Recommendation: The HUD Secretary should order close follow-up to the contractor`s recommendations regarding training agreements and enforcement measures. In order to strengthen hud approval of contractors` recommendations, HUD should implement the recommendations contained in the report of the Office of Inspector General of 20 October 1982 and take the steps described in the Policy Memorandum of 18 June 1982 to designate staff in each office to become competent in the areas of training analysis and modification. **Please note that as of March 1, 2017, all data requests from the family options or Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing Study (MTO) must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies. HUD no longer accepts data agreement requests for these data sets. For more information on the application, please see here.** Recommendation: The HUD Secretary should order that the Region III contract be further amended to clarify the payment rules for partial payments, to put defaults in last place due to a number of monthly payments, to credit over payments in subsequent months, and to calculate payment fees lump sums, which are collected by training agreements. Similar steps should also be taken for the treaty proposal at the national level if HUD decides to maintain the payment rules for Region III. Today`s Section 8 program actually consists of two programs that together serve nearly 3.5 million households. The combined Programs in Section 8 are the largest direct housing assistance program for low-income families. With a total budget of $US 27 billion for fiscal year 2013, they reflect a significant commitment of federal funds. This commitment has led to some successes. More than three million families are able to obtain safe and decent housing through the programme, at a price for the family that is considered affordable. However, these successes entail high costs for the federal government.
Given the current budget deficit, Congress began to reassess whether the cost of Section 8 programs, especially the voucher program, was worth it. Proposals for programme reform are becoming increasingly broad and the question of whether the current section 8 programmes are maintained to a large extent in their current form, substantially modified or abolished are issues currently facing Congress. * Note that this example does not contain an estimate of inflation. With respect to the funding of multi-year contracts, Congress usually contains an estimate of inflation and adds it to the total cost. The Moving to Work Demonstration (P.L. 104-134), approved in 1996, was created to enable HUDs and PHAS to design and test different approaches to the provision and management of housing assistance. The event tasked HUD with selecting up to 30 PHA to participate. The goals were to reduce federal costs, encourage families to work, and expand housing choice. MTW allows participating PHAS to be more flexible in determining how they can use federal cheques and public housing funds by allowing them to mix funding sources and experiment with rental rules, with the restriction that they have had to continue to serve about the same number of households. It also allows them to apply for an exemption from most of the rules of the public housing and choice-of-housing voucher program. (For more information, see CRS R42562, Moving to Work (MTW): Housing Assistance Demonstration Program, by [author name rubbed]) Comments: The HUD plan to award a nationwide credit service contract never saw the light of day; Therefore, this recommendation is no longer relevant. For more information on hud budget trends, including section 8 programs, see crS R42542, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Funding Trends Since FY2002, by [author name rubbed].
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