Roe on affordable housing: I plan to address the issue when congress convenes in Sept.

(WJHL) – US Congressman Phil Roe of Johnson City says he looks forward to pushing for policy changes at the Department of Housing and an Urban Development.

WJHL’s Community Watchdog report prompted Congressman Roe’s fight. Congressman Roe, referenced WJHL’s report in his column this week.

Back in 2013, New Channel 11’s Nate Morabito uncovered people in our region and across the state making between $50,000 and $80,000 living in government housing.

In October of the same year, congressman Roe requested an audit at the Department of Housing and Urban Development on families who exceed income limits but still lived in government subsidized housing.

After a local news report uncovered this was happening in our area, I suspected this problem was occurring nationwide. On October 23, 2013, I wrote Inspector General David Montoya to request this audit. I followed up with formal correspondence again in November and several times over almost two years before the results of the audit were released.

Congressman Phil Roe

An audit release this July by the Office of the Inspector General, revealed more than 25,000 families across the nation whose incomes exceeded the limit for public housing.

“…nearly 18,000 of those families had earned more than the qualifying amount for more than one year. The OIG estimates that HUD will spend as much as $104.4 million in the next year for housing units occupied by families who are over the income limit,” according to Congressman Roe.

“Congress should address this mismanagement, and I look forward to pushing for policy changes to ensure families who need help most have access to affordable housing,” said Congressman Roe in his weekly report.

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