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Historic Transaction Will Transform Former PH Site to Intergenerational Community for Seniors and College Students
In a historic transaction, New Courtland Senior Services, Philadelphia Housing Authority and Holy Family University reached an agreement for use of the former Liddonfield public housing development, where they will create an intergenerational community of seniors and college students. Click link to view full article. Historic Partnership Creates Intergenerational Community
Allegheny County Fund Would Encourage More Landlords to Rent to Subsidized Tenants
A special fund aims to encourage more local landlords to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Allegheny County Fund Would Encourage More Landlords To Rent To Subsidized Tenants
PHA Partners with the City
Philadelphia Housing Authority recently broke ground on a long-awaited community center at public housing site. PHA Partners With the City
New PHARE Funding Supports Statewide Affordable Housing
$12.03 Million Awarded. Governor Wolf Announces New PHARE Funding
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – MARKETING COORDINATOR
Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland is seeking a full-time Marketing Coordinator. Interested? Click here for details.
Commonwealth Cornerstone Group allocates New Market Tax Credits
New school will let students move from warehouse and add grades 11 and 12.
Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has announced it has completed a $7.5 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing transaction that will help fund the construction of a new building for the non-profit Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA).
The school currently operates out of a warehouse building that was modified to accommodate the needs of students in grades kindergarten through grade 10. However, the warehouse structure is limiting the school's ability to serve its students, and it currently doesn't have room to include grades 11 and 12. Having outgrown the space, CCSA decided not to renew its lease.
Funding will help the school to construct a 90,500 square foot K-12 school building that will be better suited for supporting the educational requirements of the students.
"For many children, a good education is the key for them to escape a cycle of poverty," said Brian A. Hudson, Sr., CCG chairman and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finanace Agency (PHFA). "This tax credit funding for Chester Charter School for the Arts will help grow an educational resource that will have a positive ripple effect in the city of Chester and the surrounding area." CCG was created in 2004 by PHFA to serve as a non-profit community development entity.
The new three-story building will include two classrooms for each grade, breakout reading rooms on each floor, a multimedia computer lab, science labs, dance and art studios, a cafeteria and a gymnasium. The site for the new school is 1200 Highland Avenue in Chester. The total project cost is $26.6 million.
Current enrollment for the school is 550 students. By adding the two additional grades, the school expects to grow its student body by another 100 students. Of these 650 students, 76 percent will be from low-income families.
Since opening its doors in 2012, CCSA has demonstrated its ability to boost student performance, boasting:
- The third highest year-to-year improvement among 800 public schools
- 47 percent of students score proficient or advanced in reading
- 56 percent of students score proficient or advanced in math
- 80 percent of first graders are on or above grade level in literacy
- An attendance rate of 95 percent
This project is expected to generate at least 50 construction jobs paying approximately $21/hour. The project's construction activities will likely create 34 indirect and induced jobs. Additionally, it's estimated that 10 new permanent, full-time jobs will be created at the school and 70 existing positions will be retained. It's anticipated that the 10 new jobs will come with benefits.
CCSA offers a rigorous academic education following an arts integrated model. This approach applies a combination of artistic discipline with traditional classroom subjects to broaden and encourage learning. Research has shown that children with extensive arts experience outperform their peers in attendance and earn higher test scores. CCSA is the only school in the Chester Upland School District designated as "proficient" by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
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A Gloomy Forecast Clouds PAHRA/NAHRO "Hill Day"
Skies were cloudy and the forecast was gloomy at our nation’s Capitol on March 28th. Not only was the weather dark and dreary, but also the outlook for housing and community development (H&CD) programs in FY 17 appropriations and the proposed FY 18 budget. It does not appear possible that those grey clouds may have a silver lining as the latest documents from the Office of Management and Budget call for slashing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, and reducing or eliminating other HUD programs such as the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME,) and many others.
HUD-funded programs have deep and lasting impacts on our seniors, veterans, the working poor, the physically and mentally challenged, victims of abuse and families with children at risk of homelessness. They provide rental subsidies, stabilize home environments, revitalize communities, help homeowners afford needed repairs, provide supportive services and fund infrastructure projects such as road or bridge repairs. Although Congress has resisted the proposed FY 17 cuts thus far, and appears even less enthusiastic about the proposed FY 18 budget, dozens of PAHRA members travelled to Capitol Hill on a mission to educate, advocate and participate in the annual Hill Day in conjunction with the NAHRO Washington Conference.
Members assembled early to meet with John Crews of Senator Toomey’s office, followed by a similar session with Senator Casey’s legislative aide, Andrew Usyk, who were impressed by the size of our contingency, and listened intently to the issues presented with professional passion. PAHRA and NAHRO hosted a joint session where speakers dug into various details of President Trump’s “skinny budget” and offered their thoughts on the status of H&CD programs in FY 2017 and FY 2018. Four PAHRA teams then spent the afternoon visiting with 17 members of the House or their legislative aides, leaving behind pertinent information to assist the congressmen in making informed decisions regarding H&CD matters, and how their choices impact those whom we serve.
Click the following links to view the text of PAHRA’s Open Letter to Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation, as well as the fact sheet on how Housing and Community Development Programs Strengthen Pennsylvania, which were included in our Hill Day informational packet. If you would like a copy of this letter and the accompanying Hill Day literature for your own state or local legislator, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
EveryHome: PAHRA Show of Solidarity for H&CD Awareness
PAHRA members stand together to promote awareness of the positive impacts of housing services and community development activities throughout the Commonwealth. Click here to view the full story. Click here to view group photo.
Employment Opportunity – Jefferson County Housing Authority – Deputy Executive Director
Jefferson County Housing Authority, Punxsutawney, PA has an immediate opening for a Deputy Executive Director. Responsibilities include assisting the Executive Director in developing, planning, coordinating and directing subsidized housing program activities.
For test information, the Minimum Experience and Training (METs) requirements, and how to apply, read Test Anouncement 2000-94 on the State Civil Service Commission's main webpage at www.scsc.pa.gov. To apply, visit www.scsc.pa.gov and click Online Services.
You may also contact Sharon Corbett at 814-938-7140 extension 20 or email email@example.com for additional information. Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2017. EOE. Starting salary of $45,000 is negotiable depending upon qualifications.
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER DIRECTOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Cumberland County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities is seeking a Housing Choice Voucher Director. Click here for further details on how to apply.
PAHRA Monitor Winter Edition Now Online
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PAHRA Members Receive FHLBank Pittsburgh AHP Funds
Congratulations McKean County Redevelopment Authority & Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington!
PHA Awarded More Funding to House Homeless Vets
Additional HUD-VASH Vouchers Available
$80 Million in New Markets Tax Credits
PHFA's Commonwealth Cornerstone Group Receives Allocation…
Smoke-Free Public Housing Final Rule
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PHA Restructuring Means Thousands More Households Served
Philadelphia Housing Authority Improving Efficiency At All Levels
Allegheny County Housing Authority Wins NAHRO Awards of Excellence
ACHA Captures Two of Twenty Awards Selected.
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Housing Authority of the City of Erie Wins National Excellence Award
Wangari Maathai Tree Project Recognized.
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MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING ENERGY EFFICIENCY RESOURCES AVAILABLE
Learn more about resources available for developers and property managers. Click this link for additional info….