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HUD’s House of Cards

Public Housing Failures

HUD’s flawed oversight of living conditions in federally subsidized housing can leave people living among rats, roaches, mold and other dangerous conditions for years. The lack of solutions for small- and mid-sized cities is the affordable housing crisis nobody’s talking about.

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In Small-Town America, the Public Housing Crisis Nobody’s Talking About

The shuttering of public housing complexes in two small Midwestern towns raises big questions for residents, HUD and Congress. To tell the story, I could use your help.

HUD Long Neglected These Residents. Now As They Move Out, Some Feel HUD Let Them Down Again.

A scramble for housing in southern Illinois has exposed mixed messages and false hope. “It’s betrayal, really,” one resident said of the way she’s been treated by HUD.

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HUD Tallied Numerous Violations in New York City Public Housing. It Still Gave Passing Grades.

Officials said the city’s housing authority used “every trick in the book to conceal building violations from federal inspectors,” but HUD inspection records suggest there’s more to the story.

“Pretty Much a Failure”: HUD Inspections Pass Dangerous Apartments Filled With Rats, Roaches and Toxic Mold

The system for inspecting federally subsidized properties is failing low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities and undermining the agency’s oversight, The Southern Illinoisan and ProPublica have found.

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The government inspects taxpayer-subsidized apartment buildings. See which ones passed and failed.

How HUD’s Inspection System Fails Low-Income Tenants Nationwide

Dangerous buildings sometimes pass inspections and scores whipsaw with seemingly little explanation, an analysis by The Southern Illinoisan and ProPublica has found. The system has led to a culture of making cosmetic fixes and avoiding major repairs.

Senators Seek Answers From HUD About Public Housing Crisis in East St. Louis

Last year, HUD Secretary Ben Carson gave control of the city’s public housing complexes back to local officials after a lengthy federal receivership. He said problems had been fixed, but an investigation by The Southern Illinoisan and ProPublica found deteriorating conditions.

Ben Carson Declared Mission Accomplished in East St. Louis — Where Public Housing Is Still a Disaster

The HUD secretary came to town last year and declared residents were no longer at risk, three decades after the federal government took over public housing here. In fact, the complexes are falling apart and a woman was killed in the weeks before his visit.

What Do You Know About Public Housing in the U.S.? Help Us Investigate.

ProPublica is teaming up with The Southern Illinoisan to examine the public housing crisis in small and mid-sized cities around the country.

Afraid of “Political Repercussions,” HUD Delayed Action on Crumbling Public Housing

As residents in Cairo, Illinois, dealt with mice, toxic mold and lead paint, HUD officials waited to step in, according to a report from the agency’s inspector general. HUD “could and should have done more to oversee it,” a new report says.

HUD Is Failing to Protect Children From Lead Paint Poisoning, Audits Find

Two new reports found that HUD didn’t properly oversee inspections or removal of lead-based paint in public housing complexes across the country.

HUD May Soon Evict Residents in Two Public Housing Complexes in Southern Illinois

The failures of the complexes — and HUD’s role — is being investigated by The Southern Illinoisan and ProPublica.

Senators Question HUD’s “Rash” Decision to Close Two Housing Complexes in Southern Illinois

HUD says it doesn’t have the funds to fix up two public housing developments in Thebes, Illinois. The state’s two U.S. senators question whether the agency’s decision to close them — forcing 85 people to relocate — violates federal law.

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