Philadelphia Housing Authority
The Philadelphia Housing Authority has broken ground for its first project in more than two years.
“This is another attempt to circumvent the collective bargaining process by the mayor,” says District Council 33 president Pete Matthews. “It’s not up to the courts to resolve a collective bargaining agreement. It’s up to the mayor to sit down and work this out fairly.”
City Council president Darrell Clarke and six other district councilmembers are proposing that the city government borrow $100 million to finance construction of 1,500 new, affordable properties over the next three or four years, mainly in gentrifying neighborhoods.
The program is available for any child or teen in Philadelphia up to age 18.
PHA reversed a long-standing policy, almost two years ago, when it decided to dispose of properties that it couldn’t afford to renovate. The first two auctions, in the fall of 2011, brought some 500 properties to market.
The agency says it is facing a $32 million cut in federal funding, and since it relies on the Department of Housing and Urban Development for over 90 percent of its funding, it must lay off the 82 employees.
The nasty legal fight between fired Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl Greene and the agency is over. They’re settling out of court, and will present it to a judge on Monday.
Former Philadelphia Housing Authority Director Carl Greene won’t be back on the stand as planned in a trial over his firing.
Greene, the former head of the PHA, is asking for a million dollars in lost salary and benefits, plus damages, for wrongful termination.
Plaintiff Carl Greene is seeking nearly $1 million in lost wages and benefits, plus damages, after his 2010 firing from the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
A group of Philadelphia Housing Authority residents were upset Wednesday when they showed up for their normally scheduled GED class at the John F. Street Community Center in North Philadelphia, only to learn it was canceled, and will now be held in South Philadelphia.
Mayor Nutter and City Council are taking the first steps toward having the city re-gain control of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, which has been run by the feds for nearly two years.
A former Philadelphia Housing Authority manager allegedly cheated the low-income housing agency for years.
For the first time in 10 years, the Philadelphia Housing Authority plans to hire 50 new police officers to patrol it’s developments.
The interim chief of the Philadelphia Housing Authority may soon be embroiled in a battle with local trades unions.