CLEVELAND, Ohio — The federal housing agency has pulled the plug on a deal that helped keep some of Cleveland’s worst foreclosed homes out of the hands of negligent owners.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has ended a program that allowed the city and nonprofits to take control of the homes, and instead is offering them in a market where buyers — responsible or not — can get them.

“They’re now dumping distressed properties back on the market again with reckless disregard for the community,” said Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli. “It’s a big problem.”

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