Governor defends GHURA: ‘Leadership has been criticized for a raise it never took’

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero issued the following statement after meeting with the leadership of the Guam Housing & Urban Renewal Authority (GHURA):

At the beginning of this year, I noted that because of GHURA, 152 families had new access to affordable homes compared to just 5 the year before. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, GHURA has played a key role in our effort to house the homeless and deliver millions of dollars in rent relief to those who need it. And in August the independent firm of Deloitte and Touche issued one of the best compliance audits for GHURA in recent memory.

This week, GHURA’s leadership has been criticized for a raise it never took. At a time when so many people are struggling, we can all understand why.

Senator Jim Moylan wrote an open letter heavily criticizing those approved raises, which catapulted the issue to the forefront.

In her statement, the Governor goes on to say: Even knowing the raises wouldn’t be taken by anyone, the Board acted as they thought their rules and policies required.

I stand behind the men and women of GHURA, its executive leadership and Board Members.  None of us are perfect but they are trying to do the right things the right way and I respect that.

To address public concerns in an open and honest way, GHURA’s Board will be meeting on September 25 at 12 noon. All are invited to participate via Zoom. The Zoom invitation will be provided, once available.

(News Release from the Governor’s Office)

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