Mecklenburg County's lax oversight of the Shelter Plus Care housing program.
The initiative was one of several programs previously managed by troubled nonprofit Mecklenburg Open Door, which until last October was one of the county’s largest mental health contractors.
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The Department of Housing & Urban Development said the county “mismanaged its program,” paying many expenses without adequate supporting documentation.
The county also housed mentally ill participants “in units that were not decent, safe and sanitary.”
“These deficiencies occurred because the County failed to develop and implement a system of internal controls.”
HUD said it will require the county to provide documentation showing that about $441,000 in expenses was eligible for reimbursement – or to repay that amount from non-Federal funds.
- Ames Alexander