Housing (31 - 40 of 67 items)
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...
Mortgage Financing: HUD Could Realize Additional Benefits from Its Mortgage Scorecard
GAO-06-435: Published: Apr 13, 2006. Publicly Released: May 15, 2006.
Along with private mortgage providers, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has been impacted by technological advances that began in the mid-1990s and that have significantly affected the way the mortgage industry works. As a result, in 2004, FHA implemented Technology Open to Approved Lenders (TOTAL) Scorecard--an automated tool that evalua...
Military Housing: Management Issues Require Attention as the Privatization Program Matures
GAO-06-438: Published: Apr 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2006.
The Department of Defense (DOD) intends to privatize about 87 percent of the military-owned housing in the United States by 2010. As of December 2005, it had awarded 52 projects to privatize over 112,000 family housing units and had plans to award 57 more projects to privatize over 76,000 more units over the next 4 years. The program, begun in 1996, has become DOD's primary means to improve family...
Federal Housing Administration: Managing Risks from a New Zero Down Payment Product
GAO-05-857T: Published: Jun 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2005.
To assist Congress in considering legislation to authorize the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to carry out a pilot program to insure zero down payment mortgages, this testimony provides information about practices mortgage institutions use in designing and implementing low and no down payment products. It also contains information about how these practices could...
Elderly Housing: Federal Housing Programs and Supportive Services
GAO-05-795T: Published: Jun 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2005.
According to a congressionally established bipartisan commission, decreased investment in affordable housing and an elderly population that is projected to grow from about 12 percent of the population in 2002 to 20 percent by 2030 are likely to increase the number of elderly who must spend large portions of their incomes on housing. Moreover, according to this commission, more than one-third of th...
HUD Rental Assistance: Progress and Challenges in Measuring and Reducing Improper Rent Subsidies
GAO-05-224: Published: Feb 18, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2005.
In fiscal year 2003, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) paid about $28 billion to help some 5 million low-income tenants afford decent rental housing. HUD has three major programs: the Housing Choice Voucher (voucher) and public housing programs, administered by public housing agencies; and project-based Section 8, administered by private property owners. As they are in every ye...
Mortgage Financing: Actions Needed to Help FHA Manage Risks from New Mortgage Loan Products
GAO-05-194: Published: Feb 11, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2005.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through its Federal Housing Administration (FHA), insures billions of dollars in home mortgage loans made by private lenders. FHA insures low down payment loans and a number of parties have made proposals to either eliminate or otherwise change FHA's borrower contribution requirements. GAO was asked to (1) identify the key characteristics...
Single-Family Housing: Cost, Benefit, and Compliance Issues Raise Questions about HUD's Discount Sales Program
GAO-04-208: Published: Jan 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2004.
In 2001, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Inspector General reported on serious problems in HUD's Discount Sales Program, under which nonprofit organizations purchase HUD-owned properties at a discount, rehabilitate them, and resell them to low- and moderate-income homebuyers. The objectives of the program are to expand affordable housing opportunities, help revitalize neigh...
Elderly Housing: Project Funding and Other Factors Delay Assistance to Needy Households
GAO-03-512: Published: May 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2003.
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the most widespread and urgent housing problem facing elderly households is affordability. About 3.3 million elderly renter households in the United States have very low incomes (50 percent or less of median area income). The Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program provides capital advances (grants) to nonprofit org...
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Housing and Urban Development
GAO-03-103: Published: Jan 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 2003.
This report addresses the major management challenges and program risks facing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as it works to carry out its multiple and highly diverse missions. The report discusses the actions that HUD has taken and that are under way to address the challenges GAO identified in its Performance and Accountability Series 2 years ago. Also, GAO summarizes...