INVESTIGATIVE SERIES CONTINUING COVERAGE




March 28, 2007



March 27, 2007

  • 3rd developer to face housing fraud charges
    A developer who took $940,000 from the Miami-Dade Housing Agency but delivered only two houses for the poor is slated to be arrested on fraud charges today -- the third arrest in a widening criminal probe that now includes prominent business and government leaders.


March 21, 2007

  • Dade offers HUD a compromise
    In a deferential letter to the federal housing department, Miami-Dade County leaders asked for additional oversight and aid instead of a threatened takeover.


March 9, 2007



March 7, 2007

  • Feds move ahead on housing takeover
    The federal government wants to take over much of the Miami-Dade Housing Agency and ultimately turn it over to an independent local board instead of the mayor and County Commission, according to a draft plan sent to county leaders.


March 3, 2007



Feb. 24, 2007



Feb. 22, 2007

  • Audit cites massive fund misuse
    Finances were so badly mismanaged at the Miami-Dade Housing Agency that the department routinely overdrew its accounts by millions and covered shortfalls in federal housing projects with local funds meant to build new affordable homes, according to a long-awaited audit released Wednesday.


Dec. 31, 2006

  • Dade housing reforms are bearing fruit
    The houses are sprouting like a carefully planted flower garden, neat rows of blue and green and orange where this summer there was only dirt. Two dozen new homes are under construction on the site of the old Scott-Carver public housing projects, with five others already finished and 28 more planned.


Dec. 18, 2006

  • Builder misspent $3.2 million
    The developer who pledged to build a new headquarters for the Miami-Dade Housing Agency misspent $3.2 million in public money on excessive management fees and dozens of costs unrelated to construction - including a $355,000 payment on a personal home loan - according to a county audit obtained Saturday by The Miami Herald.


Nov. 9, 2006

  • Housing agency gets new boss
    Hoping to climb out of numerous scandals in Miami-Dade's affordable-housing programs, County Manager George Burgess announced Wednesday that he selected a senior official from the Tampa Housing Authority to take over the beleaguered Miami-Dade Housing Agency.


Nov. 9, 2006

  • Housing agency gets new boss
    Hoping to climb out of numerous scandals in Miami-Dade's affordable-housing programs, County Manager George Burgess announced Wednesday that he selected a senior official from the Tampa Housing Authority to take over the beleaguered Miami-Dade Housing Agency.


Oct. 19, 2006

  • Housing probe expands to Miami
    The Miami-Dade state attorney's office has expanded its probe of government-financed affordable housing programs beyond the county's embattled Housing Agency.


Sept. 26, 2006

  • An unlikely activist finds her voice
    Caprice Brown, 35, was displaced from public housing when the James E. Scott Homes project was torn down. She recently joined a protest to plead with the Miami-Dade County Commission for increased funding for housing.


Sept. 23, 2006



Sept. 21, 2006

  • Housing issue upstages hearing
    The Miami-Dade County Commission considered a new tax rate for property owners in a final hearing dominated by residents' concerns about affordable housing.


Sept. 20, 2006

  • Protesters stage vigil for housing
    They awoke before dawn Tuesday to construct a ''tent city'' on a corner of the lawn at County Hall. They stayed outdoors in the late afternoon heat and into the rainy evening.

  • Proposal calls for more affordable housing
    Emergency changes were proposed for the troubled Miami-Dade Housing Agency that could bring relief to thousands of families searching for affordable homes.


Sept. 16, 2006



Sept. 8, 2006

  • Show me the money!
    The money signified millions of dollars wasted by the Miami-Dade Housing Agency, demonstrators said. Those waving the bills defied a commission rule that calls for the removal of anyone holding a sign or heckling from the audience.


Aug. 28, 2006



Aug. 27, 2006



Aug. 25, 2006

  • Report: Housing agency wasted millions
    The Miami-Dade inspector general accused the county's troubled housing agency of squandering millions of dollars on poor management and lax oversight.

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