Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
Back in 2010, the story broke about the sexual harrassment charges by several women against Executive Director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Carl Greene. Greene settled out of court using PHA funds meant for affordable housing. Further investigation revealed many more misappropriations of federal money by the PHA. According to news reports, Greene threw lavish parties, hired belly dancers at PHA events and liked to boogie. Eventually, his alleged sexual harrassment and party fever caught up with Greene, and it had a domino effect on everyone who had anything to do with public housing. Opponents of affordable housing developments are having a field day. The scandal is a disaster for public housing residents in Philadelphia. When the agency hurts, they hurt.
As a public housing blogger and former Liddonfield Housing Project resident, I longed for a hero to come and save us. We needed a trusty knight to ride up on his steed and slay all our dragons. I imagined sword fights, arrows flying and valiant peasants scaling castle walls. We'd have certain victory in the end and chant All hail the trusty knight who ousted Carl Greene (a.k.a. Sir Dance-A-Lot). I was humming Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler the whole time, hoping someone will make haste and slay all our dragons.
According to a Philadelphia Inquirer article by staff writers Jennifer Lin and Mark Fazlollah, the PHA spent $38.5 million in 3 years on private lawyers instead of using their own lawyers at the agency. For that amount of money they could have hired a thousand Perry Masons.
Early this month, it was announced that Mike Kelly will remain Executive Director at the Philadelphia Housing Authority on a permanent basis. See The Wall Street Journal article entitled, PHA Names Permanent Chief After Housing Authority Scandal.
Mike Kelly must have fallen in love with Philadelphia and its public housing residents. By remaining permanently, he's expressing his commitment. He's saying he's never gonna give us up, never gonna let us down, never gonna run around and desert us. He's never gonna say goodbye, or tell a lie and hurt us. Bless your heart, Mike "Dragon Slayer" Kelly.
Message for Mike Kelly and His Housing Authority Home Wrecker