PHA takes back local control

PHA returned to local control and a new Board of Commissioners formally took office. Former Commissioner Estelle Richman, Board Chairperson Lynette M. Brown-Sow, PHA President& CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah, Rev. Bonnie Camarda, Kenneth A. Murphy, Esq., Joan Markman, Esq., the Honorable Nelson A. Diaz, Shellie R. Jackson, Rev. Leslie D. Callahan, Vernell Tate, and Herbert Wetzel celebrate the end of HUD receivership. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
PHA returned to local control and a new Board of Commissioners formally took office. Former Commissioner Estelle Richman, Board Chairperson Lynette M. Brown-Sow, PHA President& CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah, Rev. Bonnie Camarda, Kenneth A. Murphy, Esq., Joan Markman, Esq., the Honorable Nelson A. Diaz, Shellie R. Jackson, Rev. Leslie D. Callahan, Vernell Tate, and Herbert Wetzel celebrate the end of HUD receivership. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is back in business.

On Friday, the authority announced the appointment of nine new board members, and the restoration of power back to local officials.

The PHA had been under federal control for the past two years. It was taken over after Carl Greene, former executive director, was under investigation after officials found he had settled a number of sexual harassment complaints without notifying them.

“Today marks an important achievement for PHA and its staff,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah. “We are no longer looking to the past with regret and disappointment. Instead, we are looking forward—to the future, to seize the opportunities it holds, and to take back PHA’s good name and reclaim its legacy.”

The PHA settled a lawsuit with Greene in February in which they paid him $625,000 after it spend more than $1 million in legal fees.

The agency, which receives 90 percent of its funding from the government, received a $32 million cut in federal funding in March due to ue to the federally mandated spending cuts.

“Now, with PHA’s return to local control, the City of Philadelphia has the opportunity to better coordinate housing policy, related investment decisions and neighborhood revitalization in a transparent and coherent manner that involves all housing agencies and stakeholders for the benefit of the people who live in PHA housing and all Philadelphians,” said Mayor Michael Nutter in a statement.


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