PHA MTW Plan for FY 2025 and Amendment for FY 2024 Plan

PHA MTW Plan for FY 2025 and Amendment for FY 2024 Plan

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FY 2024 MTW Plan RAD Significant Amendment No. 2 

FY 2025 MTW Plan 

The public comment period begins on November 3, 2023

at 12 noon and ends on December 4, 2023

at 12 noon. Comments must be received by the end of the comment period.

Please send written comments to:

The Philadelphia Housing Authority

Attention: Jennifer Ragen – Public Comments

Office of the General Counsel

2013 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121


[email protected]


A public hearing will be held virtually on

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2023 2:00pm


or WebEx.com Meeting Number: 2343 608 6822; Password: MTW25

Or Join By Phone: 1-844-621-3956; Password: MTW25 (68925)

Philadelphia Housing Authority, Pennrose and Hunt Bring More Homes to Sharswood as part as the Neighborhood Transformation

A New Gateway to Sharswood: The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) achieved a new milestone today as it broke ground on Sharswood Phase III, a 224-unit housing development featuring retail, modern apartments, and substantial community amenities. From left are:  Chris Johnson, representing  Sen. Bob Casey’s office; Robin Wiessmann of PHFA; HUD Regional Director Robert J. Ford; State Sen. Sharif Street; Council President Darrell L. Clarke; State. Rep. Donna Bullock; PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah; PHA Commissioner Bonnie Camarda; PHA Commissioner Asia Coney; former City Council person Jannie Blackwell, and Lindsey Samsi, Senior Developer for Pennrose.


October 11, 2023

Contact: Emily White, Maven Communications
[email protected]

Nichole Tillman, PHA, 215-888- 2869
[email protected]


Philadelphia Housing Authority, Pennrose and Hunt Bring More Homes to Sharswood as part as the Neighborhood Transformation

 Sharswood Phase III will add 224 brand new, mixed-income homes, retail space, and on-site supportive services as it creates a vibrant gateway to Sharswood

 (Philadelphia) Pennrose, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), Hunt Companies Inc. (Hunt), and project partners celebrated the groundbreaking of Sharswood Crossing III, the third phase in the Sharswood Transformation Plan. Phase III will transform the formerly desolate blocks situated in the northwest corner of PHA’s Sharswood Blumberg Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) grant into 224, brand new, mixed-income homes with ground floor retail, community amenities, and robust on-site supportive services for families.

“Sharswood III opens a gateway to the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor as it jumpstarts more equitable development and creates new employment opportunities,” said Kelvin A. Jeremiah, President and CEO of PHA. “Pennrose and Hunt Companies have developed strong reputations for building quality, affordable housing and offering the amenities, contemporary life styles, and supportive services that residents need to flourish. With this ground breaking, we attain another significant milestone in Sharswood.”

“We are thrilled to join PHA and the project’s many stakeholders and advocates to mark the exciting next step in the comprehensive, full-scale Sharswood revitalization,” said Jacob Fisher, regional vice president at Pennrose. “This initiative is a significant – and impactful – undertaking, and we are honored to help achieve PHA’s vision of bringing quality affordable housing and meaningful supportive services to an area facing rapid gentrification, while also spurring continued private investment in the neighborhood.”

“With each development of more, new affordable housing in Sharswood, we are transforming this section of North Philadelphia – one development at a time,” said Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District). “There’s an urgent need for affordable housing for families as they grow and their needs change. Another big step forward today for North Philadelphia — we’re grateful to PHA and all of our partners.”

Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-3) said, “I’m pleased to see Phase III of the Sharswood Transformation Plan moving forward! I helped PHA to secure $30 million in federal funding, leveraging over $225 million in investment, to revitalize the Sharswood-Blumberg neighborhood, and I believe this is an important way that we can rebuild Philadelphia, block by block!”

“Today’s groundbreaking is another milestone- for the Sharswood Blumberg Transformation Plan,” said State Rep. Donna Bullock. “PHA, its development partners, and the local residents have planned and worked together to reimagine this neighborhood as an affordable, choice neighborhood. It is so exciting to support and see another project underway toward that goal.”

Sharswood Crossing III is comprised of three components to deliver a mix of multi-family buildings, townhomes, and flats, with 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom options available to families at a range of affordability levels.

Part 1                                                                                                                           

Located at Ridge Avenue and Master Street, the first component of Phase III is one four-story and one five-story building. The ground floor of both buildings will include retail space, a management suite, and community room. The residential floors above will include a total of 42 affordable units and 15 market rate units. Of the 42 affordable units, six will be affordable to households at 20% AMI or less, 14 at 50% of AMI or less, and 22 at 60% AMI or less. There will be 38 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom apartments.

Part 2

The second component will offer a mix of townhomes and flats with Oxford Street to the north, Nassau Street to the south, 24th Street to the east, and 25th Street to the west. There will be 84 affordable units and 20 market rate units. Of the 84 affordable units, 11 will be affordable to households at 20% AMI or less, 27 at 50% of AMI or less, and 46 at 60% AMI or less. There will be 33 two-bedroom, 61 three-bedroom, and 10 four-bedroom apartments.

Part 3

The third and final section of phase III will be a 63-unit scattered site development with a mix of townhomes and flats on 25th Street, the 2400 block of Nassau and Jefferson Street, the 2200 block of Master and Ingersoll Streets, the 2000 block of Ridge Avenue, and one four-story multifamily building at the corner of Master Street and 21st Street. All 63 units will be affordable, with nine units available for households at 20% AMI or less, 25 at 50% of AMI or less, and 29 at 60% AMI or less. There will be 9 one-bedroom, 42 two-bedroom, 6 three-bedroom, and 6 four-bedroom apartments.

In April 2020, PHA received a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in support of the entire Sharswood initiative. Since work began on the Sharswood Transformation Plan in 2016, In Sharswood, 526 affordable and mixed-income units are complete and 498 are under construction. Once completed, the Sharswood revitalization will create more than 1,200 new units.


About Pennrose
With more than 50 years of experience, Pennrose combines quality development and proven management to deliver exceptional lifestyle-centered communities for its residents. With the superior knowledge and unparalleled dedication to get the job done right, Pennrose develops and operates conventional, affordable, mixed-income, and mixed-use communities throughout the United States. For more information visit www.pennrose.com.


About PHA

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s mission is to open doors to affordable housing, economic opportunity and safe, sustainable communities to benefit Philadelphia residents with low incomes. Learn more at www.pha.phila.gov.


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Oct. 4 Event Provides a Roadmap for Companies Seeking to Do Business With PHA

Oct. 4 Event Provides a Roadmap for Companies Seeking to Do Business With PHA

Media Contact:

Nichole Tillman,


[email protected]

The Housing Authority has been increasing its minority and female participation rates

(Philadelphia, PA – September 27, 2023) – The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) will host a free event on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 providing a road map for companies seeking to do business with PHA.

Registration will begin at 5:30 PM. The PHA presentation and networking session will be held from 6 to 7:30 PM. All activities will be held in the first-floor multipurpose room at PHA’s headquarters at 2013 Ridge Avenue, 19021.

In FY 2023, PHA achieved a Minority Business Enterprise participation rate of 47% and a Women Business Enterprise participation rate of 31%. Philadelphia businesses and organizations received 33.4% of the total PHA contracted procurement spend of $106.8 million.

“The event is designed to walk small businesses through the process of contracting with PHA, and providing the many services that it requires to serve its residents,” said Kelvin A. Jeremiah, PHA President and CEO. “It is important to keep the playing field level so smaller companies can compete and flourish. PHA is fully committed to expanding contract opportunities for Philadelphia businesses!”

PHA will guide attendees through the process of responding to PHA’s Request for Proposals (RFPs) and show them how to register online to do business with PHA. There is no cost to attend.  The event will also cover the COSTARS, the Commonwealth’s Cooperative Contracting Program.  For additional information, call 215-684-4062.

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PHA Is Transforming Philadelphia into a Choice City

PHA Is Transforming Philadelphia into a Choice City

Over the summer, the PHA received a $500,000 CNI Grant to plan for the revitalization of Yorktown, and a $50 million grant to add more than 800 housing units to Southwest Philly


Media Contact:

Nichole Tillman, 215-888-2869

(Philadelphia, PA – Sept 18, 2023) – The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has received yet another grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Initiatives (CNI). This is a $500,000 Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant to plan for the revitalization of Yorktown/Harrison Plaza low rises. PHA recently received a $50 million Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant for Bartram/Kingsessing in Southwest Philadelphia.

PHA is the only Housing Authority in the country to receive three CNI Implementation Grant. Thus far, the Choice Neighborhoods collaboration has brought a total of $112.3 million into the City, including three planning grants, totaling $2.3 million; and $110 million in CNI Implementation grants for North Central, Sharswood and Bartram that create momentum by repairing, rehabbing and building housing units; strengthening and expanding business corridors, and connecting long-time residents with the same opportunities already available to resource-rich areas.

“I’d like to thank HUD Secretary Fudge for these grants, which are helping us transform Philadelphia into a city of choice. The Philadelphia Housing Authority is now the leader of creating equitable communities, business corridors and award-winning housing, where anyone would choose to live,” said Kelvin A. Jeremiah, President and CEO of PHA.  “Many are asking for our formula of transforming communities. The secret to our success is simple: Residents are our partners. We value their input and listen to them closely as we plan for change. With their help, we are developing neighborhoods that are resilient and a benefit to newcomers and the long-time residents. I want to also thank them, Mayor Kenney, Council President Clarke and all of our elected officials for their support.  We are excited to undertake another transformative neighborhood revitalization initiative.”

“I am thrilled to learn that our federal partners have awarded this substantial revitalization grant for Yorktown,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “This funding through HUD’s Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants Program will have a positive impact on this community, particularly for the Harrison Plaza Low-Rise. Quality affordable housing and improved amenities are the keystones to building stronger and more equitable communities in Philadelphia.”

“This $500,000 planning grant from the federal government to PHA to continue developing and improving affordable housing options is very welcome news for the people of North Philadelphia,” said City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, whose 5th District includes the Harrison low-rise public housing development. “We need more affordable housing throughout North Philadelphia – and the entire city – and this HUD planning grant will enable PHA, under the strong leadership of President & CEO Kelvin Jeremiah, to continue with plans to revitalize existing affording housing and to plan new units as well. This is tremendous news and we thank our federal partners, including HUD, Sens. Casey and Fetterman, and Congressman Boyle for their work on this funding initiative.”

In addition to new housing, commercial corridors are getting crucial investments, and modern community infrastructures are being put in place including transportation hubs, high-tech community centers, a workforce development center, shady streets and parks, a full-service bank, and grocery stores.

The Choice Neighborhoods program has a three-pronged “Housing, People, and Neighborhood” approach that includes the redevelopment of distressed properties and supportive services related to the residents’ health, education, and income while investing in economic development and neighborhood improvement projects. A two-year Planning Grant will allow the new awardees to create and build support for a comprehensive “Transformation Plan” that addresses the program’s Housing, People, and Neighborhood goals.


The Philadelphia Housing Authority is the nation’s 4th largest housing authority, serving nearly 80,000 residents.  PHA is also a major real estate developer.  Learn more at www.pha.phila.gov.


An Important Note Regarding the PHA HCV Landlord Recruitment Program

An Important Note Regarding the PHA HCV Landlord Recruitment Program

Questions have arisen in the news as to whether PHA is, and has been, actively recruiting and certifying landlords for its Housing Choice Voucher Program.

In fact, over the past few years, PHA has been recruiting and certifying  landlords in record numbers. In an effort to meet the strong demand from  HCV (Section 8)  voucher holders, PHA decided to incentivize landlords who agreed to lease to Section 8 tenants. The program has been a success. PHA has recruited more over 800 new HCV landlords since 2021 when it first began offering HCV signing incentives and other perks. PHA recently extended the landlord recruitment campaign until September 30, 2023. There are over 5,200 active landlords under the HCV program, and 2,435 of them have qualified for these widely publicized financial incentives. Moreover, during 2022, about 500 new landlords rented a total of 2,000 apartments to voucher holders for the first time. The Authority has paid its landlords more than $1.5 million in incentives to help low-income tenants compete for private housing and compensate landlords for the time required to process a voucher and inspect units.

When COVID 19 shutdown PHA in mid-March 2020, PHA temporarily suspended the HCV Owner Briefings and HCV Owner Certifications class for three months.  PHA re-started both classes virtually in July 2020.    

The HCV Owner Briefings has been scheduled every Wednesday since July 2020 with the only cancellations the day before Thanksgiving.    The Owner Briefing was virtual from 2020 to 2022 and has been in person since January 2023, with an average of over 30 attendees per week, and a total of over 5,000 attendees have participated in these briefings since 2020.     

Additionally, PHA’s  HCV Owner Certification Class has been scheduled every Tuesday since July 2020 (PHA actually held two classes during 2021 due to the demand after the 2020 shutdowns).   Due its length of three hours has remained virtual since 2020. An average 35 attendees participated in the Certification Class per week, with over 5,000 registered and attended since 2020.   It is important to note that not every attendee is a landlord, many are agents, property managers, realtors who working directly with landlords and attend to understand the nuances of the HCV program and how to successfully conduct business with PHA’s HCV program. 

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