Federal aid for housing (11 - 20 of 244 items)
Disaster Housing: FEMA Needs More Detailed Guidance and Performance Measures to Help Ensure Effective Assistance after Major Disasters
GAO-09-796: Published: Aug 28, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2009.
Concerns over the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) provision of temporary housing assistance, including travel trailers at group sites, after the 2005 hurricanes led to the development of the National Disaster Housing Strategy. GAO was asked to assess (1) the challenges households faced in transitioning to permanent housing, (2) the extent to whi...
Affordable Housing in Transit-Oriented Development: Key Practices Could Enhance Recent Collaboration Efforts between DOT-FTA and HUD
GAO-09-871: Published: Sep 9, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2009.
The federal government has increasingly focused on linking affordable housing to transit-oriented developments--compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods located near transit--through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) housing programs and the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) transit programs. GAO was asked to review (1) what is know...
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Analysis of Options for Revising the Housing Enterprises' Long-term Structures
GAO-09-782: Published: Sep 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2009.
Congress established Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the enterprises) with two key housing missions: (1) provide stability in the secondary market for residential mortgages (also in periods of economic stress) and (2) serve the mortgage credit needs of targeted groups such as low-income borrowers. To accomplish these goals, the enterprises issued debt and stock, purchased mortgages from lenders with t...
Disaster Housing: Implementation of FEMA's Alternative Housing Pilot Program Provides Lessons for Improving Future Competitions
GAO-07-1143R: Published: Aug 31, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2007.
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides direct temporary housing assistance in response to disasters primarily through a combination of travel trailers and manufactured homes and for a period of up to 18 months. In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated much of the housing stock across the Gulf Coast region, leaving thousands of persons...
Federal Housing Administration: Modernization Proposals Would Have Program and Budget Implications and Require Continued Improvements in Risk Management
GAO-07-708: Published: Jun 29, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2007.
In recent years, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has experienced a sharp decline in market share. Also, the agency has estimated that, absent program changes, its Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (Fund) would require appropriations in 2008. To adapt to market changes, FHA has implemented new procedures and proposed the following major legislative changes: raising FHA's loan limits, allowing...
Leveraging Federal Funds for Housing, Community, and Economic Development
GAO-07-768R: Published: May 25, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2007.
Each year the federal government funds numerous affordable housing and community and economic development initiatives through an array of programs, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Section 108 Loan Guarantee (Section 108) program. Yet, the need for federal money to fund these initiatives has continued to grow, while the federal budget increasingly has been strained b...
Federal Home Loan Banks: Too Soon to Tell the Potential Impact of Excess Stock Rule on the Affordable Housing Program
GAO-07-878R: Published: Jun 22, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2007.
Affordable housing organizations and Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) members have raised concerns that a Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB) rule limiting excess stock could adversely impact FHLBank earnings. In particular, concerns have been raised regarding the FHLBanks' Affordable Housing Program (AHP), which subsidizes the cost of affordable housing with funds from the 12 FHLBanks, all of wh...
Public Housing: Information on the Financing, Oversight, and Effects of the HOPE VI Program
GAO-07-1025T: Published: Jun 20, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2007.
Since fiscal year 1992, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded more than $6 billion in HOPE VI program grants to public housing authorities to revitalize severely distressed public housing and provide supportive services to residents. HUD has encouraged housing authorities to use their HOPE VI grants to attract, or leverage, funding from other sources, including other fe...
Project-Based Rental Assistance: HUD Should Update Its Policies and Procedures to Keep Pace with the Changing Housing Market
GAO-07-290: Published: Apr 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2007.
In light of the pressing need for rental housing affordable to low-income households and concerns that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may not be committed to maintaining its Section 8 project-based housing stock--a key source of such housing--Congress directed GAO to assess HUD's efforts to preserve its project-based housing and recommend ways to improve these efforts. This...
HUD Homeownership Programs: Data Limitations Constrain Assessment of the American Dream Downpayment Initiative
GAO-06-677: Published: Jun 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2006.
While at an all-time high level, homeownership remains out of reach for many Americans, especially low-income families and minorities. In 2003, Pub. L. No. 108-186 created the American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) to help low-income, first-time homebuyers cover the up-front costs of buying a home (up to the greater of $10,000 or 6 percent of the purchase price) and authorized funding throug...