Rental Housing:

Additional Information on Our Casas' Use of HUD's Grant Funds

RCED-92-249FS: Published: Aug 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on a resident management council's use of grant funds, focusing on: (1) organizational structure and tenant representation; (2) the award of a technical assistance grant and monitoring of the implementation of resident management; (3) expenditure of grant funds; (4) additional costs related to the grant; (5) selection of a public housing management specialist; and (6) grant accomplishments.

GAO found that: (1) the council has an organizational hierarchy of a board of directors with an advisory committee, a housing management specialist, a community organization coordinator and resident volunteers; (2) tenant representation on the board of directors has declined since the grant was awarded; (3) the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a technical assistance grant to the council for implementing resident management and has monitored its progress according to program guidelines; (4) the council spent the technical assistance grant funds in accordance with the grant's purposes; (5) in addition to the direct grant funds, HUD incurred administrative costs, and the San Antonio Housing Authority expended funds to train board members and public housing residents in property management; (6) the council complied with regulations in selecting a public housing management specialist to be its executive director; and (7) the council has achieved several tasks necessary to reach its goal of assuming partial or full management responsibilities over the projects it represents.

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