The Wilmington Housing Authority has been told it's losing more than $100,000 in money from Washington. The government office that distributes the funds says the authority isn't managing its finances properly. In letters obtained exclusively by News 6, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or H.U.D., tells the Wilmington Housing Authority it's ineligible for the federal funding. That determination comes after the federal government audited and evaluated the housing authority, which oversees more than 24-hundred low-income apartments in Wilmington. The lost money would have paid the salaries of two coordinators who help people transition from public housing to home-ownership.
The reason? A H.U.D. spokesperson tells News 6
"There are deficiencies in a few areas… one of which is the management of their (the housing authority's) finances…"
They would not be more specific. Housing Authority director Benjamin Quattlebaum says H.U.D. won't tell him either. He says he's appealing the ruling, and calls the audit findings "absolutely false."
We showed our research to a surprised Wilmington Mayor Spence Broadhurst. He says he's concerned, but the matter needs to be addressed by Quattlebaum and the Housing Authority's board of trustees.