Dallas Officials’ Lack Of Oversight Aggravated City’s Homelessness Problem, Audit Says | KERA News

Dallas Officials’ Lack Of Oversight Aggravated City’s Homelessness Problem, Audit Says

Dec 13, 2017

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A lack of oversight has worsened Dallas’ homelessness problem, an internal audit has concluded.

City officials have not monitored the people and agencies tasked with helping the homeless, like Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, which has lead homeless-relief efforts in the city for over a decade. The lack of oversight of the nonprofit has left possibly millions on the table that could have gone to helping the homeless, according to the audit.

The Dallas Morning News reports: “City auditor Craig Kinton's lengthy report, sent to the City Council Friday night, said MDHA's recently implemented centralized database, called a Homeless Management Information System, is incomplete and failed to take into account the varying needs of the homeless service providers, chief among them The Bridge downtown, which serves some 7,000 people annually.”

City officials says the audit confirms what they already knew, and they’re already implementing changes.

"From my understanding of previous audits, and not just in the homeless area, it's clear we don't always cross our t's and dot our i's and our policies and processes are sometimes lacking," said City Manager T.C. Broadnax. "I look forward to implementing the things that were recommended and we agreed to, and working more closely with our providers and our own internal departments to do a better job at how we deal with homelessness in this community."

According to the Morning News: “The city has already seen, since 2013, its unsheltered population quadruple to 1,087. Meanwhile, the city's homeless population, which stands at 3,789, increased by only about 600 people in that time.”

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