HUD threatens to withhold funds from state

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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 8:59 pm, Tue May 14, 2013.

In a scathing report, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the state of New Mexico has serious problems in administering federally funded housing programs, and that the agency will withhold administrative funding unless the state comes up with a plan to fix the problems.

The problems were laid out in a May 9 letter sent to Tom Clifford, secretary of the state Department of Finance and Administration, by Frank Padilla, state director of HUD’s Office of Community Planning & Development.

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  • Abby Brewster posted at 7:50 am on Fri, May 17, 2013.

    Abby Brewster Posts: 1

    We can't all live in mommy's house.

  • mark mocha posted at 10:40 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 209

    Griswold, your opinions belong on the Rush Limbaugh show. Another old white conservative scared of anyone who doesn't look like him.

  • henry griswold posted at 1:08 pm on Wed, May 15, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 213

    we gotta support that 47%!!!!!!! halve the people i know on disability & in sect h(?) housing don't warrant their gov hand-out. if a business or more scrutiny were employed, 1/3 of these hand-outs would be disqualified...............

  • mark mocha posted at 8:18 am on Wed, May 15, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 209

    This is a surprise? Hardly. I work in a field where some of our clients depend on housing programs funded by HUD and managed by the MFA. After 5+ years of "working" with the county and state agencies that administer these programs I could not tell you how they decide who gets funded and where all the money goes. I can tell you that there are quite a few apartments in quite a few federally funded properties designed for low income and disabled tenants that have perfectly healthy people living there who's only "disability" is that they are in some way related to or know someone involed with those programs. It is a crying shame when peole who should know better steal (yes, it is stealing) from those who can least afford it. The real problem as I see it is that most of these state agencies are "top heavy", meaning that they have plenty of supervisors commanding top dollar whose job descriptions are vague at best but very few men and women on the street actually overseeing these funds and managing funded properties. Ahh... New Mexico at its finest. Those with the right connections make money off of those who can least afford it. Didn't they used to call it indentured servitude?


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