Richmond housing authority leader steps down after scrutiny over heating problems

Richmond housing authority leader steps down after scrutiny over heating problems

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority CEO T.K. Somanath resigned from his position on Sunday.

His departure after three years comes as the RRHA faces increased scrutiny over how it handled heating problems at Creighton Court.

While RRHA blamed aging, clogged pipes for the problem, many residents accused RRHA of being slow to respond.

"Since I've been living out here, I've never had heat here," resident Sheraine Cavell said last week.

"Fixing the existing pipes is not an option at this point," Somanath said.

The new heaters will be installed this week.

There's currently no information on why Somanath left his position or when a replacement will be named.

RRHA sent an email to council members letting them know "what they are doing about interim leadership" at the authority:

Mayor Stoney; Members of City Council: Priscilla Jackson has just sent an update to you regarding the status of repairs at Creighton Court to address heating issues as well as leadership transition in the wake of TK Somanath's resignation yesterday. The permanent repairs at Creighton began this morning.

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