DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Housing Commission will be returned to local control, following seven years under federal receivership.

The announcement came Wednesday from U.S. Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez, who was joined by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing at the Emerald Springs public housing development on the city’s east side.  Under the new plan, the city will also will make appointments to the commission.

Bing said the development is proof that public-private partnerships work.

“Very seldom do you see anybody talking about the good things that are going on, where families are moving into and making sure that they’re solid communities,” said Bing.

The Detroit Housing Commission is behind the building of affordable homes and apartments for people with low to moderate incomes. HUD began oversight of the commission in 2005 after a review determined Detroit owed $14.2 million for improper spending of federal dollars.

The city will have full control of the commission in about a year.

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