Monday, December 12, 2011


Millions of people in the US are either homeless or living in very poor conditions.  The United States was once the country that promised adequate homes and shelters for all Americans.  Today, that is a myth.  HUD has given hundreds of communities across the US hundred of millions of dollars for projects that never materialized.

People's dreams of having a home of their own were shattered by poor planning and crooked people in positions of power.  What could have been a true housing boom for both stick builders and modular home factories instead is just another unfilled dream from our friends in DC.

HUD Townhouse Project in Salt Lake City

Here is an excerpt from a Washington Post Investigative report this week:

Charlotte is a case study of a city facing the fallout of delayed affordable-housing projects promised to neighborhoods badly in need of new homes. Dozens of cities are in similar straits, trying to right troubled construction deals that failed to produce housing despite millions in HUD funding.
Local housing officials will have to do it with less to spend: Congress last month cut the HOME program’s budget by $600 million — nearly 38 percent — citing mismanagement. Housing advocates criticized the move, estimating that the program will produce 31,000 fewer homes this fiscal year than in 2010.
“When Congress cuts block grants, everyone gets cut,” said Sheila Crowley, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. “Both the agencies that are doing a good job and those that are not are hurt equally.”
HUD officials declined to comment for this report. In the past, the agency has repeatedly defended the HOME program, saying that it has produced more than 1 million units of housing over two decades and that most projects are successful.
Some critics in Congress, however, maintain that HUD cannot account for the money it spends or the projects it has underway. A Washington Post investigation in May found that the department had routinely failed to track the progress of construction and that hundreds of HOME-funded projects nationwide appeared to be delayed or in limbo. In recent weeks, The Post identified an additional 75 projects that had drawn and spent $40 million with little or nothing built.

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