June 9, 2003
HUD Office of Public Housing in Ft. Worth Finds No Basis to Substantiate Allegations Against HACEP
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of
Public Housing in Ft. Worth, Texas has formally notified the Housing
Authority of the City of El Paso, Texas (HACEP), that it found no basis
to substantiate the allegations of improper activities by the Housing
Authority. The Office of
Public Housing has forwarded their review to the HUD Office of the
Inspector General for final disposition.
The allegations were filed with HUD OIG.
The Housing Authority believes the allegations were raised by a
very small group of disgruntled current and former employees and two or
three residents as part of an unfounded orchestrated attack on the
in late February, anonymous letters began circulating through public
housing complexes, and to various staff and targeted employees.
These letters raised a variety of unsubstantiated and
unsupportable allegations of improper conduct on the part of HACEP, its
President and CEO Rudolf Montiel P.E., and its Chairman of the Board
Charles Garcia. HACEP immediately forwarded the copies of these letters
to the Ft Worth Regional Office of HUD and launched an investigation
into the allegations. HUD
Office of Public Housing simultaneously received these letters
from the authors and initiated review case number HL-03-0672.
In April, the letters and comments began to appear on a local website chat room. The letters and comments no longer pertained only to the allegations being investigated by HUD, but became vicious personal attacks on the Chairman of the Board, the President and CEO and several administrative level personnel. Most of the comments were derogatory, odious, insulting, and outright lies intended to harm the integrity and professionalism of the President and CEO, the Board of Commissioners and the administrative level employees who were under attack. The communications became so outrageous that the President and CEO received letters that included threats to his safety. The intentions of the anonymous authors were clearly stated in their work -- they intended to influence the new mayor to make dramatic change at the top of the HACEP organization.
Housing Authority is pleased that the HUD Office of Public Housing has
found no basis to support any allegation of wrongdoing or improper
conduct. The Housing
Authority’s own investigation found no wrongdoing and only revealed
that it was being disparaged without reason by this small group.
Al Velarde, HACEP PIO
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