Public Housing

2017


 

HUD OIG: HUD Needs To Clarify Whether Illegal-Undocumented Aliens Are Eligible for Assistance Under the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program

August 2017

HUD OIG assisted U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York in a civil investigation related to illegal-undocumented aliens  receiving Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) assistance.  The HOPWA program at 24 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 574 is a HUD Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) grant program that provides formula allocations and competitively awarded grants to eligible States, cities, and nonprofit organizations to provide housing assistance and related supportive services to meet the housing needs of low-income persons and their families living with HIV-AIDS.

Noncitizen or alien ineligibility for federally funded programs is a recurring issue in Congress. The issue of nonqualified aliens receiving assistance under HOPWA or other homeless assistance programs has not been clearly addressed in HUD regulations and guidance.  Specifically, there does not appear to be any clear guidance as to whether programs that are funded through HUD’s community development programs and administered through nonprofits (such as HOPWA) have been clearly designated as a “Federal public benefit.” Report


 

2016


 

HUD OIG: HUD Lacked Adequate Oversight of Public Housing Agencies’ Compliance With Its Declaration of Trust Requirements 

February 2016

HUD did not always ensure that public housing agencies maintained valid and sufficient declarations of trust for HUD-assisted properties. Specifically of the 115 projects reviewed, (1) 2 projects did not have declarations of trust and (2) 20 projects had declarations of trust with deficiencies that impaired their validity. Further, we were unable to determine whether the declarations of trust for 47 projects were sufficient. 

In addition, we estimate that HUD will provide more than $509 million in operating subsidies over the next year for projects in which its interests are not protected. Report


 

2015


 

HUD OIG: Public Housing Agencies’ Declarations of Trust 

November 2015

HUD did not always ensure that public housing agencies maintained valid and sufficient declarations of trust for HUD-assisted properties. Specifically of the 115 projects reviewed, 2 projects did not have declarations of trust and 20 projects had declarations of trust with deficiencies that impaired their validity. Further, OIG was unable to determine whether the declarations of trust for 47 projects were sufficient. OIG estimates that HUD will provide more than $509 million in operating subsidies over the next year for projects in which its interests are not protected. Report

Media Coverage

Daily Caller: Feds Might Lose $509 Million On Public Housing Mistake


 

HUD OIG: Over income Families Residing in Public Housing Units

July 2015

Public housing authorities provided public housing assistance to as many as 25,226 families whose income exceeded HUD’s 2014 eligibility income limits. Of these 25,226 families, 17,761 had earned more than the qualifying amount for more than 1 year. The report estimates that HUD will pay $104.4 million over the next year for public housing units occupied by overincome families that otherwise could have been used to house low-income families. Report.  

Media Coverage

Washington Post: A family in public housing makes $498,000 a year. And HUD wants tenants like this to stay.

Washington Post: After criticism, HUD says it’s trying to give the boot to public housing families who earn too much money

Newsmax: HUD IG: Govt. Allows Well-Off Families to Stay in Public Housing

Washington Times: HUD gives free housing to 201,000 unqualified tenants, audit finds

Breitbart: HUD Allows Over-Income Tenants to Stay in Public Housing