Chester Housing Authority

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Chester housing authority cited as most improved

The Chester Housing Authority, the once-beleaguered public housing agency that operated under receivership for two decades, has been cited as the most improved public housing authority in the nation, according to a survey by HAI Group, an insurer of nearly 1,400 housing authorities across the country.

Beating nearly 150 housing agencies in its category, the Chester agency received the award for achieving the greatest decline in the number of insurance claims filed and a reduction in the cost of claims paid by the insurer.

Chester's agency, which manages about 2,400 units, was evaluated from 2011 to 2013 against other agencies that manage between 500 and 2,499 units.In 2013, the Chester agency had no claims paid, a spokeswoman for HAI Group said.

"That's a distinction of which our maintenance and security teams can be proud," Steven Fischer, executive director of the authority, said in a statement.The award marks another accolade for the agency, which has been on the upswing in recent years after a 1990 lawsuit said its housing units were dilapidated and uninhabitable. The authority operated under the oversight of a federal judge from the 1990s through 2014.