Urban development (41 - 50 of 66 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...
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...
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...
Ways of Providing a Fairer Share of Federal Housing Support to Rural Areas
CED-80-1: Published: Mar 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1980.
GAO evaluated the accomplishments and shortcomings of Federal housing programs in rural America, particularly in the past 10 years. Areas of special concern included the geographic distribution of housing assistance, gaps in program benefits, and ways to improve the programs' effectiveness in providing opportunities for rural families to obtain decent homes. Eighteen counties in six States were se...
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...
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)...