Housing fraud is a criminal act in which individuals, groups or a business steals taxpayer money from HUD and/or its programs.
Public Housing or Section 8 tenants or applicants who make false statements regarding income or family size, or alter documents, are committing fraud. Leaving out or hiding information with the intent to deceive DRHA is also considered fraud. Leaving out or hiding information with the intent to deceive DRHA is also considered fraud. Fraud can also be committed by Section 8 landlords who are violating the Section 8 landlord regulations.
DRHA and HUD take fraud very seriously as it is a federal offense. In 2023, DRHA decided to formerly allocate resources in effort to staunch any fraudulent activity. the Fraud Department was established and a Fraud Investigator was hired to investigate fraud and any fraud related complaints.
Committing fraud at the PHA can result in:
- Administrative Action
- Repayment Agreements or Restitution
- Elimination from the program involved (Public Housing or Section 8)
- Criminal Charges
You may remain anonymous, HOWEVER, we prefer to speak to you because you may have more important information than you thought to share. Please leave your phone number. Also, please give us as much information about the case and individuals involved so that we may conduct a thorough investigation.
Important information that helps uncover fraud :
- Name(s) of the person/persons committing fraud
- Address where fraud is being committed
- Important and relevant information about the case
*REPORTING HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
Housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability is illegal by federal law. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can file a fair housing complaint.
To report housing discrimination please click here