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Housing Assistance: Opportunities Exist to Increase Collaboration and Consider Consolidation
GAO-12-554: Published: Aug 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2012.
Housing assistance is fragmented across 160 programs and activities. Overlap exists for some products offered, service delivery, and geographic areas served by selected programsparticularly in the Department of Agricultures (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) and Department of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA). For instance, RHS, FHA, and the Department...
Homelessness: Fragmentation and Overlap in Programs Highlight the Need to Identify, Assess, and Reduce Inefficiencies
GAO-12-491: Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.
Homelessness programs are fragmented across multiple agencies and some show evidence of overlap. In fiscal year 2010, eight federal agencies obligated roughly $2.8 billion to administer 26 homelessness programs. Three agenciesthe Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Veterans Affairs (VA)are responsible for the majority of programs and...
Homeless Women Veterans: Actions Needed to Ensure Safe and Appropriate Housing
GAO-12-182: Published: Dec 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2012.
Limited VA data show the number of women veterans it has identified as homeless more than doubled, from 1,380 in fiscal year 2006 to 3,328 in fiscal year 2010. Although these data are not generalizable to the overall population of homeless women veterans, we identified some characteristics of these women. For example, almost two-thirds were between 40 and 59 years old and over one-third had disabi...
Streamlining Government: Key Practices from Select Efficiency Initiatives Should Be Shared Governmentwide
GAO-11-908: Published: Sep 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2011.
Given continuing budget pressures combined with the focus on performance envisioned in the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, federal agencies need to identify ways to operate more efficiently. GAO was asked to (1) describe selected initiatives that federal departments are implementing to achieve efficiencies; and (2) identify key practices associated with implementing these initiatives, as well as s...
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...
Rental Housing: Information on Low-Income Veterans' Housing Conditions and Participation in HUD's Programs
GAO-07-1012: Published: Aug 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 2007.
Veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan could increase demand for affordable rental housing. Households with low incomes (80 percent or less of the area median income) generally are eligible to receive rental assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) housing choice voucher, public housing, and project-based programs. However, because rental assistance...
Federal Housing Administration: Decline in the Agency's Market Share Was Associated with Product and Process Developments of Other Mortgage Market Participants
GAO-07-645: Published: Jun 29, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2007.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) historically has been an important participant in the mortgage market, which includes loans that carry government insurance or guarantees (such as FHA-insured mortgages) and those that do not (conventional mortgages). The conventional market comprises prime loans for the most creditworthy borrowers and subprime loans for borrowers with impaired credit. Redu...
Coastal Barrier Resources System: Status of Development That Has Occurred and Financial Assistance Provided by Federal Agencies
GAO-07-356: Published: Mar 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2007.
In 1982, Congress enacted the Coastal Barrier Resources Act. The Coastal Barrier Resources Act, as amended (CBRA), designates 585 units of undeveloped coastal lands and aquatic habitat as the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS). CBRA prohibits most federal expenditures and assistance within the system that could encourage development, but it allows federal agencies to provide so...
Disaster Assistance: Better Planning Needed for Housing Victims of Catastrophic Disasters
GAO-07-88: Published: Feb 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2007.
In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed thousands of homes and displaced over 1 million people. In light of widespread Congressional and public interest in U.S. agencies' performance in assisting hurricane victims, GAO initiated work under the Comptroller General's authority to examine federal housing assistance. Specifically, this report examines (1) the extent to which the National Respon...
Long-Term Care: Availability of Medicaid Home and Community Services for Elderly Individuals Varies Considerably
GAO-02-1121: Published: Sep 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2002.
As the baby boomers age, spending on long-term care for the elderly could quadruple by 2050. The growing demand for long-term care will put pressure on federal and state budgets because long-term care relies heavily on public financing, particularly Medicaid. Nursing home care traditionally has accounted for most Medicaid long-term care expenditures, but the high costs of such care and the prefere...