- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The city of Providence has cancelled two federal grants worth more than $137,000 for a local nonprofit agency after a federal audit revealed numerous financial deficiencies.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/28FudaM) the city cancelled a $110,000 community development grant issued in 2014 and another for $27,581 issued in 2015 to the John Hope Settlement House.

A Providence official said in a letter Tuesday the decision followed an audit of John Hope by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Wednesday afternoon he was pulling a $300,000 state grant to John Hope from the upcoming budget following the audit’s findings.

Democratic Rep. Anastasia Williams, John Hope’s chairwoman, says it’s unfortunate the agency will be hurt by the “misdeeds of previous leadership of the agency.”

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