Million-Dollar Wasteland

Million-Dollar Wasteland

An ongoing investigation into HUD’s affordable housing construction program.

Gray to call for inquiry into ill-fated $5.5 million housing deal

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The mayor wants an investigation into a failed plan to build housing for at-risk young men in the District.

In D.C. loan program, defaults abound

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D.C.’s decades-old loan program to assist first-time home buyers has helped thousands of families. But some buyers have taken on so much debt, they are struggling to pay bills or facing foreclosure. Nearly one in five buyers participating in the city’s program is behind on mortgage payments.

More unfinished HOME projects discovered

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The Post has identified about 75 delayed or abandoned constructions projects nationwide — including about 30 empty lots — that received funding from HUD’s HOME program.

A million-dollar wasteland revealed

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The Post examined every major project currently funded under the Housing and Urban Development program, analyzing a database of 5,100 projects worth $3.2 billion, studying more than 600 satellite images and collecting information from 165 housing agencies nationwide.

Documentary Video

A renter’s story

Andre Wallace is among the thousands of people searching for affordable housing in the District .

Photo Gallery

A deal gone bad

A deal gone bad

The District invested millions of affordable-housing dollars into a plan to renovate three rotting buildings in Southeast Washington, but the project died before a shovel ever hit dirt.

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Undeveloped dreams

Undeveloped dreams

Affordable housing construction projects around the country have stalled or never been built, and hundreds of millions of government dollars set aside for construction are lost or sit idle.

Street View Photos

Empty lots, delayed projects

Visit a handful of stalled or abandoned housing projects here using Google Street View images.

Interactive Map

Delayed dollars, defunct deals

Explore how HUD spent, misspent or never spent $3.2 billion on housing construction across America.


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Live Q&A 1 p.m. Monday

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Weigh In

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