HISTORY OF THE CORPS
Greg Trainor, Executive Director, learned how to deconstruct buildings in 2006 as an AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Member working for several disaster response organizations in the post-Katrina Gulf Coast. In 2009, Greg was struck by the idea that later became the Philadelphia Community Corps after reading “A Prayer for the City” by Buzz Bissinger. With 40,000-60,000 abandoned properties costing the Philadelphia upwards of 20 million annually plus 70 million in noncollectable property taxes, this is clearly a city facing a catastrophic disaster.
Why wasn’t anyone approaching the problem in much the same way disaster response organizations did after a single catastrophic event?