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More bad news for the Sanford Housing Authority, the agency former executive director Tim Hudson turned into a federal disaster area before resigning two years ago.

According to a report by the federal Troubled Agency Recovery Center, which assumed jurisdiction of the 480-unit housing agency in May 2002, SHA executive director Audris Billberry and her staff were unfamiliar with federal-housing rules and regulations, and needed to improve their interpersonal skills. SHA employees were undertrained and performed in a "haphazard manner." Full-time jobs had not been filled. Vacation schedules were not in synch. An audit was five months late. Money from the operating fund was spent to cover expenditures that a federal grant should have paid for. And a large number of apartments remain vacant.

The Troubled Agency Recovery Center also warned of impending sanctions against the SHA for poor administration of federal grants.

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