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We audited the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program based on our risk assessment of all Kentucky public housing agencies and as part of the activities in our annual audit plan.  Our audit objective was to determine whether the Authority administered its program units in accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) and its own requirements.

The Authority did not always administer its program units in accordance with HUD’s and its own requirements.  Specifically, it did not always comply with (1) HUD’s third-party requirements for conducting inspections and rent reasonableness determinations for Authority-owned units, (2) its requirements for conducting unit inspections in a timely manner, and (3) HUD’s housing quality standards for the program units.  These conditions occurred because the Authority did not follow HUD’s requirements for performing unit inspections and was not familiar with the requirements for rent reasonableness determinations, the Authority’s inspection software was inadequate for scheduling inspections, and the Authority did not perform the required quality control inspections.  As a result, HUD and the Authority lacked assurance that the unit inspections and rent reasonableness determinations were properly conducted and units were eligible to be on the program, and some tenants lived in inadequately maintained units.  In addition, the Authority inappropriately paid nearly $147,000 in housing assistance payments and received more than $20,000 in administrative fees for the units cited in this report.

We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Louisville, KY, Office of Public and Indian Housing require the Authority to (1) reimburse its program more than $167,000 from non-Federal funds, (2) coordinate with HUD and provide adequate training to its staff to ensure compliance with HUD’s requirements, (3) upgrade its inspection software system or develop and implement an alternative method for timeliness of unit inspections, (4) perform all housing quality standards quality control inspections as required, and (5) ensure that all violations cited for units failing to meet housing quality requirements have been corrected and certify that the units meet program requirements.