HUD's Progress in Implementing the 1981 Housing Amendments

CED-82-116: Published: Aug 17, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1982.

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GAO reported on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) implementation of 13 selected provisions of the housing amendments in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981.

Issues addressed by the provisions of the Act included the need to: (1) design modest housing; (2) increase tenant contributions to the rent for public housing and section 8 units; and (3) deny federally assisted housing to illegal aliens residing in the United States. While HUD has taken some action to implement a congressional directive that newly constructed section 8 projects be modest in design, GAO advised HUD that additional action could be taken to limit the cost of housing being built under rent subsidy programs. HUD agreed with GAO observations on the need for cost containment in public housing but disagreed with views on reducing the size of section 8 units.

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