HUD to review Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority financially
PORTSMOUTH, VA– The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent a letter to the interim executive director of the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority, to notify them that HUD will be reviewing how the PRHA Board of Commissioners governs and and operates the Authority financially.
The review, called a Departmental Enforcement Center snapshot review, will be in Portsmouth December 5th through December 8th. This visit will be to restore people’s confidence in PRHA and identify actions that need to be taken. This is not a routine inspection, but is implemented when there is reason for concern.
“It is essential that public housing representatives (including all Board members, Fee Accountant, etc.) with appropriate management and financial knowledge of PRHA be available to assist with our review, as necessary,” the letter reads.
HUD has also asked PRHA to have a long list of documents and records available to examine, including a chart of accounts, bank signature cards for all bank accounts, the most current budget, list of all credit/debit cards and policies with regard to cash management and financial control.
Over the summer, the Board of Commissioners fired the longtime executive director of the Authority. Board members are appointed by city council.