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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Philadelphia Inquirer: Building a new vision of Chester

Boarded-up homes served as stash houses for drugs. Vacant lots were filled with trash. Children took detours on their way home from school to avoid the area. Those images defined a neighborhood for years, making Madison and Rose Streets some of the most dangerous in the city of Chester. Today, Christmas lights and wreaths hang from brick rowhouses. Freshly painted red doors have replaced the wooden boards that covered the abandoned properties. A park with benches and flower boxes fills a plot of land that was known as a meeting place for drug dealers.

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Chester Housing Authority assists Feds in Major Drug Bust

When federal agents carried out a major raid on suspected heroin and cocaine dealers in Chester over the weekend, they had a helpful ally in the action, the Chester Housing Authority (CHA). Although none of the drug activity or arrests took place on CHA property, the agency allowed agents to use its buildings to get excellent vantage points to conduct surveillance. The buildings are also equipped with outdoor cameras

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Agency Plan: FY 2015-2019

Agency Plan: FY 2015-2019

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