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138538: Jan 1, 1989
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 5, Spring 1989, describes new initiatives by public and private partnerships to meet the U.S. need for low-income housing. State, local, and federal changes in tax incentives have helped community development corporations and nonprofit housing organizations to create more affordable housing and a new housing delivery system through new financing...
Rural Housing: Opportunities To Reduce Costs and Better Target Assistance
RCED-86-33: Published: Feb 18, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 1986.
GAO discussed a variety of measures that the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) county offices could take to reduce housing costs and target more assistance to very low-income households and those occupying substandard housing.GAO found that: (1) FmHA county offices generally did not adopt cost reduction measures suggested in FmHA guidelines; (2) as of October 1, 1985, FmHA had not issued regula...
Rental Rehabilitation With Limited Federal Involvement: Who Is Doing It? At What Cost? Who Benefits?
RCED-83-148: Published: Jul 11, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed rental housing rehabilitation activities funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.GAO assessed the rental rehabilitation programs in 73 communities across the Nation which managed CDBG programs during the past 3 years. GAO found that: (1) few communities have had recent experience in designing, implementing, or evaluating r...
Block Grants for Housing: A Study of Local Experiences and Attitudes
RCED-83-21A: Published: Dec 13, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 1982.
This report is a supplement to a GAO study that provides information on housing assistance to lower income families under an overall block grant program.In the report, GAO discusses the experiences of a large number of communities in providing housing assistance under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and describes local housing officials' views on the desirability of a block gr...
Analysis of HUD Efforts To Alleviate Housing Abandonment
CED-81-130: Published: Jun 25, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1981.
GAO analyzed responses to a congressional inquiry concerning housing abandonment and the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) efforts to alleviate the problem. The questions and the HUD response focused on the following subject areas: (1) strategies for alleviating housing abandonment, (2) laws and regulations which impede solutions to the abandonment problem, (3) impact of HUD prog...
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...
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...
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...
Evaluation of Agency Comments on GAO's Letter Report to Congressman Harsha
CED-79-76: Published: Apr 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1979.
In January 1979, GAO issued a report reviewing processing of the application for the Oakwood apartments, near Milford, Ohio, an assisted housing project under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD did not agree with two of the four GAO recommendations, and stated that the intent of a third recommendation was unclear. GAO still believes that the changes are needed, and that HUD...
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...