MAYOR NUTTER’S STATEMENT ON THE RETURN OF THE PHILADELPHIA HOUSING AUTHORITY TO LOCAL CONTROL

Philadelphia, April 26, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement on the return of the Philadelphia Housing Authority to local control:

 

“I want to thank U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez and Estelle Richman, the Secretary’s senior advisor who acted as PHA’s sole board member through this time of transition. I deeply appreciate their cooperation and support. Now, with PHA’s return to local control, the City of Philadelphia has the opportunity to better coordinate housing policy, related investment decisions and neighborhood revitalization in a transparent and coherent manner that involves all housing agencies and stakeholders for the benefit of the people who live in PHA housing and all Philadelphians,” said Mayor Nutter. “Equally important, the re-establishment of local control with a new governance structure means real accountability. The Authority in all its actions is responsible to the Mayor who in turn is answerable to the voters. This significant reform could not have been achieved without the strong support of the Philadelphia City Council, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Pennsylvania Senate and Governor Corbett. Under PHA President Kelvin Jeremiah’s leadership, PHA has instituted strong internal controls, and now with a talented PHA Board of Commissioners prepared to carry out its duties, a new era of accountability, responsibility and transparency begins that will benefit PHA residents and staff and all Philadelphians.”

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