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Dallas housing agency awarded contracts to own board members

September 25, 2018

DALLAS (AP) — A municipal housing agency in Dallas has awarded thousands of dollars in contracts to members of its own board.

A review of documents by The Dallas Morning News found that the Dallas Housing Finance Corp. has awarded contracts to at least two board members. The agency focuses on providing affordable housing for people on limited incomes.

Board members approved a 2017 contract to pay one member up to $30,000 annually to ensure apartment complexes were providing required services like after-school tutoring.

Another member of the board was given a $14,000 contract in 2014 for maintenance and other work at a senior complex. When the contract expired, he received a $25,000 “exiting bonus.”

Separately, the News earlier this year found that a city housing official helped steer more than $800,000 in federal funds to a friend to build eight homes.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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