The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is making it clear that it does not accept money to expedite the allocation of housing.
In a statement issued Tuesday the HDC says there are over 180,000 applicants on the public housing database.
It says that this figure reflects the increasing demand by low and middle income families for Government-subsidised housing.
It notes that this demand for housing may expose the public to incidents of fraud where applicants may decide to pay cash to nefarious individuals in the hope of expediting their housing application.
Two voice recordings have emerged, purporting to be a Housing Development Corporation (HDC) employee and the tenant who was evicted from a HDC development in Greenvale for illegal occupation of a home.
Yesterday the HDC said it had launched a probe into claims that an employee illegally gave a house to a family without the proper procedures being followed.
The family was evicted last week.
On one of the voice recordings the voice of a man, who believed to be the HDC employee, and that of a woman, the tenant, can be heard discussing the matter.
Some 400 families need to be relocated from the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) project in Wellington, Debe. That directive is contained in a 119-page report submitted to the Government since 2015. Three years later, no move has been made to relocate residents who have been forced to live in unsafe structures, some of them with gaping cracks in their walls.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has launched a formal investigation into allegations that a member of staff fraudulently offered a family a housing unit in Greenvale Park, La Horquetta.
A statement by the ministry says that "the Permanent Secretary wants to underscore that the ministry has always been transparent and will continue to be transparent when it pertains to matters that fall within its purview and wishes to assure the public that it has never and will never condone corrupt practices".
On the night Natisha Sorzano, her husband Atiba and their two sons moved into a home at the Housing Development Corporation’s (HDC) Greenvale Park last August, they went to the nearby La Horquetta Police Station to let officers know they would be moving into the area.