SAHA was one of 17 housing authorities across the nation to be awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address security needs at public housing properties. SAHA will utilize the grant to implement safety and security measures at Lincoln Heights Courts, a 338-unit public housing property on the city’s Westside.
The grant addresses crime prevention through environmental design concepts, which include site control, lighting and natural/electronic surveillance.
Fencing around neighboring buildings will offer residents a more back-yard feel, with improved area control.
Exterior lighting, powered by solar panels, will be expanded.
Wireless closed circuit cameras (CCTV) will be placed in strategic locations, and connected to a digital video recorder offering the property manager and police the opportunity to record events, to follow up on incidents.
Right of ways will be lit with exterior lights powered by solar panels as well as wireless closed circuit cameras (CCTV) that will also be installed in backyards.
These concepts will offer residents control of their environment while reducing trespassing by non-residents, which tend to be the source of much of the illicit activities.
With more than 500 children living at Lincoln Heights Courts, SAHA is utilizing these funds to work together with parents, to create a safer environment to live and play.
“Feeling safe in your own home is essential in any neighborhood,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “These grants allow public housing authorities to make the necessary improvement to ensure families who live in public housing feel safe in their homes and surrounding neighborhoods.”
Along with this grant, SAHA programs will continue to promote resident involvement, on-site holistic case management, supportive service delivery, health and wellness initiatives and after-school programs for youth - all designed to promote an improved quality of life and economic self-sufficiency for public housing residents.