PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Going into today’s Philadelphia Housing Administration board special meeting, the PHA board chairman, former Mayor Street, gave no indication that he’s willing to resign at the request of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Street thinks the HUD deputy secretary Ron Sims was “unrealistic” in issuing a press release to force the five members of the PHA board to resign. Street acknowledges having “private conversations” with HUD about volunteering to resign.

“But the only document that we’ve seen from HUD is the press release, and we got it from the press,” he said. “I don’t understand how that makes any sense.”

(Tawa:) “Mayor, one person with whom I spoke indicated that there was an agreement for everyone to resign before the press release came out. Then it didn’t happen, and the release went out.”

(Street:) “That’s absolutely not true. No one ever agreed to resign.”

Earlier this week, one PHA board member, councilwoman Jannie Blackwell quit, saying she wanted to be “part of the solution, not part of the problem, or perceived to be part of the problem.”

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio

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