HUD Improperly Restricts Applicants for Supplemental Assistance Program

RCED-92-200: Published: Aug 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Supplemental Assistance for Facilities to Assist the Homeless Program (SAFAH), focusing on: (1) whether the HUD selection process for awarding grants has complied with the Homeless Assistance Act; (2) information on recent HUD actions to improve the management of the program; (3) whether grantees accomplished their SAFAH grant agreement objectives; and (4) whether the projects funded under the program are reaching the act's target populations.

GAO found that: (1) HUD changed the SAFAH selection process by limiting program activities, target populations, and eligible applicants; (2) HUD used its SAFAH funding more effectively by reducing the number of applications it reviewed and grantees it monitored; (3) HUD does not have the authority to exclude any class of eligible applicant; (4) HUD has implemented initiatives to improve program management; (5) SAFAH grantees have met their agreements' objectives; and (6) fiscal year 1990 SAFAH programs were designed to reach the Homeless Assistance Act targets, but HUD success in doing so has not been determined.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 eliminated the SAFAH program.

    Recommendation: For future SAFAH awards, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development should not eliminate any class of eligible applicants defined by the legislation unless legislative authority for doing so is obtained.

    Agency Affected: Department of Housing and Urban Development


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