Office of the General Counsel

The primary purpose of the Office of the General Counsel is to ensure that the Philadelphia Housing Authority receives the highest standard of legal representation. The General Counsel serves as the chief legal advisor to the Board of Commissioners, the President & CEO, and all Department Directors on all legal matters involving or relating to PHA, including litigation, public housing law, Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), HUD rules and regulations, landlord and tenant issues, real estate, redevelopment, contracts and procurement, personnel, employment, labor relations, relevant local and federal statutes, inter-agency issues and other administrative functions. The General Counsel operates under the general administrative direction of the President & CEO with a reporting relationship to the Board of Commissioners.

Grievance Hearings

Learn more about PHA's Grievance Procedures for public housing residents here. If you have questions about lease enforcement or grievance hearings, please call:

  • Grievance Hearing Coordinator - 215-684-1383
  • Grievance Hearing Room - 215-684-5942

 

*ATTENTION*

Effective immediately and until further notice, service of all legal papers will only be accepted on Tuesday and Thursday morning between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00pm by Mary C. Vasallo, Office Administrator, Office of the General Counsel. This includes legal papers that require personal service, including service of summonses, complaints, petition, and subpoenas.

All questions regarding service of process should be directed to Mary C. Vassallo, 2013 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134, 215-684-5780 or mary.vassallo@pha.phila.gov.