HUD wants Housing Authority to put up or pay up for legal fees

    The Philadelphia Housing Authority is facing one of two options: explain and justify its $1 million in legal fees, or reimburse the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provides most of PHA’s budget.

    HUD’s lawyer says PHA hasn’t yet provided a good reason for the big spending, which includes $150,000 for services by former City Controller Jonathan Saidel.

    The Inquirer reports PHA has until next Friday to explain itself or pay up. Among the legal expenses PHA has to explain is the $7,884.50 price tag for attorneys to attend an anniversary party for former Executive Director Carl Greene, a rally and three ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

    WHYY’s Tom MacDonald will have more details from HUD later.

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