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Is PHA’s Greene Controversy Distracting Agency From Work?

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A group fighting urban blight wants to have a meeting with the Philadelphia Housing Authority to determine whether the Carl Greene controversy has been a distraction in tending to boarded-up, vacant homes under PHA control.

They gathered along South Yewdall Street, just off Woodland Avenue in the Kingsessing section, and cast their gaze on a half-dozen boarded up homes along that block.

“It just isn’t safe,” Christine Miles said.  She added she’s disturbed that some vacant homes sit for years on end with no regular upkeep.  “If they fix it up, it brings up the value of the neighborhood, it makes the kids walk safely, and the elders will come out.  I would be scared to walk past it, something like this, here.”

Amanda Koprowski is with the community organization Action United:

“We were surprised in tracking down the owners of these properties that a number were owned by PHA.”

Action United is concerned that distraction at the management level has led to trickle-down dysfunction on the ground.  The PHA did not return calls seeking comment.

Reported by KYW Newsradio’s Steve Tawa

  • Cleanup Philly

    Ineffective policies like basing executive pay on how many properties are owned by PHA mean that PHA will hold properties it can’t use no matter what the condition, and the city is not fining PHA or otherwise holding it accountable.

    The press has to follow up on these policies and how they relate to the huge blight problem in Philly that PHA is more a contributor toward than a solver.

  • Clean up Philly

    PHA should sell the properties it can’t maintain because the properties don’t fit into the current model of HUD funded urban renewal.

    PHA’s executive director is paid according to properties held, including vacant ones, and that system must end.

    Here’s a look at some PHA properties in my neighborhood that are either vacant or occupied but run down. PHA isn’t funded for so much scattered site property, and it’s time to trim and sell PHA’s perpetually unsuccessful properties:

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