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Agency seeks return of $8M in grant money

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says it wants Honolulu to return $8 million in grant money because of the city's lax oversight over projects operated by a nonprofit agency.

The department is questioning oversight of grants passed on to Opportunities and Resources Inc. Anuenue Hale for its Anuenue Hale Aloha Gardens project and its Camp Pineapple 808 project.

A HUD letter and report sent Monday to Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city appears to have ignored regulatory violations in favor of completing ORI requests.

The department says ORI despite warnings failed to comply with eligibility requirements for the projects that were to serve elderly and disabled people.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Mayor Kirk Caldwell will ask city staff to review the findings.

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