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.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 7,…

Drunk girls and ghost brownies: here’s your weekly ‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap by way of Q&A. Q: do they really not check for feet under…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.