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February 26, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Housing Authority board member Nelson A. Diaz is resigning, citing a federal decision that he cannot serve unless his law firm stops doing PHA legal work. In a letter to City Council President Darrell Clark, Diaz said he would leave the nine-member board April 1. He said he was being forced off by an unnamed person who complained to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about Dilworth, Paxton, Diaz's law firm, having contracts with PHA. "Someone wants me off the board by seeking an excuse from HUD," Diaz said in the two-page letter, "and, trying not to embarrass anyone, I will resign.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON Gov. Christie is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a six-month extension of housing assistance to help pay the costs of 81 families displaced by Sandy who are still living either at Fort Monmouth or in mobile homes provided by the government. The request to extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which at its peak gave help to about 5,500 households and is set to expire in April, would pay for temporary housing through the storm's second anniversary.
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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
November 24, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Standing in the courtyard of the Blumberg public housing project, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan said Friday that this neglected corner of North Philadelphia should be "defined by its potential, not its problems. " To help realize that, the HUD chief announced a $500,000 grant to the city's housing authority to plan a top-to-bottom revitalization of the neighborhood. The area around Blumberg, at 23d and Jefferson Streets, suffers from a violent crime rate that is twice the rate of the rest of the city.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fear and frustration grew among furloughed federal workers in the Philadelphia region Wednesday, as dozens staged a noisy protest to demand that elected officials end the shutdown and put them back on the job. About 50 chanting and sign-waving employees from agencies including the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency gathered in Center City outside the Wanamaker Building, which houses several government...
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April 30, 2013 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal auditing agency has charged that former Philadelphia Housing Authority executive director Carl R. Greene falsely certified that his agency was not using taxpayer money for lobbying and has recommended that Washington take action against him "up to and including debarment. " In a 35-page report Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general also recommended that HUD take actions against Greene under a federal anti-fraud law. Assistant HUD Secretary Sandra B. Henriquez said she would review the inspector general's report with her agency's attorneys before a decision is made on how to proceed with the recommendations.
NEWS
April 29, 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.
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