CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials in Cleveland have responded to a federal report that found the city has been improperly using hundreds of thousands in federal tax dollars to enforce housing code.
The report recently issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development says the city isn’t allowed to use block grant funds for housing code enforcement through its 19 community development corporations.
Community Development Director Michael Cosgrove tells WEWS-TV (http://bit.ly/2d20CR3 ) the HUD findings were a “bureaucratic interpretation” and the tax dollars cut off by the agency weren’t being misused.
City councilman Kevin Conwell says the loss of funding to the code enforcement partnership is a “systemic failure” on the city’s part and will allow potentially dangerous homes to linger in many neighborhoods.
HUD says the case is an open investigation.
Information from: WEWS-TV, http://www.newsnet5.com