In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Philadelphia has received some good news.
HUD Awards Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) and the City of Philadelphia a $30 Million Grant to Revitalize Sharswood Neighborhood
(Philadelphia – April 24, 2020) — The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has won a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiative implementation grant for the Sharswood Transformation Plan. The money will be used leverage more financing at the authority rebuilds and invigorates the Sharswood/Blumberg neighborhood.
“This is great news for Philadelphia during these challenging times. I would like to thank HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Bob Casey, Senator Pat Toomey, Congressman Dwight Evans, Mayor Jim Kenney, Council President Clarke, all of our partners and the Sharswood/Blumberg community for their support during this process,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah. “The $30 million grant will leverage well over $200 million of investment. This essentially guarantees the work that started nearly 4 years ago will be completed, with the full support of our federal, state and local partners. I also want to specifically thank the Sharswood/Blumberg community that has been patiently waiting for the transformation. Thanks to the grant, their wait is over!”
PHA has already completed 151 units in the neighborhood with tax credit funding, its own money, and other sources. Construction of the 83 modular units is now complete under the Sharswood Transformation Plan which calls for a total of 1,200 units, plus the redevelopment of the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor.
“I want to thank HUD and all of our partners for choosing Philadelphia and investing in Sharswood,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “In light of the pandemic and the economic challenges we’re sure to face in the months ahead, providing more affordable housing will be more critical than ever. We must build and preserve homes, amenities, and services for those in need, and make certain that diverse communities and low-income residents benefit from neighborhood development. We are thrilled that we will be able to realize these goals through the Sharswood/Blumberg Transformation Plan.”
“In the middle of this pandemic, HUD’s announcement today that our Philadelphia Housing Authority has been awarded $30 million to complete the Sharswood/Blumberg Revitalization Plan is the type of good news we all need at this time,” said Council President Clarke, “This $30 million will leverage another $211 million to build hundreds of units of affordable housing and accelerate the construction of retail sites that will bring needed jobs and goods to North Philadelphia.”
Of the $30 million, 21 million would go toward development of affordable housing units. $4 million would go toward neighborhood improvements such as place making and public art along Ridge Avenue, the shopping center just north of PHA headquarters, and rehabilitation of housing for non-PHA residents to help them stay in the community for years to come. Another $4 million would fund services and programs for community residents, such as case management for returning residents and new or expanded programs to help them.
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