Housing (51 - 60 of 67 items)
More Can Be Done To Measure HUD's Success in Using Millions of Dollars for Rehabilitating Housing
CED-81-98: Published: Jul 14, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1981.
GAO examined the current status of actions taken by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on recommendations GAO made to the agency in a previous report. In this report, GAO estimated that $150 million of a total $200 million in grants was directly granted to property owners to cover their rehabilitation costs in fiscal year 1980. By combining grant assistance to homeowners for hou...
Evaluation of Alternatives for Financing Low and Moderate Income Rental Housing
PAD-80-13: Published: Sep 30, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1980.
Over the past 10 years, financing of Government-subsidized housing has changed from the more traditional and well-understood financing methods to more unusual combinations of the basic building blocks of the older programs. The new mechanisms, created to overcome the problems of older programs, have resulted in higher costs and some new problems. New and old alternatives for financing subsidized m...
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...
The College Housing Loan Program: More Effective Management Needed
CED-80-75: Published: Mar 26, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 1980.
GAO was requested to report on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) administration of the college housing loan program. The program, authorized in the Housing Act of 1950 to assist educational institutions with low cost loans to provide student and faculty housing, was suspended in 1973; but severe localized shortages of student housing and a need to renovate buildings for energ...
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...
Inadequate Contract Administration on Housing Renovation Project at Malmstrom Air Force Base
PSAD-80-32: Published: Mar 11, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1980.
GAO was requested to investigate the renovation work performed on a housing project at Malmstrom Air Force Base near Great Falls, Montana. The renovation was to provide more modern kitchens and bathrooms, larger dining areas, and improvements to the exterior privacy on about 490 housing units originally constructed in the early 1950's. Scheduled for completion in October 1978, the work is still no...
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...
Millions of Dollars for Rehabilitating Housing Can Be Used More Effectively
CED-80-19: Published: Dec 7, 1979. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 1979.
Annually, about $240 million in Federal funds are not being used effectively for rehabilitating housing under the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Section 312 Rehabilitation Loan Program and its Community Development Block Grant Program.Borrowers are refinancing existing home mortgages with low-cost rehabilitation loans, thereby diverting substantial funds from housing rehabilit...
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)...