on wednesday june 19th PHA will be having their THIRD mass auction in the past three years of 187 mostly viable homes in the north philly neighborhoods. you can view the entire list here.
125 of which are in walking distance from the new $45 million new construction PHA building located at 2013 ridge ave. formally known as section 8, the new “housing choice voucher program”, is not even open for new applicants and won’t be for another FIFTEEN years.
to the ceo mr. kelvin jeremiah & PHA:
as you may have noticed by now, there have been a small group of protestors camped outside the PHA building for 42 consecutive days now, led by jennifer, a lifelong north philly resident. their ONLY request is that they be granted an oversight committee in which the people would have some kind of voice in the future of the neighborhoods that have been their home for generations.
we see the PHA website and the very positive housing mission that you all seem to think you are delivering- what you are completely missing the mark on is the way you are doing so. what your propaganda videos and misleading words are not showing are the hundreds of people that are being swindled out of their homes for pennies on the dollar, and the unknowing tenants being evicted with no other housing options. the people are being displaced. the culture & history of a land demolished without CONSENT of anyone but your own. the tax paying residents that have managed to survive the plundering of land and homes, will now be left to pay much higher, unwanted property taxes and a complete demoralization of a culture that has made the neighborhood their own.
there is no accountability taking place because you are choosing to turn the other cheek.
i wonder if you, mr. kelvin, were being harassed and pushed out of the home you grew up in, your mother and your grandmother, if you would remain still and go along so willingly. what you are doing and how you are doing it, is in step with the colonizing forefathers of this country and the indigenous people of this land. you can run, you can hide, but nothing will protect you from the truth. may it be in this lifetime or the next.
to councilman darrell clarke: you are in the same company. when asked about the housing situation by jennifer in the PHA parking lot just the other day, you responded that you “had no idea” that any of this was going on. the people are listening. and you are lying. you are lying to the community that raised you.
to anyone that has passed the PHA building on 20th and ridge, you may have seen the group of protestors i am talking about. as i’ve mentioned before, they’ve been out there for 42 days through the rain and heat. they are always in need of food, water and ice.