Unfortunately the Dallas Morning News in partnership with the City of Irving is propagating lies to slander Lisette Caraballo. The news story titled “Once a crime-ridden slum, Irving Street becomes mess of red tape” is reflective of the position taken by the Dallas Morning News reporters to partner with the City of Irving.
The Dallas Morning News did not investigate the root cause of why after two years there are vacant lots and vacant new homes on Tudor Lane. They choose to jointly slander Lisette Caraballo instead of performing an independent journalist watchdog investigation.
The position of red tape causing the mess is exactly the message that the City of Irving wants communicated. That story line is to blame everyone else but themselves. The City of Irving is the sole reason for the red tape and they are accountable to the community, which is being called a “slum” by the Dallas Morning News.
The article states “paperwork can take more than a year to chum through the background checks before families find out if they qualify for help with their down payment.” This is completely bogus statement because Colvin Gibson, Irving Community Development Corporation has “fast tracked the City process” by the City of Irving to close on an applicant in as little as 3 months. Another example is the Oakdale first time homebuyer project where applicants did not wait for a year to get approval by the City of Irving. Applicants were in thier new homes in approximatey 3 months.
Chris Hooper says in the article “it’s credit. It’s a job stability.” This general statement does not apply to all and is false because a couple of the HUD complainants gave up on the City of Irving and purchased homes in the open market after waiting over a year.
The Dallas Morning News states city staff is “more bungling than biased” to discredit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) complaints as false accusations. The Dallas Morning News is proclaiming the City of Irving to be innocent of prejudices because they are incompetent. These are real HUD complaints and they are all very serious matters.
The story states the “City hired a firm for $19,000 this year to audit the program’s efficiency”. Historically, the City hires friendlies to rubber-stamp their position while using a good old boy network. I expect the $19,000 is a pay off, like the Dallas Morning News, to report back to City leaders that “red tape” and not Fair Housing Rights violations are the root cause.
The City of Irving is blaming a “certain entity” in Lisette Caraballo as the chief reason for the “Chaotic Situation”. The published statement “got tangled up in Tudor Lane herself” is slander on the part of the Dallas Morning News and the City of Irving. This is a deflection away from the real truth. Lisette Caraballo is doing her job as a tough, hard working Realtor that is representing her clients.
The news article further slanders Lisette Caraballo for accepting the position of Executive Director of Bear Creek Development Corp. The City of Irving did not tell the real truth of the “Chaotic Situation” at Bear Creek. You see, before Lisette Caraballo accepted the Executive Director position, an internal accounting audit discovered the disappearance of a large sum of money, which is the real “Chaotic Situation”. Lisette Caraballo stepped into Bear Creek to help transition in a new Executive Director. The City of Irving should be investigating the disappearance of Federal money instead of slandering Lisette Caraballo.
The news article continues to slander Lisette Caraballo by stating Lisette in on a “Witch Hunt”. The article states “the director of a state program that oversees the Tudor Lane grant wrote that Caraballo was on “a witch hunt” against the city”. They are referring to Marni Holloway, Director of Neighborhood Stabilization TDHCA. For the record, Lisette Caraballo has never worked with Marni Holloway and we have reached out to Marni Holloway to learn more about this accusation.
The Dallas Morning News finally raps up the story with “a bright spot”, “families are moving in at a steady clip.” Could the reason for this be the diligence of Lisette Caraballo in seeking justice for homebuyers? Lisette Caraballo acting as the watchdog against government abuse. I think so. You see, with all the attention that this Tudor Lane program is receiving, the City is now under pressure to do the right thing. That is to help families purchase these government sponsored homes.
The Dallas Morning News interviewed Colvin Gibson, Board member Irving Community Development Corp. Mr. Gibson is quoted where he “saw no discrimination or incompetence at City Hall – but rather a bottlenecked and understaffed application process.” The truth is Colvin Gibson is part of the good old boy network at the City of Irving and he receives priority attention from city staff. I would like to see Colvin Gibson and Irving Community Development Corp investigated by HUD because they are jointly tied to the City of Irving.
The Dallas Morning News, Colvin Gibson, and the City of Irving are jointly in partnership to slander Lisette Caraballo.