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August 4, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Standard & Poor's Global Ratings cut the Philadelphia Housing Authority's credit rating by one notch, to A+ from AA-, citing three consecutive years of operating losses. The outlook is stable. PHA's operating loss for the 12 months ended March 31, 2015, the latest audited financial information available, was $37.9 million on $368 million in operating revenue, most of it from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. S&P attributed the financial weakness to declining federal subsidies, though federal revenue increased 5 percent in fiscal 2015 from the year before.
NEWS
March 3, 2008
IT HAS BEEN my experience over the last 30 years as an anti-crime activist in Philadelphia that the Philadelphia Housing Authority hasn't truly reached out to the many citizen volunteers or groups that combat crime in our city in implementing a real anti-crime strategy with regards to quality of life and other crime that currently plague many PHA sites. I have on many occasions attempted to sit down with PHA police officials in forming a game plan targeting PHA sites in the East Police Division area with no return dialogue from PHA officials?
NEWS
August 26, 2010
This latest episode of PHA head Carl R. Greene shows that he needs to be shown the door. The latest allegations and settlements prove that he is not worthy of heading that agency. These alleged incidents along with his lackadaisical handling of his personal financial issues show clearly it's time to step down. This agency is supplied public funds and as such these settlements are not privileged or private information when it came to use of such funds to settle these incidents. Taxpayers are again being shortchanged to no avail as this man allegedly got away with more than meets the public eye!
NEWS
June 30, 2011 | By Jennifer Lin and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
The embattled Philadelphia Housing Authority has cut off funding to a public-housing nonprofit headed by Asia Coney, a veteran tenant leader and close ally of former Executive Director Carl R. Greene. Tenant Support Services Inc. (TSSI), which paid Coney $108,000 to manage training and other support services for public-housing tenants, is the subject of multiple government investigations into allegations that funds were misspent. Michael P. Kelly, PHA's top administrator, said the authority decided Wednesday not to exercise an option to provide more money to TSSI, and would take over the nonprofit's programs and services.
NEWS
August 19, 2010
WOW, WHY am I not surprised? The Philadelphia Housing Authority director of the most corrupt city in America is being foreclosed on. This is the person who is in charge of thousands of Philadelphia properties and can't even manage his own. When are the people of this city gonna wise up and get rid of these bums? What a joke! John B. Hall, Philadelphia
NEWS
July 16, 2011 | By Jennifer Lin and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
In a major step toward rebuilding the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the agency has named Barbara Adams, general counsel for the State of Pennsylvania under former Gov. Ed Rendell, as its new top lawyer. As PHA's new general counsel, Adams, 59, of Philadelphia, fills a position that has been vacant since 2008. Michael P. Kelly, PHA's administrative receiver, said Friday that Adams becomes the "heart, soul, and backbone of our recovery effort. " Former Executive Director Carl R. Greene dismantled much of PHA's legal apparatus, outsourcing most work to the city's top law firms.
NEWS
August 13, 2010 | By CATHERINE LUCEY, luceyc@phillynews.com 215-854-4172
The head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority is having difficulty paying his mortgage. According to court documents, Wells Fargo Bank has started foreclosure proceedings against Carl R. Greene, PHA executive director, over his pricey Naval Square condo. Greene's salary this year was $306,370, with a bonus of $44,188. He bought the 2,100-square foot condo in the Naval Square development in 2007 for $615,035, according to city records. Greene was unavailable for comment last night, but PHA spokesman Kirk Dorn confirmed that Greene is having mortgage problems.
NEWS
December 10, 2010 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ceremonial ribbon and the big scissors were ready. The television cameras were in position. The politicians were assembled. But someone was missing from the ceremony Thursday marking the Philadelphia Housing Authority's final rowhouse renovation with federal stimulus money. He was the man on everyone's minds: Carl R. Greene. For the first time in 12 years, Greene was not center stage at a PHA ribbon-cutting. The PHA board fired the agency's executive director in September after discovering he had secretly paid out $640,000 to settle three sexual-harassment complaints.
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REAL_ESTATE
September 12, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Although it has been out of service for most of the last 40 years, the old Spring Garden School on 12th Street between Ogden and Parrish Streets holds endless fascination for David Cleghorn. "It is an incredibly beautiful building," said Cleghorn, senior vice president of real estate development of Help USA, one of the nation's largest providers of affordable housing and social services. "There are still textbooks from the 1970s sitting on the desks," he said. The graffiti inside the building is "high-quality street art," Cleghorn said, and "we will certainly try to salvage as much as we can. " That last statement provides a clue to the future of Spring Garden School No. 1, designed by Irwin Thornton Catharine, who from 1920 to 1937 was chief architect of the Philadelphia public school system.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
As the name implies, the Philadelphia Housing Authority's speciality is housing. Though its designs have been a mixed bag - from the dystopian Schuylkill Falls towers to the gentle, rowhouse-scale MLK houses - the agency has ensured that thousands of low-income families have a basic roof over their heads. It might surprise some to learn that PHA is the city's biggest residential developer, the landlord for about 81,000 people . What PHA does not do well is all the other things that make a Philadelphia neighborhood successful - shops, offices, schools, parks, and playgrounds.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Standard & Poor's Global Ratings cut the Philadelphia Housing Authority's credit rating by one notch, to A+ from AA-, citing three consecutive years of operating losses. The outlook is stable. PHA's operating loss for the 12 months ended March 31, 2015, the latest audited financial information available, was $37.9 million on $368 million in operating revenue, most of it from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. S&P attributed the financial weakness to declining federal subsidies, though federal revenue increased 5 percent in fiscal 2015 from the year before.
NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Facing a possible life sentence if convicted in a fatal attempted carjacking, 16-year-old Abdullah Karee Robinson, a 5-foot-3 100-pounder who looks much younger than his years, broke down in tears Tuesday in a Philadelphia courtroom. Robinson is accused of participating in an attempted robbery and carjacking - he allegedly supplied the firearm - that was used in killing DJ Jonathan Merwin, 35, of Brick, N.J., last year. The question facing Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian H. Ransom: Should the North Philadelphia teen be tried as an adult, or sent back to the Juvenile Court system, where he could be released at age 21 after treatment in a secure facility?
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia Housing Authority police officer was hospitalized Tuesday evening after getting attacked with pepper spray in North Philadelphia, police said. About 6:20 p.m., police were called to 25th and Diamond Streets to respond to calls of a large fight involving mainly women, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. A 25-year-old housing officer who responded to the scene was hit in both eyes with an unknown substance that later was determined to be pepper spray, Small said. The officer was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition and had his eyes flushed, Small said.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Barbara Daniel-Cox, 71, of Mount Airy, an educator, event producer, and political consultant, died Sunday, April 24, of a heart attack while shopping in Philadelphia. A 1962 graduate of West Philadelphia High School, she earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Cheyney University and a master's degree in education from Antioch University. Ms. Daniel-Cox worked at various times as executive director of the Mayor's Commission for Women, director of education for the Philadelphia Urban League, director of consultation and education for Hall-Mercer Community Mental Health Center, and human relations specialist and teacher for the Philadelphia School District.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Samuel Staten Sr., 80, a longtime leader of the Philadelphia Laborers union and an ally to top Democratic politicians, died Tuesday, April 26. "Sam Staten was nothing less than a giant in the world of Philadelphia labor for more than a half-century, and I'm tremendously sorry to learn of his passing," Mayor Kenney said in a statement. "I counted Sam as a friend, and I will miss his wisdom and guidance. My condolences go out to the entire Staten family, including Sam Staten Jr., the current business manager of Laborers Local 332, as well as to all union members whose lives he worked to improve," Kenney said.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Jack Tomczuk, Staff Writer
Two members of President Obama's cabinet went to a North Philadelphia community center Monday to publicize the administration's latest effort to help men and women who are getting out of prison get their lives together. After meeting at the Raymond Rosen Manor public-housing project with people who have been convicted of crimes, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced a grant for agencies that help the recently incarcerated.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Staff Writer
Three top officials at the Philadelphia Housing Authority have been ousted in one of the biggest management shake-ups since executive director Kelvin Jeremiah took the helm of the agency three years ago. Barbara Adams, 64, who had served as PHA's general counsel since 2011, said she was told Friday that she was being dismissed but was given no reason. "I'm very proud of what I accomplished," Adams said Wednesday. Adams said she was an "at-will" employee, and as such could be dismissed at any time.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
The decision announced Wednesday by Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer on-campus student housing for the first time since its founding in 1899 is not earth-shattering in itself. But the move could be a sign of bigger changes to come for the City Avenue school, which has long been a relatively quiet presence in the region's medical-education sector - even as it opened a second campus a decade ago near Atlanta. "It's time to raise the profile, because we do great things here," said Jay S. Feldstein, a 1981 PCOM graduate who became the college's eighth president in July 2014.
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