The HOME program provides federal block grants to state and local governments and is designed to produce affordable housing exclusively for low-income families. Local jurisdictions select and supervise individual contractors to build affordable housing. The May 15 Washington Post article contains concerning examples of problems at a small number of HOME projects. HUD takes its responsibility as a steward of taxpayer funds very seriously, and agrees that the circumstances described in many of the cases in the article are unacceptable. Indeed, since well before the article appeared, HUD has undertaken a range of oversight and remedial actions with respect to local jurisdictions highlighted in the article and others that receive HOME funds. HUD will continue to work with Congress and other stakeholders to ensure that the HOME program continues to provide vital, cost-effective housing assistance to low-income Americans.
Update: Setting the Record Straight: What the Washington Post Got Wrong About the HOME Program
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