August 4, 2016 |
Standard & Poor's Global Ratings cut the Philadelphia Housing Authority's credit rating by one notch, to A+ from AA-, citing three consecutive years of operating losses. The outlook is stable. PHA's operating loss for the 12 months ended March 31, 2015, the latest audited financial information available, was $37.9 million on $368 million in operating revenue, most of it from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. S&P attributed the financial weakness to declining federal subsidies, though federal revenue increased 5 percent in fiscal 2015 from the year before.
June 23, 2016 |
Facing a possible life sentence if convicted in a fatal attempted carjacking, 16-year-old Abdullah Karee Robinson, a 5-foot-3 100-pounder who looks much younger than his years, broke down in tears Tuesday in a Philadelphia courtroom. Robinson is accused of participating in an attempted robbery and carjacking - he allegedly supplied the firearm - that was used in killing DJ Jonathan Merwin, 35, of Brick, N.J., last year. The question facing Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian H. Ransom: Should the North Philadelphia teen be tried as an adult, or sent back to the Juvenile Court system, where he could be released at age 21 after treatment in a secure facility?
May 12, 2016 |
A Philadelphia Housing Authority police officer was hospitalized Tuesday evening after getting attacked with pepper spray in North Philadelphia, police said. About 6:20 p.m., police were called to 25th and Diamond Streets to respond to calls of a large fight involving mainly women, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. A 25-year-old housing officer who responded to the scene was hit in both eyes with an unknown substance that later was determined to be pepper spray, Small said. The officer was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition and had his eyes flushed, Small said.
May 5, 2016 |
Barbara Daniel-Cox, 71, of Mount Airy, an educator, event producer, and political consultant, died Sunday, April 24, of a heart attack while shopping in Philadelphia. A 1962 graduate of West Philadelphia High School, she earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Cheyney University and a master's degree in education from Antioch University. Ms. Daniel-Cox worked at various times as executive director of the Mayor's Commission for Women, director of education for the Philadelphia Urban League, director of consultation and education for Hall-Mercer Community Mental Health Center, and human relations specialist and teacher for the Philadelphia School District.
April 28, 2016 |
Samuel Staten Sr., 80, a longtime leader of the Philadelphia Laborers union and an ally to top Democratic politicians, died Tuesday, April 26. "Sam Staten was nothing less than a giant in the world of Philadelphia labor for more than a half-century, and I'm tremendously sorry to learn of his passing," Mayor Kenney said in a statement. "I counted Sam as a friend, and I will miss his wisdom and guidance. My condolences go out to the entire Staten family, including Sam Staten Jr., the current business manager of Laborers Local 332, as well as to all union members whose lives he worked to improve," Kenney said.
April 27, 2016 |
Two members of President Obama's cabinet went to a North Philadelphia community center Monday to publicize the administration's latest effort to help men and women who are getting out of prison get their lives together. After meeting at the Raymond Rosen Manor public-housing project with people who have been convicted of crimes, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced a grant for agencies that help the recently incarcerated.
April 22, 2016 |
Three top officials at the Philadelphia Housing Authority have been ousted in one of the biggest management shake-ups since executive director Kelvin Jeremiah took the helm of the agency three years ago. Barbara Adams, 64, who had served as PHA's general counsel since 2011, said she was told Friday that she was being dismissed but was given no reason. "I'm very proud of what I accomplished," Adams said Wednesday. Adams said she was an "at-will" employee, and as such could be dismissed at any time.
April 22, 2016 |
The decision announced Wednesday by Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer on-campus student housing for the first time since its founding in 1899 is not earth-shattering in itself. But the move could be a sign of bigger changes to come for the City Avenue school, which has long been a relatively quiet presence in the region's medical-education sector - even as it opened a second campus a decade ago near Atlanta. "It's time to raise the profile, because we do great things here," said Jay S. Feldstein, a 1981 PCOM graduate who became the college's eighth president in July 2014.
March 26, 2016 |
Comcast Corp. will expand its $10-a-month discounted Internet Essentials program to residents of public housing in Philadelphia, Miami, Nashville, and Seattle in a project with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency and the Philadelphia cable giant said Thursday morning. The new program is the latest expansion of Comcast's Internet Essentials offering that has enrolled 600,000 low-income families. The program was launched as a condition of Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011 and is designed to help close the nation's seemingly intractable "digital divide" by making Internet services available to poor families.
March 26, 2016
ISSUE | PUBLIC HOUSING This wasn't a picnic The Blumberg implosion certainly brought about mixed emotions ("Blumberg towers come tumbling down, raising memories of horror and home," Sunday). I gasped at the utter irony of two worlds on display: the huddled former inhabitants of the housing project standing in a desolate parking lot wrapped in blankets, and the cheery Philadelphia Housing Authority celebration, complete with a heated tent and refreshments. PHA still doesn't get it: These are the people they serve.