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We audited Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation based on information we received indicating that Del Norte may have violated the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOME Investment Partnerships program rules during the demolition of one of its low- to moderate-income rental developments. Our objective was to determine whether Del Norte properly transferred, stopped, modified, or extended the availability of affordable units for the Emerson Apartments, received HUD approval before demolishing the Emerson Apartments, and followed Federal contracting and procurement regulations while developing Veterans Apartments.

Del Norte properly followed the Federal contracting and procurement regulations while developing Veterans Apartments.  However, it improperly transferred eight units of HOME-funded affordable housing.  Del Norte should have kept these units at West 32nd Apartments but violated HOME rules by transferring them to Emerson Apartments and then demolishing Emerson without HUD approval.  This condition occurred because Del Norte lacked controls to ensure that it honored the HOME program’s affordability requirements.  As a result, eight affordable units were no longer available for low- to moderate-income families.

We recommend that the Director of the Denver Office of Community Planning and Development (1) work with the City of Denver Office of Economic Development to recapture $37,000 in HOME funds not properly used for the affordable housing projects, and (2) require Del Norte to develop policies and procedures to prevent ineligible affordability period transfers.

Recommendations

Key Details
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  Closed
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.

Sensitive
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.

Community Planning and Development

  •   2020-DE-1001-001-A
    $37,000.00

    Closed on March 03, 2020

    Work with the City of Denver Office of Economic Development to recapture $37,000 in HOME funds not properly used for the affordable housing projects.

  •   2020-DE-1001-001-B

    Closed on March 03, 2020

    Require Del Norte to develop policies and procedures to prevent ineligible affordability period transfers.