GAO Report Recommends Housing Choice Voucher Program Improve Its Use of Data to Verify Tenant Eligibility

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently assessed how federal programs serving low-income households use data to verify applicants’ income and assets. GAO’s report examines data use across six programs: Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Making use of available electronic data sources to verify eligibility has many benefits, including decreased documentation requirements for applicants and more efficient program administration. The research finds that both HUD and HHS should provide more information about data sources to state and local administrators to improve eligibility verification.

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