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Community Development Block Grants: Sources of Data on Community Income Are Limited
GAO-16-734: Published: Sep 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2016.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) and states' primary method for communities to demonstrate eligibility when they disagree with HUD's eligibility determination is to allow communities to conduct their own local income surveys to show that they meet the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) income threshold. HUD instructs small communities, known as nonentitlement communiti...
Community Development Block Grants: Reporting on Compliance with Limit on Funds Used for Administration Can Be Improved
GAO-13-247: Published: Mar 21, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2013.
The annual appropriation for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program allows grantees to use up to 20 percent of program funds for planning, management, and administration (collectively referred to as "administration"). Specifically, grantees may use these funds for a range of activities, including general management, oversight, and coordination; fair housing activities; preparing comm...
HUD Has Identified Performance Measures for Its Block Grant Programs, but Information on Impact Is Limited
GAO-12-575R: Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.
Information on the overall effectiveness (or impact) of the CDBG and HOME programs is limited. According to HUD officials, the agency has faced challenges in evaluating the impact of CDBG and HOME because, among other things, such an evaluation would have to compare neighborhoods that received program assistance with those that did not. Our previous work has also identified the difficulties of eva...
Financial Education and Counseling Pilot Program
GAO-11-737R: Published: Jul 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2011.
The federal government has numerous programs designed to improve Americans' financial literacy, some of which are targeted at helping consumers determine whether and when to purchase a home, how to manage a mortgage, and how to deal with setbacks that could limit their ability to make timely mortgage payments. However, as we have reported, little is known about the effectiveness of specific strate...
Recovery Act: Opportunities Exist to Increase the Public's Understanding of Recipient Reporting on HUD Programs
GAO-10-966: Published: Sep 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) has provided about $6 billion in grants for three Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs that fund housing or community development. As of March 31, 2010, HUD's Capital Fund awarded nearly $3 billion in grants to 3,134 public housing agencies, the Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) awarded about...
Housing and Community Grants: HUD Needs to Enhance Its Requirements and Oversight of Jurisdictions' Fair Housing Plans
GAO-10-905: Published: Sep 14, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2010.
Pursuant to the Fair Housing Act, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations require grantees, such as cities, that receive federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) to further fair housing opportunities. In particular, grantees are required to prepare planning documents known as Analyses of Impediments (AI...
Single-Family Housing: Stronger Oversight of FHA Lenders Could Reduce HUD's Insurance Risk
RCED-00-112: Published: Apr 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) oversight of lenders participating in its Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) mortgage insurance programs for single-family homes, focusing on: (1) how HUD ensures that lenders granted direct endorsement authority by FHA are qualified to receive such authority; (2) the extent...
Single-Family Housing: Stronger Measures Needed to Encourage Better Performance by Management and Marketing Contractors
RCED-00-117: Published: May 12, 2000. Publicly Released: May 16, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) management and marketing contracts of single-family housing, focusing on HUD's: (1) experience with the contractors who manage and market these properties; and (2) progress in reducing its single-family property inventory.GAO noted that: (1) the central focus of HUD's management...
HUD's Fiscal Year 2000 Budget Request: Additional Analysis and Justification Needed for Some Programs
RCED-99-251: Published: Sep 3, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) fiscal year (FY) 2000 budget request, focusing on: (1) whether HUD has the capacity to implement, and adequate justification to support, the new or significantly expanded programs and initiatives included in its budget request; (2) the potential for HUD to use available unexpended balances in...
Community Development: Weak Management Controls Compromise Integrity of Four HUD Grant Programs
RCED-99-98: Published: Apr 27, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether controls are in place to ensure that block grant programs' objectives are being achieved and that funds are being managed appropriately, focusing on whether: (1) the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) on-site monitoring of grantees under the Grants Management System is adequate; and (2) the Integrated Disburs...