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Please note that due to the 1st falling on a Sunday owners/tenants may not have the funds in their accounts until October 3rd or 4th or possibly later depending on the posting policies of the financial institution.  

Please plan accordingly for this calendar driven delay. 

 

Thank-you for participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program

 

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CHESTER, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Marrea Walker-Smith is making sure kids in her hometown grow up with far more opportunities than she had.

"I grew up right here in the city of Chester in the low-income housing developments," she said.Tthere were limited opportunities here, specifically the kind of opportunities that we're trying to offer here at the Entrepreneur Innovation Center."

Walker-Smith, now a business teacher at Devon Preparatory School in Chester County, partnered with her very own students to turn a dream into a reality.

After months of planning and researching, they recently debuted the Entrepreneur Innovation Center. It is a part of the Chester Housing Authority and located within the Booker T. Washington Community Center.

A grant provided by the McLean Contributionship, among other donors and sponsors, was able to facilitate the creation of several labs with cutting-edge technology. These include cameras, a green screen, and microphones for music and podcast production.

And it wouldn't be possible without the hard work of Walker-Smith's students, who volunteered their time and talents to design the space over the summer.

"It started in the classroom and now we're here about eight to nine months later," said Jack Shaw, a rising senior at Devon Prep.

Shaw and his classmates, Chase Kemm and Mark Bennett, collaborated on the creation of an apparel studio, photography studio, podcast room, and more. They will also occasionally provide direct instruction to students from the neighborhood.

These three friends hope their impact will last long after they've moved onto college.

"People can utilize this opportunity and take that and definitely help grow the city," said Shaw.

Chester Housing Authority tenants can currently utilize the space for free. Non-tenants can also purchase access to sessions in the studio.

To learn more about the Entrepreneur Innovation Center, visit their website.

 AUDIT SERVICES

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

 

 

The Chester Housing Authority (CHA), a recipient of federal assistance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), hereby gives public notice of its intent to utilize a competitive negotiation process, in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200, for the procurement of a three-year Single-Audit Contract with an option for 2 additional years. All housing, modernization and special programs administered by the CHA must be audited annually in accordance with the Single Audit Act of 1984, the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996, the current PIH Compliance Supplement, the new (Public Housing) Operating Fund Rule OMB Circular A-133, and the Government Auditing standards issued by the U.S. Comptroller General.

 

The minimum qualifications include: a.) a specialized knowledge of federal housing, modernization and special programs; b.) experience as a fiscal auditor providing similar services to a Public Housing Agency (PHA).

 

Qualified firms are invited to submit a proposal for this contract to the CHA no later than Monday, August 28, 2023. Proposals will be evaluated and the firm whose proposal is most advantageous to the CHA will be selected, subject to negotiation of fair and reasonable compensation.

 

The RFP may be obtained by contacting Roman Kubas at [email protected].

 

The CHA is an equal opportunity agency which does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status. The CHA solicits and encourages Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Section-3 Business participation in all of its contracts.

 

 

  A special Meeting of the Chester Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be held as follows:

Date:  Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Time:  3:00PM

Location: 1111 Avenue of the States

Chester, PA  

Please contact [email protected] to rsvp

 Public Notice

The CHESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY (CHA) is reopening its FY 2024 Annual Agency Plan in compliance with the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 (QHWRA).  Pursuant to QHWRA, the updates will be available for public review on July 10, 2023, at CHA’s Administrative offices at 1111 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA 19013 from Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. 

A public hearing will be held on August 29, 2023, at 12:00pm in the second-floor conference room of the CHA’s administrative offices, 1111 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA 19013.  All are invited to comment on the update and participate in the public hearing. Please contact Quineice Harris at [email protected] for an appointment or to attend the public hearing.

CHA is an equal opportunity employer.

Owner housing assistance payments and tenant utility reimbursement payments for the month of July will not be issued until July 3rd; the first business day of the month.

 

CHA posts payments to the landlord portal when issued.   Please plan accordingly for this delay.  The CHA cannot issue funds until they are released by the US Treasury.

  Please note that due to the holiday on July 4th, owners/tenants may not have the funds in their accounts until July 5 or possibly later depending on the posting policies of the financial institution.  

  Please plan accordingly for this calendar and holiday-driven delay. 

 

Thank-you for participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program

 

Devon Preparatory School students partner with Chester Housing Authority to design Chester City's First Entrepreneur Innovation Center (EIC) focused on STEM and Entrepreneurship. The EIC offers workshops in e-commerce business models, apparel and accessories products, digital design and marketing, photography, robotics, podcasting, music production, social media marketing, financial stock mark lab, and business development – just to name a few.

 

 2023 S8 Lottery

Selected Confirmation Numbers
 

The application confirmation numbers listed below were selected through a random computer draw. The random draw was conducted by an independent, third-party software company.

If your confirmation number is listed, then your name has been placed on the Waiting List. If your confirmation number is not listed, then your entry was not picked in the lottery, and your name cannot be placed on the Waiting List.

 

Lottery Numbers 

 Dear CHA Tenants: Due to a technical glitch in our system, February rent statements will not be mailed out until next week. We appreciate your patience.

 

   Public Announcement

The Chester Housing Authority will accept online app
lications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program from Tuesday, January 17, 2023 to Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

 

 

The Chester Housing Authority will meet virtually to hold its 2024 Annual Plan Meeting on January 24, 2023. 

Planning meetings for the FY 2024-2025 Annual Plan are announced below.

 

In the first meeting, the CHA will provide an update on the last Annual Plan and offer new agency goals and additions based on the anticipated agency resources.

 

The schedule for the Annual Plan process is:

 

                January 24, 2023:        Resident Advisory Board Meeting, goals/changes presented

11:30 a.m. Via Zoom

 

February 21, 2023:        Follow up Resident Advisory Board Meeting

 11:30 a.m. Via Zoom

 

 

                February 22, 2023:       Plan changes available for public viewing/comment

CHA Administrative offices,         

1111 Avenue of the States, 3rd Floor Conference Room

 

                April 11, 2023:                 Public Hearing to present Annual Plan updates     

              11:30 a.m. Via Zoom

Contact [email protected] to attend. 

 

 

The US Treasury releases our housing funds on the first business day of the month. October 1 falls on a Saturday this year, therefore the monthly housing assistance payments may not post to your accounts ...

 

 

Speical meeting information

 

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LETTER TO ALL CHA RESIDENTS    

 

The Chester Housing Authority series of Annual Plan Meetings will be held as follows:

Initial Meeting

Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Time: 11:30AM   Via Zoom

 

Follow-up Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Time: 11:30 AM Via Zoom

 

Public Hearing

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Time: 12 NOON Via Zoom

 

Please contact [email protected] for meeting Zoom link.

 

Emergency Broadband Benefit    

 

April 17, 2020 from Executive Director Steven A. Fischer

Dear All: First let me wish you and your loved ones well as our world fights the disease known as COVID-19. These are trying times to say the least. Jobs lost or cut back for so many of us. School out. Food and household goods hard to come by. You know the rest, a month into this health crisis. But we are the families and elderly of public and assisted housing. We are used to adversity. We will pull together and beat back the beast. As your housing administrator, we have done our best to stay in touch with you via telephone and social media, sometimes a flyer. During this “STAY AT HOME” order, the Governor has deemed us “essential workers” and we have been on the job throughout. In case any part of our emergency service is unclear to you, please review the following outline appropriate to you:

PUBLIC HOUSING – Office staff are working from home most of the time. Rent can be paid online as always at www.chesterha.org . Click on the blue tab on top of the home page. It can also be deposited in a lock box at your site office, brought to 1111 Avenue of the States, or mailed there.

LOSS OF INCOME RENT ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS must be emailed to [email protected] – Maintenance staff are working reduced hours prioritizing emergency work orders. To enter your home, they will wear masks and gloves, ask you to do the same, and ask that anyone sick move to another room. For emergencies, call 610 876 3000. – Trash collection has been reduced from three (3) days a week to two (2). – Police service is still 24/7. Call 610 876 3000. – Annual re certification packets must be dropped off at the main office or emailed to [email protected]

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM – Case workers are working from home. If you get a call from a strange number and do not pick up, we will always leave a message. – We are still inspecting with social distancing protocols. Inspectors will wear masks and gloves. You should too when they visit or keep safe distances. – Maintenance. Please call in issues to your landlord. Please call CHA if the landlord does not respond. Owners and work crews must have access for emergencies. Thirty-day extensions for the re-inspection of non-emergency repairs can be requested by the owner or tenant. – For those of you who have the I-Pay option, please pay rent that way if you can. Beginning Monday, April 20, Pennsylvania will be under even stricter orders. Added to staying at home, social distancing and the frequent washing of hands will be masks, gloves and even having your temperature taken when entering business offices and stores. Keep up the great work you have been doing. Practice COVID courtesies the best you can so we may all come through this healthy.

WE ARE OPEN FOR PROCESSING BUT CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

CHA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS WITH THE FOLLOWING CHANGES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:

BUSINESS WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA EMAIL OR OVER THE PHONE FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS. ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL WILL BE WORKING ON A FULL-TIME OR AS-NEEDED BASIS. IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS AND INTERVIEWS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY PHONE OR RESCHEDULED IN A MONTH. PURSUANT TO GOVERNOR WOLF’S ORDER, CHA

COMMUNITY CENTERS AND COMMUNITY ROOMS WILL BE CLOSED.

FITNESS CLASSES ARE CANCELLED.

WHEN VISITING OUR OFFICES, PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE AND RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

CALL CHRISSY BENFORD AT 610-904-1111 EXT 604 FOR MORE INFORMATION

In an effort to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 Corona Virus, the CHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program has adopted new procedures effective immediately. Inspection Procedures If you or anyone in your household has been knowingly exposed to the Corona Virus due to travel, as a health care worker, or through other community contacts please call the McCright Customer Service Center and reschedule your appointment for a later date.

In addition, in accordance with McCright infection prevention protocols, an inspection will be rated inconclusive and rescheduled if the person who answers the door answers “yes” to being exposed to the Covid-19 Corona Virus or to having someone in the household with a fever or flu-like symptoms.

The inspection will be rescheduled in 21 days. Annual Review Procedure Change Until further notice, the HCVP has adopted a “mail in” procedure for both annual re certifications and reporting changes in household income and composition. Your assigned Occupancy Specialists will contact you if it is absolutely necessary for you to come into the office to complete the certification. Postage paid envelopes are included in your review notice to send back the necessary forms and documents to complete your certification.

You may also scan and email forms and verification documents to your assigned Occupancy Specialist. Email is the most efficient way for your Occupancy Specialist to communicate with you and address your service requests.

Your assigned Occupancy Specialist with contact information is listed below: Agustina Martinez, Ext. 210 A-B Last Names Spanish Speaking Participant Incoming Portability [email protected]

Miguel Laguna, Ext, 120 C-H Last Names mlaguna@ chesterha.org

Kerry Robinson , Ext. 236 I-Q Last Names [email protected]

David Maclin Ext. 205 R–Z Last Names [email protected]

Bev Jetter, Ext. 213 Matopos Senior and Chatham Terrace PBV Edgemont Senior and Madison Senior Apts Gateway Senior Apts Trimerge Lease-Ups Outgoing Portability Contact/Payables [email protected]

THE CHESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY is the city of Chester’s largest affordable housing provider. We administer and manage approximately 2,400 units.

OUR MISSION is to provide quality, safe, and affordable housing for low and moderate-income households in a discrimination-free environment. In doing so, we strive to integrate CHA residents and developments into the neighboring communities and to serve as a catalyst for revitalization and development for participant families in the city of Chester, Pennsylvania.