Bethlehem PA United States 18017
Pembroke is a public housing community in northeast Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The area was listed as a national historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.HistoryOriginally began in 1918 in order to house steel workers for the increased demand of steel in World War 1. The amount of houses needed was overestimated and the USCH gave up on the project. By 1941, the Pembroke project was finished and contained 202 units of low-income public housing and it was the first such project in the City. By the early 1950s, the Bethlehem Housing Authority purchased additional, adjoining lands, including an 86acre farm. The intention was to build additional affordable housing in the area. Between 1952 and 1962, the Authority built 570 units which included Marvine Village (400 units), Fairmount Homes (120) and Pfeifle Homes (50). These three developments added to Pembroke created one large community collectively known as the Northeast Developments.Over the years, the buildings have undergone many millions of dollars in renovations. Pembroke was renovated in the 1990s, Fairmount and Marvine twice each since the 1980s. Comprehensive renovations were recently completed at Pfeifle Homes.Presently, 20 new homes are being built in the area near Fairmount, to be called Bayard Homes. They add to BHA's inventory and guarantee that 5% of all BHA units are handicap-accessible.Emergency servicesPolice serviceThanks to a long-term agreement between the housing authority and the City of Bethlehem, community police substations are a part of BHA properties, including the Marvine-Pembroke area. The community police concept is funded by BHA on an annual basis and in return, the BPD provides above baseline services for the community.