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Mandate on Department of Housing and Urban Development's Alternative Credit Pilot Program
GAO-10-876R: Published: Jul 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2010.
When potential borrowers apply for a mortgage loan, lenders typically use borrowers' credit scores--which are based on their credit payment histories, debt, length of credit history, new credit accounts or requests, and types of credit used--to help determine their creditworthiness. However, some borrowers have limited or no credit histories, and lenders are unable to determine their creditworthin...
Rural Homelessness: Better Collaboration by HHS and HUD Could Improve Delivery of Services in Rural Areas
GAO-10-724: Published: Jul 20, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2010.
The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 directed GAO to conduct a broad study of homelessness in rural areas. In this report, we provide information about rural homelessness issues, based in significant part on our work in rural areas within six selected states. Specifically, the report addresses the following questions: (1) What are the characteristi...
Homelessness: A Common Vocabulary Could Help Agencies Collaborate and Collect More Consistent Data
GAO-10-702: Published: Jun 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2010.
Multiple federal programs provide homelessness assistance through programs targeted to those experiencing homelessness or through mainstream programs that broadly assist low-income populations. Programs' definitions of homelessness range from including primarily people in homeless shelters or on the street to also including those living with others because of economic hardship. GAO was asked to ad...
Recovery Act: States' and Localities' Uses of Funds and Actions Needed to Address Implementation Challenges and Bolster Accountability
GAO-10-604: Published: May 26, 2010. Publicly Released: May 26, 2010.
This report responds to two ongoing GAO mandates under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). It is the latest in a series of reports on the uses of and accountability for Recovery Act funds in 16 selected states, certain localities in those jurisdictions, and the District of Columbia (District). These jurisdictions are estimated to receive about two-thirds of the inter...
Homelessness: Information on Administrative Costs for HUD's Emergency Shelter Grants Program
GAO-10-491: Published: May 20, 2010. Publicly Released: May 20, 2010.
The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) directed GAO to study the appropriate administrative costs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Shelter Grants Program (ESG)--a widely used, formula-based program that supports services to persons experiencing homelessness. This report discusses (1) for selected recipients,...
St. Lawrence Seaway: Estimates for the Asset Renewal Program Will Change, and Implementing Best Practices May Improve the Estimates' Reliability
GAO-10-541R: Published: May 13, 2010. Publicly Released: May 13, 2010.
The St. Lawrence Seaway is a 50-year-old binational transportation asset jointly operated by the United States and Canada that is used to move cargo between North America and international markets. In 2009, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), which is responsible for operating and maintaining the two locks and navigation channels in the U.S. portion of the Seaway, initi...
Revitalization Programs: Empowerment Zones, Enterprise Communities, and Renewal Communities
GAO-10-464R: Published: Mar 12, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2010.
Beginning in 1993 and in subsequent legislation in 1997, 1999, and 2000, Congress established the Empowerment Zone (EZ), Enterprise Community (EC), and Renewal Community (RC) programs to reduce unemployment and generate economic growth in selected Census tracts. Urban and rural communities designated as EZs, ECs, or RCs received grants, tax incentives, or a combination of both to stimulate communi...
Recovery Act: One Year Later, States' and Localities' Uses of Funds and Opportunities to Strengthen Accountability
GAO-10-437: Published: Mar 3, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2010.
This report responds to two ongoing GAO mandates under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). It is the fifth in a series of reports since passage of the Recovery Act on the uses of and accountability for Recovery Act funds in 16 selected states, certain localities in those jurisdictions, and the District of Columbia (District). These jurisdictions are estimated to rece...
Native American Housing: Tribes Generally View Block Grant Program as Effective, but Tracking of Infrastructure Plans and Investments Needs Improvement
GAO-10-326: Published: Feb 25, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2010.
The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) changed how the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides housing assistance to Native Americans. Congress created NAHASDA to recognize self-determination for tribes in addressing their low-income housing needs. In NAHASDA's 2008 reauthorization, Congress asked GAO to assess the program's effective...
Rural Water Infrastructure: Improved Coordination and Funding Processes Could Enhance Federal Efforts to Meet Needs in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region
GAO-10-126: Published: Dec 18, 2009. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2010.
A serious problem for U.S. communities along the U.S.-Mexico border is the lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation systems. Inadequate systems can pose risks to human health and the environment, including the risk of waterborne diseases. Numerous federal programs provide grants, loans, or other assistance to rural U.S. communities, including those in the border region, for drinking wa...