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Housing Choice Vouchers: Options Exist to Increase Program Efficiencies
GAO-12-300: Published: Mar 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.
Several factorsincluding rising rents, declining household incomes, and decisions to expand the number of assisted householdswere key drivers of the approximately 29 percent increase (before inflation) in housing agencies expenditures for the voucher program between 2003 and 2010. Congress and HUD have taken steps to limit cost increases while maintaining assistance for existing...
Real Estate Appraisals: Survey of State Appraiser Regulatory Agencies (GAO-12-198SP, January 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-147
GAO-12-198SP: Published: Jan 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2012.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-12-147. It provides information on how state appraiser regulatory agencies carry out their responsibilities under Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, and their views on selected aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), which amends Title XI and includes new requirement...
Rural Housing Service: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Farm Labor Housing Program Management and Oversight
GAO-11-329: Published: Mar 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2011.
Congress created the Farm Labor Housing (FLH) Loan and Grant Program in the early 1960s to support the development of affordable housing for farm workers. In 2010, Congress appropriated $19.7 million for this program, which is administered by the Rural Housing Service (RHS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). GAO was asked to examine (1) demand for the FLH program; (2) RHS's processes fo...
Military Housing: Installations Need to Share Information on Their Section 801 On-Base Housing Contracts
GAO-11-60: Published: Oct 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2010.
In the Military Construction Authorization Act, 1984, Congress authorized the Section 801 housing program, which provided a means for improving and expanding military family housing through private developers' investment. Under this authority, the Department of Defense (DOD) awarded eight contracts for the construction of on-base housing that typically consisted of two phases: the in-lease (DOD le...
Recovery Act: Opportunities Exist to Increase the Public's Understanding of Recipient Reporting on HUD Programs
GAO-10-966: Published: Sep 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) has provided about $6 billion in grants for three Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs that fund housing or community development. As of March 31, 2010, HUD's Capital Fund awarded nearly $3 billion in grants to 3,134 public housing agencies, the Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) awarded about...
Recovery Act: Results of GAO's Survey of State Housing Finance Agencies' Use of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP) and the Section 1602 Program (GAO-10-1023SP, September, 2010), an E-supplement to GAO-10-1022R
GAO-10-1023SP: Published: Sep 20, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2010.
This product is an E-supplement to GAO-10-1022R. To further assess state implementation of the Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP) and Section 1602 Program, we asked managers of state housing finance agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands to complete a web survey. Our questionnaire asked about the status of program delivery, program desig...
Recovery Act: Survey of State Housing Finance Agencies' Use of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP) and the Section 1602 Program
GAO-10-1022R: Published: Sep 20, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2010.
In February 2009, Congress created two new programs as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act): (1) the Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP) administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and (2) the Grants to States for Low-Income Housing Projects in Lieu of Low-inome Housing Credits Program under Section 1602 of the Recovery Act (Section 1...
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...
Native American Housing: GAO Survey of Tribal Housing Officials (GAO-10-373SP, February 2010), an E-supplement to GAO-10-326
GAO-10-373SP: Published: Feb 25, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2010.
This document is an E-supplement to GAO-10-326. It presents the results of GAO's survey of tribal and tribally designated housing entity (TDHE) officials who were the recipients of Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination (NAHASDA) Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds in fiscal year 2008. In order to learn about these officials' experiences with and perspectives on the program,...
Disaster Housing: Implementation of FEMA's Alternative Housing Pilot Program Provides Lessons for Improving Future Competitions
GAO-07-1143R: Published: Aug 31, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2007.
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides direct temporary housing assistance in response to disasters primarily through a combination of travel trailers and manufactured homes and for a period of up to 18 months. In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated much of the housing stock across the Gulf Coast region, leaving thousands of persons...