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March 17, 2008
Timing is everything, and the timing of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson is suspicious. Not long after the Philadelphia Housing Authority refused to transfer vacant land to Jackson's friend, music industry mogul Kenny Gamble, HUD moved to cut off $50 million from PHA. PHA Director Carl Greene says in a lawsuit that HUD was being vindictive. HUD denies it. But now a damning e-mail exchange between two Jackson underlings has surfaced, suggesting they tried to punish PHA. The two political appointees at HUD discussed problems at PHA and debated how they could make Greene squeal.
NEWS
June 14, 1989 | By Paul Maryniak, Daily News Staff Writer
Federal officials, frustrated that the city cannot prove how many jobs it has created for poor people under a business assistance program, are warning that they may demand some of the government's money back. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been trying for 13 months to get the city to account for $40 million from HUD funneled into financial-aid and management-advice programs since 1982. As disclosed in April by the Daily News, the city has provided HUD with records showing that firms receiving federal money created only about one- tenth of the 10,000 jobs that were projected over the last six years.
NEWS
May 27, 1994 | By Bill Frischling, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Delaware County officials have given the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 30 days' notice that construction will begin on a homeless shelter in Upper Darby unless HUD quickly rules on a complaint filed against the placement of the shelter. At a County Council agenda meeting yesterday, officials said that the legal battle had already cost the county almost $250,000. The complaint, filed against Cobbs Creek Housing Services Inc. last April, charges that the location of the shelter at 63d and Market Streets is discriminatory because it is in a predominantly black area just a short walk from West Philadelphia.
NEWS
September 29, 1989 | By Paul Maryniak, Daily News Staff Writer
A second court battle has begun in the multimillion-dollar fight between two developers and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over a government-backed $18.6 million mortgage for a luxury apartment building in Overbrook. In a civil suit filed yesterday in federal court, HUD charged that Jack Blumenfeld and Alan Feingold spent $2.4 million "for improper purposes" and "unlawful enrichment" while they ignored their obligations on a mortgage for Executive House on City Avenue at Drexel Road.
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah and Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writers
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed that former Philadelphia Housing Authority executive director Carl R. Greene be barred for three years from working with the agency or other branches of the federal government. In an eight-page letter sent last week, HUD alleges Greene submitted "materially false statements" on numerous occasions from 2007 to 2010 regarding the use of PHA money for lobbying. The letter says Greene has 30 days to respond to allegations he did not report PHA's lobbying activities.
NEWS
October 19, 2011
The federal government accused a Philadelphia condominium association Tuesday of discriminating against a resident who has a medically prescribed assistance dog. The Philadelphian Owners' Association initially denied the resident's request to have the dog, which is a violation of the Fair Housing Act, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which filed the charge. The association "threatened her with fines and other sanctions for her failure to comply with [its 'no pets' policy]
NEWS
January 24, 2012 | By Mark Fazlollah and Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Attorney Mark M. Lee was a man of few words when billing the Philadelphia Housing Authority. For at least 100 days, Lee's billing entries stated that he was "on site" at PHA during a federal audit, saying little else. His firm billed the agency $242,000 for his work, at $310 to $315 an hour. PHA has said it needed to pay an outside lawyer to monitor the federal auditors and respond to questions that its own staffers - whose pay is much lower - were unable or too busy to answer.
NEWS
May 9, 1991 | By Walter F. Roche Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
City officials say they don't care whose uncle owns the building in Cedarbrook. It's dangerous, people are living in it, and they want it fixed. "We don't like dangerous buildings to be occupied," said Assistant City Solicitor Amy Norr. And so the bureaucratic cat fight pitting the city Department of Licenses and Inspections against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has moved to federal court. The subject: a small apartment building at 7948 Provident St. - one that, like hundreds of others brought to court by L&I, has seen better days.
NEWS
July 29, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Financial decisions can have consequences that outlive the people who make them. In the case of three women, two in South Philadelphia and one in Delaware County, the decision to take out a reverse mortgage - a special kind of loan that allows borrowers 62 and older to convert a portion of their home's equity into cash - has made their lives a nightmare. All three were younger than their spouses and not yet 62, which meant they did not qualify for these mortgages and could not be co-borrowers.
NEWS
November 19, 1990 | By NEAL PEIRCE
"HUD is a disaster. Kemp and his palace guard are destroying the agency. When I see people at headquarters, they roll their eyes. They're nervous, they're afraid. Organizationally, Kemp doesn't have a clue to what's going on. " The words of a top career staffer about the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Secretary Jack F. Kemp reflect discontent and bitter criticism that seem to have gotten even worse since my National Journal colleague, Carol Steinbach, first broke the story in July.
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March 26, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. will expand its $10-a-month discounted Internet Essentials program to residents of public housing in Philadelphia, Miami, Nashville, and Seattle in a project with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency and the Philadelphia cable giant said Thursday morning. The new program is the latest expansion of Comcast's Internet Essentials offering that has enrolled 600,000 low-income families. The program was launched as a condition of Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011 and is designed to help close the nation's seemingly intractable "digital divide" by making Internet services available to poor families.
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden officials on Wednesday launched ConnectHome, a federally funded program that will provide high-speed broadband service to low-income families and seek to improve computer literacy among residents. The kickoff event, in the city Housing Authority's community center on Boyd Street in East Camden, included demonstrations of new technology provided to the city as part of the program, like interactive kiosks where residents can search for and apply for jobs, and computer curriculum tailored to pre-K students.
NEWS
July 29, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Financial decisions can have consequences that outlive the people who make them. In the case of three women, two in South Philadelphia and one in Delaware County, the decision to take out a reverse mortgage - a special kind of loan that allows borrowers 62 and older to convert a portion of their home's equity into cash - has made their lives a nightmare. All three were younger than their spouses and not yet 62, which meant they did not qualify for these mortgages and could not be co-borrowers.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Housing Authority on Thursday will consider banning smoking in some of its properties, a move that officials say would make it the largest public housing agency "in the nation to implement such a policy. " If approved by the Board of Commissioners, the measure would ban smoking in at least some of its units, which house about 80,000 low-income residents, a spokesman said Wednesday. The PHA would not say how comprehensive the ban would be. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than 500 housing agencies, including those in Detroit, Boston, and San Antonio, have smoking bans in place.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
CITY OFFICIALS blew more than $500,000 on a failed computer technology upgrade that was supposed to track how the city used a $30.8 million grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development to combat homelessness. Now, officials with the city's Office of Supportive Housing are scrambling to find - and pay - a new vendor to quickly fix the mess, or potentially risk losing millions of dollars in HUD money needed to fund critical homeless-assistance programs in Philadelphia. "I think it's premature to talk about losing funding on any level," HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan said this week.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal housing officials on Thursday slapped former Philadelphia Housing Authority executive director Carl R. Greene with new penalties on top of his current three years' suspension from doing business with the U.S. government. In a two-page letter, the Department of Housing and Urban Development told Greene he would be barred indefinitely from working with HUD or other federal agencies after he finishes his current suspension in 2017. The indefinite suspension was ordered because Greene failed to pay a $75,000 fine levied last year, when HUD issued the three-year penalty.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The feds promised to help West Philadelphia. And now a cabinet secretary is showing up to take a look around. Julián Castro, head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will tour parts of the new Promise Zone on Friday, as two local institutions commence a $4 million initiative to transform early childhood education in a troubled part of the city. The effort, led by the William Penn Foundation and Drexel University, seeks to double the number of neighborhood children in high-quality child care within three years.
NEWS
August 18, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Community improvement projects across the region have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development changed its low- and moderate-income maps in the middle of the grant process. The update, which happened in June, took some local officials by surprise and has them scrambling to find money for such projects as a pedestrian bridge at a Hatboro-Horsham school and improvements to the Ambler Community Center. Montgomery County had already selected the projects to fund when HUD updated the maps.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - New Jersey Senate Republicans blocked Democrats' attempt to override Gov. Christie's conditional veto of proposed Hurricane Sandy "Bill of Rights" legislation Monday, a move Senate President Stephen Sweeney denounced as "sickening. " The bill passed both houses of the Democrat-controlled Legislature in March without a single "no" vote, but Christie, a Republican, conditionally vetoed it in May and sent revisions back to lawmakers. The governor said parts of the bill violated federal law and had "unquantifiable administrative costs.
NEWS
March 30, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has barred Carl R. Greene, former executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, from working with HUD or other federal agencies for three years. The sanction, called debarment, is HUD's stiffest civil penalty. In a two-paragraph letter Thursday, HUD said it acted because Greene failed to disclose money the agency spent lobbying members of Congress. As a consequence, HUD enforcement officer Craig T. Clemmensen told Greene and his lawyer Thomas A. Bergstrom that Greene was banned from working on projects "with HUD and throughout the executive branch.
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