philadelphia. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional studies, and a minor in architecture. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, preparing good food, and enjoying the outdoors with his wife and their two-year-old son.

Verónica Ayala Flores

A native of Puerto Rico, Verónica has made Philadelphia her home over the past twelve years. She firmly believes in everyone's ability to participate in a greater conversation; one that affects the way we live, and the pursuit to improve it. While studying architecture at Temple University, Verónica honed her passion for urban affairs into the creation of Building Relationships in Communities [BRIC]; a collective that creates stronger neighborhoods through inclusive projects and fostering relationships between traditionally separate communities. At Philadelphia LISC, Verónica is responsible for providing programmatic and administrative support to Equitable Community Development, Affordable Housing, and Economic Development. She serves as a continuing education instructor at Temple University and as chair for the Design Advocacy Group’s Equity Task Force.