Year-in-review: Suffolk came under scrutiny for management of HUD consortium

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 31, 2004

Suffolk’s poor oversight on how four surrounding localities have used federal housing money cost the region $500,000.

In October, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development notified Suffolk – head of the Western Tidewater HOME Consortium, a four-locality group that includes Franklin and Southampton and Isle of Wight counties – that it would be withdrawing its promised 2005 funding.

HUD, in its letter with the city, cited the city’s &uot;lack of administrative capability&uot; to oversee and monitor the program and the accruement of too much money from previous years.

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HOME monies are used to maintain and improve housing stock, modernize apartments and establish down payment assistance program.