A chunk of an $11 million stimulus grant meant to provide low-income Detroit residents with clothing for job interviews reportedly aided just two people — far short of the 400 job-seekers the money was meant to help.
The findings were part of a new audit on the city’s Department of Human Services, according to The Detroit News.
The 2009 grant in question was used to start a service center — which included among other features a call center for families in need and a clothing boutique.
However, the audit reportedly found the department did not safeguard the funding for that boutique, which was run by a contractor. According to the report, the contractor advanced nearly $150,000 to a city clothing store without involving the city government.
While the department was supposed to help 400 job-seekers with clothing between the fall of 2010 and 2011, the boutique instead came up with two documented cases where clients received clothing.
“The potential loss of thousands of dollars exists because controls have not been established for the boutique,” the audit said, according to The Detroit News.
The department reportedly has undergone heavy scrutiny since an internal probe was launched last year