A report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the Inspector General reveals that $698.5 million dollars in disaster recovery funds given to Louisiana homeowners in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were not used to fulfill the purpose of the funding — to elevate damaged homes. According to the report, dated March 29, a total of 24,042 Louisiana homeowners who received up to $30,000 each were “noncompliant, including those that had not elevated their homes
A fairly misleading article. There is a difference between ´missing´ and ´squandered´ and ´did not provide sufficient supporting documentation".
The paperwork required by a government agency can be very cumbersome, even for a CPA. Most of the people receiving this money were not CPA´s and they may well not have understood some of the paperwork. That is very different from ´squandered´.
Refusing to compensate until after the work has been done means a lot of the work will never be done. Many people, having gone through a disaster, don´t have a spare $30,000 around to spend to get work done and then hope that they can jump through government hoops to be reimbursed.
#3 May be right for a change. The government truly squanders several hundred billion dollars annually, seven hundred million doesn´t even begin to reach the squander threshold, merely an accounting error.
If not in the freezer, look in Moochillini´s new boots or under junior´s bed (or in his closet) You might find some large bills there. So 700 million missing after Katrinia.. and then we have Sandy who struck further north. How much missing there, Gov. Christi?
With this administration "missing" simply means that you can´t prove they simply looked the other way accidentally on purpose. Just another way to have a slush fund in plain sight explained away with the shrug of the shoulders.
Like all government programs, they hand out the money and never get around to investigating whether it went toward the use for which it was intended. For Katrina it was only 700 million. For Sandy it will be tens of billions. It seems to me that some loan officers with experience in local home improvement loans could help oversee this program on a contract basis to help ensure that the work actually gets done.
This and 11/6/12 are why I´m not giving another blessed dime to any charity ever, PERIOD, EXCLAMATION POINT! I didn´t even buy Girl Scout cookies this year and I always support my local troup. However, my give-a-damn broke into smithereens last November and now, whether or not it is selfish, I am looking after my own best interests. The lo-fos are on their own.
Part I: The Monster Smiles The phone rang near 8:30 one night, and an automated message played: “You have a call from a federal inmate,” and then, patched in, his voice, high and a little singsong, the name “Kermit Gosnell.” We had only briefly exchanged hellos, our first words to each other, when he made a request. “I wonder,” he said, “could you send me a picture of yourself?” “A picture?” I asked. “They won’t let you send a Polaroid,” he said, “but if you can send some image of yourself, I just feel it would help me get to know you.” I’ve spoken to many
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