PHA Hosts a Spring Pop Up Shop for PHA Residents Who Are Growing Their Own Businesses, Following Post-Pandemic Trends

Reshay Johnson Kennedy, founder of Nuri’s Sweet Treats, is currently in PHA’s Advanced Entrepreneurial Fellowship program. At the pop up event, she and her team sold desserts.


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PHA Hosts a Spring Pop Up Shop for PHA Residents Who Are Growing Their Own Businesses, Following Post-Pandemic Trends

Aisha and Amir Burnett sold soulful dinners at the event; Amir provided the balloon decorations

Aisha and Amir Burnett sold soulful dinners at the event; Amir provided the balloon decorations

WHAT: Pop Up Shop featuring PHA’s resident-owned businesses: Entrepreneurship recently reached record levels, according to Babson College’s U.S. GEM Report in 2022-2023. Of all the racial groups surveyed, Black people had the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity (35%), followed by Hispanic people (27%). Despite these high rates, both groups remain less likely to run established businesses than white entrepreneurs. In 2021, PHA began offering entrepreneurship workshops and a six-month prestigious fellowship as a way to support these micro-businesses, which often are home-based. Since then, about 40 small business owners have graduated, all of whom go through the process of becoming approved vendors with PHA. They also get the appropriate licenses and learn business fundamentals.

WHEN: 11:30 to 1 PM Wednesday, May 15, 2024

WHERE: PHA Headquarters at 2013 Ridge Avenue. The event will begin  outdoors in the Pavilion but may move indoors due to rain.

Nija Wiggins, founder of Corneey's, sold some of her favorite gourmet dishes made from corn-on-the-cob.

Nija Wiggins, founder of Corneey’s, sold some of her favorite gourmet dishes made from corn-on-the-cob.

DETAILS: PHA resident Aisha Burnett, owner of Ruthann’s kitchen, was hired by PHA in January to cater a luncheon for high-ranking HUD officials who had come from Washington for a listening session. Her 16-year-old son, Amir, provided the gorgeous balloons for the events. Other popular resident-owned businesses scheduled to attend include Corneey’s, owned by Nija Wiggins, which is a favorite in the Philly food truck industry, and Nuri Sweet Treats, a company started by Reshay Johnson that makes spectacular desserts. Resident businesses will sell clothing, candles, jewelry, household goods and scents, and delicious food and desserts.




HUD Acting Secretary Travels to Philadelphia, PA to Mark Investments in Sustainability

HUD Acting Secretary Acting Secretary Todman (far right) planted a tree alongside Kelvin A. Jeremiah, President & CEO of PHA; PHA Board Chair Lynette Brown-Sow; US. Congressman Dwight Evans and other dignitaries at a ceremony on April 25 designed to highlight HUD’S and PHA’s investments in energy-saving operating systems and green spaces for affordable housing. The tree was planted at the Blumberg 83 Community Center in Sharswood, which is powered by solar panels on the roof. Residents have access to landscaped green spaces, bike racks, and pedestrian walkways. The leased housing development has been recognized by two green rating programs: Enterprise Green Communities and ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes.


HUD Acting Secretary Travels to Philadelphia, PA to Mark Investments in Sustainability

Acting Secretary Todman joined local Philadelphia leaders to highlight green investments in affordable housing


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PHILADELPHIA – Today, Adrianne Todman, the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), traveled to Philadelphia, PA, to celebrate the Philadelphia Housing Authority and Biden-Harris Administration’s work to support housing that is both affordable and sustainable. This Earth Week, HUD and the entire Biden-Harris Administration are marking achievements in supporting energy efficiency, climate resilience, and sustainability across the country.

“We know that as our country invests in sustainable housing, low-income and disadvantaged communities are often left behind. Under this Administration, we have invested billions to ensure that affordable housing is similarly efficient, resilient, and sustainable,” said HUD Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman. “It’s my honor to be here with our partners in Philadelphia, during Earth Week, to celebrate their achievements as we look to build America’s green future.”

Acting Secretary Todman joined U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-03), State Sen. Sharif Street, State Rep. Donna Bullock, Philadelphia City Councilman Jeffery Young, Aren Platt, Chief Deputy Mayor of Planning and Strategic Initiatives, and Kelvin A. Jeremiah, the President & CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, for a press conference at the 83-Development, an Energy Star and Green Community-certified new development, which serves 83 new units and a new street. HUD funds helped build this property through a $30 million Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant. This site features a variety of energy-efficient and climate resilient improvements, including solar panels and storm water retention basins. Following the press conference, Acting Secretary Todman planted a tree alongside local officials, symbolizing the importance of investing in green spaces for affordable housing.

Today, in honor of Earth Week, HUD released a fact sheet summarizing these crucial actions taken over the past year, which include increasing access to climate funding opportunities, strengthening programs alongside interagency partners, collaborating on gathering climate data, and ensuring that climate investments enhance housing affordability.

To learn more about Acting Secretary Todman’s visit or HUD’s work to invest in sustainability, climate resilience, and energy efficiency, reach out to HUD’s Office of Public Affairs at [email protected].


HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov

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Kelvin A. Jeremiah Salutes HUD Housing Secretary Marcia L. Fudge For Her Compassion and Staunch Commitment to Affordable and Fair Housing


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

Philadelphia, PA. (March 14, 2024) –  Philadelphia Housing Authority President & CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah today expressed his deep gratitude for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge’s deep compassion, and wide-ranging contributions to Philadelphia.

Marcia L. Fudge, the 18th HUD Secretary, announced her retirement this month.

Fudge made a number of trips to Philly during her tenure, including a visit in 2021 to attend the completion ceremony for the North Central Choice Neighborhood Initiative and a tour of PHA’s Workforce Development Center at Vaux Community Building in Sharswood.

“Secretary Fudge understands that high-quality, affordable and secure housing impacts mental and physical health, and provides access to well-paying jobs and vital community networks that attract essential resources and opportunities,” Jeremiah said. “As she transitions to a new chapter in her life, we want to take a moment to acknowledge her and thank her for believing in, and investing in, Philadelphia.”

In her visit to Philly in November, 2021, Secretary Fudge toured North Central Five, one of the transformative developments built  as part as PHA’s and the City of Philadelphia’s $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant from HUD.

“People who are now going to be living in these fine, fine homes grew up behind the starting line of life, never believing, never thinking that we would catch up, never believing that our children would have a real shot at having an opportunity to succeed, never believing that any of this would ever be ours,” Secretary Fudge told residents and dignitaries during that visit.  “So I thank all of those who made it happen because I know what it means. . . I know what it means to go to a place where people love you just for you, where nobody judges you. They just accept who you are. That is what these kinds of homes do for people every day.”

Jeremiah noted that PHA received its third Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant under Fudge – a $50 million grant that will help PHA transform the Bartram Village/Kingsessing neighborhoods, in consultation with residents and community leaders.

“Secretary Fudge, on behalf of our PHA Board of Commissioners, our residents, and our staff, we wish you all the best in your retirement,” Jeremiah said. “You and your exceptional team at HUD have provided our city with the funds to reimagine affordable housing and reinvigorate historically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Your longstanding commitment to equal opportunity, fair-housing and homeownership has changed many lives and revitalized many neighborhoods. God speed.”

PHA also extends a warm congratulations to Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman, who, according to the White House, will serve as Acting Secretary of HUD.


About the Philadelphia Housing Authority:

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. To learn more visit www.pha.phila.gov.

Philadelphia Housing Authority Secures an Additional 100 HUD-VASH Vouchers to Combat Veteran Homelessness

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(Philadelphia, PA – March 11, 2024)- The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has received 100 additional HUD-VASH vouchers, valued at $746,196 annually, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The vouchers will be used to provide at-risk veterans with housing.

“Veterans have served their country well, and it is a privilege for us to be able to serve even more of them with these additional vouchers,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah, “Homeless and at-risk veterans need more than shelter. They need stable housing and, at times, critical support services to address their unique needs. Philadelphia has long had a goal of eliminating homelessness for its veterans, and these funds offer vital support.”

The HUD-VASH program, which merges rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services from the VA, has played a big role in PHA’s and the City’s ongoing efforts to eradicate homelessness among veterans. With the new vouchers, outreach can expand enabling PHA to serve a total of 930 veterans through the VASH program.

Under the HUD-VASH program, veterans facing homelessness are assessed by VA Medical Centers and referred to local housing agencies like PHA for voucher assistance. “We are committed to providing them with the resources and housing assistance they need to thrive,” Jeremiah said.

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.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s 10-Year-Report

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s 10-year-report

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s 10-year-report chronicles its efforts to revitalize historically disadvantaged neighborhoods, grow its portfolio of modern, climate-friendly housing, and help residents become economically self-sufficient.

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Philadelphia Housing Authority Makes Philadelphia a City of Choice and “Is Leading the Way,” a HUD official proclaims while visiting the City in 2023

Philadelphia Housing Authority Makes Philadelphia a City of Choice and “Is Leading the Way,” a HUD official proclaims while visiting the City in 2023


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

 Philadelphia, PA. (Dec. 31, 2023) ‑The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s (PHA) wide-ranging approaches to addressing blight, poverty, and insufficient housing yielded vast dividends in 2023, as it became the nation’s first and only  housing authority  to receive more than $110 million in the coveted Choice Neighborhoods Implementation (CNI) Grants  from  the U.S. Department of  Housing  and Urban Development (HUD) to revitalize three neglected neighborhoods.

“2023 represents another banner year for PHA and the people we are privileged to serve. I could not be prouder proud to work with a dedicated and committed team who work every day to provide housing opportunities to Philadelphians most in need while also providing pathways to social and economic mobility for families with low incomes,” said Kelvin A. Jeremiah, PHA’s President and CEO. “PHA has set a high standard by providing quality affordable housing to meet the needs of contemporary families even amid increasing unaffordable rents with a shrinking affordable rental market making the demand for PHA’s assistance even greater than ever before. PHA stands ready to meet this challenge and build on its already strong record of success, but we cannot do this important work alone: it requires coordinated strategy and an alignment of resources on the federal, state, and local levels to maximize affordable housing production while preserving the existing affordable housing stock.”

“PHA Is leading the way and has become a national model,” proclaimed Richard J. Monocchio Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development while attending the Grand Opening of PHA 4A, a $27.2 million, 58-unit townhouse community in Sharswood neighborhood which benefited from the grant.

In 2014, PHA received $30 million to revitalize North Central Philadelphia into the City’s first Choice Neighborhood. In 2020, it received a $30 million CNI grant to transform Sharswood, and in 2023, a $50 million CNI grant to revitalize Bartram in Southwest Philadelphia. PHA also received a CNI Planning Grant of $500,000 to reimagine Yorktown and the Harrison low-rise buildings.

As part of its ongoing asset repositioning strategy, PHA rehabbed nearly 1,000 units during 2023 while 405 new units came online adding to its housing portfolio. In 2023, PHA continued to expand its affordable housing production efforts. In addition to the grand opening for Sharswood 4A, construction crews began work this year on Sharswood’s final PHA rental community, Sharswood 6A, with 65 rental housing units. Construction also began on Sharswood Crossing Phase III, a mixed-use development with 224, brand new, mixed-income homes with ground floor retail, community amenities, and robust on-site supportive services for families. Harrision Senior Towers, a newly rehabbed, 116 unit hi-rise that offers residents an affordable, comfortable, and secure living experience, also opened.

In other major 2023 achievements include:

  • PHA opened the Housing Choice (HCV) Waiting List for two weeks and accepted over 36,000 applications as part of its effort to expand housing opportunities, which resulted in 10,000 people being added to the waiting list through a lottery process. In April 2023, PHA began pulling applicants from the waiting list, and to date, has pulled over 2,000 applicants for processing. Of those who applied for the lottery, 91 percent of the applicants said they lived, work, or were offered a job in Philadelphia and nearly 65 percent indicated they were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • In collaboration with HUD, the City’s office of Homeless Services, PHA issued and housed 792 formerly unhoused individuals and families under the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program.
  • More than 700 new homeowners have been assisted through PHA’s Opening Doors to Affordable Homeownership Program since 2013, with 43 additional PHA residents becoming homeowners.
  • PHA achieved a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)participation rate of 47% and a Women Business Enterprise (MBE) participation rate of 31%. Philadelphia businesses and organizations received 33.4% of the total PHA contracted procurement spend of $106.8 million.
  • In 2023, the 10th year for PhillySEEDS, PHA’s non-profit affiliate, it continued its significant service to PHA residents and program participants; and in 2024 it will be adding a fourth program to provide even more opportunities and options for PHA’s deserving community. With its three core programs, it awarded $273,000.00 to 71 scholarship recipients; $200,000 to 164 HCV Affordable Rental Security Deposit Matching Grant recipients; and $70,000 to 35 Homeownership Closing Cost Matching Grant recipients.
  • PHA’s Youth & Family Center, located at its headquarters, whose mission is to support residents in building strong, stable neighborhoods and positive family relationships, supported over 2,500 families through various programs, including: the early childhood education program, youth summer employment programs and the Kinship Care program.
  • Resident Programs and Partnerships department hosted hundreds of events to engage, empower and inform residents to become self-sufficient.
  • PHA has supported the growth of over 50 residents owned business within the public housing sphere. The Entrepreneurship fellowship program coaching and funding to those who want to see their dreams come to fruition.


PHA remains laser focused on its mission to open doors to affordable housing, economic opportunity, and safe sustainable communities to benefit Philadelphia residents with low incomes.

As we begin 2024, PHA will release its comprehensive asset repositioning strategy, which aims to preserve its existing affordable housing stock while expanding affordable housing production to meet the ever-growing demand for affordable housing.



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