Office of the Inspector General Finds HUD Struggles to Ensure Maximum Voucher Use

HUD’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published HUD’s Oversight of Voucher Utilization and Reallocation in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which reports that HUD faces challenges ensuring that the maximum number of households benefit from the Housing Choice Voucher (voucher) program. The report found that 62% of public housing agencies (PHAs) had voucher-utilization rates of less than 95% (standard performance). In addition, OIG estimates that as of November 2020, more than 62% of PHAs had “leasing potential,” and that leasing potential could increase in 2021. The analysis found that HUD has not exercised its regulatory authority to reallocate resources when PHAs underutilize vouchers.

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