Philadelphia, – Mayor Michael A. Nutter has released the following statement regarding the announcement from Deputy Secretary Ron Sims, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), that HUD will immediately begin an audit of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s (PHA) financial and management operations.
“I commend the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for its decisive action in announcing an audit of the Philadelphia Housing Authority,” said Mayor Nutter. “As I outlined yesterday to Board Chairman John F. Street I am deeply concerned by the recent revelations regarding Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl Greene and by the Board’s oversight of the organization. I know that many Philadelphians share this concern and deserve answers to the many questions that have been raised. The City of Philadelphia will provide any help and support requested by HUD.”
Mayor Nutter, in an August 25, 2010, letter to John F. Street, Chairman of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Board, called for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to conduct a comprehensive and thorough investigation of PHA activities. Mayor Nutter has also expressed his concerns directly to HUD officials over the last week.