PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 13, 2003)
|PHA Commissioner Nellie Reynolds listens closely with her
fellow seniors as District Attorney Lynne Abraham speaks to
|PHA Executive Director Carl Greene talks to seniors about the
federal budget and what it means to them.
|Seniors who live at PHA developments prove they're young at
heart as they take time out to boogie.
hundred seniors, who are Philadelphia Housing Authority residents,
were honored and recognized at PHAs first annual Senior Summit this
weekend. The event recognized the special needs of seniors and
featured workshops on health, finance, recreation, law and
politics. City and PHA officials offered their expertise in these
and other areas at the two day event which ended early Saturday
District Attorney Lynne Abraham, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell,
Director of Tenant Support Services Asia Coney and PHA Executive
Director Carl Greene were among the featured speakers. The Senior
Summit is a quality event that honors our senior citizens and deals
with issues that are becoming more critical as our population ages,
and as health care and related costs increase, says Greene. He
added that PHA intends to build on the tradition that it started
this year and elevate and improve the quality of the Senior Summit
in future years.
PHA has about 6,400 residents who are over age 50, of which
3,000 are over age 65. They are probably the most stable population
that the agency has, but like many seniors outside of public
housing they, too, are vulnerable. The Senior Summit teaches them
how to better manage their lives in world that gets more complex by
PHA is transforming public housing in the city of Philadelphia.
As the nation's fourth largest public housing agency serving more
than 76,000 residents, PHA is the first housing authority in the U.
S. designated by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) of
the National Association of Realtors as an "Accredited Management
Organization." This designation is awarded to firms engaged in
property management that have met IREM's high standards in the
areas of education, experience, integrity and financial