Established in 1977 to address the need for quality, affordable housing in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia, Mt. Vernon Manor, Inc. DBA Mt. Vernon Manor Community Development Corporation (MVM) additionally serves as a hub for ongoing neighborhood revitalization and critical services that meet the needs of residents.
In 2010, Mt. Vernon Manor CDC received a HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Planning Grant to lead the creation of a community-driven neighborhood plan for Mantua. The planning process, dubbed “We Are Mantua! (WAM)”, was completed in June 2013 and identified seven (7) key neighborhood priorities that have since guided the efforts of MVM and community stakeholders. Since 2013, Mt. Vernon Manor CDC has:
- Rehabilitated 123 MVM affordable apartment units.
- Spearheaded the creation of the Mantua Greenway, a WAM physical development priority intended to beautify Mantua’s northern boundary, connect residents and visitors to city amenities, and encourage health and wellness activities.
- Established multiple community engagement and resident leadership initiatives, including the Mantua Civic Association.