Health

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.

Lyft providing low-cost transportation for grocery shopping (Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh)

9.12.19

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Residents of Pittsburgh’s Bedford Dwellings are getting a lift from Lyft.

The ride-share service on Thursday announced it would transport residents of Bedford and those at Prospect Terrace in East Pittsburgh, both public housing communities, to and from local Giant Eagle grocery stores for $5 per round trip. Residents are eligible for one ride to the store each week.

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House Passes Bill to Protect Residents from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

9.12.19

On Tuesday, the U.S House of Representatives passed by vote H.R. 1690, the Safe Housing for Families Act of 2019, to protect residents of public housing from carbon monoxide poisoning by authorizing over $300 million over three years to fund the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide detectors in Department of Housing and Urban Development-subsidized housing units that have combustion-fueled appliances or a ventilation system that connects them to such units.

Cambridge nonprofits receive $30K planning grants (Cambridge Housing Authority)

8.8.19

From Wicked Local Cambridge:

The city of Cambridge recently announced four local nonprofit partnerships will receive $30,000 planning grants from the city’s Community Benefits Fund.

The fund was established to utilize funding from developers, received through zoning amendments or other agreements, to address the unmet needs of Cambridge residents, particularly low-income families with children.

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