About Esperanza Housing and Economic Development (EHED)
The heart of North Philadelphia, Esperanza Housing and Economic Development (EHED) is leading a neighbor-driven revitalization process with the potential to become a model of change for communities across the city of Philadelphia. Over the course of the past 30 years, Esperanza has been working to restore its namesake of hope in the neighborhoods surrounding its institutional campus. Through proven strategies that create opportunity and allow residents to become the agents of the change they want to see, we are creating a new narrative in Hunting Park and Feltonville – one where hope and opportunity are restored.
In 2012, EHED engaged community-serving organizations and over 700 residents in the creation of a Neighborhood Strategic Plan which studied existing conditions and established broad recommendations for the revitalization of Hunting Park. By working with determined community partners to create and implement the Hunting Park Neighborhood Strategic Plan 2022, EHED has forged a shared mission for this revitalization of the surrounding community:
“To transform Hunting Park into a destination and a model neighborhood by empowering its people and fostering community engagement, economic and physical development, and education.”
This vision guides the three core strategies of Esperanza’s community and economic development work today.