Urban development (21 - 30 of 235 items)
Veteran Homelessness: VA and HUD Are Working to Improve Data on Supportive Housing Program
GAO-12-726: Published: Jun 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2012.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rely on VA medical centers (VAMC) and public housing agencies (PHA) that serve veterans directly to determine participant eligibility for the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. VAMC staff GAO contacted said that they interview veterans interested in the HUD-VASH program to assess whether the ve...
Inspectors General: HUD Office of Inspector General Resources and Results
GAO-12-618: Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.
During the 5-year period from fiscal year 2007 through 2011, the Department of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) had budget and staffing resources that were consistent with other OIGs, and a monetary return for each budget dollar which exceeded the average return for Cabinet-level OIGs. During the 5-year period, the HUD OIG had total budgetary resources r...
Information Technology: HUD's Fiscal Year 2011 Expenditure Plan Satisfies Statutory Conditions
GAO-12-654: Published: May 24, 2012. Publicly Released: May 24, 2012.
HUDs fiscal year 2011 expenditure plan, which seeks to obligate about $114 million for seven modernization projects, along with enterprisewide services and program management, satisfies both sets of statutory conditions contained in the 2011 appropriations act. Specifically, for the first set of statutory conditions, the plan identified the functional and performance capabilities, mission be...
HUD Has Identified Performance Measures for Its Block Grant Programs, but Information on Impact Is Limited
GAO-12-575R: Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.
Information on the overall effectiveness (or impact) of the CDBG and HOME programs is limited. According to HUD officials, the agency has faced challenges in evaluating the impact of CDBG and HOME because, among other things, such an evaluation would have to compare neighborhoods that received program assistance with those that did not. Our previous work has also identified the difficulties of eva...
Housing Choice Vouchers: Options Exist to Increase Program Efficiencies
GAO-12-300: Published: Mar 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.
Several factorsincluding rising rents, declining household incomes, and decisions to expand the number of assisted householdswere key drivers of the approximately 29 percent increase (before inflation) in housing agencies expenditures for the voucher program between 2003 and 2010. Congress and HUD have taken steps to limit cost increases while maintaining assistance for existing...
HUD Information Technology: More Work Remains to Implement Necessary Management Controls
GAO-12-580T: Published: Mar 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2012.
HUD has made progress in implementing prior GAO recommendations on modernizing its IT environment; however more actions are needed. In 2009, GAO reported that HUD lacked key IT management controls; which are essential to achieving successful outcomes. Specifically,Although the department had established an IT strategic plan that outlined goals and performance measures, it had not assessed its perf...
Homelessness: To Improve Data and Programs, Agencies Have Taken Steps to Develop a Common Vocabulary
GAO-12-302T: Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.
Definitional differences of homelessness have posed challenges to providing services for children and youth. Children and youth living in precarious situations, such as living with others or in hotels, historically were excluded from receiving government-funded services. Congress enacted the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), which broadened the...
Recovery Act: Opportunities Exist to Increase the Public's Understanding of Recipient Reporting on HUD Programs
GAO-10-966: Published: Sep 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) has provided about $6 billion in grants for three Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs that fund housing or community development. As of March 31, 2010, HUD's Capital Fund awarded nearly $3 billion in grants to 3,134 public housing agencies, the Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) awarded about...
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...
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...