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Home Inspections: Many Buyers Benefit from Inspections, but Mandating Their Use Is Questionable
GAO-04-462: Published: Apr 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2004.
In the 1990s, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) dealt with a series of instances where buyers had not been notified of serious problems revealed by their appraisals. This led to several reforms, some of which allegedly may have caused some buyers to forgo home inspections, confusing that service with appraisals. Advocates of mandating home...
Community Development: Federal Revitalization Programs Are Being Implemented, but Data on the Use of Tax Benefits Are Limited
GAO-04-306: Published: Mar 5, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2004.
Congress established the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) program in 1993 and the Renewal Community (RC) program in 2000 to provide assistance to the nation's distressed communities. To date, Congress has authorized three rounds of EZs, two rounds of ECs, and one round of RCs. The Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000 mandated that GAO audit and report in 2004, 2007, and 2010 o...
Public Housing: HOPE VI Resident Issues and Changes in Neighborhoods Surrounding Grant Sites
GAO-04-109: Published: Nov 21, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2003.
Congress established the HOPE VI program in 1992 to revitalize severely distressed public housing by demolition, rehabilitation, or replacement of sites. In fiscal years 1993-2001, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded approximately $4.5 billion for 165 HOPE VI revitalization grants to public housing authorities (grantees). GAO was asked to examine (1) the types of housing...
Community and Economic Development Loans: Securitization Faces Significant Barriers
GAO-04-21: Published: Oct 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2003.
Community economic development (CED) lenders serve the credit needs of nonconventional borrowers and economically distressed areas across the nation. However, little is known about this industry, its ability to tap private sources of capital, and loan performance and volume in the industry. To provide information that would be helpful in considering the role that the federal government might play...
Capacity Building: Section 4 Program Has Expanded and Evolved
GAO-03-975: Published: Sep 15, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2003.
Congress recognized the importance of building the capacity of community development organizations by passing Section 4 of the HUD Demonstration Act of 1993. The act authorized the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to partner with several national nonprofit organizations that provide funding to these community groups for such things as training, staff salaries, office equipment and...
Highlights of a GAO Symposium: Addressing Key Challenges in an Intergovernmental Setting
GAO-03-365SP: Published: Mar 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2003.
Responding to many of the nation's critical challenges--such as meeting the health care needs of the poor or countering terrorist threats--has been the joint responsibility of all levels of government. The effectiveness of federal programs has increasingly become dependent on state and local management and resources, as well as constructive interactions between federal, state, and local actors, in...
September 11: Small Business Assistance Provided in Lower Manhattan in Response to the Terrorist Attacks
GAO-03-88: Published: Nov 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2002.
The attacks on the World Trade Center had a substantially negative impact on the New York City economy, severely affecting businesses. In the aftermath of the attacks, Congress, among other things, appropriated emergency supplemental funds to several federal agencies to aid and rebuild the affected areas. The Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business asked GAO to describe the assistance pr...
Public Housing Today, an E-supplement to GAO-02-282
GAO-02-1040SP: Published: Aug 27, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 27, 2002.
This is a video presentation that accompanies an earlier report released by GAO. (See GAO-02-282) The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spends $7 billion annually to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low-income households in about 14,000 rental properties nationwide. Yet, many public housing properties have been unsafe and unsanitary for several decades. To identify an...
Community Investment: Los Angeles's Use of a Community Development Block Grant Exemption
GAO-02-726R: Published: Jun 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2002.
Under the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, entitlement communities--also called grantees--receive funds that they can spend to support specific community development activities, such as rehabilitating housing, improving public facilities, and providing public services. Most grantees are prohibited by statute from spending more th...
Public Housing: New Assessment System Holds Potential for Evaluating Performance
GAO-02-282: Published: Mar 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2002.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spends $7 billion annually to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low-income households in about 14,000 rental properties nationwide. Yet, many public housing properties have been unsafe and unsanitary for several decades. To identify and correct these problems, HUD began a Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) to evaluate the perf...