IRS Tax Volunteers Needed

PCDC is recruiting volunteers to join the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). The VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, or the elderly to prepare their tax returns. Requirements to become a VITA volunteer: 1) A desire to serve the community 2) Willingness to […]

The Dirtiest Street in Chinatown

PCDC has received complaints concerning the unsanitary conditions on Appletree Street. Bags of trash were overflowing from the dumpsters last month. Graffiti covered the walls and the stench from puddles of stagnant, dirty water make walking unpleasant. Dirty streets are not only aesthetically disagreeable; they attract rodents. Let us work together to keep Chinatown clean. […]

Opportunities for Small Business Owners

1) Storefront Improvement Program:  Although still new to Chinatown’s dining scene, Canton 11 has one of the neighborhood’s most notable storefronts. Their unique look was possible through the Philadelphia Commerce Department’s Storefront Improvement Program. Commercial buildings and businesses within specific areas of Philadelphia can apply for reimbursements of up to 50% of the cost of […]

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

This program helps low-income families pay their heating bills for the winter season. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company. It is now accepting applications. PCDC provides free assistance with the LIHEAP application. If you need help, come to our office during […]

Apply or Renew Your Health Insurance by December 15

If you have not yet enrolled in health insurance, or have not yet renewed your health insurance plan, now is not too late. Enroll or renew by December 15.   Why you should enroll: Healthcare costs are high, but if you are a legal immigrant in the United States, and meet certain criteria, you can […]

Chinatown Votes

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, the Chinese Christian Church and Center was packed full of excited first-time and returning voters. The early morning saw people lining up outside the Church to vote. Although the long line represented growing interest and increasing political participation for the Chinatown population, for many others, especially for the elderly those […]

Zoning and Planning

PCDC’s Planning Committee meets at 6pm on the second Tuesday of each month as the Registered Community Organization (RCO) for the boundaries of 8th to 13th Street, Filbert to Spring Garden Street. The next meetings are as follows: Please Note: Our December 13th meeting has been cancelled. Planning Committee meetings will resume in January. January […]

Chinatown Testifies at the AFFH Hearing

On Thursday, November 17th, representatives of the Chinatown community gathered at the Division of Housing and Community Development offices to testify at the Fair Housing Assessment hearing. Long-time residents spoke out about their experiences in Chinatown, particularly as a hub for non-English speakers who rely on the community for bilingual resources. The representatives universally spoke […]