Our Mission

To empower community organizations of the District in the creation and maintenance of programs and projects that benefit residents of the Special Services District through charitable grants and sponsorships.

Our History

The Board members of the Penn Treaty Special Services District (PTSSD) commenced operations in January 2010. After more than two years of negotiations with Rivers Casino (formerly SugarHouse Casino) and through the incredible dedication and hard work of some outstanding neighborhood leaders, the affected communities of Fishtown, Northern Liberties, South Kensington and Old Richmond are now sharing  in the funding secured by our Community Benefits Agreement (CBA).

It is important to note that the PTSSD will only fund programs and projects that fall within the boundaries of the PTSSD. (See the PTSSD map on this website). The seven (7) volunteer members of the PTSSD Board of Directors are charged with administering the details, and disbursing the limited funds gained through the CBA. Our goal is to make the most of this opportunity, providing our neighborhoods with these sorely needed resources to the best of our ability.

All of the members of the PTSSD understand just how hard the struggle is in an environment of stretched budgets and cutbacks. We take our responsibility as representatives of the neighborhood very seriously. For this reason we are committed to being sensible, fair, and transparent when determining how to disburse these valuable funds. We will act as trusted custodians of these community resources.

The PTSSD mission is not to become a permanent source of funding for any individual organization. Funding received in any given year should not be seen as an indication that subsequent funding is assured. Each request will be reviewed and evaluated on its individual merit. Organizations not receiving support from the PTSSD should not be discouraged from requesting funding at a later date with a new or revised request.