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    In 2006, the Philadelphia Housing Authority paid a belly dancing troupe $1,200 for an appearance at an event that cost a total of $17,000. The events took place while one resident said the housing authority's employees ignored her complaints about unsanitary, and sometimes dangerous, conditions.
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    A housing authority spokeswoman said the 2006 event, which also included yodelers and karaoke, was a part of the housing authority's "diversity awareness" training.
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    Former executive director of the housing authority, Carl Greene, is pictured here dancing with one of the belly dancing troupe members at the 2006 event.
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    The same month as the belly dancer party, 12-years-old Ebony Gage suffered a near-fatal asthma attack while living in federally-subsidized housing. Her mother, Angelique McKinney, told ABC News that poorly trained housing authority inspectors failed to properly check the family's housing for dangerous mold.
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    Due to brain damage suffered during the asthma attack, Ebony Gage may never walk or talk again.
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    McKinney said she repeatedly told housing authority officials about the problems in her home. "It's like they ignored everything I said," McKinney said. The housing authority denied any wrongdoing and settled out of court for $9.6 million.
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    Video of taken after the asthma attack shows the growth of black mold in McKinney's home caused , McKinney says, by unrepaired water leaks. She said she repeatedly complained about leaks to housing authority employees.
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    "Nobody cared," McKinney said of her complaints to the housing authority. "The representatives down there, they look at you like, 'Oh, well, it's not our problem. You need to take care of this or you need to handle this.'" The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Inspector General and the FBI are now conducting probes into housing authority activities.
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