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HUD OIG audited the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program administered by the City of Hialeah, Florida (City). Our objective was to determine whether the City administered its Program in accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 requirements. Specifically, we wanted to determine whether (1) expenditures were allowable, (2) Program participants were eligible, and (3) Program reporting requirements were met.

The City demonstrated that the costs were allowable and Program participants were eligible. However, it did not accurately report the number of jobs created or retained for the quarter ending March 31, 2011, on the Recovery Act Web site. As a result, the public did not have access to transparent information on the number of jobs created or retained with Recovery Act funds.

OIG recommended that the Director of the Miami Office of Community Planning and Development require the City to (1) calculate and maintain documentation to support the correct number of jobs created or retained for the quarter ending March 31, 2011, and (2) develop and implement procedures to ensure that the City adequately supports and calculates the number of jobs created or retained in future periods.