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April 27, 2013 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal officials handed over control of the Philadelphia Housing Authority to a new local board Friday, ending Washington's two-year receivership of the beleaguered agency. In a public meeting at PHA headquarters in Center City, the Department of Housing and Urban Development transferred power to a new nine-member board of commissioners selected by Mayor Nutter and approved by City Council. "The reestablishment of local control with a new governance structure means real accountability," Nutter said in a statement.
NEWS
April 27, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Philadelphia Housing Authority will pay back the government $8 million in expenditures on outside lawyers that were deemed "not necessary and reasonable" by federal auditors. The repayment represents more than one-fourth of what PHA spent on outside law firms from April 2007 through August 2010 under former Executive Director Carl R. Greene. At the same time, HUD has agreed to return control of the authority to a local board of commissioners, ending two years of federal oversight.
NEWS
January 18, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A review by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General found no evidence that the former head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority misused any federal money on a female staffer with whom he had an improper relationship. In a statement released this week, the Inspector General's Office said Michael P. Kelly did not misuse agency funds on gifts or unfairly promote Audrey Lim, a former member of his senior staff. Kelly, who is married, abruptly resigned June 15, after admitting having an affair with Lim, who also left the agency.
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a major step toward restoring local control of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Mayor Nutter has submitted to City Council the names of nine candidates for the agency's Board of Commissioners. Resolutions for each nominee, introduced Thursday by Council President Darrell L. Clarke, are likely to be voted on before Council's last session on Dec. 13. Since March 2011, PHA has been under the control of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with only one commissioner, Estelle B. Richman.
NEWS
July 5, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
After successfully lobbying Harrisburg to tighten the ties between City Hall and the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Mayor Nutter now must come up with a slate of candidates to rebuild the agency's board of commissioners. On Saturday, the Senate gave a unanimous final vote of approval to a bill that will give the mayor the power to choose a nine-member board for the authority. Previously, the mayor appointed two commissioners, with the city controller nominating two more.
NEWS
July 4, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After successfully lobbying Harrisburg to tighten the ties between City Hall and the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Mayor Nutter now must come up with a slate of candidates to rebuild the agency's board of commissioners. On Saturday, the Senate gave a unanimous final vote of approval to a bill that will give the mayor the power to choose a nine-member board for the authority. Previously, the mayor appointed two commissioners, with the city controller nominating two more.
NEWS
June 21, 2012 | By Barbara Laker & Chris Brennan and Daily News Staff Writers
MICHAEL P. Kelly was supposed to be Mr. Fix-It, a turnaround manager who would repair the scandal-scarred Philadelphia Housing Authority.   But when Kelly abruptly left his post Friday as executive director of PHA, he had his own scandal in tow — an affair with a woman he had appointed to head the agency's Department of Human Resources. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials recruited Kelly to lead PHA after the September 2010 firing of former PHA executive director Carl R. Greene, who was accused of sexually harassing female employees and secretly settling complaints with three of them.
NEWS
June 21, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
Michael P. Kelly acknowledged Tuesday that he abruptly resigned last week as executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority after federal officials learned of his affair with a PHA manager. Kelly, 58, is the second PHA director in two years to be toppled by a sex scandal. His predecessor, Carl R. Greene, was terminated in 2010 after PHA's board learned of secret payments of more than $600,000 to three women to settle sexual harassment complaints. In an interview with The Inquirer on Tuesday, Kelly, a married father of three, called the matter "a lapse of judgment and a personal family failure.
NEWS
June 20, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin and Mark Fazlollah, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The abrupt departure of Michael P. Kelly as head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the agency he took over in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal in 2010, came after federal housing officials determined that he was involved in "an improper relationship" with a female PHA manager, government officials said Tuesday. Karen Newton Cole, the chief of human resources at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, said HUD started the review after receiving a tip from a PHA employee in early spring.
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