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DHS Breaks Ground on New Youth Study Center

University City Review: DHS Breaks Ground on New Youth Study Center


The UC Review reports that the Department of Human Services broke ground on Wednesday on its state-of-the-art facility at 48th Street and Haverford Avenue.

The Youth Study Center is a secure detention center that provides temporary care and custody for alleged and adjudicated delinquents, age 13 and over, who are awaiting court action.  Its purpose is to provide protection to the community as well as a safe and secure setting for youth while ensuring residents are available for scheduled court hearings.  The Center admits approximately 6,000 youth annually for assessment and placement as directed by the courts.
The new center will replace the City’s over crowded 54-year-old youth detention facility, which closed last year.  At 160,000 square feet, it will also be almost twice the size of the former  97,000 square foot center, which will alleviate overcrowding and provide more adequate space.

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.



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