All PHA members resign

March 4, 2011 6:20:18 PM PST
In the wake of the Carl Greene scandal, all remaining members of the Philadelphia Housing Authority have resigned during an afternoon meeting of the embattled agency.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development asked all board members to step down to restore confidence and protect funding after the September 2010 firing of longtime executive director Carl Greene and ensuing federal investigations. The board said Greene used about $900,000 in public money to settle sexual harassment allegations against him.

Two days ago, Philadelphia council member Jannie Blackwell resigned from the board of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, as federal officials have asked. Blackwell was the only member of the vote to vote against firing Greene.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority Board chairman and former Philadelphia mayor John Street said Saturday that members would not resign, calling that "unwarranted."

The move will now put the federal agency Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in control of the Philadelphia Housing Authority.