SafeWays partners with MHA

By Published: October 03, 2018 1:10 PM CT

The crime prevention nonprofit group SafeWays is partnering with the Memphis Housing Authority to work in eight public housing high rises and communities as well as mixed-income communities on what were once MHA developments.

The effort that began Sept. 1 includes tracking crime statistics in the apartment communities with responses geared to those statistics. Communities that gain SafeWays certification meet certain standards for security and access to the properties.

The communities managed by MHA in the SafeWays partnership are:

  • Borda Towers, 21 Neely
  • Barry Homes, 255 Lauderdale
  • Jefferson Square, 741 Adams Ave.
  • Venson Center, 439 Beale Street
  • Montgomery Plaza, 1395 Pennsylvania
  • Kefauver Terrace, 7620 Robinson Cove
  • G.E. Patterson Pointe, 866 Latham St.
  • Askew Place, 521 Vance Park

The communities not managed by MHA in the SafeWays partnership are:

  • Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing, 440 S. Lauderdale
  • College Park Senior and Family, 838 Walker Ave.
  • MHA Uptown Homes, single-family homes across the Uptown area

MHA chief executive officer Marcia Lewis said the partnership will provide greater security and safety.

“It also provides valuable resources that we at MHA don’t have,” she said in a written statement. “In having staff to physically observe all that’s going on at our sites, in establishing a presence, and in assisting us with planning for our properties.”


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Bill Dries

Bill Dries

Bill Dries covers city government and politics. He is a native Memphian and has been a reporter for more than 40 years.

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