A federal audit questions the District housing agency’s use of ten-million-dollars in Housing and Urban Development grants. A report released on December 23rd, examined the city’s financing of a long-delayed affordable housing project, the use of federal funds for home-renovation and down-payment assistance, and transfers to community-based groups. According to the “Washington Post,” the audit identified nearly one-point-seven-million-dollars that the DC Department of Housing and Community Development improperly charged to the federal government, six-point-five-million in expenses that could not be justified and nearly two-million-dollars that were unspent or poorly spent. As a result of the audit, the city will return one-point-million-dollars to HUD’s revolving account for the District. A city official says the audit raised several issues, particularly poor grant documentation, and they are being addressed.
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