State Housing Authority Failed to Provide Adequate Oversight of Section 8 Program 

A federal report says dozens of Maine families ended up living in substandard homes because the Maine State Housing Authority failed to provide adequate oversight of Section 8 program. An audit by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general found that 53 of 61 housing units that were inspected did not meet federal standards. Furthermore, it says 28 of those had “emergency or life-threatening violations” that required correction within 24 hours. The Bangor Daily News, says MaineHousing administers 3,199 Section 8 housing units in Maine, of which 2,329 were overseen by third-party organizations. Sen. Susan Collins asked for the review of MaineHousing’s management following news reports of lax management of the Section 8 housing program in Oxford County.