Housing construction (1 - 10 of 30 items)
Military Housing: Installations Need to Share Information on Their Section 801 On-Base Housing Contracts
GAO-11-60: Published: Oct 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2010.
In the Military Construction Authorization Act, 1984, Congress authorized the Section 801 housing program, which provided a means for improving and expanding military family housing through private developers' investment. Under this authority, the Department of Defense (DOD) awarded eight contracts for the construction of on-base housing that typically consisted of two phases: the in-lease (DOD le...
Disaster Housing: FEMA Needs More Detailed Guidance and Performance Measures to Help Ensure Effective Assistance after Major Disasters
GAO-09-796: Published: Aug 28, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2009.
Concerns over the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) provision of temporary housing assistance, including travel trailers at group sites, after the 2005 hurricanes led to the development of the National Disaster Housing Strategy. GAO was asked to assess (1) the challenges households faced in transitioning to permanent housing, (2) the extent to whi...
Affordable Housing in Transit-Oriented Development: Key Practices Could Enhance Recent Collaboration Efforts between DOT-FTA and HUD
GAO-09-871: Published: Sep 9, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2009.
The federal government has increasingly focused on linking affordable housing to transit-oriented developments--compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods located near transit--through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) housing programs and the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) transit programs. GAO was asked to review (1) what is know...
Multifamily Housing Finance: Funding FHA's Subsidized Credit Programs
GAO-02-323R: Published: Feb 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2002.
To help build and rehabilitate multifamily rental housing, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) provides lenders with mortgage insurance, or guarantees, for multifamily loans. In fiscal year 2001, FHA provided guarantees for all multifamily projects--regardless of program--on a first-come, first-served basis until the total budget authority for the multifamily programs was exhausted. FHA had o...
Military Housing: Continued Concerns in Implementing the Privatization Initiative
NSIAD-00-71: Published: Mar 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Department of Defense's (DOD) Military Housing Privatization Initiative, focusing on the: (1) status of the housing privatization initiative; (2) accuracy of the services' life-cycle cost analyses comparing the cost of proposed privatization projects to comparable projects financed through military construction funds; and (3) p...
Housing Finance: Procedures and Costs for Developing San Diego Project Were Reasonable
RCED-97-190: Published: Jul 25, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the San Diego Housing Commission's role in developing Knox Glen Apartments, focusing on the: (1) process the Commission followed to develop the project; (2) reasonableness of the project's costs compared with the costs of other new and existing multifamily projects in the area; and (3) impact of the project on the area's rental housing market and...
Coast Guard: Housing Acquisition Needs Have Not Been Adequately Justified
RCED-92-159: Published: May 19, 1992. Publicly Released: May 19, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Coast Guard's nine housing acquisition projects from 1990 through 1992 to determine whether the Coast Guard followed requirements to: (1) demonstrate the existence of a housing shortage; (2) ensure that it selects the least costly alternative for providing housing to its members; and (3) periodically reassess the local housing market.GAO found...
Army Family Housing: Additional Dwelling Units Not Justified at Fort Campbell
NSIAD-91-101: Published: Jun 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated: (1) the Army's justification for the construction of 300 additional family housing units at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and (2) a 1990 Army Corps of Engineers survey of rental housing in the Fort Campbell area.GAO found that the: (1) Army did not justify the construction of 300 additional family housing units at Fort Campbell; (2) Army incorrectly e...
Housing for the Elderly: HUD Policy Decisions Delay Section 202 Construction Starts
RCED-91-4: Published: Jan 14, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) processing of section 202 projects for constructing rental housing for the elderly and handicapped, focusing on: (1) increases in project processing time; (2) the need for additional sponsor contributions to cover project development costs; (3) field offices' interpretation of cost-containment...
Comparison of Defense Department's Methods for Providing Military Family Housing
T-NSIAD-90-30: Published: Apr 20, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1990.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) use of housing allowances and construction programs to provide military family housing. GAO noted that DOD effectively used housing allowances to help military members obtain family housing in local private markets, since: (1) it could provide a basic grade-specific allowance and variable supplements to equalize cost-of-housing differences among geog...