The 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.