U.S. Housing Officials Visit Mexico Housing Authority

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MEXICO - Executive Director of the Mexico Housing Authority Ed Carrera confirmed Wednesday that the officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development visited the Mexico office today. Officials stayed quiet about what prompted the visit. Carrera called the visit "routine", but when KOMU 8 contacted the HUD Office in Saint Louis, Field Office Director James Heard said visits were conducted "as-needed". Heard also said the Regional Public Housing Director determines which offices to visit.

The Mexico Housing Authority has a history of mismanagement. In 2010, former Executive Director John Afoun was examined by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development after questions were raised about Afoun's cell phone records and charges.

In 2009, Mexico Housing Authority purchased land near Tripoli Street and Hassen Drive in Mexico where a new senior center was to be built. Mexico Housing Authority did not receive proper authorization to purchase that land and it had to be sold.

When asked about the Tripoli and Hassen property, Carrera confirmed that the land was still on the market.

"That piece of property is being offered for sale and is in the hands of a Realtor," said Carerra.