Economic development (21 - 30 of 44 items)
Rural Housing: Opportunities To Reduce Costs and Better Target Assistance
RCED-86-33: Published: Feb 18, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 1986.
GAO discussed a variety of measures that the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) county offices could take to reduce housing costs and target more assistance to very low-income households and those occupying substandard housing.GAO found that: (1) FmHA county offices generally did not adopt cost reduction measures suggested in FmHA guidelines; (2) as of October 1, 1985, FmHA had not issued regula...
Improving the Process for Allocating Loan Management Set-Aside Funds to Multifamily Housing Projects
RCED-85-29: Published: Nov 16, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1984.
The Loan Management Set-Aside (LMSA) Program is administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help maintain the financial viability of multifamily housing projects with cash-flow problems. The program is available to both insured and held projects. GAO reviewed the process used by HUD to allocate LMSA funds in fiscal years (FY) 1983 and 1984 and the basis used by HUD for...
International Boundary and Water Commission Employees Residing in Federal Housing Should Not Receive Electricity at Reduced Rates
RCED-84-172: Published: Aug 16, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed and compared the electricity rate charges of employees of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) who operate Falcon Dam and live in government-owned housing in Falcon Village, Texas, with the electricity rate charges of other government workers living in Falcon Village.The Falcon Village facilities were first developed to house work...
Impact of the Proposed Consolidation of HUD Field Offices in the Dallas and Fort Worth, TX, Area
RCED-83-155: Published: May 19, 1983. Publicly Released: May 19, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO studied the proposed consolidation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Dallas Area Office and Fort Worth Regional and Service Office into one office located at Fort Worth.The study showed that a $1.5 million potential cost savings projection, which was developed by the HUD Fort Worth regional staff, included personnel savings that...
The Federal Housing Administration Needs Clearer Criteria for Underwriting Single-Family Mortgages Insurance
CED-78-59: Published: Mar 13, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1982.
The single-family home underwriting practices of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in the New York area office were reviewed. In three Brooklyn neighborhoods, the volume of approvals and disapprovals for single-family mortgage insurance from May 1, 1976, to April 30, 1977, were determined, and the FHA underwriting criteria were identified.In the designated neighborhoods, FHA personnel: reje...
Procedures for Adjusting Rents in the Section 8 Program Need Reexamination
119779: Jun 11, 1982
GAO reviewed the procedures followed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in making annual rent adjustments under its subsidized rental housing program.The program's authorizing legislation states that its rental assistance contracts shall provide for rent adjustments at least annually for units covered. HUD uses a formula approach to adjust the rents and develops annual rent a...
Duplicative and Unnecessary Renovations Made in the HUD-Subsidized Concord Commons Apartments in Rockford, IL
CED-82-67: Published: Apr 15, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed duplicative and unnecessary repairs approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at an apartment complex in Rockford, Illinois.Although HUD spent about $1 million to renovate more than half of the apartments at the complex during 1978 and 1979, all of the apartments are being renovated again by the Rockford Housing Developm...
Review of the Adequacy of Procedures Followed in Selecting Section 8 Developers
119780: Apr 8, 1982
GAO reviewed procedures followed by three Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) area offices in selecting developers for new construction and substantial rehabilitation projects. The purpose of the review was to evaluate the effectiveness of the procedures under the Section 8 Lower Income Rental Assistance Program administered by HUD and to identify ways to improve the selection proces...
More Can Be Done To Measure HUD's Success in Using Millions of Dollars for Rehabilitating Housing
CED-81-98: Published: Jul 14, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1981.
GAO examined the current status of actions taken by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on recommendations GAO made to the agency in a previous report. In this report, GAO estimated that $150 million of a total $200 million in grants was directly granted to property owners to cover their rehabilitation costs in fiscal year 1980. By combining grant assistance to homeowners for hou...
Weaknesses in the Planning and Utilization of Rental Housing for Persons in Wheelchairs
CED-81-45: Published: Jun 19, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1981.
GAO reviewed Federal efforts to provide housing designed especially for the needs of people who use wheelchairs to determine whether the Departments of Agriculture and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) goals to produce wheelchair-accessible housing units were reasonable and being complied with and if people in wheelchairs were occupying the special housing units.Housing units produced under HUD...