WASHINGTON (KFVS) - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met Thursday, July 12 with Rae Oliver Davis, a southern Illinois native, who's been nominated to be the next Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The two spoke about the agency can provide greater oversight to ensure public housing residents have safe and healthy living conditions, according to Durbin's office.
HUD's Office of Inspector General (OIG) is investigating alleged mismanagement by Alexander County Housing Authority (ACHA) officials, and HUD's role in properly overseeing ACHA activities that led to the housing crisis in Cairo.
"What's happened in Alexander County is nothing short of a tragedy," said Durbin. "Residents of the housing complexes there deserve full transparency and accountability about what went wrong and why. It is absolutely necessary for the HUD IG, through their oversight role, to help ensure that families living in public housing across Illinois and the United States have a safe and healthy place to call home. In today's meeting, I urged Ms. Oliver Rae that, if confirmed, she make that her priority as the head of HUD's Office of Inspector General."