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Vol. II No. 109 (269)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

July 27, 2011

Philadelphia Daily Record

Rising From The Ashes In Tioga

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia! Former Plymouth Hall resident Creasie Ashe joins PHA Administrative Receiver Michael Kelly (far right) to announce completion of the new Plymouth Hall in Tioga. Joining them are (l-r) Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, Councilman Wm. Greenlee, Councilwoman Donna Reed-Miller, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, PHA resident liaison Nellie Reynolds, and State Senator Shirley Kitchen. Rory McGlasson (Cont. page 2).


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by Rory McGlasson A public housing building destroyed by fire seven years ago, officially rose from the ashes yesterday. In 95-degree heat, Philadelphia politicians and Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) officials cut a ribbon atop a new balcony a the new Plymouth Hall at 22nd and Venango Streets in the city’s Tioga section. The building replaces an apartment building that was severely damaged by fire in October 2004. “Plymouth Hall represents PHA’s continuing commitment to giving seniors a safe and comfortable place to live and designing communities with the needs of residents in mind,” said Michael Kelly, PHA’s Administrative Receiver. “Not only are these apartments energy efficient, but they also have individual heating and cooling controls that seniors need for their personal comfort.” Kelly said, PHA decided to rebuild at the same location to meet the growing demand for affordable

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senior housing in the City. The renovation effort was spurred by economic stimulus funding, PHA stated in a news release. The new building features modern apartments, reducing the number of units originally at the site but adding a large community space on the ground floor. The development features a state-of-the-art security system. It also has a “green roof” that saves energy and prevents water runoff that would tax the city’s sewer system. Seniors can also use the roof deck to relax and socialize, something important in a neighborhood where there is no park within walking distance or other outdoor activity space. This rebuild was made possible from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The total amount of ARRA funds used is $13,763,000. While designing the new senior residence, PHA sought to incorporate features found in the surrounding neighborhood, including the scale of the windows, the texture of brick, the detailing that is in some of the nearby buildings, and the layering of materials. The

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building has a heavy cornice that matches but does not replicate the older, historic homes in the area. Another major change is the location of the entrance which is now near the middle of the building on 22nd Street, versus the old entrance on Venango Street. This gives the new Plymouth Hall a more natural entrance for a long building, and a direct link for residents to the SEPTA bus route that runs on 22nd. Also, a ramp makes access to and from the new building easy. The building has a steel frame structure to give it the rigidity and the structural stability needed, since the existing foundation of the old site and the old elevator towers were used. The apartments at the new Plymouth Hall have Energy Star appliances and light fixtures, and allow residents to have access to telephone, cable TV, and internet service in their living room, bedroom and kitchen. Fifteen of the units are fully accessible while one of them is designed for hearing impaired individuals.

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PHA Celebrates New Plymouth Hall

PHA justifiably celebrates its redesigned senior apartments Plymouth Hall. While designing the new senior residence, PHA sought to incorporate features found in the surrounding neighborhood. One major change is the location of the entrance which is now near the middle of the building on 22nd Street, versus the old entrance on Venango Street. The new Plymouth Hall has outdoor green space and a gazebo in the rear of the building, as well as a green roof that can also be used by residents for fresh air and socialization. PHA Administrative Receiver Michael Kelly (center) cuts the ribbon signifying completion of new Plymouth Hall, below. Joining him were (l-r) Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, Councilman Wm. Greenlee, former resident Creasie Ashe (obscured), Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, resident liaison Nellie Reynolds, State Senator Shirley Kitchen, and Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Chaka Fattah/Democratic nominee for City Council (8th District) Cindy Bass. 4|

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27 JULY, 2011


Casey Announces $1 Million To Prevent Veteran Homelessness U.S. Senator Bob Casey has announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a $1,000,000 grant to the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center, Impact Services and Project H.O.M.E. to support low-income veterans in danger of homelessness. “This funding will help to pro-

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vide low-income veterans with stability to prevent homelessness, which is unacceptably high,” said Senator Casey. “It is our duty to honor the sacrifice of our veterans and their families by ensuring that they have the support and resources they need to prevent homelessness.” Funding is available through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to promote housing stability

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among homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The funding will serve veterans in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks Counties. In February, Senator Casey wrote a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs voicing his support for the project.

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