Federal officials cited Mecklenburg County's "lack of oversight" and failure "to require compliance" for how it handled a rental assistance program for the homeless.
Documents released today by the county list numerous criticisms of how the county and the nonprofit Mecklenburg Open Door ran the program. HUD officials conducted an an on-site "management review" in August.
The program was responsible for handling more than $1 million in 2008-9 and more than $700,00 last year, officials said.
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Click here to read a letter from a HUD inspector regarding an upcoming survey.
Among the findings:
Mecklenburg Open Door:
"Lack of documentation in housing/client files
Incomplete Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections
Annual Re-certifications not processed timely: Income verification, HQS Inspections and Rent
Calculations not processed by the anniversary date
Entry Dates Not Clear
Leases not in file
Rent Calculations not in file
Rent Comparables are missing or not “adequate” comps
Requests for Reimbursement reflect inaccurate Project #’s and Check Registers show incorrect
Reporting Periods – County has to correct
Processing SPC draws timely/Corporate Finance process received to assure timeliness in future
Large amount of funds to be recaptured has decreased due to draws that were not made
Processing draws without adequate supporting documentation
Not complying with Contract for Services
Lack of oversight of contractor
Giving in to demands of contractor and not holding them accountable
- Doug Miller