ERIC Number: ED443929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Homelessness: HUD Funds Eligible Projects According to Communities' Priorities. Report to Congressional Requesters.
Czerwinski, Stanley J.
In response to a Congressional request, the General Accounting Office studied the process that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses to select projects for the homeless for funding, whether this process is consistent with statutes and community priorities, whether communities face any common problems when applying for HUD funds, and the actions needed to correct any problems. Study results, using data from many sources, indicate that HUD selects projects for funding on the basis of a three-step process that is consistent with statutory requirements, and it does not distinguish between new and renewal projects. Most projects that communities ranked as high priority received funding in 1998 and 1999, and most applicants understood how to apply for HUD grants. More than one-third of communities, however, had difficulty in understanding all requirements or completing the paperwork. Community representatives identified some problems related to securing funding, and suggestions are made to remedy these problems. Four appendixes contain a description of HUD's homeless assistance programs, data on HUD competitions and the process for determining homeless assistance need, and comments on this report from HUD. (SLD)
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Financial Support, Grants, Homeless People, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Selection
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each). Tel: 202-512-6000.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Resources, Community, and Economic Development Div.