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Federal government to end oversight of Detroit Housing Commission

The federal government says it’s confident the Detroit Housing Commission is on the right path—and ready to revert back to local control.

The quasi-governmental authority manages the city’s public housing. It’s been under federal oversight since 2005 because of misspending and management problems.

But U-S Housing and Urban Development assistant secretary Sandra Henriquez says there’s been a vast improvement.

“We have faith that the housing authority is on the right track, and we also have confidence that it can continue its mission and play a very vital role in the revitalization of the city of Detroit,” Henriquez said.

Despite Detroit’s ongoing issues with managing federal funds, Henriquez says she’s not worried because the Housing Commission has autonomy from city government.

The plan is for the e Commission to transition back to local control over the next few months.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.