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U.S. Rep. Jolly calls for congressional investigation into HUD housing scandal

Tuesday, August 18, 2015  
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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


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U.S. Rep. Jolly calls for congressional investigation into HUD housing scandal


IG report reveals wealthy Americans living in taxpayer subsidized housing

Seminole, FL – U.S. Representative David Jolly (FL-13) is calling for a congressional investigation on the heels of a report that revealed over 25,000 families in the United States currently live in taxpayer supported housing despite earning more than the maximum allowable income threshold to qualify for federal subsidized housing through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  In one instance, a New York family with an income of nearly $500,000 is paying $1,574 a month to live in taxpayer subsidized public housing.

“With an ever-growing waitlist for housing assistance from those truly in need, these incidences of waste, fraud and abuse must be eliminated immediately.  It is time to clean house at HUD,” Jolly said.

As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, which oversees federal dollars for HUD programs, Jolly sent a letter to Secretary Julian Castro Tuesday asking for a response and explanation of the report’s findings.

“Every American taxpayer deserves to know that their tax dollars are used for those rightfully in need of assistance, and not irresponsibly squandered by subsidizing those in the highest income brackets,” Jolly wrote.

Jolly also wrote Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart to demand a congressional investigation.

“I am requesting of you today that we immediately convene a congressional investigation and hearing upon our return to session to investigate this current failed housing policy by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and to identify together ways to use the annual budget process to permanently eliminate these incidents of waste, fraud and abuse,” Jolly wrote in his letter to Diaz-Balart.

The report by HUD’s Office of Inspector General found 297 instances in Florida where someone was living in taxpayer supported housing despite earning more than the maximum allowable income threshold to qualify for federal subsidized housing.

Both letters by Congressman Jolly are attached.

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