A Message from Mr. White

Mr. White, the man living in Kanawha Plaza whose Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority apartment deposit we recently raised $251 to pay, asked me to post this message: 


"Thanks to many caring people who I never met, I will be able to pay my security deposit for an apartment to finally leave Kanawa Park Plaza. The $251 dollar amount I needed was in fact surpassed. As of right now I don’t know the true dollar amount because I’ve yet to hear from my (RRHA) case worker who may have received donations for me. The amount is at least $280 dollars. I’m not asking for anything more and will delete my 2hands post asking for help. Anything over the original sum can go towards my rent if that’s o.k. with you all. "The money for the security deposit won’t get me off the streets right now but as soon as an apartment becomes available I can jump right into one. I’m fine with the fact that I’m still in the park right now just as long as I have the means to leave in the near future. I’m hoping it will be in the next two months before the TRUE summer times hits. I don’t know about the rest of you guys but I much rather fight the cold than the heat. I was telling a really cool VCU student named Kat this the other day. "Kat is one of the many who helped my cause. I told her my grandmother invited me to stay over for two weeks until the weather breaks. My grandmother is one of those who has the heat on even in the summer.  She thinks 65 degrees is FREEZING COLD! So after four days of watching Family Feud and The Golden Girls I had to leave. As much as I love grandma and my beautiful wife of ten years Betty White I had to go. "When I do finally get a place I can go back into doing something I haven’t done in many years, paint. I have a computer with a big collection of Adobe programs like Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator CS5 to name a few. I was in the middle of learning to oil paint in Photoshop right before all this happened. I LOVE to do any kind of artwork. lately since I lived ether in a family members house or on the street it was easier to keep a computer somewhere for artwork and not tons of art supplies. "When I get situated I’m going to paint you guys SOMETHING! On canvas or in the computer and upload it to everyone. I’m good in Photoshop but stink in Illustrator. I’ll try my best. "Anyway thank you all for being so caring to a person you never even seen. I have a good digital camera but It’s in someone garage under a ton of junk. When I move I’ll have all this stuff for everybody It’s just going to take awhile. Thank you and bless you all.Ashanti White.”
Keep up with the RRHA's The Connection
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Volume #1 of the RRHA’s The Connection newsletter is now out with updates on a variety of RRHA activities, including a page about the North Church Hill Revitalization effort:

The revitalization will create 1,100 to 1,300 mixed income homes, including the replace- ment of 504 public housing units, apartments, retail opportunities, parks, yards and parking. Additionally, Armstrong High School will be rebuilt. Each effort will be done in phases, with Armstrong Phase 1 expected to start November 2015 and housing replacements to begin Spring 2017.

I think the paragraph above is meant to refer to plans to redevelop the old Armstrong high into a mixed-income housing community, not rebuild the current high school. Not that there would be anything wrong with that.

VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2015/01/29/keep-up-with-the-rrhas-the-connection_40100/

Creighton Court among most endangered places in Richmond
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Ed Slipek names Creighton Court among “The Nine Most Endangered Places in Richmond” in this week’s Style:

Richmond’s inner-city neighborhoods such as Creighton, Gilpin and Fairfield courts comprise, in total, the largest concentration of public housing between Washington and Atlanta. While memories run deep, some people won’t shed tears in the coming years while these unlovely, ill-landscaped masonry housing blocks give way to something, anything, new.

But a question some historians and preservationists are asking is whether or not some part of these complexes should be retained. They contain poignant history. Not only were they homes for hundreds of families since the middle of the 20th century, they are the manifestation of a great social experiment dating to before Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal years.

VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2015/03/18/creighton-court-among-most-endangered-places-in-richmond_40997/

The health impact of concentrated poverty in the East End

The RTD has a long look at the health impacts of living in different parts of the city breaking out a piece on living in the poorest section of the East End:

Average life expectancy for someone who is born and remains their entire life in [census tract 202 / Fairfield Court] is just 66 years — almost 13 years less than the average U.S. life expectancy of 78.7 years. And almost 20 years less than someone who lives in the city’s more affluent neighborhoods in the West End, where average life expectancy is as high as 83 years.