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Letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Letter regarding On-Site Program Monitoring of Anuenue Hale Aloha Gardens project and Camp Pineapple 808 project
Letter regarding On-Site Program Monitoring of Anuenue Hale Aloha Gardens project and Camp Pineapple 808 project

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U.S.
Department
of
Housingand
Urban
Development
,
*
*
Honolulu
FieldOffice
Region
IX
III
II
1132Bishop
Street,
Suite
1400
I
Honolulu,
Hawaii
96813-4918www.hud.gov
espanol.hud.gov
June
3,
2013
The
Honorable
Kirk
Caldwell
Mayor
-
Cityand
County
of
Honolulu
530
South
KingStreet,
Room
300
Honolulu,
HI
96813
c
DearMayor
Caidwell
,
SUBJECT:
On-Site
Program
Monitoring
CommunityDevelopment
Block
Grant
(CDBG)
April
11-25,
2011
and
May
2013
Follow-up
This
is
in
response
totheCity
and
County
of
Honolulu’s
(City)
letterdated
January
31,
2013,
regarding
its
subrecipient,
Opportunities
and
Resources,
Inc.
(ORI)
Anuenue
Hale,and
its
two
projectsknown
as
the
Anuenue
Hale
Aloha
Gardens
project
andthe
Camp
Pineapple
808
project.InApril
2011,theHUD
Honolulu
FieldOffice
conducted
an
on-sitemonitoring
of
the
City’s
CDBG
program.
The
review
focused
on
four
areas
of
compliance:
(1)
property
acquisition
and
use;
(2)
record
keeping;
(3)
publicservice
costs;
(4)
financial
management
and
oversight.
The
monitoring
and
follow-up
monitoringresulted
in
eightfindings
related
to
ORI
andtwo
conflict
of
interest
issues
involving
City
management
and
staff.
The
attached
enclosure
summarizes
HUD’sfindingsand
the
recommended
corrective
actions
in
accordance
with
24
CFR
570.9
10.
A
finding
isa
determination
of
non-compliance
with
a
program
regulation
and
requires
corrective
action.A
concern
isa
deficiency
in
program
performance;
a
concern
is
not
statutory,
regulatory,
ora
programrequirement.
To
close
the
findingnoted
herein
and
the
2011
open
ORI
finding,
theCityhas
45
days
from
the
date
of
thisletter
to
comply
with
the
corrective
actions.
As
part
of
HUD’son-going
efforts
to
assist
the
City
in
managing
its
CDBG
funds
HUDhas
selectedthe
NationalAssociation
for
Latino
Community
Asset
Builders
(NALCAB),
a
HUD
approved
CDBG
technicalassistant
provider,
to
provide
CDBG
technical
assistance
to
the
City.
The
NALCAB
has
made
initial
contacts
with
Ms.
Holly
Kawano
of
your
staff
to
arrange
the
technicalassistance.
HUDanticipates
the
NALCAB
will
begin
its
on-sitetechnical
assistance
lateJune
or
early
July
2013.
 
2
The
Honolulu
FieldOfficeappreciatesthe
cooperation
and
courtesyprovided
by
your
staffduring
the
reviews
and
are
available
to
provideprogramtechnical
assistance
as
needed.
If
you
have
any
questionsregarding
this
report,please
callme
at
(808)
457-4678.
Sincerely,
Mark
A.
ChandlerDirectorCommunity
Planningand
Development
HUDHonoluluFieldOffice
Enclosure
cc:
Mr.
NelsonKoyanagi
(w/enclosure)Director,
ActingDepartmentofBudget
and
FiscalServicesCity
and
County
of
Honolulu
530
SouthKingStreet,
Room
208
Honolulu,
HI
96813
Ms.
PamelaWittyOakland(w/enclosure)DirectorDesignateDepartment
of
Community
ServicesCity
and
Countyof
Honolulu
715
SouthKing
Street,
Room
311
Honolulu,
HI
96813
Ms.
HollyKawano(w/enclosure)FederalGrants
CoordinatorDepartmentofBudget
andFiscalServicesCity
and
County
of
Honolulu
530
SouthKing
Street,
Room
208
Honolulu,
HI
96813
 
Enclosure
MONITORINGREPORT
-
May
2013
This
report
is
based
on
documentation
provided
by
the
City’s
Department
of
Budget
andFiscal
Services
including
lettersdated
April
5,
2012,
July
31,
2012,
October
31,
2012,
and
January
31,
2013,
regarding
openmonitoring
findings
related
to
the
City’s
subrecipient
Opportunities
and
Resources,
Inc.
(ORI)
Anuenue
Hale.ORI
received
CDBGassistance
to
develop
the
Aloha
Gardens
Project
with
two
facilities(Wellness
Center
andCamp
Pineapple
808).
Both
facilities
have
failed
to
meet
the
CDBG
Programnationalobjective
requirement.
HUDhasalso
advised
theCity
of
additional
project
issues
that
are
of
major
concern
and
so
noted
in
this
report.
CPD
Finding
1:
Non-Compliancewith
a
CDBG
National
Objective
In
2003,
the
City’s
subrecipient,
ORI,
usedCDBG
funds
to
acquire
30
acres
of
land
and
constructthe
Aloha
Gardens
Wellness
Center
and
the
Camp
Pineapple
808
facilities.
Acquisition
is
an
eligible
CDBGactivityunder
24
CFR
570.20
1(a).
The
purpose
of
the
facilities
was
to
serve
elderly
and
developmentally
disabled
persons,
which
are
presumed
benefit
categories
under
the
CDBGnationalobjectives
at
24
CFR570.208(a)(2).Despite
the
proposed
compliance
with
the
national
objective,
ORI
usedand
marketed
Camp
Pineapple
808
to
individuals
and
organizations
that
did
notexclusively
servethe
elderly
and
disabled.TheWeilness
Center
wasalso
underutilized
in
thisregard.
Criteria:
This
activity
does
not
qualify
under
the
nationalobjective
of
limited
clientelepresumed
benefit.
In
order
to
meet
this
requirement,
an
activity
must
exclusively
servea
group
of
persons
inthe
followingcategories:
abused
children,
battered
spouses,
elderlypersons,
adultsmeeting
the
Bureau
of
Census’
Current
Population
Reports
definition
of
severely
disabled,
homeless
persons,
illiterate
adults,
persons
living
with
AIDS,and
migrant
farmworkers,
as
set
forth
in24
CFR
570.208(a)(2)(A).
Condition:
HUD
acknowledges
that
the
City
hasworked
with
ORI
forthe
last
two
years
in
an
attempt
to
increasethe
appropriate
use
of
Aloha
Gardens(Weilness
Center
and
Camp
Pineapple
808
facilities)
to
ensure
compliancewith
the
CDBG
nationalobjective
of
servingthe
elderly
and
developmentally
disabled
adults.TheCity
indicated
that
ORI
provides
services
to
a
sufficientnumber
of
seniorsand
clients
with
disabilities
at
the
Wellness
Center.
In
addition,
the
Cityhas
confirmed
that
Camp
Pineapple
808
has
servedmoreclientsby
moving
day
clients
from
the
Wellness
Center
to
Camp
Pineapple
808.

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