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HUD threatens to cut off D.C. AIDS funding

By Ed O'Keefe

The Post's Debbie Cenziper reports:

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, worried about widespread lapses in oversight of the District's AIDS program, is threatening to cut off $12.2 million in federal funding next year if the problems are not fixed.

Assistant Secretary Mercedes Márquez said HUD will send a letter to the city this week stipulating that no new AIDS housing money will be awarded unless the D.C. Department of Health's HIV/AIDS administration makes the changes that HUD has been demanding for years.

Márquez also wrote last week to D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), saying she was "deeply concerned" about a recent Washington Post series that found the HIV/AIDS administration has paid more than $25 million to nonprofit groups that delivered substandard care or failed to account for their spending.

Many were housing groups funded with HUD money, including one that received more than $400,000 to renovate a job training center that three years later has never opened. Márquez said the city potentially violated more than 60 HUD requirements.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2009; 1:52 PM ET
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