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  • HUD takes over Housing Authority

    March 29, 2011 11:32 PM

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development has taken over the Lafayette Housing Authority but why now? The answer isn't really clear; many say the decision should have been made weeks or even months ago. "I think it probably should've been made a while back," former Chairman Shirley Vige... more »
  • Ousted commissioners lurking; new LHA board "progressing"

    March 22, 2011 11:48 PM

    Officials at the Lafayette Housing Authority say they're back on track after months of instability on the agency's board of commissioners. The board is now taking a deeper look into open meetings laws after three commissioners were called into court. There was a meeting earlier this year that had... more »
  • Past, Present and Future of the Lafayette Housing Authority

    March 7, 2011 6:54 PM

    Five new commissioners make their debut with the Lafayette Housing Authority. Shirley Vige was appointed to the board in late October but was sworn-in on Monday and elected Chairperson. Mary Guidry joins the Housing Authority's board of commissioners from Iberia Bank. She was elected Vice Chair during Monday's meeting. Attorney,... more »
  • LHA Board: Out Again

    March 1, 2011 11:48 PM

    For the second time in six months, City-Parish Council has removed three Housing Authority commissioners from their posts. Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman appealed City-Parish President Joey Durel's decision to remove the trio after they allegedly held a closed meeting in October. Wednesday night, their appeal took more... more »
  • HUD asks LHA board to resign

    February 23, 2011 11:47 PM

    HUD is calling for the resignations of Lafayette Housing Authority Commissioners and all but one of them declined the offer. Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman are refusing to step down from their posts. Donald Fuselier calling it quits- hoping the three others would do the same but they... more »
  • Judge: LHA Board did not violate laws

    February 15, 2011 12:01 PM

    Three Lafayette Housing Authority Commissioners alleged to have violated open meeting laws were not found to be in any violation. Retired Judge Arthur Planchard was appointed to the case, hearing testimonies from the commissioners and witnesses on Monday. The meeting in question dates back to October 26th where an... more »
  • Housing Authority Commissioners in District Court

    February 14, 2011 11:22 PM

    Three Lafayette Housing commissioners accused of violating open meeting laws answer to a district judge. How did it all play out in court? "If in fact the commissioners went into a closed setting and created policy involving the housing authority, it would be a violation of the open meeting law,"... more »
  • LHA Board: "a government conspiracy"

    January 20, 2011 9:12 PM

    Housing Authority Commissioners say there's a conspiracy in Lafayette Consolidated Government. Three commissioners accuse five people of cashing in on the housing authority through tax credit properties. "So this is Mr. Becker tied to Ottinger who's Mr. Durel's attorney." Former Commissioner John Freeman said, pointing out the connections, "all these... more »
  • Williams: Durel, Hardy, Fuselier "lied" about LHA

    January 19, 2011 11:34 PM

    Former Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Chris Williams making accusations after auditors release their report on the Lafayette Housing Authority. Williams was accused of double-dipping because he held a full-time job at UL and was contracted to work full time with HUD's Disaster Housing Assistance Program. However, Williams said that contract was... more »
  • Auditors release report on Lafayette Housing Authority

    January 17, 2011 11:27 PM

    Legislative auditors release their report on the Lafayette Housing Authority. An audit released last year found thousands of dollars in misused money. This report explains how all that money was used. More than 20 pages describing the various ways the housing authority spent taxpayer dollars illegally with a common theme... more »
  • Housing Authority employees could lose pay check

    December 30, 2010 8:01 PM

    An emergency meeting called Thursday at the Lafayette Housing Authority; banks are threatening to freeze some of the Housing Authority's funds, which could leave more than 50 employees without a pay check. "There may be a bill that's due (on Friday)." Housing and Urban Development Liason Dan Rodriguez says, "we... more »
  • Blank Tapes of recorded LHA Meetings

    November 30, 2010 7:55 PM

    State Representative Rickey Hardy is calling for State Police to lead an investigation of the Lafayette Housing Authority and it all has to do with blank tapes. "I made a mistake." LHA Commissioner Joe Dennis told KATC last week, "I called for an executive session then one of the other... more »
  • Ousted... Again: LHA board asked to leave

    November 20, 2010 8:05 PM

    For the second time, three Lafayette Housing Authority commissioners are being told to leave their posts. Commissioners Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman received another letter on Friday from Parish President Joey Durel; telling them their services are no longer needed. Their dismissal, based on a number of possible... more »
  • HUD's plan for housing authority

    October 26, 2010 7:34 PM

    "I feel like the staff is in place and the processes are in place." That's the man the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is sending to Lafayette to help the housing authority get back on track, but how is he going to do that? Rodriguez says his only... more »
  • Lafayette Housing Authority will meet today

    October 26, 2010 6:41 AM

    The Lafayette Housing Authority will meet at 3 this afternoon. This comes on the heels of a pair of unexpected resignations by both L-H-A director Walter Guillory and assistant director Jonathan Carmouche.
  • LHA Director resigns

    October 25, 2010 7:06 PM

    A pair of unexpected resignations hit the Lafayette Housing Authority. Both LHA Director Walter Guillory and Assistant Director Jonathan Carmouche put in their letters of resignation Monday morning. This all stems around the audit revealing financial and management problems; but the resignations came as a shock to many LHA employees.... more »
  • Lafayette Housing Authority Held First Meeting

    October 21, 2010 11:00 AM

    Three Lafayette Housing Authority board members held their first meeting since being reinstated by a judge. Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman heard from auditors who drafted the unfavorable report for the housing authority. That same report that led to most of the board members being dismissed... more »
  • Lafayette Housing Authority Board members met Wednesday

    October 21, 2010 6:50 AM

    Three Lafayette Housing Authority Board members met for the first time Wednesday since being reinstated. Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman heard from auditors who drafted the unfavorable report for the housing authority. That report led to most of the board members being dismissed by city Parish President Joey... more »
  • LHA meeting flops

    September 30, 2010 8:08 PM

    Three former LHA commissioners held a public meeting on Thursday as if they were never removed. "There's a pending issue," LHA Attorney Daniel Stanford said. "Three of the individuals are filing a petition in district court that they are in fact board members." A *pending* issue that didn't stop John... more »
  • LHA Board to go back to work, is it legal?

    September 28, 2010 7:40 PM

    Three ousted Lafayette Housing Authority commissioners say they're going back to work for HUD. A district judge decided former commissioners Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman should remain board members until their appeals process is completed. It's all summed-up an 80-page judgement. After reading the judgement, former city attorney... more »
  • LHA Assistant Director driving under suspended license

    August 31, 2010 7:19 PM

    More controversy swirling around the Lafayette Housing Authority. KATC learned the Assistant Director has been driving a government vehicle with a suspended license. This is the latest in a series of stories KATC has uncovered since an audit found more than $400,000 of mishandled funds. Here's a short history: Auditors... more »
  • More Scandal out of Lafayette Housing Authority

    August 25, 2010 7:23 PM

    New details out of the Lafayette Housing Authority scandal but these details may lead to more questions than answers. The questions surround the hiring process; at least one of the applicants who was hired, a convicted felon. Parish President Joey Durel browsed through more than 10-pages of criminal documents surrounding... more »
  • Lafayette Housing Authority Hosts Credit Seminar

    November 20, 2009 4:09 PM

    A "Get Your Credit Right" Seminar will be hosted by the Lafayette Housing Authority on December 20th, 2009. The seminar is FREE and open to the public. Participants will learn more about credit repair and how to improve credit scores. The seminar will take place at the Martin Luther King... more »

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