excerpted & revised from the 2004 letter sent to H.U.D.'s Deke German & to Senator Cornyn (click)
and COLLECTIVE GROUP COMPLAINT:
- The City of Austin's HUD funded 'Affordable'
- Austin Housing Finance Corporation
(AHFC) & Austin Neighborhood Housing & Community Development (NHCD)
Specifically, City of Austin (Mis) management of Federally-funded HUD:
COMBINED GROUP COMPLAINT:
To Whom it May Concern:
This letter is an addendum to my previous correspondence, that were
typically addressed to H.U.D. San Antonio, as well as to Washinton.
Once again, I am writing in reference to the City of Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) &
its affiliate Austin Neighborhood Housing and Conservation (NHC), which has been renamed Austin Neighborhood
Housing and Community Development (NHCD).
My complaint is in response to a Federally-funded, Municipally-managed H.U.D. housing program (the
Single Family Home Loan Program), whereupon I was a client in 1996. Individually, my complaint relates to the overall
mismanagement of my project by the City of Austin's AHFC / NHCD, & the City of Austin's failure to maintain its
obligatory stance of neutrality as acting manager; suspected Fraud, Waste and Mismanagement, including misuse of Fiduciary Fiscal Reporting duties; & Conflicts of Interest.
However, my greatest concern questions the practices of mamagement from the City of Austin's NHCD in general,
and the multiple repercussions thereof.
Furthermore, I would like to emphasize, that while my experience is specific to the program that I participated in,
the management tactics and patterns of NHCD in its entirety is the real issue. Because I am addressing a management issue where other H.U.D.- affiliated programs are also managed by the same individuals
of The City of Austin Housing Finance Corporation / Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, AHFC's / NHCD's treatment toward me and my project
is merely endemic of the department's patterns & practices in general, toward
possibly any of its other programs and its clients.
Furthermore, I strongly
question whether H.U.D. San Antonio's C.P.D. and O.I.G. Departments will ensure compliance, at the root cause
from its participating jurisdictions (pj) which include Austin. The reason being, is that I have attempted
numerous times over several years to inform the San Antonio branches of the serious misdoings of Austin Housing Finance Corporation
(AHFC) / Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD); yet I have received little, and oftentimes no response.
I have spoken directly with San Antonio HUD investigator Mr. Alex Ramirez; and with H.U.D. San Antonio
C.P.D. director, Mr. John Maldonado, whom I do not know if he is of any relation to Mr.
George Maldonado of Austin NHCD (Neighborhood Housing and Community Development).
The Curious thing, is that while Mr. Ramirez and Mr. Maldonado of
San Antonio H.U.D. rebuffed my complaints, a Fort Worth H.U.D. representative immediately
comprehended the seriousness of the types of documentation I presented. While
speaking on the phone with her, she immediately said my documentation raised serious questions
about Fraud, Waste & Mismanagement. She advised me that it
was out of her jurisdiction and to contact San Antonio to request an investigation, based on the concerns of Fraud, waste
and mismanagement regarding the City of Austin's practices. Oddly, San Antonio H.U.D. hardly responded and appeared
to invest more energy into avoiding/excusing the potential criminal issues that I brought to their attention.
OVERVIEW - Group Complaint to H.U.D.:
There are some common grievances voiced by other program participants regarding their projects and
the manner in which they were treated. Their experiences mirror my own and raise questions relating to patterns and practices by City of Austin officials, Austin Housing Finance Corporation
(AHFC) and Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD); the City of Austin's management toward
its H.U.D. funded projects; its treatment toward the clients; and its apparent favoritism toward certain contractors.
I will forward the clients' particular stories as soon as they are completed by the individuals.
In light of these patterns, the question is posed whether
certain officials (elected or employed) of The City of Austin and its NHCD / AHFC acted with malice and deliberate neglect?
Could these particular tactics enacted against participants, who are in vulnerable situations, be contsrued as coercion?
Various families, including my own, have been adversely affected
by the City of Austin, Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development / Austin Housing Finance Corporation's apparent
Abuse of Power.
Some Common Issues & / or Questions
- Discrepancies with the Finance Department
(i.e. payment authorizations for incomplete work; Fiscal Reporting; Loan Servicing Documents).
- City of Austin's Failure to follow through with what Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development /
Austin Housing Finance Corporation promised the client it would do;
- City of Austin's Failure
to address recurring complaints; and to follow through with the prescribed protocols; including complaints related to code-item work and Health and Safety Issues.
- Pressure on the client to take actions against his/her best interest and wishes, including
Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community development (NHCD) pressuring clients to sign legal documents and payment
authorizations prematurely; without merit; or which contradict common contractual procedure.
- Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) &/or Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development's (NHCD)
Questionable practices regarding the subject of lead-based paint (click here) & (click here)
- Delayed and / or Abandoned Projects;
- Poor workmanship, including unchecked code-violations;
- Denying the clients the
opportunity to fill out the AHFC project / contractor evaluation forms; although this step is defined as part of the concluding
process to the project within the Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) Homebuilder/Contractor Registration Requriements
Section 3, part B; & Section 6.
of the Practices Raise Questions About:
- Preferential treatment toward City of Austin Contractors; &
- Misuse of Federal and Municipal tax dollars by the City of Austin, Ausin Neighborhood
Housing and Community Development (NHCD), and Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC).
- The City of Austin, Austin Housing Finance Corporation
(AHFC), Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) continue to use contractors that have a history
of poor workmanship; abandoned one or more projects; and/or have failed to complete the work
in a timely manner; and/or consistent with the specs. This is in violation of the AHFC Austin Housing Finance
Corporation Homebuilder/Contractor Registration Requirements.
- Clients complained
of being pressured into signing for substandard work against their wishes;
- Some Austin Neighborhood
Housing and Community Development (NHCD) projects have persisted for years;
- Some clients have
been displaced from their homes more than once (and for excessively prolonged periods of time), in
order to remedy faulty construction stemming from the City of Austin's initial 'rehabilitation' loan project;
- It appears that perhaps some projects with a history of difficulty, may have had more than one rehabilitation
loan applied to the same address; and for the same repair spanning over a period of years (Is the City of Austin using Federal Funds more than
once for the same project and same repairs, in order to cover-up its deficiencies from the initial project? -- Twice
the Federal tax dollars for a fraction of their intended commitment?)
Q: Did City of Austin inspectors pass code-item work that
was actually in violation of code?
Why do the City of Austin officials appear to be unconcerned by the apparent misrepresentations of some of
its widely used contractors; its representatives of Austin Housing Finance Corporation and Austin Neighborhood Housing and
Why do City of Austin Officials appear unconcerned about the potential compromised Health and Safety of 100's of previous
the City of Austin applying more than one loan; and additional Federal Tax dollars more than once to the same project, in
order to cover-up the City of Austin's deficiencies from the intitial project? In other words, is one federally-funded loan program (LeadSmart) covering up the lack of oversight
from another City of Austin federally funded loan program (Single Family Loan Program) -- Twice the Federal tax dollars going
half the distance of what the Public commited them for?.
& Waste: Are the costs of these 'Repeat' jobs being passed on to the HomeOwners, the taxpayers,
other nonprofits and more than once to the Federal Government?
Q: Has the City of Austin mis-reported the status of failed
& abandoned projects to the HUD and the Federal Government? Has the City of Austin reported any incompleted
projects as 'completed successes'?
Q: Have the contracts accociated with failed projects typically been dissolved; rather than
- If so, does a dissolved
contract nullify a participating jurisdiction's requirement to report the status of the project?
- Does this practice artificially inflate the City of Austin and its contractors' performance profile
scores, and thereby produce a false progress/accomplishment report?
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