Housing Authority Director Leaves C-ville Post

Indie writes: Del Harvey is leaving her position as Executive Director of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. According to WINA, Chairman Dave Norris “wants a flexible individual who can work with public housing residents.” There seems to always have been a contentious relationship between staff, the board, and residents. Why is this?

5 Responses to “Housing Authority Director Leaves C-ville Post”


  • Here’s CHRA’s URL of death:

    http://www.charlottesville.org/default.asp?pageid=1A1AEE71-4CFA-4FAB-9C20-0012BD4FFACB

    This is, apparently, easier than http://charlottesville.org/chra/. Whining aside, that’s the site for those that want to learn more about the group.

  • I could be wrong, but Harvey developed a reputation for being a bit of a taskmaster (and I don’t necessarily think that is bad in this case). She held a high-profile yet high-pressure position to make the housing authority run efficiently. I think a lot of the contention came from the clash between Harvey and PHAR (public housing association of residents), who don’t seem to be a very compromising bunch. I am wondering if she was ousted from her position or did she just get fed up and resign?

  • Someone please tell me the Progress had the sense to do a long story on this. Please. I didn’t check their web site, so it may well be there. This is just such a meaty, angry relationship she had with the board that it’d be a real waste if someone isn”t digging around.

    I’d get into detail, but I don’t feel like it right now. As an insider, I prefer to keep all the knowledge to myself.

  • I found the Progress’s slight explanation of Harvey’s resignation on Loper’s website:

    http://www.loper.org/~george/archives/2003/May/926.html

    The article does not give any definitive reason for her departure. It just seems odd that she would move all the way from California to Virginia (even though she has family here) to work for the CRHA, and then leave just a few years later. She seemed committed. I can only speculate that the PHAR folks got under her skin.

  • She seemed committed. I can only speculate that the PHAR folks got under her skin.

    Yeah, I’m sure. And their ally Maurice Cox, too. When last I talked to her, which was darn near a year ago now, she sounded pretty paranoid about them being after her job. Of course, just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.

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