From the Washington City Paper blog Housing Complex
On Saturday, The Washington Times published a story about a new tiff between D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray and the Urban League, which is administering a home ownership assistance program with city support. The Urban League says it has run out of Council money and has yanked funding for people on the brink of buying homes. Gray says, essentially, What the hell are you talking about? Why are these sad people calling my office?
That’s when things get a bit combative:
“Mr. Gray insists that the organization had explicit instructions from the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development not to cancel loans that were already approved…[In a letter to the mayor] Mr. Gray also wrote that it is “inconceivable” that the Urban League had spent the $23 million in available funds just two months into fiscal 2009.”
Meanwhile over at the Urban League:
“Urban League President and Chief Executive Officer Maudine R. Cooper responded with a statement that the League is “more than glad to cooperate” with Mr. Gray and that she feels the term “investigation” is inappropriate.”