Multifamily Housing:

Information on Selected Properties Owned by HUD

RCED-94-163FS: Published: Apr 11, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1994.

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GAO provided information on 9 subsidized and 10 unsubsidized Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-owned multifamily properties in Dallas, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri, focusing on: (1) the properties' size and vacancy rates; (2) the number of units receiving Section 8 rental assistance; (3) HUD estimates of funds needed for property rehabilitation; and (4) tenants' income levels and percentage of income spent on rent.

GAO found that: (1) subsidized properties ranged from 85 to 620 units with an overall vacancy rate of 39 percent, while unsubsidized properties ranged from 51 to 394 units with an overall vacancy rate of 55 percent; (2) HUD reported that poor physical conditions of the units, ongoing renovation, and rental market conditions affected vacancy rates; (3) most units in the subsidized properties received Section 8 rent subsidies, while only a small number of units in unsubsidized properties received rent subsidies; (4) preliminary estimates for rehabilitating subsidized properties ranged from $2,400 to $27,100 per unit, while estimates for unsubsidized properties ranged from $1,100 to $10,800 per unit; (5) most tenants in subsidized properties had incomes of 20 percent or less of the area's median income, while the incomes of tenants in unsubsidized properties ranged between 21 and 50 percent of the area's median income; and (6) most tenants in both subsidized and unsubsidized properties paid 30 percent or less of their income for rent.

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