Wednesday, March 30, 2011

GAO wants Rural Housing to check papers.

This could be really not good:

A GAO report out today recommends a slew of changes in the farm labor housing program of HUD's [USDA's. That was stupid. Sorry. Thanks for catching this, Leslie.] Rural Housing Service (RHS). Much of it is garden-variety management advice -- but in the middle of the summary is a bland-sounding comment, "...the processes RHS has used for verifying tenant eligibility were inconsistent among states."

And, oh dear, turn to Page 34 of the full report and they're saying RHS offices don't do enough to make sure farm labor housing tenants are legally in the U.S. They're talking about checking with Immigration through its "Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE)" database, which is sometimes used at local offices but not as of yet required. And checking on "questionable" green cards, and eeeeesh.


They turned part of the old internment camp property at Tule Lake into efficiency-apartment cottages for migrant laborers. The housing is actually kind of nice. Much nicer, I'm told, than some of the cruddy old converted barracks that other migrant laborers end up renting at jacked-up rates in harvest season, and certainly way nicer than the shelter-type housing that is sometimes provided for harvesters in exhibit buildings at the fairgrounds. But nobody has yet explained to me why the fence around the Tule Lake migrant housing complex has two strands of barbed wire on top.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry for the lateness of this comment, but I wanted to note that the Rural Housing Service is part of USDA, not part of HUD. Thanks for your blog, Martha!