Chester’s Ruth Bennett Community Farm is a vibrant oasis in a desert of dull brick and lifeless concrete.
Tucked below Interstate 95 at the top of a cul-de-sac, the 2-acre farm teems with life: organic produce, wildflowers, and a host of winged insects that flutter between the two.
“This is like a resurrection of life here,” assistant manager Malik Savage said during a recent visit.
From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Residents of Pittsburgh’s Bedford Dwellings are getting a lift from Lyft.
The ride-share service on Thursday announced it would transport residents of Bedford and those at Prospect Terrace in East Pittsburgh, both public housing communities, to and from local Giant Eagle grocery stores for $5 per round trip. Residents are eligible for one ride to the store each week.
From the Toledo Blade:
The Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority has received nearly $1 million in grant funding to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards.
From the Urban Institute:
Altgeld Gardens, a Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) development, is an isolated community on the far south side of the city and is home to nearly 1,500 families. But it doesn’t have a single grocery store.
On Tuesday, the U.S House of Representatives passed by vote H.R. 1690, the Safe Housing for Families Act of 2019, to protect residents of public housing from carbon monoxide poisoning by authorizing over $300 million over three years to fund the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide detectors in Department of Housing and Urban Development-subsidized housing units that have combustion-fueled appliances or a ventilation system that connects them to such units.
A new public health funding opportunity from the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) and the Center for Sharing Public Health Services (CSPHS) could help support public housing authorities that are building and sustaining cross-sector health partnerships.
The National Housing Conference (NHC) has released its latest report, “Promising Health and Housing Collaborations," which discuss learnings from three innovative health care and housing partnerships.
HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) recently published its fiscal years 2017 and 2018 Biennial Report. According to PD&R, the goal of their report is to inform those who use the data and research PD&R produces about who PD&R is, what PD&R does, and some input about how PD&R functions.
From Wicked Local Cambridge:
The city of Cambridge recently announced four local nonprofit partnerships will receive $30,000 planning grants from the city’s Community Benefits Fund.
The fund was established to utilize funding from developers, received through zoning amendments or other agreements, to address the unmet needs of Cambridge residents, particularly low-income families with children.