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Rep. David Jolly on Housing Fraud: 'It Is Time to Clean House at HUD'

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 06:47 PM

A GOP lawmaker wants a congressional probe to "clean house" at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the wake of a watchdog audit that showed more than 25,000 high-earning families are living in taxpayer subsidized public housing.

“With an ever-growing waitlist for housing assistance from those truly in need, these incidences of waste, fraud and abuse must be eliminated immediately," Florida Rep. David Jolly said in a statement Tuesday.

"It is time to clean house at HUD," Jolly said.

Jolly fired off a letter to HUD Secretary Julian Castro asking for a response and explanation of the report’s findings, and also wrote Appropriations subcommittee chair Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., demanding a congressional investigation.

“Every American taxpayer deserves to know that their tax dollars are used for those rightfully in need of assistance, and not irresponsibly squandered by subsidizing those in the highest income brackets,” Jolly wrote Castro.

HUD’s Office of Inspector General's report found more than 25,000 families were living in federal public housing despite making more than the maximum under the law – including one New York family making almost $500,000 but paying only $1,600 to live in public housing.

About 1.1 million families live in public housing; over-income tenants represent 2.6 percent of the system, the audit notes.

Most of the over-income families initially met federal requirements but, as time went on, their incomes increased – but HUD efforts to move them out of public housing didn't.

"There are positive social benefits from having families with varying income levels residing in the same property," Milan Ozdinec, HUD’s deputy assistant secretary for public housing and voucher programs, wrote in a rebuttal to the inspector general.

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A GOP lawmaker wants a congressional probe to clean house at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the wake of a watchdog audit that showed more than 25,000 high-earning families are living in taxpayer subsidized public housing. "With an ever-growing waitlist...
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