$11 Million Grant to Clothe Detroit Job-Seekers Helps…2 people

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    lets see= $11 million /400= $27,500 , but they could not even get that right, I mean I have heard of overhead, but at 27,500 and then only helping 2 people? :lol:

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    $11 Million Grant to Clothe Detroit Job-Seekers Helps…Two

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    A recent audit of the Department of Human Services revealed that an $11 million grant to help clothe low income job-seekers in the city helped two, yes, two people. According to The Detroit News:

    Among the most telling findings, which will be discussed today during a City Council committee meeting, is that a third-party contractor advanced $148,000 to a downtown Detroit clothing store and opened an account, but did not include the city on the account.

    “It’s just another example that money is not as much of an issue [as] managing the money, whether it’s grant or general fund dollars that we have,” said Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown. “We have to find a better way to manage the resources and give Detroiters the value for the tax dollars they deserve.”

    Though the program aimed to help 400 people between July of 2009 and September of 2011, “The DHS was only able to provide the auditors with two referral forms signed by two clients documenting that they received clothing from the boutique.”

    CBS notes that applicants were required to have a job interview scheduled to participate, but presumably that’s not such a stringent requirement that only two people were eligible.

    Detroit Program to Clothe Job-Seekers Only Helps Two | TheBlaze.com

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    Audit: Part of $11M grant for Detroit job seekers only aided 2 | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
     
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    Gawd - what could be more ridiculous than this? Is it any wonder Detroit is going down the tubes?
     
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    Is it any wonder the country is going "down the tubes" The federal government as no business sending out money for this in the first place:cuckoo:
     
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    LMAO!

    Isn't central planning just grand?
     
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    This is a pretty normal example of how Conservatives have twisted information to suit their agenda.

    The article says that part of a fund of 11 million that was earmarked to help clothe job seekers was mismanaged.

    Quite possibly true. It mentions 148,000 dollars advanced to help the 400 people (nearly $400 per person, which sound about right to me for a full suit of interview clothes). It mentions that the 148k advance was mismanaged, could be true, but doesn't necessarily say that the money was stolen. For all we know it may be returned with a simply - sorry we didn't do such a great job fulfilling our mission.

    Incompetence could certainly be to blame for this mismanagement and their could be some dishonesty in there too, but before judging I would point out that creating a service to benefit the needy seems to be far easier than actually making the needy aware that the service is available in a way that could benefit them. This seems to be a problem in a social service organizations, including those that serve the disabled, elderly and, yes, the poor.

    That's no reason to wait for facts before you start spreading inuendo - not for the Detroit News anyway.
     
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    well this is a typical explanation I would expect from the left, the result they found was 2 people,hey I'll tell you what, lets bump that by orders of magnitude, I'll give you 400...so, do the math again. A 160K at $400 a pop...out of, 11 Million?

    so it takes a grant of 11 million to deliver 200k to the people in need?I mean seriously?
    If ANY co. used a burn rate anywhere near that proportion top deliver goods they'd be broke in short order....its simply nuts. :rolleyes:

    Instated of making excuses for a massive fail, you provide, well excuses, they didn't plan right, they didn't get the word put yada yada yada.....dude,you do realize this is NOT abnormal and its got to stop.
     
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    do I have to?:doubt:
     
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    Detroit may turn out half its street lights to shrink the city

    May 25, 2012 By Rick Moran



    For want of a streetlight, a city was lost.

    Bloomberg:

    Detroit, whose 139 square miles contain 60 percent fewer residents than in 1950, will try to nudge them into a smaller living space by eliminating almost half its streetlights.

    As it is, 40 percent of the 88,000 streetlights are broken and the city, whose finances are to be overseen by an appointed board, can't afford to fix them. Mayor Dave Bing's plan would create an authority to borrow $160 million to upgrade and reduce the number of streetlights to 46,000. Maintenance would be contracted out, saving the city $10 million a year.

    Other U.S. cities have gone partially dark to save money, among them Colorado Springs; Santa Rosa, California; and Rockford, Illinois. Detroit's plan goes further: It would leave sparsely populated swaths unlit in a community of 713,000 that covers more area than Boston, Buffalo and San Francisco combined. Vacant property and parks account for 37 square miles (96 square kilometers), according to city planners.

    "You have to identify those neighborhoods where you want to concentrate your population," said Chris Brown, Detroit's chief operating officer. "We're not going to light distressed areas like we light other areas."

    Detroit's dwindling income and property-tax revenue have required residents to endure unreliable buses and strained police services throughout the city. Because streetlights are basic to urban life, deciding what areas to illuminate will reshape the city, said Kirk Cheyfitz, co-founder of a project called Detroit143 -- named for the 139 square miles of land, plus water -- that publicizes neighborhood issues.

    Read more: Blog: Detroit may turn out half its street lights to shrink the city

    Would the last person leaving Detroit please leave one streetlight on?
     

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