City housing authority to reissue checks lost in mail

Landlords complained about missed payments

March 08, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City will reissue today about 2,000 checks - worth about $4 million - to Section 8 landlords that were sent March 1 but apparently got lost in the mail and never arrived, officials said.

The decision to reissue the checks was made after the public housing agency received complaints from landlords about the missing payments and the agency's bank said no checks had been presented for payment, officials said yesterday.

"I'm disappointed," said Michael H. Kramer, who has been working to revamp the city's troubled Section 8 program, which was the subject of a scathing federal audit a year ago. "Something went wrong with the mail - we don't know what."

A tracking document from the U.S. Postal Service shows that the mail was picked up from the Charles Benton Building by a post office courier at 5:45 p.m. March 1, city housing officials said. The cause of the delay is being investigated.

"Please understand that this unfortunate delay is unrelated to the administration of the Section 8 program," Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano said in a letter.

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