A longtime employe of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development has been placed on administrative leave following allegations that he solicited and accepted bribes from citizens applying for subsidized housing.
Sidney Glee, head of the city's public housing administration, said the employe had been placed on leave June 2. However, the employe will return to work on Monday because city regulations say an employe can be placed on leave for only 10 days.
Glee said he has looked into the allegations and will ask the city's inspector general, the mayor's investigative officer, to continue the probe. Sources within the housing department said the employe, who was a driver in the department's motor pool before being transferred recently to Glee's office, allegedly had accepted more than $500.
Sources said the alleged bribes were discovered earlier this month while Glee was talking to a woman who had applied for the city's Section 8 program in which the federal government subsidizes the rent of low-income families.
The woman and a friend who accompanied her told a housing official they had paid the city employe after he promised to get them into the subsidized program and asked for money, sources said. More than 7,000 families are on the waiting list for such housing and 88 new families apply daily, according to housing officials.
Sources said the employe apparently was working with one or more employes who work in other parts of the department because parts of the Section 8 program are handled by different offices. No further actions have been taken.