D.C. housing agency in midst of overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - A District of Columbia agency with oversight of affordable-housing construction is in the middle of an overhaul.

The Washington Post reports that three managers at D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development have been removed, and five new ones will be brought in. New requirements of developers are being implemented to ensure that they have financial backing and the ability to finish projects in a timely manner.

The agency has had more than 20 directors in the past 30 years, and has struggled to properly control and track funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. John E. Hall took over as the D.C. director earlier this year.

HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan says efforts to improve the housing agency's operations are "both welcome and long-overdue."