PHA Receives State Grant Toward Rebuilding Another Community
    PHILADELPHIA, PA- The Philadelphia Housing Authority has received $3.5 million from the state of Pennsylvania, the first step toward rebuilding PHA's Liddonfield Homes in Northeast Philadelphia. The grant marks the first step toward compiling the $94 million PHA needs to demolish the outmoded housing now on the site and to develop 225 affordable homes on part of the property. 

    PHA is awaiting word from Washington on its application for a federal HOPE VI grant; the same kind of funding that has helped PHA rebuild four other neighborhoods in North, West and South Philadelphia. 

    "The good news is, because of PHA's record of rebuilding communities on schedule and on budget, government and private investors do put their money in our projects," said PHA Executive Director Carl Greene. "That's why we're confident they will invest in us again. The bad news is we are operating during a time of major cutbacks in domestic programs at the federal level, so the competition for every dollar is great." 

    The housing PHA plans to build is only part of the story. The agency will use just 12 acres of the 32-acre site for its construction and will sell the remaining 20 acres to a private developer who will build as many as 335 market rate homes. The outcome will be a mixed-income community with low-income residents living side-by-side with middle-income families. PHA has already established a similar situation at its rebuilt Martin Luther King Homes and at Falls Ridge where Westrum Construction is building the market rate homes. 

    The new Liddonfield Homes will feature a 65-unit senior building and 32 affordable homes for sale. Like all other rebuilt PHA sites, new street patterns will be created to reintegrate the site into the surrounding street pattern. New underground utilities and infrastructure are also part of the plan. 

    Documented studies show that when PHA rebuilds a site, crime in the area plummets and property values in the surrounding community sharply rise. 

    State Senator Michael Stack and State Representative Michael McGeehan, pointing to the potential positive impact of rebuilding Liddonfield, helped secure the money and presented the check to Carl Greene in a ceremony near the development's entrance. 

    Congressman Chaka Fattah also attended the event, extolling PHA's record of success and promising to again fight for the federal funding needed to complete the project. 

    PHA is the nation's fourth largest public housing authority and Pennsylvania's largest landlord, serving 79,000 residents. It serves as its own developer on major projects, using its real estate expertise to build beautiful communities that both serve its clients and raise property values for homeowners who live near PHA sites.
PHA Executive Director Carl Greene (far left) receives a "check" for $3.5 million from the State of Pennsylvania for
the demolition of Liddonfield Homes. Also shown are (from left) Cong. Chaka Fattah, State Rep. Mike McGeehan, State Sen. Mike Stack, and Joseph Certaine of the Governor's Southeast Regional Office.

Congressman Chaka Fattah praised PHA's record of success and promised to again fight for the federal funding needed to complete the project. State Rep. Mike McGeehan (left) and PHA Exec. Director Carl Greene (right) listen.

State Sen. Michael Stack talked about the positive impact of rebuilding Liddonfield.

Liddonfield Homes Resident President Rose Bryant and PHA Commissioner Nellie Reynolds celebrate after the announcement of the grant.