Richland housing panel wrapping up loose ends

The Richland Housing Authority plans to hold a sale at 9 a.m. Saturday to dispose of miscellaneous items as it prepares to close at the end of the month.

Money from Saturday's sale at 1217 Thayer Drive of tools, plumbing supplies, printer with a camera and other items will be used to settle its debts.

During a special meeting Thursday, the agency's board also transferred interest in Desert Rose Terrace, a seniors complex in Benton City, to Catholic Charities Housing Services.

The agency will hold its last meeting June 29. Documents that may be needed for potential audits will be kept in storage.

The board learned of the financial troubles last year after a HUD report found the authority had misused housing assistance payments, continued to allow a perceived conflict of interest it previously told state auditors was resolved, and couldn't account for nearly $500,000 in Section 8 housing assistance money from HUD.