The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a transition plan to return the Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) to municipal control. HUD assumed control of the agency in 2005, citing serious administrative, financial and management shortfalls.
Both the city and HUD agreed the DHC had been troubled for more than a decade and required significant assistance to help improve the quality of life for Detroit's public housing and Housing Choice Voucher residents. HUD entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the city to begin improving the commission's management and financial operations.
‘The Detroit Housing Commission made significant progress since 2005, and we believe it's time to begin the process to return it to local control,’ says Assistant HUD Secretary Sandra B. Henriquez.
Detroit is also one of seven cities selected for the HUD pilot program Strong Cities, Strong Communities. This White House-led, interagency program focuses on retooling and rebuilding the capacity of cities facing long-term economic challenges.