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U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R- Murphysboro, pressed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson July 13 to deal with what Bost calls the "corruption" in the Alexander County Housing Authority, or ACHA, resulting in decrepit public housing complexes.
On July 11, HUD banned two former ACHA directors, James Wilson and Martha Franklin, from ever working with public housing again. The agency is also seeking to recoup money officials said Wilson and Franklin improperly spent.
Bost said that's the best HUD can do.
Bost said he and Carson also discussed the fact that regardless of who is at fault for the housing crisis, the difficult and unfortunate reality of the current situation is that there are no easy answers. In April, HUD officials overseeing the ACHA in federal receivership announced that they would begin relocating about 185 families from Elmwood and McBride because the developments, built in 1941, are no longer safe, because of their age and years of neglect.
WASHINGTON D.C. / CAIRO, Ill. (KMOX) — 42 Department of Housing and Urban Development inspectors have been fired due in part to ongoing public housing problems in Cairo, Illinois.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost today met with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to discuss the ongoing housing crisis in Cairo, Illinois.
Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost met Thursday with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to discuss the ongoing housing crisis in Cairo.
Bost is seeking information from HUD related to decades of alleged corruption by officials at the Alexander County Housing Authority. He wants state and federal authorities to prosecute those who abused the system while housing tenants lived in squalor.
The Murphysboro republican says housing authority board members lined their pockets with federal funds for years.