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We audited the multifamily project-based Section 8 program at the Beverly Place Apartments.  We selected Beverly Place because we received a complaint of potential fraud, suggesting that the complex did not have appropriate controls to ensure tenant and unit eligibility.  Our objective was to determine whether the owner administered its project-based Section 8 program in accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations and guidance.

The owner did not administer the project-based Section 8 program at Beverly Place in accordance with HUD regulations.  It assisted at least 97 tenants who were either ineligible for assistance or whose eligibility could not be supported.  This condition occurred because the owner did not establish effective control systems, which allowed the onsite employees to commit fraud.  The employees falsified tenant eligibility and did not properly verify tenant income as required by HUD.  As a result, HUD paid the owner more than $574,000 in subsidies for ineligible tenants and incurred more than $227,000 in subsidies for which the owner could not support the tenants’ subsidy amounts.

We recommend that the Southwest Region Director of Multifamily Housing require the Beverly Place owner to (1) repay HUD more than $574,000 for housing subsidies received for ineligible tenants and units and (2) support or repay HUD more than $227,000 for units for which managers either did not have a tenant file or did not obtain required earned income verification reports to verify eligibility.  In addition, HUD should require its contract administrator for Beverly Place to ensure that the owner’s recently implemented quality control program is working as designed.

Recommendations

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Funds Put to Better Use
Funds Put to Better Use

Recommendations that funds be put to better use estimate funds that could be used more efficiently. For example, recommendations that funds be put to better use could result in reductions in spending, deobligation of funds, or avoidance of unnecessary spending.

Questioned Costs
Questioned Costs

Recommendations with questioned costs identify costs: (A) resulting from an alleged violation of a law, regulation, contract, grant, or other document or agreement governing the use of Federal funds; (B) that are not supported by adequate documentation (also known as an unsupported cost); or (C) that appear unnecessary or unreasonable.

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Sensitive

Sensitive information refers to information that could have a damaging import if released to the public and, therefore, must be restricted from public disclosure.

Priority
Priority

We believe these open recommendations, if implemented, will have the greatest impact on helping HUD achieve its mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

Housing

  •   2017-FW-1009-001-A
    $574,930.00

    Closed on May 01, 2018

    We recommend that the Southwest Region Director of Multifamily Housing require Beverly Place’s owner to repay HUD $574,930 for subsidized units that were not occupied by qualified tenants. Repayment must be from non-Federal funds.

  •   2017-FW-1009-001-B
    $150,082.00

    Closed on September 21, 2020

    We recommend that the Southwest Region Director of Multifamily Housing require Beverly Place’s owner to provide support to show that the subsidies for 11 tenants with falsified income were accurate or repay HUD $150,082 for those subsidies. Repayment must be from non-Federal funds.

  •   2017-FW-1009-001-C
    $77,621.00

    Closed on April 07, 2020

    We recommend that the Southwest Region Director of Multifamily Housing require Beverly Place’s owner to provide support to show that the subsidies for 18 tenants without files or without adequate income documentation in their files were accurate or repay HUD $77,621 for those subsidies. Repayment must be from non-Federal funds.

  •   2017-FW-1009-001-D

    Closed on February 25, 2020

    We further recommend that the Southwest Region Director of Multifamily Housing require its contract administrator for Beverly Place to verify that the owner’s recently implemented quality control program is working as designed.

  •   2017-FW-1009-001-E

    Closed on February 25, 2020

    We further recommend that the Southwest Region Director of Multifamily Housing ensure that the project-based contract administrator’s review process includes steps to obtain reasonable assurance that tenants being reported as subsidized at Beverly Place live in the subsidized units.