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Inspections show deterioration of US-funded housing for poor

In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Destiny Johnson shows the broken door to her oven that she uses string to hold together, in her apartment in Cedarhurst H...
In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Destiny Johnson shows a nonworking fire extinguisher in her apartment in Cedarhurst Homes, a federally subsidized, low-in...
In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Destiny Johnson shows the section of drywall that maintenance workers gave her to patch a hole in her bedroom wall in her...
In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Destiny Johnson's son, Hayden Howard, 2, steps on roaches in his mother's apartment in Cedarhurst Homes, a federally subs...
In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, roaches line the door jam of Destiny Johnson's apartment in Cedarhurst Homes, a federally subsidized, low-income apartmen...
In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Whitley Williams demonstrates how a recently repaired window does not open easily, preventing her from using a window air...
In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Whitley Williams shows a piece of rotting trim from the door leading to her leaking water heater in her apartment at Ceda...
In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Whitley Williams points out the nonworking central heater in her apartment in Cedarhurst Homes, a federally subsidized, l...
In this Feb. 25, 2019 photo, dusk settles over Rosemont Tower in Baltimore. Health and safety inspectors gave the 200-unit public housing high-rise a ...
In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Della Thomas stands with a trash can that she says management provided to catch water dripping from her ceiling during ra...
This Feb. 26, 2019, photo shows Rosemont Tower in Baltimore from a resident's balcony. Health and safety inspectors gave the 200-unit public housing h...
In this Feb. 22, 2019 photo, a sign alerts residents in Rosemont Tower in Baltimore that the fire sprinkler system is out of service, requiring a fire...
This Feb. 26, 2019, photo shows a sprinkler in Rosemont Tower resident Larnell Robinson's apartment in Baltimore. Signs in the building's halls alert ...
In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Rosemont Tower resident Larnell Robinson sits next to a broken heating unit in his apartment in Baltimore. Largely due to...

In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Destiny Johnson shows the broken door to her oven that she uses string to hold together, in her apartment in Cedarhurst H...

In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Destiny Johnson shows a nonworking fire extinguisher in her apartment in Cedarhurst Homes, a federally subsidized, low-in...

In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Destiny Johnson shows the section of drywall that maintenance workers gave her to patch a hole in her bedroom wall in her...

In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Destiny Johnson's son, Hayden Howard, 2, steps on roaches in his mother's apartment in Cedarhurst Homes, a federally subs...

In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, roaches line the door jam of Destiny Johnson's apartment in Cedarhurst Homes, a federally subsidized, low-income apartmen...

In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Whitley Williams demonstrates how a recently repaired window does not open easily, preventing her from using a window air...

In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Whitley Williams shows a piece of rotting trim from the door leading to her leaking water heater in her apartment at Ceda...

In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Whitley Williams points out the nonworking central heater in her apartment in Cedarhurst Homes, a federally subsidized, l...

In this Feb. 25, 2019 photo, dusk settles over Rosemont Tower in Baltimore. Health and safety inspectors gave the 200-unit public housing high-rise a ...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Della Thomas stands with a trash can that she says management provided to catch water dripping from her ceiling during ra...

This Feb. 26, 2019, photo shows Rosemont Tower in Baltimore from a resident's balcony. Health and safety inspectors gave the 200-unit public housing h...

In this Feb. 22, 2019 photo, a sign alerts residents in Rosemont Tower in Baltimore that the fire sprinkler system is out of service, requiring a fire...

This Feb. 26, 2019, photo shows a sprinkler in Rosemont Tower resident Larnell Robinson's apartment in Baltimore. Signs in the building's halls alert ...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Rosemont Tower resident Larnell Robinson sits next to a broken heating unit in his apartment in Baltimore. Largely due to...

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Living conditions are deteriorating in taxpayer-funded apartments for the poor, but landlords can still count on payments from the federal government.

An Associated Press analysis of federal data shows that inspection scores have been declining for years at apartments assigned to low-income tenants. Meanwhile, few owners face serious consequences.

Most failing inspections involved urgent health or safety violations, which can range from electrical hazards to rats.

Louisiana and Mississippi had the highest inspection failure rates for rent-subsidized private apartments since 1999. Maryland and the District of Columbia fared worst in public housing.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development spokesman Brian Sullivan says the agency is making inspections tougher, which lowers scores. He also acknowledges that older properties do not always get the repairs they need.


Updated : 2021-02-26 12:52 GMT+08:00