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Audit Finds Homeless Services Funds Wasted

(Portland, OR) -- A City of Portland audit found the Joint Office of Homeless Services wasted funds intended to serve veterans. Officials say 850-thousand dollars were spent over 16 months to provide apartments to veterans, but the property wasn't maintained and the residents had to be moved to other housing. The investigation found there wasn't oversight of the provider running the facility, the building's condition wasn't assessed and nothing was done to address the problems. The Joint Office of Homeless Services generally agreed with the audit, but objected to some descriptions as being inflammatory.

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