There is a law that prohibits fugitives from living in federally-funded homes.
But, the federal Housing and Urban Development agency has been breaking that law, and therefore, putting Americans at risk.
A draft report, categorized as a “systemic implications report”, crafted by the Housing and Urban Development agency indicated that 1,300 fugitives were living in one region.
A “systemic” report categorization indicates a systemic problem.
The report, dated 2012, came to light recently and is now the subject of an investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The final report was never officially released, and the HUD Inspector General is in hot water.
Housing and Urban Development Inspector General Julian Castro, who in July incidentally endorsed Hillary Clinton and violated the Hatch Act (the Act prohibits a taxpayer-funded office from advocating for personal political beliefs), is trying to explain away the unreleased final report, saying the numbers were never confirmed, so that’s why it was never submitted.
From March 2003 to September 2012, Castro boasted about a Fugitive Felon Initiative in semi-annual agency reports. The initiative created a list of fugitives receiving assistance from HUD and provided the list to law enforcement.
The program led to nearly 9,000 arrests.
So, between 2003 and 2012, it is known that approximately 9,000 felons were provided refuge in taxpayer-funded housing – in direct violation of the law.
The fugitives faced warrants for crimes ranging from felony theft to rape and murder.
But four years later, HUD officials don’t appear to know what happened to the 1,300 fugitives, or how many live in taxpayer-funded residences now.
Federal law requires fugitives be evicted immediately if they are discovered, but nobody is fessing up to whether fugitives are being allowed to stay in properties paid for by taxpayers.
On August 8, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley asked HUD Secretary Julian Castro to provide the total number of fugitive felons living in public housing throughout the country, for the justification for the lenient language in the federal regulation, how HUD will enforce the law, and what steps the department has taken to ensure the tenants’ safety while felons occupy public housing.
HUD has refused to provide details, and the response received so far by the Senate Judiciary Committee – after repeated requests for information over several weeks – is:
“No data to report to you.”
In a typical sidestepping, bullet-dodging move, a representative at the Department of Housing and Development is now saying it’s someone else’s fault.
“Public Housing Authorities are locally owned and operated,” he said, noting that it was those HUD-funded entities, rather than the agency itself, that illegally allowed fugitives to remain in public housing.
And so, the finger-pointing and circumvention continues.