Programs Available at Southwest CDC

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Housing Counseling

  • First Time Home Buyers Program
  • Budget & Credit Repair 
  • Mortgage Default and Delinquency Counseling  
  • Consumer Education (Credit)
  • Property Tax Reparites 

Contact Info:

Bonitta Calicat

Program Assistant 


After School and Summer Camp

In partnership with Philadelphia Health Management Corp. (PHMC), Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) and the John Patterson Elementary School, Southwest CDC offers after school programming for students attending John Patterson Elementary School including:

  • Homework Support
  • Recreational Activities
  • Educational Lessons
  • Family Night Activities
  • Project-Based Learning Activities
  • Too Good For Drugs and Too Good for Violence  program
  • Wanna Bet gambling prevention program

Southwest CDC also offers a summer camp for all neighborhood children. Programs include arts and crafts, games, dance, educational programs, and field trips.

Contact Info:

Jackie Simmons

Program Coordinator


Neighborhood Energy Center

Southwest CDC provides information on how to save on the cost of heating and cooling your home. Southwest CDC can help apply for the following programs:

  • LIHEAP, UESF, CRP, CAP and Crisis Utility assistance 
  • Weatherization Applications 
  • PA Rent/Tax Rebate Forms 

Contact Info:

Nann Bostick

Program Assistant


Southwest CDC is looking to bring an individualized approach of workforce development to the Southwest Philadelphia community by implementing our Pathways To Success (PTS) program. The goal of the program is to reduce the skills gap and enable underserved, under-resourced and disadvantaged people to become gainfully employed and help reduce the overall poverty level.

Once enrolled, participants will receive one-on-one support to gain the needed skills, training and knowledge to obtain and retain meaningful employment. PTS workshops will cover an array of workforce development topics that include; Life Skills and Career Readiness Training, Job Skills Training, Adult Education and Occupational Training. Wrap-around social services and a comprehensive case management support system are available to all enrolled participants as a complement to all education and training programs. This layer of support is enacted to assist participants in facing and overcoming any challenges they may encounter from housing issues, recovery, reunification with their family, to being involved in the criminal justice system.

Aspects of the Southwest CDC Workforce Development program include: 

  • Connections to community-based organizations equipped to meet various needs and eliminate potential barriers to success 
  • Adult Education – completion of High School Diploma or equivalent – English as a second Language – pursue Post-Secondary Education
  • Certification in Career Readiness Training
  • Digital and Financial Literacy 
  • Nationally recognized certifications/credentials in High Priority Occupations ex; ServSafe, OSHA, CPR, Customer Service and IT Support
  • Employment & job search assistance in their preferred career pathway
  • Referrals to health and human services to help address substance abuse issues and/or mental/behavioral health needs.

Contact Info: 

Torrie Garvin

Director Workforce Development 


Other services available:

  • SNAP/EBT Applications
  • Expungement/Record Clearing Clinics
  • Community Meetings on topic relevant to Southwest Philadelphia
  • Special Projects in partnership with the City of Philadelphia
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