Senator visits successful workforce development program in
revitalized South Philadelphia neighborhood, announces major HUD
grant for PHA.
Senator Bob Casey along with Executive
Director Carl Greene announce $14 million grant to demolish
Paschall Apartments in SW Philly.
Philadelphia, PA (September 21,2009)- Senator Bob Casey
travelled to South Philadelphia today to meet with PHA Executive
Director Carl Greene and tour PHA's Pre- Apprenticeship program
before announcing an additional $13.9 million HUD grant for PHA.
Joining them was Ed Coryell, head of the local carpenters union.
The award is one of many federal grants that the Authority has
aggressively pursued in recent months to enhance its public housing
and community building mission. The funds will help PHA demolish
the outdated Paschall Apartments in southwest Philadelphia and
rebuild 100 new housing units and a 4,000 ft. community facility on
PHA's Pre-Apprenticeship program has earned a national reputation
for preparing public housing residents for well paying careers in
the building trades such as carpentry, electrical work and
painting. PHA is currently putting hundreds of local contractors to
work on a host of construction and energy upgrade projects, thanks
to $91 million in federal stimulus funding awarded earlier this
year and some of those workers are Pre-Apprenticeship program
"In these troubling economic times, affordable housing and
workforce development are more important than ever," said Senator
Casey. "I'm proud to say that PHA is leading the country in this
arena, quickly and effectively administering more than $91 million
in federal stimulus funds to build quality housing, create jobs and
expand economic opportunities here in Philadelphia."
"With great partners like Senator Bob Casey and HUD, PHA is
changing the face of public housing in Philadelphia," said PHA
Executive Director Carl Greene. "We are improving
performance, increasing accountability, and utilizing new
technologies to leverage these federal dollars to rebuild more
neighborhoods, create more jobs and improve more lives."
"Federal stimulus funds and union carpenters are hard at work here
in Philadelphia," said Ed Coryell, head of the local carpenters
union. "With help from HUD, Carl Greene and PHA are putting our
members back to work, rebuilding communities and improving
PHA has worked closely with all the building trades in
Philadelphia in building thousands of homes since launching the
Pre-Apprenticeship program in 1998. The electrical workers,
painters, glaziers (window installers), roofers, plumbers, and
sheet metal workers are among the unions working hand in hand with
"This has been an extraordinary partnership between PHA and the
building trade unions since day one. Philadelphia's neighborhoods
have seen the positive results that can occur when all sides work
toward a common goal," Greene said.