PHA Celebrates Opening of First Community Partnership Program...

PHA Celebrates Opening of First Community Partnership Program will assist Clients with Life and Job Skills

PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 12, 2004) - CORA Services in Northeast Philadelphia today became the first organization to open its doors to Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher Program) clients as part of the Community Partners program, an initiative to bring education, life skills and job counseling to PHA residents. PHA Executive Director Carl Greene says CORA (Counseling Or Referral Assistance) is one of 14 agencies citywide to contract with PHA in the Community Partners program.

"The money for Community Partners comes from redirected voucher funding. We think its a much better idea to use some voucher money to help families already on the program rather than sending families into communities with no support," Greene said.

Dr. Tony Chunn, CORA Services CEO, said teenagers and young adults would benefit tremendously from the partnership. "Whether its helping with GED preparation or homeownership counseling, CORA Services makes a difference in peoples lives. We are very excited to work with PHA's clients," said Chunn. The Community Partners program was an outgrowth of meetings between PHA and its Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee has been helping PHA find better ways to help the Housing Choice Voucher Program fit into the citys neighborhoods.

Said Greene, "we are demonstrating that we can help our clients and be responsive to the community at the same time."

PHA Sr. Deputy Exec. Director Michael Leithead, PHA Exec. Director Carl Greene, Executive VP/CORA Services Jim Harron take a tour of the CORA-Neumann facility in Frankford.

Deborah Williams, Director of the CORA-Neumann program, is joined by PHAs Director of Customer Services Linda Staley, CORA Executive VP Jim Harron and CORA Services CEO Dr. Anthony Chunn in a celebration of the first Community Partners grant awarded by PHA.