Philadelphia Inquirer: Judge ends oversight of Chester Housing Authority

Decades after dilapidated buildings filled with crime and drugs drove tenants to file a class-action lawsuit against the Chester Housing Authority, the agency has been released from federal receivership. The move, announced Monday, marks the completion of an overhaul of the public housing agency, which had been under the oversight of a federal judge since 1994.

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Delaware County Daily Times: Judge terminates receivership of Chester Housing Authority

A federal judge terminated the nearly 25-year receivership of the Chester Housing Authority on Dec. 31, saying that the appointed leaders of the agency have made significant progress in helping to turn it around. Judge Norma L. Shapiro issued an order Dec. 31 that returns control of the housing authority to its appointed Board of Commissioners, a move that came after a year of planning. The receivership began in 1990 following a federal lawsuit filed by several residents of housing authority properties who claimed the authority was not providing adequate housing. Many housing units were in disrepair and unsanitary, and the governing body had been overwhelmed by corruption.

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Federal Judge ends 20-year Receivership of Chester Housing Authority

Citing a dramatic improvement in performance in recent years, U. S. Judge Norma L. Shapiro has issued an order ending the federal court’s oversight of the Chester Housing Authority (CHA) after 20 years. CHA had been the only remaining housing authority in the nation overseen by a federal judge. CHA tenants filed suit in the late 1980’s against the deplorable conditions under which many public housing residents lived. The suit led to a takeover of the authority by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). When HUD was unsuccessful in producing needed changes, it asked Judge Shapiro to assume oversight herself in June 1994.

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Ex-offender Making Most of his Second Chance with Chester Housing Authority

Wilbert Jarrett has a lot to be grateful for – a wife and four children who love him, and for the past nearly five years a job with the Chester Housing Authority. Life didn’t seem quite as rosy several years ago when the Chester High grad was convicted for drug possession and sent to prison. But while living in a halfway house after his release, he applied for an assistant mechanic position and was hired at CHA. “A guy makes a mistake; that doesn’t mean we write him off,” said CHA Executive Director Steven Fischer. “People hear the word ‘incarceration’ and they get scared. It is not fair that you make one mistake and your life is over. We have to understand that.”

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Chester Spirit: CHA recognized for managing safe properties

There was a time when the Chester Housing Authority (CHA) faced constant lawsuits related to slips and falls. But like so many of the legacy issues that once plagued CHA, the non-stop lawsuits have now slowed to a trickle. HAI Group, an organization that serves the public and affordable housing community with niche insurance programs and other value-added products and services, has presented CHA with its Low Loss Achievement Award, an honor recognizing the relatively small number of personal injuries that occur on CHA property.

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