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Community Development Block Grants: Sources of Data on Community Income Are Limited
GAO-16-734: Published: Sep 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2016.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) and states' primary method for communities to demonstrate eligibility when they disagree with HUD's eligibility determination is to allow communities to conduct their own local income surveys to show that they meet the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) income threshold. HUD instructs small communities, known as nonentitlement communiti...
Community Development Block Grants: Reporting on Compliance with Limit on Funds Used for Administration Can Be Improved
GAO-13-247: Published: Mar 21, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2013.
The annual appropriation for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program allows grantees to use up to 20 percent of program funds for planning, management, and administration (collectively referred to as "administration"). Specifically, grantees may use these funds for a range of activities, including general management, oversight, and coordination; fair housing activities; preparing comm...
HUD Has Identified Performance Measures for Its Block Grant Programs, but Information on Impact Is Limited
GAO-12-575R: Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.
Information on the overall effectiveness (or impact) of the CDBG and HOME programs is limited. According to HUD officials, the agency has faced challenges in evaluating the impact of CDBG and HOME because, among other things, such an evaluation would have to compare neighborhoods that received program assistance with those that did not. Our previous work has also identified the difficulties of eva...
Financial Education and Counseling Pilot Program
GAO-11-737R: Published: Jul 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2011.
The federal government has numerous programs designed to improve Americans' financial literacy, some of which are targeted at helping consumers determine whether and when to purchase a home, how to manage a mortgage, and how to deal with setbacks that could limit their ability to make timely mortgage payments. However, as we have reported, little is known about the effectiveness of specific strate...
Community Development Block Grants: Program Offers Recipients Flexibility but Oversight Can Be Improved
GAO-06-732: Published: Jul 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 2006.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides funding for housing, economic development, and other community development activities. In fiscal year 2006, Congress appropriated about $4.2 billion for the program. Administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the CDBG program provides funding to metropolitan cities and urban counties, known as entitlement com...
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...
Community Development: Weak Management Controls Compromise Integrity of Four HUD Grant Programs
RCED-99-98: Published: Apr 27, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether controls are in place to ensure that block grant programs' objectives are being achieved and that funds are being managed appropriately, focusing on whether: (1) the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) on-site monitoring of grantees under the Grants Management System is adequate; and (2) the Integrated Disburs...
Community Development: Status of Urban Empowerment Zones
RCED-97-21: Published: Dec 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) Program, focusing on the: (1) status of the program's implementation in the urban EZs, including the extent to which public housing officials and residents have been involved; (2) factors that participants believe have either helped or hindered...
Lead-Based Paint Poisoning: Children Not Fully Protected When Federal Agencies Sell Homes to Public
RCED-93-38: Published: Apr 5, 1993. Publicly Released: May 7, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) have complied with the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act.GAO found that: (1) HUD regulations for federally-owned properties are limited in identifying and eliminating lead-based paint poisoning hazards; (2) HUD...
Community Development: Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation Should Improve Program Management
RCED-92-174: Published: Jul 8, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation and its NeighborWorks organizations, focusing on: (1) the oversight of local neighborhood organizations; (2) grant management practices; and (3) competition requirements for contracting for goods and professional services.GAO found that: (1) 94 percent of the Corporation's 1992 budget came fr...