PHA cuts 82 jobs due to federal spending cuts

Philadelphia Housing AuthorityThe Philadelphia Housing Authority laid off 82 employees last week due to the federally mandated spending cuts, saving nearly $7.2 million, the authority said.

The agency, which receives 90 percent of its funding from  the Department of Housing and Urban Development, faces a $32 million cut in federal funding.

The 82 – 36 non- union and 46 union employees – were given one week severance package. The PHA will save an estimated $7.2  million in total with salary and benefits.

The much bandied about term “Sequester” refers to a group of cuts to federal spending that took effect March 1 and is expected to amount to $85 million by Sept. 30. The Sequester calls for public housing support to be cut by roughly $1.94 billion nation-wide.

Kelvin A. Jeremiah, whose interim title was recently lifted and is now full-time President & CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, said in a news release that his “hands are tied.”

“This agency cannot continue serving the city most vulnerable without federal dollars,” he said.


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