RRHA head T.K. Somanath Resigns

01/22/2018 10:38 AM by

Many of you have written about this issue. The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority lead for the last three years has resigned effective immediately. No replacement has been named yet. This latest controversy (read: fiasco, unacceptable) with the heating issues in Creighton Court is possibly a big factor in his resignation.

From CBS 6

“Yes, there has been some lapses. I am the first one to admit we are not perfect,” Somanath said.

Somanath said RRHA site maintenance at Creighton learned roughly a year ago they would have to shut off the heat in four buildings, but senior management was not informed.
Then in October 2017, as temperatures turned colder, senior management learned those four buildings and three more had the heat turned off –with that number eventually growing to 12.

Somanath said the capital needs facing RRHA far exceed what HUD provides, and while he understands activists and residents’ concerns, he said he doesn’t believe ousting him will fix the problem.

We wonder, will the repairs to the heating really start next week and will they be enough? What’s going to happen with the redevelopment of the East Lawn Shopping Center? How long will it take to find a replacement? Will it make any changes?

Photo by Richmond Times Dispatch



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