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Lucas Metropolitan Housing Receives Ohio Auditor of State Award

Joaquin Cintron Vega, President and CEO of Lucas Metropolitan Housing (LMH), announced today that LMH has been awarded the Auditor of State Award. The Auditor of State's office audits nearly 5,900 entities and fewer than 8% are even eligible for the award. The award is presented to local government and school districts, upon completion of a financial audit, that meets the following criteria of a "clean" audit report:

● The entity must file their financial reports with the Auditor of State within 150 days of fiscal year end
● Have a "clean audit" with no findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs
● The entity's management letter contains no comments related to:
   o Ethics referrals
   o Questioned costs less than $10,000
   o Lack of timely report submission
   o Bank reconciliation issues
   o Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit
   o Findings for recovery less than $500
   o Public meetings or public records issues
● The entity shall also have no other financial concerns

"At Lucas Metropolitan Housing, we are very honored by the distinction received from the Ohio Auditor of State, stated Cintron Vega. "To be recognized with this award is evidence of the hard work and dedication that our staff commits to maintain effective operations, in compliance with all financial and programmatic requirements. This is a win, not only for Lucas Metropolitan Housing, but also for the communities we proudly serve."

Shimeako Cole, Interim Chief Financial Officer, added, "This award is a representation of the hard work and dedication that can be seen in all departments within the agency."

William Brennan, Chairman of the LMH Board, stated, "We would like to thank the State Auditor's office for this recognition. The Board of Commissioners would also like to thank Joaquin and the entire LMH team for the hard work, dedication and efforts that made this award possible."