“Our administration believes the lynchpin for success as an age-friendly city is accessibility; access to anything and everything in which older people want to participate.” – Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
To read more of what the Mayor has to say about an age-friendly Philadelphia, read more here.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults often experience unique barriers to community resources that make it more difficult for them to access health resources and to age in place. PHMC is conducting a survey to learn more about LGBT seniors, their health status, and access to services. The survey takes a broad view of health, including health behaviors, emotional health, and connections to other people. It also seeks to gain feedback from LGBT individuals who are thriving, and how success can inform “age-friendly” policy and practices that are also LGBT-friendly. This survey is self-administered and can be completed by mail or online. PHMC is also looking for locations where a facilitator can administer the survey onsite. Locations have been identified in Center City. Additional sites are needed, especially in Germantown, Southwest Philadelphia, and Northeast Philadelphia. Participants are asked to provide space for a few hours and to promote the survey in a newsletter announcement. To participate or for more information, contact Heather Batson at 267-985-6237 or by e-mail to email@example.com
Source: PCA News Bulletin
The City of Philadelphia has launched a new Pedestrian Plaza Program to work with community organizations to convert and maintain underutilized street segments as public space. The application process will be discussed in detail at a series of pre-bid meetings, taking place on:
- August 10th (10 AM)
- August 24th (6 PM)
- August 31st (10 AM)
Interested parties MUST attend ONE of the three meetings. Proposals are due October 3rd.
Interested parties should:
- Submit all documentation through eContract Philly, the City’s online interface for RFP (non-bid contract) opportunities (instructions below).
- Review and Complete all program documents (listed and described below)
All application materials must be submitted through eContract Philly for the application to be considered complete. The RFP was posted last night and may take some time to fully upload, if you do not find the RFP, please check back later. Below are some useful tips for navigating the system. Detailed instructions are available online at www.phila.gov/contracts.
- The site requires that you use Internet Explorer as your web browser when navigating the site.
- Registration is required to use the site. To register, you must provide your organization’s Employer Identification number (EIN), or a social security number if your organization does not have an EIN.
- A valid email address is also required for registration, as your password for eContracts will be provided via email during the registration process.
- Application documents must be submitted in one of the following formats: Word (.doc), Excel (.xml), PDF, or ZIP.
- The application period ends at 5pm on the stated day of closing. This deadline is non-negotiable and the system will automatically prevent you from submitting materials later than 5pm on that date.
- • If you do not sign and submit your application through the online system, it will not be considered by the City of Philadelphia.
If you are experiencing difficulties using the system, email Ariel Ben-Amos (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
Successful submissions require the review and completion of the following documents. All documents are available through eContract Philly (and are attached to this email, including the RFP).
- Ped Plaza Guidelines: This document explains the steps of the process and details the roles and responsibilities of participating City agencies as well as applicants. Read it thoroughly to understand what additional information you may need to submit, above and beyond the Application Form.
- Ped Plaza Application Form: this form asks you for information about your organization, as well as general information about the proposed location, programming, and maintenance of the plaza.
- Ped Plaza Agreement Form: this form is a licensing and operating agreement between the applicant organization and the City of Philadelphia Streets Department which covers ownership, maintenance, user restrictions, and other legal issues pertaining to the establishment and operation of the Plaza. All program applicants will be asked to sign this form if they are selected.
For assistance during the process, please contact Ariel Ben-Amos at email@example.com or 215-686-9001.
During the weekend, GenPhilly was recognized by the National Association on Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with an ‘Aging Innovations and Achievement Award’ for our efforts to make Philadelphia a lifelong community for all ages.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) was also honored for its Age-friendly Philadelphia initiative for improving the quality of community living. Age-friendly activities include increasing city-wide walkability, improving accessibility of housing and fostering community engagement for all residents in Philadelphia.
The awards were presented at n4a’s annual conference.
For more information about this award, visit www.n4a.org.
Over the weekend more than 250 news outlets published (mostly on-line) an AP article about Age-friendly efforts that mentions GenPhilly and our chair, Kate Clark.
The link to the New York Times version of the article can be found below. The material about Philadelphia is toward the end.
GenPhilly in the New York Times!
Laying the Foundation for an Age-friendly Philadelphia: A Progress Report
Perhaps the most important thing to note is not the separate chapter on GenPhilly – it is the number of GenPhilly members who appear in EACH chapter who are taking the lead to make our city a better place for people of all ages. -Kate Clark, GenPhilly Chair
This document builds on the planning and research efforts that were reported on at the 2010 M. Powell Lawton Conference on Urban Aging and serves as testimony to the agenda’s current success. It is intended to outline the reasons behind the initiative, highlight current collaborations, and provide opportunities for new involvement.
Click here* to read the report online. Click here for a print-friendly version.*
Date/Time: Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Independence Mall West, 150 N. Sixth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
In Celebration of Older Americans Month, NewCourtland is partnering with Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., the Mayor’s Commission on Aging, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, WHYY and AARP to present the Aging in a New Age Summit.
WHYY will host the Aging in a New Age Summit in its auditorium located at 150 N. 6th Street and simulcast it to four sites around the city including, the NewCourtland Education Center at 6950 Germantown Avenue and Philadelphia Senior Center–Main Branch at 509 South Broad Street.
Cost: FREE and boxed lunches will be provided at all sites hosting the event for registered attendees.
Register: call the office of Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. at 215-686-3416 and inform them of the location you plan to attend.