Housing programs (1 - 10 of 137 items)
Affordable Rental Housing: Assistance Is Provided by Federal, State, and Local Programs, but There Is Incomplete Information on Collective Performance
GAO-15-645: Published: Sep 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2015.
The federal government and state and local entities provide both rental assistance and affordable housing through a wide variety of programs. The six participating audit offices that conducted coordinated audits on rental assistance reported that the programs they reviewed were funded solely through one level of government or were funded by a combination of resources, as shown in the figure below...
Rural Housing Service: Progress on GAO Recommendations and Preliminary Observations on Loan Guarantee Risk Management
GAO-15-625T: Published: May 19, 2015. Publicly Released: May 19, 2015.
Overlap in housing assistance programsâ€”particularly those of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)â€”highlight opportunities for increased collaboration and consolidation. GAO's August 2012 report found overlap in the products offered and populations (income groups) and geographic areas served by RHS and HUD s...
Department of Housing and Urban Development: Opportunities to Improve Management of Mortgage Insurance and Rental Assistance Programs
GAO-13-439T: Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) faces financial and risk-management challenges. For the fourth straight year, capital reserves for FHA's Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund are below the statutory minimum. Also, declining balances in the fund's capital reserve account have heightened the possibility that FHA will require additional funds to h...
Low-Income Housing Tax Credits: Agencies Implemented Changes Enacted in 2008, but Project Data Collection Could Be Improved
GAO-13-66: Published: Dec 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2012.
What GAO FoundFederal and state agencies implemented changes made in 2008 to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program by revising program guidance and modifying plans for allocating tax credits. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) implemented the changes made by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) by, among other things, issuing notices and revenue procedures. Program sta...
Housing Assistance: Opportunities Exist to Increase Collaboration and Consider Consolidation
GAO-12-554: Published: Aug 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2012.
Housing assistance is fragmented across 160 programs and activities. Overlap exists for some products offered, service delivery, and geographic areas served by selected programsÂ—particularly in the Department of AgricultureÂ’s (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) and Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentÂ’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA). For instance, RHS, FHA, and the Department...
Military Housing: Enhancements Needed to Housing Allowance Process and Information Sharing among Services
GAO-11-462: Published: May 16, 2011. Publicly Released: May 16, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) paid active duty military personnel over $18 billion in housing allowances in fiscal year 2010. DOD sets housing allowance rates annually based on market costs of rent, utilities, and renter's insurance. Also, DOD has identified 26 installations significantly impacted by expected growth in personnel due to various rebasing actions. The Senate report accompanying a b...
Military Housing: Installations Need to Share Information on Their Section 801 On-Base Housing Contracts
GAO-11-60: Published: Oct 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2010.
In the Military Construction Authorization Act, 1984, Congress authorized the Section 801 housing program, which provided a means for improving and expanding military family housing through private developers' investment. Under this authority, the Department of Defense (DOD) awarded eight contracts for the construction of on-base housing that typically consisted of two phases: the in-lease (DOD le...
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...
Rental Housing: Information on Low-Income Veterans' Housing Conditions and Participation in HUD's Programs
GAO-08-324T: Published: Dec 5, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2007.
Veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan could increase demand for affordable rental housing. Households with low incomes (80 percent or less of the area median income) generally are eligible to receive rental assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) housing choice voucher, public housing, and project-based programs. However, because rental assistance...