Hayden criticizes HUD

October 13, 1994|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden, who was endorsed this week by the two activists leading the campaign against the federal Moving to Opportunity subsidized housing program, has charged that HUD Secretary Henry G. Cisneros is "playing politics" with the issue.

Mr. Hayden said he had heard that his meeting with Mr. Cisneros to discuss the Moving to Opportunity program won't be scheduled until after the Nov. 8 election, a delay he said is deliberate "stalling."

Mr. Hayden said he also still plans court action to block the program, although County Attorney Stanley S. Schapiro said he is not sure when that action will come.

William Connelly, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said no meeting has been scheduled. He had no comment on Mr. Hayden's charges.

Mr. Cisneros called Mr. Hayden Sept. 28 and agreed to meet about the issue, although county officials say a lower-level HUD official told them recently that there would be no meeting until well into November.

The county executive has said that he wants to block the program, which would use $12.5 million to move 285 inner-city Baltimore families to better neighborhoods in Baltimore and the surrounding five counties, using federal Section 8 rent subsidies.

The two activists who have stirred up most of the turmoil over the program, Jerry Hersl and Ray Shiflet of Rosedale, endorsed Mr. Hayden for re-election this week.

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