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We audited the City of Norfolk's (City) HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program based on a request from the Community Planning and Development Division in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Richmond, Virginia, field office. Our audit objective was to determine whether the City properly administered its HOME program by following HUD requirements related to homebuyer assistance, modernization rehabilitation, and funds for community housing development organizations.

The City generally followed HUD requirements related to homebuyer assistance, modernization rehabilitation, and funds for community housing development organizations. However, it did not properly monitor its subrecipient to ensure that about $288,700 in program income was returned to its HOME program as required. The City has since implemented adequate procedures for monitoring its subrecipients to ensure that this problem does not recur.

We recommend that the Director of the Richmond Office of Community Planning and Development require the City to recover $288,728 in program income that was not properly returned to its HOME program or repay the amount to its program from nonfederal funds.