Saturday, March 5, 2011

HUD takes over Phila. Housing Authority

It's official: HUD has taken over the Philadelphia Housing Authority. (About which more previously here.)

For news so locally big, it's being soft-pedaled: released at a local meeting on a Friday, and not posted among HUD's systemwide press releases, nor on the Pennsylvania-specific page.

In case you wondered, HUD provides a list of housing authorities it has taken over. It now lists five: East St. Louis; Wellston, Missouri; New Orleans; Virgin Islands; Detroit. I suppose Philadelphia makes six. Two more are under court supervision: Kansas City, and Chester, Pennsylvania.

Running these seven -- now eight -- agencies is the Office of Receivership Oversight, led by Karen Newton-Cole, who per this archived 2009 newsletter was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary in HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

Housing authorities, from both the outside and the underside, nearly always look clotted, opaque and unchangeable. Wishing her well with this one and the others.

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