City Letter Addresses HUD Recommendations Back to 2002
MAYOR MUOIO’S PROJECT “OPEN ACCESS”
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July 1, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The City of West Palm Beach responded Monday to a 2013 housing audit that looked at files dating back as far as 2002.
In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), city officials responded to a series of recommendations that came from last year’s audit of the city’s housing department. HUD had asked that the city comment on the recommendations by Monday.
Most of the recommendations dealt with confirming federal housing dollars were spent according to HUD rules. Many of the recommendations focused on activities performed by the Redemptive Life Fellowship Church, the organization to whom much of the HUD-related worked was sub-contracted in 2011.
The City continues to hope it will be able to recoup some of the federal funding from Redemptive Life.
Meanwhile, other recommendations made by HUD involve the spending of federal housing dollars dating back over a decade. In several instances, HUD officials asked that money either be returned or be better accounted for.
“Many of the recommendations by HUD deal with the same items I’ve been demanding answers to myself,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “It doesn’t matter to me whether the files are 12 years old, or 12 months old. The city’s level of accountability must be the same.”
Mayor Muoio recently fired an outside company overseeing the city’s housing department. She announced this week a plan to bring in several experts whose responsibility will not only be to sort through years of records and report back to her, but to also ensure future work is properly handled.