Chester Charter School for the Arts Acquiring Chester Housing Authority Property for New Campus

The Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA) is coming home to Chester, thanks to an agreement to purchase an 11-acre site from the Chester Housing Authority (CHA).

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Chester Housing Authority Recognized for Anti-Smoking Effort

The Chester Housing Authority has been recognized by the PA Dept. of Health for the agency’s efforts to protect the health of children and families by preventing tobacco exposure in public settings. Melissa Maier, program coordinator for Community Health Education at Crozer Keystone Health System, presented a Certificate of Recognition signed by PA Health Secretary Karen Murphy to CHA Board of Commissioners Chair Sheila Church, who joined Executive Director Steven A. Fischer, Thurman Brendlinger of the Clean Air Council and a group of youngsters for the ceremony.

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CHA Summer Food Program Focuses Attention on Nutrition Education

After a very successful launch last year in which the Chester Housing Authority served 5,700 meals to local young people, the agency resumed its summer food program this week with an education component.

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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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