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Broken homes 

Public housing shortages and lax oversight by the Atlanta Housing Authority are placing hundreds of Atlantans in ratty, possibly unhealthy apartments -- all at taxpayers' expense.

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Authority spokesman White told CL that the agency received 880 complaints from all Section 8 landlords and tenants since March 2000. But when CL asked for the complaints, the authority turned over just 234.

As long ago as 1998, however, tenants at Moreland Woods were concerned about mold -- evidenced not in any housing authority document, but in city records. A notice of non-compliance for apartment 59B states: "Mildew on walls. Remedial action: Remove mildew from walls and apply protective coating."

A city inspector who worked in the Moreland Woods part of town says it's common knowledge that "mold and mildew ... has historically been a problem in that complex."

Despite denying culpability in the Moreland Woods fiasco, the authority is readying for its audit of all Section 8 properties.

"If there's another Moreland Woods scenario out there brewing -- and I don't know if there is or not, but I hope there isn't -- we certainly will know after the [audit]," Glover says. "Then we'll be able to move very quickly to continue to make those improvements."

Intern Ari Paul contributed to this story.

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