Upside is committed to improving the safety of all residences and businesses in the City of Allentown as part of our effort to improve the quality of life downtown. Our goal is to partner with the Allentown police Department in addressing community crime and engage the community in these efforts. To date, Upside has contributed $241,500 to achieve this goal. For more information about APD initiatives visit https://www.allentownpa.gov/Police
In the video below Thomas Parker, superintendent at Allentown School District discusses the key components of the new strategic plan for the district. To view the entire plan and give your feedback see links below. Upside Allentown supports and champions the educational needs of Center city residents through advocacy at the school district, city, county, state, and federal levels to address the current education needs. In order for Allentown to continue to grow and thrive we need the support of the entire community including parents, teachers, staff, business and community leaders. So get involved!
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The media is invited to attend a press conference announcing outcomes of three years of activities and initiatives aimed at revitalizing the NIZ neighborhoods, elevating the quality of life for residents, and enhancing the experience for visitors and businesses. Upside Allentown involves almost 100 people and a comprehensive 6-year plan to guide it. Initiatives for year four will also be shared.
The City of Allentown, Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown and a coalition of stakeholders in the Upside Allentown initiative.
Friday, September 22, at 3:30 P.M.
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
417 N. 7th St., Allentown
Community Center located adjacent to the Sanctuary
Alan L. Jennings: 610-248-9900
Margaret McConnell: 610-395-6871/484-241-6578
Thank you to all the families who attended the first annual Upside Allentown Family Fun Fest at Sacred Heart Hospital yesterday! Volunteers served free food including hot dogs donated by Yocco’s, pizza, fresh fruit, popcorn and ice cream from the Udder Bar to more than 300 people from the surrounding neighborhood.
There were also free activities by several community organizations including Rodale Farmers Market, Sacred Heart Hospital, Community Bike Works, Allentown Art Museum, Habitat for Humanity, and Allentown Promise Neighborhood.
And attendees had the opportunity to enter a Raffle Drawing for Iron Pigs Tickets, family packs of tickets at Miller Symphony, AMP Downtown Allentown Gift Card, and Professional Bull Riding Tickets. Raffle drawing will be announced next week!
Information was also available about the Upside programs such as streetscape improvement projects, façade restoration grants available for homeowners, education and workforce development opportunities, start your business initiatives and more.
The event offered a chance for inner city neighborhood residents to get together for unity and camaraderie.
Upside Allentown, a volunteer-driven comprehensive community revitalization initiative for center city, will again host a series of free seminar opportunities for residential rental property owners/landlords and managers on July 14 and 15, 2017. In partnership with Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown and with funds from the Department of Housing & Urban Development, the city is sponsoring the seminars and has engaged John Campbell of Campbell DeLong Resources to administer the eight-hour training sessions. The day-long seminars will take place at Sacred Heart Hospital Auditorium. The sessions will begin promptly at 8:30am and continue until 5:00pm with a one-and-a-half hour lunch break in between. Registration begins at 8:00am on seminar days. Pre-registration, however, is encouraged to confirm one’s attendance and reservation as seats are limited.
The training curriculum is adapted from a nationally recognized program developed by Mr. Campbell. The program helps rental property managers, owners and small landlords maintain a safe and attractive property while taking steps to reduce the opportunity for crime and related problems. Information about tenant screening, physical elements such as landscaping and maintenance, warning signs of drug dealing and usage, as well as fair housing are included in the training. This training is helpful to anyone who rents residential property — especially newcomers who may be unfamiliar with the recommended measures needed to avoid headaches later.
Although open to all residential landlords and tenants in Allentown, the seminars are intended to benefit small landlords in center city where more than 1,800 small landlords have modest “mom and pop” operations of typically one to 10 rental units, either in one structure or in several structures in scattered sites. In 2016 these small operations aggregately owned more than 4,200 registered rental units in center city alone, providing housing to at least 18,000 people. That number of people represents a little more than 71 percent of the population in center city.
The Allentown Police Department particularly urges property owners and managers, especially those operating rental units in and around center city Allentown, to attend. Space is limited, so advance registration is requested. For information and to pre-register, please call the City of Allentown Planning Department at 610-437-7613 during office hours, or send an email to email@example.com.
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