Audit: MSHDA Rented to Criminals

By: News 10
By: News 10

A new state audit shows the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, or MSHDA, did not screen tenants properly, allowing convicted felons to rent.

The Detroit News says the agency rented to violent criminals including drug dealers, sex offenders, and murderers.

It also reportedly kept paying the rent for tenants who were locked up, and rent for tenants who had died.

Complete names and social security numbers were also missing from many tenants' files.

The audit covers 2004 through March of 2008.

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  • by sherry Location: saginaw on Jan 13, 2011 at 02:24 PM
    Then, "Who's on first?" Some of us escaped abusive relationships, some of us have an education, actually retired from jobs, and by twists of fate led us to public housing and right back into these abuses, $200 a month jobs. As a tenant of such, it took a visit before the city council, letters to the state, hud, and AARP, to get seven boilers repaired in the dead of winter, an audible fire alarm system,and other safety issues a decade ago. Trying to live down the reputation low income people have is all but impossible with all the "ball dropping" going on in uncle sam's place. I'm becoming a "government atheist"
  • by Sara Location: Lansing on Jan 12, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    This is not the full story, nor is it the 'fault' of MSHDA. MSHDA is the 'middle man' between Federal housing dollars and housing agencies statewide. The agencies screen their own clients, who must meet eligibility requirements. MSHDA reps then audit the agencies' files. Say for example that the agency gives out 100 housing vouchers, MSHDA can only audit so many of those vouchers . It is possible that the agency dropped the ball and did not complete required info or terminate a voucher if someone became incarcerated. Also, the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative is proven to be very successful with linking PEOPLE released from prison with the services, including housing, they need to integrate back into the community. This story is incredibly vague and framed in such a way to make the State, the welfare system and people who use that system look bad. This is just as ridiculous as the recent welfare myth that one can purchase drugs and alcohol with food stamps. Get the facts.
  • by sherry Location: saginaw on Jan 12, 2011 at 03:20 PM
    Detroit doesn't get all the glory. Saginaw does it too. Housing is getting to be nothing more than half-way houses. I really have to wonder just who the real system riders are?
  • by Sans on Jan 12, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    I would guess that this all happened in the Detroit area, as it was reported by the Detroit new. If so considering what goes on in that city, what did they expect to find?
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