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  • Living Apart: Fair Housing in America

    The series documents 45 years of neglect of one of the most sweeping civil rights laws in our country’s history. The investigation found that the federal government made a decision almost immediately after the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act not to enforce the key provisions of the law, including the mandate to promote residential integration. The stories and maps reveal how politics hobbled the reach of the law, severely limiting both the resources and the will of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to use its vast powers to force communities to undue decades of government-sanctioned segregation. It showed how HUD has from its roots been an agency conflicted about enforcing the law and how those charged with enforcement are undertrained and often maligned within the agency. As a result of the law’s neglect by a succession of Republican and Democratic Administrations, our investigation found that segregation patterns in the cities with the largest proportion of black residents have barely budged.
  • Closed Doors: Housing Discrimination Complaints on Rise Across Country

    The reporters looked at records of more than 44,000 housing discrimination complaints filed with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development between 2002 and 2006. The analysis revealed many trends about discrimination in housing, including that discrimination is more prevalent in less diverse neighborhoods, and that complaints about disabilities are just as common as complaints about race.
  • Abandoning Our Mentally Ill

    A year-long investigation of living conditions of the most severely mentally ill patients in the Milwaukee area discovered that those conditions were far from ideal, sometimes filthy and dangerous. Among the discoveries were patients housed in illegal group homes which city building inspectors did not discover or report. In addition, caseworkers were still placing patients in homes despite knowledge of their poor and filthy conditions. At the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, a 33-year-old woman died from dehydration and starvation after doctors allowed her to go nearly four weeks without food or water. Social service and government agencies had also passed up opportunities to accept federal money for construction of better facilities, $3.3 million in the past seven years.
  • Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority Investigation

    "These stories detail a history of public contracting at the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority that is at best sloppy and at worst rife with favoritism and conflicts of interest. An audit of the authority by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development confirmed the problems with contracting practices at the authority and asked for $2 million to be repaid because the money wasn't spent properly."
  • In Your Corner: 1-800-No-Agent Makes No Deal

    KFOR's investigation found a former Okla. state senator running a fraudulent real estate agency that reneged on buyers' contracts. The state senator had previously served time in a federal prison for defrauding the Department of Housing and Urban Development . His new agency was receiving income from Section 8 rental properties despite a lifetime ban from receiving federal housing funds.
  • "Travel Costs Mount for Easton Housing Authority"

    Investigation of officials at the Easton Housing Authority, the smallest of the three agencies, found that it spent more of the public's money on travel in 18 months than their counterparts combined. It was also found that commissioners stayed extra days, brought their spouses, and used credit cards issued to them to buy personal items. Further investigation lead to the resignations of commissioners and the executive director.
  • "Yonkers Inside Out"

    While examining the politics, economics and development efforts of Yonkers as it rebuilds downtown, the newspaper found a history of legal disputes and financial difficulties with a high-profile developer. The investigation raises questions about how Yonkers picks developers for large projects. A related story shows how state officials plan to sell an 84-acre office park for less than $9 million to a private corporation set up by city officials. The corporation, independent of the city and not subject to local oversight, might resell the property for more than 10 times the purchase price.
  • Hot Economy, but more homeless

    Marks reports that the "homelessness is on the rise." She explains that even thought the US economy is on expansion that doesn't stop the need for shelter for families that had lost welfare benefits or got them reduced. Marks looks at the statistics and the reasons the experts use to explain the increase.
  • The Flip Side of Homeownership

    According to the author, "A five-month investigation by The Record exposed serious loopholes in local, state and federal housing regulations that thwart the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's goal of neighborhood stabilization of the inner city. The stories document how lax regulations allowed a real estate partnership to buy more than 100 shoddy homes in New Jersey cities, make cosmetic repairs and sell them for 75 to 100 percent profit to first-time homebuyers with taxpayer backed mortgages. Due to this property-flipping scheme, many owners are forced to foreclose because of high repair costs. Because HUD guarantees the mortgages, the federal government ends up paying off the house."
  • Locked Out; Broken Homes

    Shalhoup reports on how the renovation of eight public housing complexes "drifted off course - barring hundreds of poor families from decent housing and making room for middle-class tenants who pay full rent." The second story shows the fate of the displaced poor families, who received vouchers for reduced rent, and ended up in living in substandard buildings. The "negligence resulted in 50 families falling ill in one Section 8 apartment complex, due to a severe mold infection."