In a report released Monday, Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general raised concerns about $752,982 in stimulus disbursements to the now-defunct Prisoners Aid Association and the Baltimore-based Public Justice Center, citing shoddy accounting and violations of funding guidelines.
The two groups were sub-recipients of a stimulus grant designed to prevent homelessness and re-house the homeless. HUD gave more than $9.5 million to the city of Baltimore to administer the grant. The city contracted with United Way of Central Maryland, which selected the Public Justice Center and Prisoners Aid as sub-grantees.
Expense reports filed by Prisoners Aid showed it spent only $157,234 of the $270,550 it received from the city of Baltimore. That total was significantly less than the $392,982 in grant money Baltimore drew down for the Prisoners Aid grant.
What’s more, the group “could not produce participant files or records to support the $270,550 in grant funds it was paid,” according to the IG.