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.
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.
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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Donnie Evans, an itinerant handyman in the city of Chester, Pa., desperately needed somewhere to stay. A former dockworker who had struggled to get by since the city’s shipyards closed in 1989, Evans, 51, was in a fight with his girlfriend. The one thing they agreed on was that it would be best for him to move out of the apartment they shared — and fast. The situation felt urgent; he had no leads on apartments he could afford, and the waiting lists for the Chester Housing Authority’s Section 8 vouchers and project-based housing were closed. When a landlord Evans knew offered him a place, he did not refuse.