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Community Action Impact

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and other local officials, including a contingent from the 19th Police District, were on hand earlier this month at the grand opening of the new West Philadelphia Community Action Center.

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The Center is hosted by ACHIEVEability at 57 N. 60th Street, next door to ACHIEVEability’s Community Services Office. The major goal of the Community Action Center,” said Williams, “will be to bridge the gap between the District Attorney’s Office, the Philadelphia Police Department, local community organizations and the residents in the neighborhood where the centers is located.” The Centers will also be essential in fostering working partnerships with town watch groups, local schools and businesses and elected officials.

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“These Centers are also an extension of community prosecution,” said Williams. With community prosecution, groups of assistant district attorneys are assigned to particular districts in the city, just like police officers. By prosecuting in zones or districts, the assistant district attorneys get to personally know the community in their districts, and are able to work with law enforcement, residents, local officials and others to develop and implement crime reduction and crime prevention strategies. “These strategies are tailored to each individual community,” Williams added, “and address the issues that are of the greatest concern to those residents.

Thank you to all who attended and supported the grand opening. ACHIEVEability is excited to partner with District Attorney Williams and his office to support our West Philadelphia community. We send special thanks to Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. for helping to make this partnership possible.

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A week later and not far from the West Philadelphia Community Action Center site, we collaborated with Curtis Jones, Jr., Philadelphia Streets Department, Ready, Willing & Able - Phildelphia, volunteers from PECO, and local West Philadelphia block captains in a 4th District Clean-Up. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we were able to clean and remove more than 100 bags of debris from vacant lots and various street corners in the community.

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