Area housing authorities are supposed to be there to help low-income families that can barely get by: single parents, the elderly and people with disabilities, News Channel 11 reports.
However after several public records requests, they found out the people who need the help the most are on lengthy waiting lists, while those who've conquered poverty are, in some cases, taking advantage of tax dollars. Overall, they found 67 housing authority households across the region that are above federal poverty guidelines. 12 families make more than $50,000 a year, one of which in Bristol, TN has lived in public housing for 17 years. Three of those take in more than $60,000 annually and one makes $76,855 a year.