HACE was started in 1982 by a group of volunteers in response to the closing of shopping mall that was critical to the economic vitality of El Centro de Oro Commercial District— the heart of Philadelphia’s Latino community. HACE used the successful redevelopment of the mall as the starting point to demonstrate to the community that they could take charge of their economic destiny.
HACE’s revitalization efforts have spread throughout its focus community in Eastern North Philadelphia, involving the acquisition and construction of properties for new homeownership and rental housing, commercial development to create jobs, and provision of housing counseling services.
Our focused community development model allows us to concentrate resources to create impact and accomplish multiple goals. Community planning enables us to build anchors that serve as the foundation for leveraging private and public investments in our core neighborhoods, to continue to support our commercial corridors by increasing its client base, and to develop partnerships to create jobs and provide services for our residents.