(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following comments after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took charge of the Lafayette Housing Authority.
“I’ve been working with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on this, and I think he made the right call here,” said Vitter. “Local taxpayers were being forced to foot the bill for this drawn-out lawsuit, which wasn’t right. Hopefully this decision by HUD will allow everyone involved to move forward.”
Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel said, “I am disappointed that it had to come to this, but it was becoming increasingly obvious that HUD was going to have to step in to restore confidence in the LHA. I would like to thank Senator Vitter for being so attentive to our issue and for working so diligently with HUD to reach a solution. Without Senator Vitter, I don't believe this was going to end soon.”
The LHA is under investigation by HUD, the FBI and the state legislative auditor and has been tied up in a legal dispute at taxpayer expense since its commissioners were dismissed following a state audit report that showed possible mismanagement and misuse of funds.