The Geneva Housing Authority says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s regional office will investigation the allegations of discriminatory behavior by a GHA employee.
Section 8 housing assistance recipients Melinda Robinson, Breonna Spann and Shaquala Johnson filed formal complaints with the Authority in November, which was first reported by the Finger Lakes Times. The employee is accused of making racial and demeaning comments toward them while discussing issues related to their vouchers.
An in-house investigation was conducted, but leadership for the Authority requested that HUD also investigate.
“The HUD investigation, based on past history, could take three months or as long as 8-12 months,” Andy Tyman, CEO of the Housing Authority told the FLT. “They may offer a conciliation agreement that would end the matter, if all parties agree to it. If not, Phase 2 would be a full-blown investigation.”
The GHA says it’s opposed to any form of discrimination.
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