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Six-figure income families live in public housing

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A family in Shawano County is among those across the country living in public housing, yet making more much than the income limits established by the government.

WLUK-TV reports the family has income of about $100,000, more than double the limit allowed under the law. The Shawano County Housing Authority says 98 percent of 202 public housing units in the county are occupied by low-income families. But the authority's John Wartman says there are five families exceeding the income limit.

That's because people applying for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development program only have to meet income requirements when they sign up. Once on they're on the program, it's indefinite.

A report from the Office of Inspector General found more than 25,000 families across the country in similar situations.

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