Chester Housing Authority Creating Blueberry Fields Forever

Beginning in July and through mid-August everything will be coming up blueberries at the Chester Housing Authority. CHA staff and residents spent part of Earth Day April 22 planting the agency’s newly expanded – and now two acre – urban farm for the 2015 harvest. In all, 85 blueberry bushes of four different varieties were planted: Elliot, Pink Lemonade, North Country and Duke.

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Students from Chester City and West Chester Join Together for Spring Planting of Chester Housing Authority Urban Farm

High school students from Chester and West Chester joined together to plant the Chester Housing Authority’s (CHA) newly expanded urban garden at the Bennett Homes. CHA has operated a farm on less than an acre of land for the past several years, and this expansion will more than double its size. Over the longer term, CHA wants residents to convert their front lawns and back yards into growing fields.

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Chester Housing Authority Residents are Feeling the Heat

Despite the record cold, Chester Housing Authority residents are warmer than ever in their homes this winter and at a lower cost. The reliability and energy efficiency date back to 2007 when the CHA borrowed about $3 million to modernize its heating, electrical and water systems at its three largest housing developments. CHA now uses hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy savings per year to make payments on a 15-year loan from Susquehanna Bank (The bank won a competitive bidding process to service the loan.)

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Chester Spirit Editorial: Chester Housing Authority Ain’t Broke and Doesn’t Need Fixing

In the world of partisan politics, it may seem that elected officials grab for any morsel of power or influence they can get – all in the name of “public service.” Sometimes they get it right; sometimes – oft times- they don’t. So when there are examples of government that works just fine, elected officials should be grateful to leave well enough alone and appreciate that things are running smoothly.

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Delaware County Daily Times Guest Column: Courageous women stepped up to transform housing authority

The beginning of the new year brought a significant change to Chester, the end of the federal court’s direct oversight of the Housing Authority. This event should provide both a great moment of pride for the city and a time of appreciation for the people who played key roles in converting our housing authority from “the worst in the nation” to among the best. The appreciation begins with four courageous Chester women — Yvonne Carrington, Barbara Gooby-Muhammad, Ella Thompson and the late Ernestine Tilghman — who in the late 1980s challenged the status quo and filed suit in federal court over what generously could be described as deplorable living conditions in public housing.

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