Housing agency slammed over affordable rentals

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The state inspector general says in a report that the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal’s “deep and systemic failure” has led to crumbling buildings, higher rents and wasted government spending on subsidized housing. At the Bronx’s Co-op City, 40 of 47 contracts violated the rules of the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program between 2002 and 2006. The agency was also criticized for allowing renters to exceed income limits and allowing its employees to live in affordable buildings it monitors.