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Rep. Lantos calls CDBG abuses 'widespread.' (Tom Lantos; Community Development Block Grant program) (Brief Article)

Calling abuses in the Community Development Block Grant program "widespread,." Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) blasted local officials for abusing CDBG funds and said that he would hold additional hearings to uncover further abuses.

Lantos, chair of the House Employment and Housing Subcommittee, held hearings last week on "abuse and questionable uses" of Community Development Block Grant funds.

Lantos expressed little interest in the overall success of the CDBG program and instead focused strictly on the abuses he uncovered saying they belonged in the "Ripley's Believe It or Not." The hearing was designed to review questionable uses of CDBG funds by Troy, New York; Washington, D.C.; Chester, Pa.; and the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians in Southern California.

In his opening statement, Lantos said that at a time when federal funds were scarce, "we need to monitor more closely the CDBG program to ferret out waste and abuse."

In her statements before the committee, Anna Kondratas, assistant secretary for Community Planning and Development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that the CDBG program "works and works well".

She said that "any discussion of examples of abuse must be put into the broader perspective of a highly successful progam"

Lantos promised additional hearings to uncover these abuses.
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Author:Barreto, Julio
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Nov 11, 1991
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