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Metro Council’s Accountability Committee to Investigate Department of Housing and Family Services

Monday July 7, 2008

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release                            
Stephen Haag, Jr.
574-1204 / 645-1752   

Louisville, KY – Government Accountability and Audit Committee Chairman Kelly Downard (District 16) has announced that his committee will begin to investigate revelations that approximately $19.5 million dollars in housing grants have been lost, forgotten or unclaimed. These grants were awarded for important human service programs such as Project Warm, Lead Safe Louisville, the Healing Place and various Neighborhood Partnerships.

This issue caught the attention of the Metro Council members during last Tuesday’s Budget Hearings with the Department for Housing and Family Services. Council members expressed concern and suggested that further investigation by the Government Accountability Committee was necessary.

“I and many of my colleagues were deeply disappointed to see so many important Human Service providers being cut in this years budget, and then be told that many of them have been missing out on tens of thousands of dollars due to failed management.” – Kelly Downard

The Government Accountability and Audit Committee will begin its review in July. The review will be conducted over several meetings and will seek answers from all agencies involved.

“This apparently flawed process needs a complete examination. Our committee will examine this in its entirety and remedial steps will be sought.” – Kelly Downard

Kelly Downard (R) 16