- According to a HUD inspector general report, the organization spent over $800,000 on apartments for people who “did not exist.”
- And this was in just one housing complex (Beverly Place) in one county in Texas.
- Apparently, housing managers at the housing complex defrauded the government and taxpayers by stealing the identities of former tenants and falsifying incomes.
- According to the inspector general’s findings: "Beverly Place's owner did not administer its project-based Section 8 program in accordance with HUD regulations. Specifically, the owner billed HUD for at least 97 tenants who did not exist or whose income eligibility was either falsified or unsupported."
- These so-called “ghost tenants” are people who either never lived in the apartment building or were past tenants who had moved out.
- A Federal job training program that was supposed to train residents of Kentucky’s coal country to become computer code writers has succeeding in only placing 17 residents into tech jobs at a cost of $2 million.
- This means it cost well over $100,000 per person placed in a job, hardly an efficient use of training funds.
- The program was supposed to spend $4.5 million through 2019 to train up to 200 people from an economically struggling region of Kentucky, or a job placement cost of $22,500 per placement.
- Instead, less than 9% of the 200 have been trained at a cost that was about five times more expensive than planned.
- Interapt, the company supposed to do the training and receive the Federal funding is closing up shop in Kentucky two years before the program was to end.
- Former students did not have kind words for Interapt: “Interapt was kind of smart,” one woman who participated in the training program said. “They preyed upon underemployed and unemployed people because we were vulnerable.”
- Another former student: “It was a light at the end of a dark tunnel for me, a way to rise up out of the poverty my family has lived in for years and make a bright future for my wife and kids. Now it is a shattered dream.”
- Another student: “It was like a bad joke poorly told, it felt unreal. I never would have imagined that I’d be asked out. I’d poured my heart into this program.”
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