Communities (101 - 110 of 128 items)
Lenient Rules Abet the Occupancy of Low Income Housing by Ineligible Tenants
CED-81-74: Published: Apr 27, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1981.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently took a number of positive steps when it: (1) lowered to 10 percent the percentage of section 8 assisted units in any new project that can be rented to ineligible households without explicit HUD approval, and (2) developed new sanctions for dealing with project owners who fail to comply with the limitation.GAO agreed with these changes...
How To House More People at Lower Costs Under the Section 8 New Construction Program
CED-81-54: Published: Mar 6, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1981.
The Section 8 New Construction Program was reviewed including: (1) the nature and magnitude of financial benefits afforded to developers and investors in subsidized housing built under the program; (2) the reasonableness of development and operating costs for this housing; and (3) the possibilities for reducing costs and improving the results of this program.Substantial financial incentives exist...
Federal and State Actions Needed To Overcome Problems in Administering the Title XX Program
HRD-81-8: Published: Oct 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1980.
The title XX program, authorized by Social Security Act amendments, enables States to tailor social services programs to fit the needs of people in local communities. The social services are provided directly by public social services agencies or purchased from other public agencies and private profit or nonprofit organizations. The States must fund about 25 percent of their title XX program costs...
More Improvements Can Be Made in HUD's Research and Technology Activities
CED-80-134: Published: Aug 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1980.
A recently completed review of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) research and technology activities focused on those activities initiated within the past 3 years. To achieve a variety of objectives, the HUD Office of Policy Development and Research (PDR) conducts extremely diverse research which includes hundreds of projects spread among many subject areas.Positive steps take...
Investigation Into Allegations of Wrongdoing by Cascade County Housing for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc.
HRD-80-108: Published: Aug 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 1980.
GAO audited the Cascade County (Montana) Housing for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (CCHDD), because of alleged program abuses. Allegations included that CCHDD failed to meet its clients' basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, and medical care; falsified client data for Government records; mismanaged clients' funds; used improper and illegal training programs on clients; and hired unsuitable...
Chicago Housing Authority Needs To Improve Its Management and Controls Over Purchasing
CED-80-93: Published: Apr 28, 1980. Publicly Released: May 1, 1980.
The controls used by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) over its procurement of goods and services was surveyed. CHA, a major Chicago landlord housing 140,000 people in the 40,000 rental units it owns and/or manages, has about two-thirds of its funds provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Since 1977, CHA has been operating at a deficit and has continued to stay solvent...
Ways of Providing a Fairer Share of Federal Housing Support to Rural Areas
CED-80-1: Published: Mar 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1980.
GAO evaluated the accomplishments and shortcomings of Federal housing programs in rural America, particularly in the past 10 years. Areas of special concern included the geographic distribution of housing assistance, gaps in program benefits, and ways to improve the programs' effectiveness in providing opportunities for rural families to obtain decent homes. Eighteen counties in six States were se...
HUD Should Improve Its Management of Acquired, Formerly Subsidized Multifamily Projects
CED-80-31: Published: Dec 19, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 1980.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has changed the way it charges rent at, and sells, its inventory of formerly subsidized multifamily housing projects. It charges lower income tenants no more than 25 percent of their income for rent in HUD-owned projects. It then provides rental assistance after the projects are sold. The changes have resulted in substantial additional costs to...
Millions of Dollars for Rehabilitating Housing Can Be Used More Effectively
CED-80-19: Published: Dec 7, 1979. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 1979.
Annually, about $240 million in Federal funds are not being used effectively for rehabilitating housing under the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Section 312 Rehabilitation Loan Program and its Community Development Block Grant Program.Borrowers are refinancing existing home mortgages with low-cost rehabilitation loans, thereby diverting substantial funds from housing rehabilit...
Urban Homesteading: A Good Program Needing Improvement
CED-80-3: Published: Nov 13, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1979.
Because of interest by Congress, local governments, the news media, and others, a review was made of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's homesteading program. The program transfers abandoned houses in deteriorating neighborhoods that it has acquired through foreclosure to the communities. The communities, in turn, give them to individuals who must repair them and live in them for 3 y...