Chester Housing Authority
Steven Fischer, Executive Director
1111 Avenue of the States
By The numbers
Public Housing Units 801
Total Units 2400
5.17.23 Members Making News
Entrepreneur Innovation Center opens in Chester at the Booker T. Washington Community Center (Chester Housing Authority)
From the DelCo Times: Leaning on the wisdom of Madam C.J. Walker, the Entrepreneur Innovation Center opened for business Thursday at the Booker T. Washington Community Center. In spearheading the concept for the center, Marrea Walker-Smith was motivated by the famous Walker quote: “Don’t sit down...
2.22.23 Members Making News
Delaware County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program Celebrates 100% Expenditure Success and Announces Program Closure (Chester Housing Authority)
From Delaware County, PA's press release: The Delaware County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Delco ERA) has expended 100% of its allocation of $82,918,830 in emergency rental assistance funds, having awarded a total of 12,889 grants to low-income renters who experienced housing instability...
12.5.22 Members Making News
From Chester Matters Blog: The Chester Housing Authority’s (CHA) Ruth L. Bennett Community Farm has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the USDA to support its initiatives to offer opportunities to underserved communities in Chester. CHA and its community farm will use the grant to advance ongoing...
9.14.21 Members Making News, Awards/Grants
Yesterday HUD announced awards totaling $10 million to 55 public housing authorities for emergency safety and security improvement grants. Six CLPHA members were among those PHAs awarded grants: New York City Housing Authority, Seattle Housing Authority, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority,...
5.26.21 Members Making News
Can moving to lower-poverty neighborhoods help kids long term? HUD awards Chester $3.5M to find out (Chester Housing Authority)
From WHYY Philadelphia: The Chester Housing Authority is receiving about $3.5 million in federal funding to help dozens of families with young children move into neighborhoods with lower poverty rates and greater job and education opportunities. It’s part of an effort by the U.S. Department of...
4.30.21 Members Making News, Awards/Grants
CLPHA congratulates our members who were awarded HUD's Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Mobility Demonstration grants! CLPHA members awardees include: Chester Housing Authority, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Housing Authority of Pittsburgh, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, New York...
4.22.21 Members Making News
An urban farm in Chester embarks on its second year of feeding public housing residents (Chester Housing Authority)
From WHYY Philadelphia: The Ruth L. Bennett Homes, with 261 family units, is the largest federally subsidized public housing development in Chester. The homes, which require tenants to make less than a certain amount to reside there, already serve a vulnerable population. When the pandemic...
2.5.20 Members Making News
From the Daily Local News: Senate Bill 30, introduced by state Senator Tom Killion, R-9 of Middletown, that would establish a state housing tax credit to incentivize private investment to create new and preserve existing affordable rental housing, passed the Senate unanimously. “Seniors,...
12.18.19 Members Making News
From the Livingston Ledger: Young men are spreading and shoveling piles of mulch on the raised beds on a pleasantly warm February afternoon. At the other end of the garden, a manager peers through the greenhouse at beds of collard greens. Juxtaposed against the cracked concrete...
12.5.19 Members Making News
From the Delaware County Daily Times: The Ruth L. Bennett Community Farm wound down its fall selling season by sending its new youth contingent to the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s “It Takes a Region” conference in Jersey City, N.J. Four city students who worked the farm...
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