Detroit Housing Commission regains local control

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — After nearly a decade under federal oversight, the Detroit Housing Commission is returning to local control.

Federal and local officials will gather Tuesday morning for a press conference to acknowledge the accomplishment. Hosting the event will be U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Housing Commission Executive Director Kelley Lyons.

In July 2005, HUD took control of the Detroit Housing Commission because of what it called “significant regulatory compliance deficiencies,” including problems with financial records, poor housing unit conditions and defaulted grants due to lack of construction progress.

The housing commission has met a number of requirements since that time, officials said, including a full financial audit with no findings since 2008 and full compliance with HUD’s financial and management regulations since 2010.

“Additionally, last year the DHC received a passing HUD inspection score for every public housing development for the first time in more than two decades,” officials said in a statement Monday.