Mission & Values

Ceiba promotes the economic development and financial inclusion of Philadelphia’s Latino community through collaborations and advocacy aimed at ensuring their access to quality housing.

Since 2002, Ceiba has:

  • Received a Human Rights Award from The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.
  • Secured significant institutional changes in the way that city government interacts with limited English proficient (LEP) people & business owners.
  • Pioneered the integration of various asset-building programs with housing counseling.
  • Prepared 3,240 tax returns resulting in $4,921,944 in refunds & $243,000 in saved preparation fees.
  • Obtained 354 ITIN numbers for immigrants.
  • Delivered 15,227 units of housing counseling services.
  • Helped 643 people become first-time homeowners.
  • Graduated 28 participants from IDA programs (Matched Savings Program).
  • Helped clients open 293 bank accounts.
  • Organized 425 workshops.
  • Delivered a presentation at the National Community Tax Coalition conference in Chicago about ITINs as a tool to promote economic development in unauthorized immigrant communities.
  • Produced and broadcast 31 radio shows on financial literacy topics for Ceiba's Spanish-language public affairs program.
  • Served as the plaintiff in a successful class action lawsuit that stopped discriminatory practices against Latinos who secured auto loans from auto manufacturers.