PHA Receives Grant for Security Improvements at Fairhill Apartments

(Philadelphia, PA-September 26, 2017)- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) a $250,000 emergency safety and security grant for the Fairhill Apartments in North Philadelphia.

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HUD has awarded the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) a $250,000 emergency safety and security grant for the Fairhill Apartments in North Philadelphia. The agency intends to use the grant funds, in combination with $641,800 in existing funds, to install a comprehensive network of security cameras that will be strategically located throughout the development.

"Safety is a top priority for the Philadelphia Housing Authority. PHA has made a tremendous investment in its Police Department and into equipment to support their efforts to ensure that all residents can live in safe neighborhoods," said PHA President & CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah.  "We are grateful to HUD and Secretary Ben Carson for funding security improvements at this site.  Installation of security cameras, in combination with other ongoing safety initiatives will help reduce violence and improve the overall quality of life for Fairhill residents." 

Residents at the Fairhill site at 2443 N. 11th Street, just north of the Temple University campus, have experienced crime related to drug dealing and gun violence. The funding will partially cover the costs of procuring and installing security cameras and related software on the exterior grounds in and around those areas where drug-related and other crime is occurring.

PHA intends to use the $250,000 in grant funds, in combination with $641,800 in existing funds, to install a comprehensive network of security cameras that will be strategically located throughout the Fairhill Apartments grounds. The housing authority will install a network of pan, tilt, and zoom security cameras along with facial recognition software in and around impacted playground areas, and throughout the exterior grounds of the site.

"It is extremely challenging to catch drug dealers in the act of selling drugs without recorded evidence," said PHA Police Chief Joseph Marker. "Residents are reluctant to report and testify about crime because testimony is life threatening. Therefore, it is difficult to obtain an arrest and conviction."

In addition to installation of security cameras and related equipment, PHA has taken other measures to address the crime at Fairhill Apartments, including operating mobile mini-stations, bike patrols, a Community Relations Team, and a Crime Suppression Team, and an automated security system that allows for central control and monitoring.