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HUD: Durham Housing Authority 'troubled'

Posted August 26, 2008

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has classified the Durham Housing Authority's handling of affordable housing as "troubled."

During a July 14-18, 2008, review of its Section 8 program, public housing specialists identified several problems, including the way it determines reasonable rent, verifies income from a third party, enforces housing quality standards and encourages housing opportunities outside of areas with a high poverty concentration.

The Durham Housing Authority's chief operating officer, Sonny McMahand, says the score is from 2007 records and that indications for 2008 are much better. He expects DHA to pull out of its troubled designation.

The Durham Housing Authority is a municipal corporation funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


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  • doinbizzness Aug 27, 2008


    i didn't say they were all "Drug Addicts" what i did say was that they should be randomly tested and if positive they should not be afforded the luxury of living off my tax dollars

  • Weetie Aug 27, 2008

    I work in public housing (Not Durham, thank Heaven!) but I agree with alot of what is being said here.

    The government DOES waste alot of money. When I grew up (NOT in public housing) but on a farm, my parents were responsible for keeping us out of the rain, BUYING our food, clothes and home. I do understand that sometimes there are hardships and people do need help but housing was actually built for ELDERLY and DISABLED families - not all these young mothers with 3-4 boyfriends living off their foodstamps while the government furnishes them shelter, however, like all other government programs people know how to "use the system" for their benefit. BUT when the government allows it, what can you do? At our agency, we can get in alot of trouble if you do not house these people, allow them to stay when they should bee evicted or never leased to in the beginning. The goverment allows the abuse...

  • readme Aug 27, 2008

    vipcruizer2, I had no covered bus stop when I grew up in the poor mountain community where I was from. It was a heck of a lot colder too. Of course our parents were smart enough to give us a rain jacket, and we were not the kind of people to complain anyway. Now I am all grown up. And while I might have plenty of personality issues, I don't have an entitlement mentality, I work for a living, and I'd like to think I am pretty tough after standing in the elements all those days. I was just gratefull for the free ride to a school provided by generous taxpayers.

  • scientistjo Aug 27, 2008

    My grandmother had to go on welfare in the 1960s. Her husband abandoned her with 7 children. You couldn't just take him to court like you can now. She worked hard, but food stamps were necessary to feed the kids. We cannot get rid of welfare entirely. Think about stories like these when you're posting "get rid of welfare". Perhaps someday you'll need some assistance!

  • 68_polara Aug 27, 2008

    There is nothing stopping the parents of the children of Oxford Commons from building a covered bus stop. That's how they used to get built before we started expecting the government to do everything for us. Remember seeing these along the road? There aren't many left today, been along time since we did things on our own.

  • enoughsenough Aug 27, 2008

    Elect Obama and he will get rid of welfare. Yeah right.

  • MrMan Aug 27, 2008

    and this is a big shock, durham is a city in crises and no one is willing to admit it

  • fatchanceimwrong Aug 27, 2008

    vipcruizer2 - I've got a better idea. Instead of using more taxpayer money for a covered busstop, how about the parents of the kids buy a dang umbrella and stand with them when it's raining. Your solution is the problem...others having to pay for lazy parents. It's not the taxpayers duty to keep these kids out of the rain. We already pay for transportation to get them to school. It's the parents' responsibiity to keep them from having to stand in the rain...and as usual, they can't even do that.

  • whocares Aug 27, 2008

    I have a friend who lives in Section 8 housing. If it were not for this housing she would be out on the street. She has no family to support her. She goes to school and is trying to get an education so that she can better herself and the people that she wants to help, the handicapped. All the people that live in Section 8 housing are NOT drug addicts. So before you start judging the people living in Section 8 housing maybe you should get to know one of them. You might be surprised to find out that they are basically no different than you or I. I am sure that I am in the minority on this one. The Durham Housing Authority has been "troubled" for years but no one has done anything about it. Maybe the same people can do for the Durham Housing Authority what is being done with the overhaul of the Parole Board.

  • mramorak Aug 27, 2008

    doinbizzness says it all.