PHA MTW Annual Report FY2020

The Moving to Work Annual Report provides information on activities undertaken by the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) under the Moving to Work Demonstration Program (MTW) during Fiscal Year 2020, i.e., the period from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

PHA Expands and Preserves Housing for the City’s Most Vulnerable

PHA, Sixers and Giant Team Up to Spread Holiday Spirit

As each signee entered the balloon-filled room at Bartram Village Community Center, Franklin, the 76ers mascot, greeted each individually amid the cheers of a handful of socially distanced Sixer and PHA staff. Hoopla abided by CDC guidelines, including those related to mask-wearing and social distancing.  The 76ers and The GIANT Company hosted the event.

PHA Captures Top Honors in a Competition Including Private Developers

The agency receives five excellence awards from the Pennsylvania Apartment Association

(Philadelphia – Dec. 2, 2020) – Two of the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) communities for older adults – Nellie Reynolds Garden and Gladys B. Jacobs Manor – have captured coveted  Best of Apartment Living Awards from the Pennsylvania Apartment Association (PAA).

“We greatly appreciate it when our colleagues in the leased housing industry recognize the work that PHA is doing to create quality, affordable housing throughout Philadelphia,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah. “PHA holds its property management team to a high standard. We want our developments to improve the communities where they are located.  I want to thank the residents and the PHA employees working together to ensure these developments are able to achieve excellence.”

Sharswood Tower is PHA’s 13-story, newly renovated high-rise building for older adults.

Nellie Gardens and Gladys B. Jacobs won gold awards for overall community excellence; Sharswood Tower and Plymouth Hall received platinum awards for overall excellence while Sharswood took home a gold award for maintenance care as well. In the award for overall excellence, communities are judged based upon the community’s overall appearance and amenities.  In the maintenance category, the community’s overall level of care is evaluated during a scheduled tour of common areas and a vacant-ready apartment.

Residents of Nellie Reynolds Gardens live in a state-of-the-art development that is PHA’s first totally “green building.” Located at 25th & Glenwood in North Philadelphia, the site has a 20,000 square foot “green roof” that retains heat in the winter and has a cooling effect in the summer. Apartment dwellers can enjoy the sun-drenched 3,000 square-foot community room that features an indoor garden and charming glass atrium.

The Gladys B. Jacobs Manor, at 1100 Fairmount Avenue, is an older adult mid-rise with 80 units that provides a community setting and offers community care for older adults just outside of Center City. Plymouth Hall, a 55-unit development at 2207 Venango Street, is a newly renovated, energy efficient building with a green roof to help reduce energy costs and a picturesque roof deck.

The already award-winning Sharswood Tower, a 13-story, newly renovated high-rise, has a new community room, offices, elevators, kitchens, bathrooms, mechanical systems, heating, hot water, central air conditioning, entrance and lobby, parking lot and driveway. It is the only building left standing after the demolition of the rest of the Blumberg Apartments and serves as the anchor in the latest stage of the Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan for the Sharswood/Blumberg community.

Any apartment owner member of PAA, including those catering to senior living, student housing, low-income, and conventional apartment communities, can enter.  The competition, which attracted had more than 800 participants this year, acknowledges excellence within the multifamily industry.  Silver, Gold and Platinum awards are given to the top three apartment communities within the category, by the number of apartments and year the property was built.

Sharswood Tower received a platinum award for overall excellence from the Pennsylvania Apartment Association and took home a gold award for maintenance care as well. In the award for overall excellence, communities are judged upon the community’s overall appearance and amenities.  In the maintenance category, the overall level of care is evaluated. 

PHA Announces its Community Choice Registration Program

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is seeking qualified Neighborhood Based Non-Profit Corporations (NBNPCs) and similar organizations to participate in a Community Choice Registration Program. (CCRP). Through CCRP, NBNPCs can: 1) register their interest in redeveloping former public housing scattered site properties for affordable rental and homeownership housing, community space, or for economic development projects that create employment opportunities for Philadelphia residents; and: 2) be selected for a specific property or properties based on proposed use, affordability levels, responsiveness to neighborhood needs and priorities, and related criteria.

The goal of the Community Choice Registration program is to enable NBNPCs to address community needs and priorities including those of underserved and/or underrepresented populations, while helping to build the capacity of these organizations to undertake their own community development activities.

To read more about the Community Choice Registration Program click here.

A virtual information session to discuss the program will be held on:  

Monday, November,  30 2020 at 3:00 PM

Join by web by link: https://bit.ly/35Ynu1L

Join by web manually via WebEx:

Meeting number: 173 034 0018 Password:  BkCW5mNev56

Call in:1-415-655-0001 – Access code: 173 034 0018

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