Access to Public Housing for Formerly Incarcerated People (Philadelphia Housing Authority)

Sarika Ram filed this request with the Philadelphia Housing Authority of Philadelphia, PA.
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From: Sarika Ram

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

-Currently valid policies related to public housing access for previously incarcerated people
-Currently valid policies related to the Authority's valid grounds for evicting tenants (i.e. drug activity)
-Any responses (i.e. emails, press releases, letters) related to Secretary Shaun Donovan's letter dated June 17, 2011 related to providing housing access for previously incarcerated people

Please provide materials on a rolling basis, as they become available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to clarify via phone at 610-637-7745.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Sarika Ram

From: Philadelphia Housing Authority

Attached is the response of PHA to the RTKL request, below -- as well as
the responsive documents for the 2 (out of 3) parts of the request that
were granted.
Thank you.

Andrea Bowman
Agency Open Records Officer
Philadelphia Housing Authority
1800 S. 32nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

From: Sarika Ram

Hello,
Thank you for promptly providing responsive records. I'd like to modify this request to additionally include the following:

-Currently valid policies/procedures regarding obtaining criminal conviction records from law enforcement agencies and sex offender registration information from the appropriate state/local agency responsible for the maintenance of sex offender registration program
-Any reports compiling the data of applicants to public housing and Section 8 housing assistance from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017
-Any reports compiling the data of public housing and Section 8 housing assistance denials and the basis of those denials between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017
-Any logs of police reports related to activity in public housing and Section 8-subsidized units between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017

Thank you for your time.

Best,
Sarika

From: Philadelphia Housing Authority

I received your Right-to-Know Law request on 10/22/18 and our response
would normally be due 10/29/18. However, given the nature and extent of
your request and the need for legal review, we will require a 30-day
extension, which extension is provided for under the RTKL, 65 P.S. Section
67.902, so that we will have our response to you no later than 11/28/18.

Andrea Bowman
Agency Open Records Officer
Philadelphia Housing Authority
1800 S. 32nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

From: Philadelphia Housing Authority

As noted in the email chain that you sent - the October request was
received as a new request, not a "modification" of the August request, and
that 2nd request was received by PHA on 10/22/18.
When additional items are requested under the RTKL, the date of the
request for the additional items controls, not the date of a previous
request -- even if the agency's response to the earlier request prompts
the requester to request more..

PHA responded to your 8/22/18 request on 8/24/18 (PHA RTKL2018#59).

An extension to the request received in October was taken (as shown in the
email chain) and PHA's response is due on 11/28/18 (PHA RTKL2018#72).

I hope that helps clarify the current status.

Andrea Bowman
Agency Open Records Officer
Philadelphia Housing Authority
1800 S. 32nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

From: Philadelphia Housing Authority

As shown in the emails below, PHA responded to you on October 24, 2018, 2
days after receiving the October 22, 2018 RTKL request (PHA RTKL 2018#72),
to indicate that it would be responding by November 28, 2018.

PHA answered your August 22, 2018 RTKL request (RTKL 2018#59) on August
24, 2018.

The October request is a separate request with a separate time frame, not
a "modification" since PHA had already responded to the August request --
and you will have a response from us to your October requestby November
28, 2018.

Thank you.

Andrea Bowman
Agency Open Records Officer
Philadelphia Housing Authority
1800 S. 32nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

From: Philadelphia Housing Authority

Attached is the response of PHA to your request RTKL 2018#72.

Andrea Bowman
Agency Open Records Officer
Philadelphia Housing Authority
1800 S. 32nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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