We audited Travelers Aid Society of Metropolitan Detroit’s Continuum of Care program. The audit was part of the activities in our fiscal year 2017 annual audit plan. We selected Travelers Aid’s program based on a request from the Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Detroit Office of Community Planning and Development and the results of HUD’s monitoring review of one of Travelers Aid’s fiscal year 2014 program grants. Our objective was to determine whether Travelers Aid administered its program in accordance with Federal regulations.
Travelers Aid did not always administer its program in accordance with Federal regulations. Specifically, it did not maintain sufficient documentation to support that (1) it met its matching contribution requirement for program-funded projects, (2) program administrative funds were used for eligible administrative expenses associated with the project for which the funds were drawn, (3) program income was used for the project that generated it and for eligible activities, and (4) program funds were used for eligible project expenses for supportive services and leasing. As a result, Travelers Aid is at risk of having to repay HUD more than $2.1 million due to a lack of sufficient documentation to support that it complied with Federal regulations regarding match contributions. In addition, HUD and Travelers Aid lacked assurance that Travelers Aid used nearly $171,000 in program income appropriately.
We recommend that the Director of HUD’s Detroit Office of Community Planning and Development require Travelers Aid to (1) support that it met its matching contribution requirement associated with the more than $2.1 million in program funds it drew down for supportive services and administrative expenses or reimburse HUD from non-Federal funds as appropriate; (2) support or reimburse HUD from non-Federal funds for the nearly $171,000 in program income for which it did not provide sufficient documentation to support that the funds were used for the project that generated the income and for eligible activities; and (3) implement adequate procedures and controls to address the finding cited in this audit report.