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HUD Finds Violations by Charlottesville Agency

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has some tough words for Charlottesville's Redevelopment and Housing Authority (CRHA).

In a report, HUD cites a laundry list of issues that threaten the financial viability of the authority, which oversees hundreds of public housing units in the city.

CRHA asked HUD last year to do a thorough review of the program. It wanted to know how the city department could improve its operations and comply with HUD guidelines.

HUD's findings cite, in part, a lack of effective management tools, a lack of trained staff and a reluctance to follow written rent collection procedure. But the overall message is this: if the authority doesn't make some changes, it could find itself in bad financial shape. It has until the end of this month to respond to the report.

Rent collection is one of the chief concerns for CRHA. In order to keep the authority afloat, HUD says it will have to better enforce rent collection policies. It also suggests raising the minimum rental amount from $25 to $50, as the amount of federal subsidies pouring in decreases by 10 percent next fiscal year.

Other issues stem from disorganization, poorly trained staff and ineffective software to help streamline management.

Board members are reportedly meeting with HUD representatives behind closed doors this week to discuss the report. Board members and staff have expressed that they want to hold public meetings and work sessions.

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