- Jun 8, 2009
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- People's Republic of NJ
State can't provide addresses of Houston homes retrofitted with $3.7 million in stimulus money -- and nonprofit overseeing work won't release addresses | Texas WatchdogThrough December of last year, according to the reporting required by the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program, Gerber's department had spent $3.7 million and had weatherized a feeble 47 homes in Texas.
That amount comes to a taxpayer cost of $78,000 per home.
Knowing the story was soon going to be posted, Gerber told me he had canvassed the nearly three dozen local entities around the state that were directing the actual weatherizing work on a Friday late in January. Lo, and behold, Gerber found that during that month contractors had done more than 400 homes
When I called the Department of Housing and Community Affairs, their spokesman, Gordon Anderson, told me they did not have the addresses for those units in Houston. Nor could they tell me how much money they were putting into each of the units. "At this point, (weatherization money) sub-recipients" such as Sheltering Arms "are actually not required to submit the street addresses of units weatherized to TDHCA.
"As the Chair of the RAT Board testified late last year, there are a considerable number of recipients who do not report to the Recovery Act because it prescribes no penalties for failure to report." U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on his Website
Wow. Sheltering Arms refused to disclose names and addresses using 'HIPPA" as an excuse. Sounds purdy shady to me...