Detroit restores misplaced federal funds for AIDS program
September 01 2004 11:00 PM ET
The Detroit Department of Human Services this week restored $100,000 in federal funding to Wellness House, an AIDS organization that provides food and assisted-living programs for low-income HIV-positive city residents, the Detroit Free Press reports. The funds, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, had been "missing" for more than four months due to a coding error and were restored when the error was discovered and corrected, city officials say. The error marked the second time in four years that the Wellness House lost federal funds and faced closure due to city mismanagement of its HUD grants; in 2000 the city delayed a federal grant for nearly 15 months. HUD ordered the city in 2003 to improve its grant-tracking procedures to avoid future problems in administering federal funds.