(CHESTER, PA, September 14, 2021) – The Chester Housing Authority is continuing with its commitment to provide safe and secure housing developments for the 2,500 households who call CHA home, thanks to a grant awarded to the Chester Housing Authority from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The value of the grant is $250,000.

“We can make meaningful change for families with these funds,” said Steven Fischer, Executive Director of the Chester Housing Authority. “We have implemented a multi-stage plan to increase the number of surveillance and security measures for our residents over the past five years, and this grant helps us reach our goal and ultimately help families feel safe in their own homes and neighborhoods, which is invaluable.

CHA will use the grant money to install surveillance cameras at the Ruth L. Bennett Homes.  Once this is complete, all of CHA’s large housing developments will be under 24/7 surveillance. This effort began three years ago with the agency’s William Penn homes, and since then, CHA has seen a significant decrease in the number of crimes carried out on its property.

The goal of the HUD program, called the Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program, is to equip housing agencies around the nation with funds to make needed capital improvements in public housing developments that serve to enhance safety and security for residents. These grants may be used to install, repair, or replace capital equipment or systems that contribute to a safer living environment for residents, including security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks, doors and carbon monoxide detectors.

“Families who live in public housing deserve to be safe in their homes,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman. “These grants help ensure the health and safety of public housing residents so they can go about living their everyday lives peacefully without having to worry about having a secure place to call home.” 

This is the first time CHA has been awarded this grant from HUD.

“The overwhelming majority of our residents are law-abiding, rule-following citizens,” said Fischer. “This little extra support will go a long way toward putting extra eyes on their community, making it safer to raise their families. They appreciate this.”

“These grants will go a long way in providing our Chester Housing Authority residents with a better sense of safety and security. Something that they desire and deserve,” said Chester, Pennsylvania Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland.