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A community development corporation has received a half million dollar grant to work on planning the improvement of two South Philadelphia neighborhoods.

KYW’S Karin Phillips reports Universal Companies of Philadelphia is the only grantee in the city and the state to receive a federal Promise Neighborhoods planning grant, which President and CEO Rahim Islam says will go to planning services that will improve the education achievement and healthy development of children within the Point Breeze and Grays Ferry communities:

“We might determine that there are some real hot spots in the neighborhood where a lot of crime has taken place. It would be great if we could redevelop those areas. It might be that the infrastructure for early childhood education might not be where it needs to be to support long term growth. So we might have to start developing day cares.”

Universal’s planning grant of $500,000 will be matched locally for a total of a million dollars for the work.

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