Community development (121 - 130 of 166 items)
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...
New-Home Buyers and Federal Agencies Benefit From Improved Warranty Protection
CED-81-40: Published: May 26, 1981. Publicly Released: May 26, 1981.
GAO reviewed the private and State warranty programs that were developed to protect home buyers from construction defects in new houses. The review was made to assess the growth of these warranty programs and the protection that they provided through federally assisted housing programs.Until recently, new-home buyer's protection from construction defects was limited to that described in the purcha...
Further Actions Needed To Improve Management of HUD Programs
CED-81-41: Published: Feb 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1981.
GAO has made numerous recommendations in its reports on federal housing and community development programs to reduce costs and increase effectiveness. The actions of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement these recommendations were reviewed.HUD has achieved cost savings and improved program operations by implementing many of the recommendations; however, no action has b...
Actions Being Taken To Collect Overbillings and Improve Contracting Procedures at HUD's Columbus Area and Cincinnati Service Offices
CED-81-67: Published: Feb 19, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1981.
GAO was requested to review the actions taken by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in response to a previous GAO report which identified contract award irregularities, overbillings, and billings for work not performed at HUD-owned multifamily housing projects.While HUD has taken corrective action on the problems identified in the previous report, certain problems remain. Final...
The Atlanta Region: Welcome to the Now South!
115187: Jan 1, 1981
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 16, Issue 2, Spring 1981. The Atlanta regional office covers a five-state area that includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and much of Tennessee. It is the second largest regional office of GAO. Key military establishments in the region frequently involve the office in defense-related assignments. The relatively low income levels and high...
Domestic Housing and Community Development Issues for Planning
CED-80-139: Published: Sep 24, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1980.
Many serious housing and community development problems face the United States during the 1980's. The number of households will increase 19 percent during the 1980's, placing greater demand on the housing supply. Americans continue to migrate to the South and West, and increasingly to rural areas. Population redistribution is responsible for a wide range of present urban problems, such as the conc...
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...
Section 8 Subsidized Housing--Some Observations on Its High Rents, Costs, and Inequities
CED-80-59: Published: Jun 6, 1980. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1980.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Lower Income Rental Assistance Program, also known as the Section 8 Program, is the major federal program for providing the poor with funds or other means to compete for existing housing in the neighborhoods of their choice. Under the Program, HUD makes assistance payments for annual contribution contracts to public housing agencies authorize...
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...
Criteria for Participation in the Urban Development Action Grant Program Should Be Refined
CED-80-80: Published: Mar 20, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1980.
The Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Urban Development Action Grant Program helps revitalize severely distressed cities by using public funds to attract private investment in industrial, commercial, or neighborhood projects. About $1.5 billion has been provided for the program through fiscal year 1980. The Housing and Community Development Act of 1977, which established the program, did not s...