Grassley: Agency Must Enforce Prohibition on Lifetime Sex Offenders’ Public Housing Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC – August 11, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Senator Chuck Grassley is urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to do a better job of preventing lifetime convicted sex offenders from receiving federal housing benefits, as federal law requires.  Grassley’s letter comes after an inspector general report determined that the federal government subsidizes housing for an estimated 2,094 to 3,046 lifetime registered sex offenders.

“Lifetime convicted sex offenders shouldn’t be living in federally subsidized housing,” Grassley said.  “Federal housing officials aren’t doing enough to enforce the law, and loopholes make the situation even worse.  The housing department needs to follow the inspector general’s recommendations and do a lot more to protect residents.”

Grassley wrote to the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, asking for details of the department’s action to follow through on the inspector general’s report.

Click here to read Grassley’s letter.
Click here to read the OIG report.

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