Last week the GAO released a report looking at the roles federal, state, and local governments play in providing rental assistance and developing affordable rental housing for low-income households.
“Affordable Rental Housing: Assistance is Provided by Federal, State, and Local Programs, but There is Incomplete Information on Collective Performance” (GAO-15-645)
- Highlights page: http://gao.gov/assets/680/672493.pdf
- Full report: http://gao.gov/assets/680/672494.pdf
GAO partnered with 25 state and local audit offices to complete the study, including the Oregon Audits Division, the Multnomah County Auditor’s Office, and the City of Portland.
GAO found that the information on collective performance of federal, state, and local rental assistance programs nationwide is incomplete.
“Without information on the government-wide performance of rental assistance, the Congress, decision makers, and stakeholders at all levels of government are hampered in their ability to set priorities and allocate resources. While complete and reliable information is a vital component of assessing effectiveness, GAO recognizes it is difficult to identify relevant federal, state, and local programs; collect performance information from multiple levels of government; and synthesize the information to reflect collective performance. HUD, the nation’s leading housing agency, in consultation with the RPWG, is well positioned to capitalize on its existing collaboration among federal agencies and with state and local jurisdictions.”
(Excerpt from the highlights page of the GAO report.)