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  • Texas Tribune: Blocked Out

    The Texas Tribune revealed how powerful people, from state lawmakers and city officials to politically active neighborhood leaders, have made housing of all kinds harder to find, especially subsidized housing for the state’s poorest residents. And it exposed how those powerful people are enabled by discriminatory state laws and local ordinances that grew from pre-civil rights segregation policies. The result is worsening economic inequality and racial segregation in a growing state that isn't making room fast enough for its exploding population.
  • No Vacancy

    The story explored why tens of thousands of Illinois families cannot get on waiting lists for subsidized housing. Every year, housing authorities around the state close their waiting lists or keep them closed because of the heavy number of low-income people seeking affordable housing.
  • Locked Out

    The Oregonian spent six months investigating the location of subsidized housing in the Portland area and related failures under the nation's Fair Housing Act. Although the federal law was supposed to fight housing discrimination and end segregation, the newspaper found that investments controlled and funded by government have often been in the region's poorest neighborhoods and areas with high minority concentrations. Because people of color often have a greater need for subsidized housing, these spending decisions reinforce and perpetuate segregation in a largely white metro area.
  • Bringing Down the House

    A Riverfront Times investigation exposes St. Louis City's "demolition craze." The report reveals that the Housing Authority has failed to fix and use its old vandalized buildings, while at the same time hundreds of large families are waiting for subsidized housing. The story focuses on a house at 5950 Enright Avenue, which the Housing Authority insists on tearing down, even though neighbors want to buy it, and a building inspector recommends saving it. "Once a house is condemned, boarded up and labeled "V&V" (vacant and vandalized", demolition's the next step," the Times reports.
  • The Great Minnow Hunt

    "The FBI's 20-month investigation of corruption at the San Francisco Housing Authority seems to have netted one minnow as sharks swam free. Last summer, in what seems to herald the end of a federal investigation of the Housing Authority, a federal jury found a mid-level housing manager guilty of taking bribes to provide subsidized housing certificates to people who were ineligible to receive them. But transcripts of FBI interviews with the prosecution s chief witness, sworn depositions in a whistleblower lawsuit, exhibits in the housing manager's trial, and a HUD inspector general's reporter all suggest that high-ranking city officials and a longtime s associates of Mayor Willie Brown had knowledge of, or were involved in, the bribery conspiracy."
  • Toxic Traps

    A Dallas Morning News series "is the first nationwide examination of the location of federally subsidized housing in environmentally hazardous neighborhoods." The investigation reveals that "the government is housing more than 870,000 families in projects located within one mile or less of at least one factory than emits toxic air pollution." Part of the series details the cancer risks to the inhabitants of a public housing close to a toxic dump site. Among the major findings is "a stark and persistent racial disparity: the higher the percentage of minorities in a project, the more likely it is to be in a neighborhood with toxic air pollution." The reporters also examine "the federal government's ongoing failure to address the issue and a massive federal program that in many cities is perpetuating the issue."
  • Clean Sweep

    This article examines allegations that the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, which hands out millions in government subsidies each year to build low-income housing, is distributing money to benefit a favored few. In recent years Florida Housing has become involved in litigations, and this delays the construction of homes for people who need them.
  • Inflated rent with HUD called taxpayer 'rip-off'

    The Californian reports that "... Throughout Kern County, landlords with nearly 1,400 low-income housing apartments receive HUD subsidies that are, in extreme cases, higher than rents for some of the plushest apartments and houses available in Bakersfield.... HUD operates many low-income housing programs, but most are administered by a state or county agency. However, in this case, HUD deals directly with private landlords, management companies and developers on a contract basis..."
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    Gambit (New Orleans) looks at a troubled subsidized housing division built on top of a landfill; a series of conflicts of interests within city government worked to rip off homebuyers, Feb. 22, 1986.
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    Akron Beacon Journal finds HUD-subsidized housing owned by the National Corp. for Housing Partnerships is in poor condition; the building has exposed electrical wires, has no fire extinguishers, is filthy, and suffers from vandalism, Sept. 12, 1988.