The man who came to Pittsburgh City Council last month and secured $12 million to build homes in hardscrabble Larimer introduced himself as “Nathaniel Boe, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.”
Mr. Boe, though, is not an authority employee, but one of eight vice presidents of Tampa-based CVR Associates Inc. Last year that firm billed the authority $1.25 million for its services.
Of that, Mr. Boe’s charges totaled $404,000 — more than double the $168,000 salary of authority executive director Caster Binion.
Mr. Boe and his firm are the behind-the-scenes masterminds of a public housing rebuilding boom that has touched Garfield, Brookline, the Hill District and other neighborhoods. They also epitomize the reliance, by an agency tasked with sheltering the poor, on richly paid consultants.