Housing (51 - 60 of 68 items)
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...
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,...
Domestic Housing and Community Development: Issues for Planning
CED-79-44: Published: Feb 5, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1979.
The critical housing and community development issues facing the nation are identified. Of the 19 areas of concern, 8 are considered to be priority areas. The following housing-related priority areas are: evaluation of the nation's efforts to house lower-income families; minimizing subsidized housing operating costs and improving management; evaluation of federal efforts to encourage the productio...
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...
What Was the Effect of the Emergency Housing Program on Single-Family Housing Construction?
CED-78-155: Published: Nov 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 1978.
The goal of the emergency housing program was to stabilize the housing market against cyclical downturns by increasing the supply of reasonably priced mortgage credit, thus increasing the demand for new homes.The emergency housing program for single-family homes has helped many to buy homes and has generated additional housing and jobs during a depressed period for the housing industry. However, m...
Agency for International Development's Housing Investment Guaranty Program
ID-78-44: Published: Sep 6, 1978. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1978.
Under the Agency for International Development's (AID's) Housing Investment Guaranty Program (HIG), U.S. private lenders provide long-term financing at commercial interest rates for housing projects undertaken by developing countries with AID assistance. The U.S. Government provides a "full faith and credit" guaranty of repayment of principal and interest. Since its inception in 1976, the HIG prog...