Financial management (11 - 20 of 135 items)
Homeownership Counseling: Although Research Suggests Some Benefits, Implementation and Evaluation Challenges Exist
GAO-11-925T: Published: Sep 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2011.
Homeownership counseling can help consumers learn about buying a home and give them tools to deal with setbacks that could keep them from making timely mortgage payments. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approves and provides grants to housing counseling agencies and has also implemented a requirement that borrowers seeking federally insured reverse mortgages through the Home...
Information Technology: HUD's Expenditure Plan Satisfies Statutory Conditions, and Implementation of Management Controls Is Under Way
GAO-11-762: Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2011.
Information technology (IT) is critical to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) ability to carry out its home ownership and community development mission. Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, require HUD to develop and submit to Congress an expenditure plan for its efforts to modernize the department's IT environment prior to using 75 percent of the funds mad...
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...
Rural Housing Service: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Farm Labor Housing Program Management and Oversight
GAO-11-329: Published: Mar 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2011.
Congress created the Farm Labor Housing (FLH) Loan and Grant Program in the early 1960s to support the development of affordable housing for farm workers. In 2010, Congress appropriated $19.7 million for this program, which is administered by the Rural Housing Service (RHS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). GAO was asked to examine (1) demand for the FLH program; (2) RHS's processes fo...
Neighborhood Stabilization Program: HUD and Grantees Are Taking Actions to Ensure Program Compliance but Data on Program Outputs Could be Improved
GAO-11-48: Published: Dec 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2010.
Congress created the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) to help reduce the number of foreclosed and abandoned properties and restore depressed local housing markets. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) authorized the program's first round (NSP 1), providing $3.92 billion in grant funds to states and local governments. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) adm...
The Housing Assistance Council's Use of Appropriated Funds
GAO-11-189R: Published: Dec 6, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2010.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 authorized appropriations of $10 million annually for the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) from fiscal years 2009 through 2011. Established in 1971, HAC is a nonprofit rural housing organization that aims to improve housing conditions for low-income rural residents, especially in high-need areas such as Indian country and Appalachia and among groups s...
Mortgage Financing: Financial Condition of FHA's Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund
GAO-10-1066T: Published: Sep 23, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2010.
This testimony is on the financial condition of the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (Fund). FHA has helped millions of families purchase homes through its single-family mortgage insurance programs and in recent years, has experienced a dramatic increase in its market role. FHA insures almost all of its single-family mortgages under the Fund, which is reviewed...
Mortgage Financing: Opportunities to Enhance Management and Oversight of FHA's Financial Condition
GAO-10-827R: Published: Sep 14, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2010.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has helped millions of families purchase homes through its single-family mortgage insurance programs. In recent years, FHA has experienced a dramatic increase in its market role due to the contraction of other mortgage market segments. FHA insures almost all of its single-family mortgages under its Mutual...
Finanzas del Consumidor: Factores que Afectan la Educacion Financiera de las Personas con Conocimientos Limitados del Ingles
GAO-10-869: Published: Aug 4, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2010.
This is the Spanish Language summary of GAO-10-518. According to Census data, more than 12 million adults in the United States report they do not speak English well or at all. Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding the English language appears to be linked to multiple dimensions of adult life in the United States, including financial literacy--the ability to make informed jud...
Mandate on Department of Housing and Urban Development's Alternative Credit Pilot Program
GAO-10-876R: Published: Jul 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2010.
When potential borrowers apply for a mortgage loan, lenders typically use borrowers' credit scores--which are based on their credit payment histories, debt, length of credit history, new credit accounts or requests, and types of credit used--to help determine their creditworthiness. However, some borrowers have limited or no credit histories, and lenders are unable to determine their creditworthin...