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The Department of Housing and Urban Development takes a "point-in-time" count to gauge how many people are experiencing homelessness on a single night. HUD relies on local communities to provide the count.
In the U.S., about 1 in 10 young adults and 1 in 30 minors under age 18 experience homelessness without a parent or caregiver over the course of a year. Homelessness is higher among some groups, such as youth of color and transgender youth.
Millions of Americans had trouble paying their rent or mortgages after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the U.S. economy. The CARES Act appropriated $12.4 billion to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help address emergent needs.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development relies on outdated IT infrastructure and manual processes to insure a portfolio of single-family mortgages worth over $1 trillion. HUD has made several unsuccessful attempts to modernize its IT.
Flood insurance protects homeowners from financial loss after a flood.
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program requires homeowners with federally regulated mortgages to purchase flood insurance for properties located in high-risk areas.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
Army bases provide lodging for official travelers who pay for the rooms with their per diem allowance. In 2009, the Army began to privatize its on-base hotels with the goal of more quickly addressing the poor condition of the facilities.
Under the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, private developers assumed primary responsibility for building and maintaining military family housing in the U.S. In recent years, natural disasters have caused millions of dollars in damage to this housing.
Since 2018, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act requires lenders to report additional data from loan applications and originations—such as borrower credit scores—to help regulators oversee and enforce fair lending laws.