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Bronx gets a new basketball court, NYCHA CEO says it’s ‘symbolic’ of coming change (New York City Housing Authority)

9.26.19

From PIX 11:

After two years of planning and building, a new basketball court in a Bronx public housing development opened up Monday.

The court is in the heart of the Adams Houses in the Bronx. A half a million dollars was invested in the new basketball court.

“This is really symbolic because look at this. It's beautiful. The rest of the property can be the same way as this court,” promised new NYCHA CEO Gregory Russ.

Three Housing Developments Named Winners of the 2019 ULI Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award (Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County)

9.26.19

From the Urban Land Institute:

Plaza Roberto Maestas in Seattle; the Lindley in Bethesda, Maryland; and the Watson in Quincy, Massachusetts, have been selected as the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing’s 2019 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award.

Jersey City honors longtime Marion Gardens resident by naming community center after her (Jersey City Housing Authority)

9.26.19

From the Hudson County View:

Betty Morris had two very big families: one was her immediate family, with 16 children, as well as her family-at-large – the residents of the Marion Gardens Housing Complex.

Back in 1974, when the family was under threat, she took action by heading down to Washington D.C. to fight for the necessary funding to keep the complex alive.

“My mother was a selfless person,” said Lori Walker, the youngest of Morris’ 16 children.

Surrounded by History, Woodhill Residents Create Art For The Present (Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority)

9.26.19

From ideastream:

Public art is everywhere at Woodhill Homes — much of it historic, dating from the 1930s and 1940s.

A panel on a building shows a woman hoisting a basket of fruit above her head. In the community center gym, WPA murals cover the walls, showing scenes of everyday life from when the complex was built. But for the public housing development's current residents, what the art doesn't depict is just as noticeable as what it does.

Rooms Make Big Difference in the Lives of Juneau's Homeless (Alaska Housing Finance Corporation)

9.26.19

From U.S. News & World Report:

Evidence of a life filled with love, cultural pride and art gathered quickly in William Brown's room.

But two years ago, he would have had no place to put gifts from his daughter and sister that sit on top of his fridge, the photograph of his recently deceased mother that smiles from his living room table or the books about arts, photography and Tlingit history that sit on most available surfaces.

HACM & Partners Break Ground on Milwaukee Soldiers Home Redevelopment Project

9.25.19

On September 20, the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) and developer The Alexander Company broke ground on the rehabilitation and restoration of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, a National Historic Landmark District originally built in 1867 to house Civil War soldiers and help them transition back to civilian life.

Chester farm feeds the body and soul of a community (Chester Housing Authority)

9.12.19

From WHYY:

Chester’s Ruth Bennett Community Farm is a vibrant oasis in a desert of dull brick and lifeless concrete.

Tucked below Interstate 95 at the top of a cul-de-sac, the 2-acre farm teems with life: organic produce, wildflowers, and a host of winged insects that flutter between the two.

“This is like a resurrection of life here,” assistant manager Malik Savage said during a recent visit.

Minneapolis program aims to address student housing insecurity (Minneapolis Public Housing Authority & Tacoma Housing Authority)

9.12.19

From Education Dive:

The Stable Homes Stable Schools initiative — launched in May to help Minneapolis Public Schools students and their families pay rent and maintain consistent housing while also offering wraparound services — already has 125 families with 396 children enrolled in the program and hopes to attract more than 600 students, the Minnesota Daily reported.

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