Philadelphia Housing Authority Forced To Step Aside For HUD

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will take on the responsibilities of the Philadelphia agency for at least one year, after revelations of profligate spending led to the termination of the former Executive Director.
March 7, 2011, 11am PST | Victor Negrete
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From Philly.com:

"The Philadelphia agency has been in a state of upheaval since the abrupt termination of Executive Director Carl R. Greene last September ...
The board fired Greene after learning that PHA had secretly settled for $648,000 three sexual-harassment complaints against him.
Since then, there have been revelations of $38.3 million in legal expenditures since 2007; elaborate events with belly dancers; and lavish spending on pet projects, such as a $2.8 million pavilion with pillars and planters sheathed in a special red-speckled granite."

A well-known former Philadelphia official, Estelle Richman- now Chief Operating Officer for HUD, will assume control of the PHA.

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Published on Saturday, March 5, 2011 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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