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Comptroller Audit: DHS Did Not Properly Oversee Contracts Given to Provide Sandy Services

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A new audit from the city comptroller's office says the Department of Homeless Services did not properly oversee the contracts they were given to provide emergency services after Hurricane Sandy.

Scott Stringer's office reports the Department mismanaged the nearly $20 million it was given to help provide services to those displaced by Sandy.

The services included assistance with registering and applying for public benefits, securing permanent housing or home repair and medical help.

The audit also provides recommendations to better handle future problems.

The Department of Homeless Services says it welcomes the comptroller's audit and will use the findings to improve their emergency services.

Sources tell NY1 that the Department of Homeless Services sheltered more than 6,500 people evacuated during the storm and did comply with all the regulations and oversight required by FEMA.

Stringer's office says more Sandy audits are on the way, including one on the city's Build it Back Program.

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