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Comptroller Stringer: Total Overhaul Needed For NYC's HIV/AIDS Housing Program

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- City Comptroller Scott Stringer is calling for an overhaul of the city's housing program for people with HIV and AIDS.

Stringer released an audit Thursday showing the city routinely failed to inspect housing sites and did not properly manage vendors.

Stringer said the program has not been effectively managed "from top to bottom."

"We need to do better when we look at staff training, on-site inspections. This is the kind of work that must be done in order to ensure that this program is being managed effectively," Stringer told 1010 WINS.

New York City also continued to pay approximately $31,000 in housing benefits for 23 people who had died, according to the audit.

"Without critical inputs, checks and balances, the Human Resources Administration had no real way to know if these services were being delivered to the right people, at the right time, at the price that was agreed upon," Stringer said.

New York provides funding for more than 7,000 units of temporary and permanent housing for people with HIV and AIDS.

The head of the agency that oversees the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) agreed with the findings and vowed to overhaul the department.

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