[Hpn] Re: HUD played politics with NYC homeless funds? In whose interests? FWD FWD

Chuck Currie, First United Methodist Church ccurrie@fumcpdx.org
Sun, 10 Sep 2000 18:57:03 -0700

HUD made a good decision in this case.  Their efforts should be applauded.
The administration in New York City has been one of the more corrupt in
dealing with issues of housing and homelessness.  Senator Bond is a friend
of the administration in New York and not a friend of those working to
alleviate poverty.  His report is an election year piece of propaganda that
ought to be considered nothing more than a press release from opponents of
Chuck Currie
Director of Community Outreach
First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, OR 97201
503-228-3195 ext 215

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Subject: HUD played politics with NYC homeless funds? In whose interests?

>To Reply To ALL listmembers of Homeless People's Network (HPN),
>Who is "playing politics" in the controversy cited below over
>HUD funds for New York City homeless people?
>Is anyone is this controversy _not_ "playing politics"?
>In whose interests do HUD and its Republican critics operate?
>Who can homeless people depend on to operate in _our_ interests?
>FWD  Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Sep 06, 2000
>     Associated Press Writer
>WASHINGTON (AP) _ Federal housing officials had no grounds for
>bypassing New York agencies in distributing millions of dollars for
>homeless people, a congressional report said.
>The tussle over homeless funds first arose in the heat of the
>New York Senate contest between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mayor
>Rudolph Giuliani, who later abandoned the race. Housing Secretary
>Andrew Cuomo, a Clinton supporter, said he yanked the money because
>a federal judge ruled the city improperly withheld it from one of
>the mayor's critics, a group called Housing Works.
>On Wednesday, Missouri Sen. Christopher Bond, a Republican,
>accused the Department of Housing and Urban Development of
>deliberately hiding key information in the lawsuit at the heart of
>the funding dispute, and said he is notifying the U.S. attorney and
>New York Bar Association of his findings.
>``HUD violated the rules of fundamental fairness,'' said Bond,
>who issued a 143-page report calling for sanctions and reforms in
>the agency. ``Whether the motive was personal or politics or
>something else, it is simply wrong, and I intend to make sure HUD
>is not distracted again from its core mission of helping Americans
>in need.''
>Bond's report met with a barrage of protest from three New York
>congressmen as well as from HUD and homeless groups involved in the
>case. The city's commissioner for the Department of Homeless
>Services, Martin Oesterreich, said: ``The report speaks for
>HUD fired back that the report was timed to camouflage the
>city's recent decisions to fully fund Housing Works, pay $90,000 in
>the group's attorney fees and the city's creation of a new
>application process for homeless funds.
>``A federal judge said New York City broke the law in giving out
>federal funds and was guilty of political retaliation,'' HUD
>spokeswoman Lisa MacSpadden said. ``In response, HUD acted
>aggressively to protect homeless service providers and we have seen
>Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said HUD had a responsibility to
>act: HUD did the right thing for the right reasons and produced the
>right result.''
>New York Democratic Reps. Major Owens and Gregory Meeks accused
>the senator and Giuliani of playing politics rather than admitting
>New York City should improve relations with homeless service
>Bond responded: ``This is a fundamental abuse of process. I
>don't know anything about New York politics; frankly, I've got all
>I can do with Missouri politics.''
>Charles King, executive director of Housing Works, said he had
>provided Bond's staff with reams of documentation about the city's
>misconduct. But none of it appears in the report, King said, in
>particular a preliminary injunction spelling out why the judge
>found retaliation from the city.
>``What we had here was a constitutional violation of our first
>amendment rights,'' King said.
>The report does detail the August 1999 lawsuit filed by Housing
>Works, an outgrowth of the vocal advocacy group ACT-UP. The group
>has staged various demonstrations, from City Hall protests to
>disrupting city meetings to building and bridge takeovers.
>The U.S. District Court in New York's southern district issued a
>preliminary injunction, saying Housing Works had demonstrated the
>city's intent to retaliate against its protests. The court left the
>injunction in place but ultimately declined to rule on the case's
>The senator says HUD withheld crucial information by not telling
>the court it had already decided to provide additional funding for
>Homeless Works, which Bond said would make the court case moot.
>HUD officials, in turn, say Senate investigators misunderstood
>e-mails among agency attorneys concerned they were not at liberty
>to discuss funding decisions that were not yet public. Besides, the
>judge by that time had dismissed HUD as a defendant because the
>agency agreed to abide by court rulings.
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