PHA Expands and Preserves Housing for the City’s Most Vulnerable Agency Provides Necessities to Residents
(Philadelphia – Dec. 31, 2020) — While the year 2020 was like no other, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) adapted and effectively responded to the changing landscape caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the year’s revelations of civil and societal inequalities. The agency stayed true to its mission to open doors to affordable housing, economic opportunity and safe sustainable communities to benefit the more than 80,000 residents with low incomes that it serves – and the greater community beyond.
To ensure housing stability for its residents, PHA implemented an eviction moratorium until March 15, 2021. PHA wanted the residents, who have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, to know their housing was secured. PHA also moved many vital services on-line, such as paying rent.
“During the pandemic, affordable housing should be a basic human right, not a privilege,” said Kelvin A. Jeremiah, PHA’s President & CEO. “PHA continues to focus on partners as well as strategies that leverage its limited resources while ensuring that some of the new, quality housing developments rising in Philadelphia remain open, affordable and accessible to all.”