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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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