Communities (111 - 120 of 128 items)
Housing Leased to Lower Income Persons: Better Federal Guidance and Management Could Improve Quality
CED-80-7: Published: Oct 30, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1979.
Although the section 8 "existing housing" program managed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided decent, safe, and sanitary housing to many lower income people, a large number of homes leased under the program violate federal housing quality standards. Accompanied by HUD inspectors, GAO inspected 160 section 8 units (apartments, single-family homes, and mobile homes)...
Decisive Government Action Needed To Resolve Problems of Community Action Programs in Los Angeles
HRD-79-91: Published: Jun 11, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1979.
The Greater Los Angeles Community Action Agency, second largest in the country, was terminated in December 1978. During the 5 years of its existence audits and investigative and management reports disclosed continuing problems.The Agency's board of directors did not exercise effective control. Management reports and Community Service Administration (CSA) investigations found ineffective decisionma...
Review of Selected Contracts Awarded by the Cincinnati Service Office, Department of Housing and Urban Development
CED-79-67: Published: Apr 12, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1979.
GAO has been conducting an ongoing review of the management and disposition of multifamily housing projects owned by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). During this review, three contracts awarded by the Cincinnati Service Office for grasscutting, interior painting, and floor tiling were identified as warranting the immediate attention of the Secretary, HUD. For these contracts,...
HUD Processing of Department-Assisted Housing Project in Milford, Ohio
CED-79-7: Published: Jan 10, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 1979.
Oakwood Apartments in Milford, Ohio is a housing project subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The project will receive rental and mortgage assistance for low income persons. GAO was requested to determine whether the local government was properly notified of the proposed project and whether the project must be located in a designated area, which was of concern to the loca...
Housing Abandonment: A National Problem Needing New Approaches
CED-78-126: Published: Aug 10, 1978. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1978.
Although housing abandonment is a relatively new phenomenon, it has generated concern among those who have experienced or observed its impact on the Nation's cities. Various studies have suggested that housing abandonment is a market phenomenon which is accelerated and exacerbated by poverty, racial tensions, rising crime, and poor neighborhood services. The Department of Housing and Urban Develop...
Why Are New House Prices So High, How Are They Influenced by Government Regulations, and Can Prices Be Reduced?
CED-78-101: Published: May 11, 1978. Publicly Released: May 11, 1978.
Some housing officials have suggested that the American dream of owning a house may be vanishing because the median selling price of houses in 1976 hit an alltime high of $44,300, and the average selling price by the end of 1976 reached $51,000. Increased costs associated with government regulations, materials, labor, financing, property taxes, and utilities have contributed to higher housing pric...
Department of Housing and Urban Development Reorganization Plan: Some Accomplishments but More Needed
FPCD-78-33: Published: Apr 10, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1978.
In June 1977, a report recommended that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could streamline its organization through consolidating its 77 field offices and realigning regional and field office functions. A proposed reorganization, which is expected to affect less than 10 percent of HUD field employees, is intended to modify the field structure and improve management. The propose...
Mandatory Participation in the Department of Defense Self-Help Program Can Reduce Operation and Maintenance Costs
CED-78-26: Published: Jan 13, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1978.
A survey of the Department of Defense's (DOD's) family housing operation and maintenance program indicated that DOD's housing maintenance costs could be reduced.Significant savings could be achieved if participation in self-help programs were required. A significant amount of family housing maintenance and repair work, which, according to DOD and service regulations should be performed by the occu...
The Military Services Are Constructing Unneeded Family Housing
CED-78-8: Published: Dec 29, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1977.
In its family housing program, the Department of Defense (DOD) tries to ensure married members of the armed services and their families adequate quarters. DOD policy is to rely on communities near military installations as the primary source for housing, and housing should be constructed on a military installation only as a last resort.The DOD system for assessing available community housing is ba...
Deficiencies in HUD's Computer Tape Library
104536: Nov 30, 1977
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses about 26,000 computer tapes which are stored and maintained in the HUD tape library. The internal controls over these tapes were reviewed to determine whether the tapes were adequately secured and used.HUD needs to strengthen its control over the library and tapes. A significant number of tapes were held in the library beyond the scheduled...