ESLHA back to Local Control, after 30+ yrs under Fed
Posted on September 25, 2017
Last Thursday, Ben Carson, Secretary of HUD, announced that the East St. Louis Housing Authority is being handed over back to local management after being under federal receivership for nearly 32 years. The original federal intervention happened on October 28, 1985, due to the local Housing Authority showing signs of negligence of its duty (deteriorating physical conditions, financial problems, and ineffective leadership).
The decision to end the federal governance of the East St. Louis Housing Authority (ESLHA) marks the end of the first and longest-run federal receivership of a local public housing authority.
Along with this transition, HUD will still be involved with the ESLHA in a two-year Enhanced Oversight Plan, where an Oversight Administrator along with a team of specialists will help the local housing authority with any support and technical assistance they might need, as well as monitor the overall performance of the ESLHA as it seeks to spearhead its long-term and ongoing challenges.
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