Hialeah Housing Authority Hialeah, Florida

Published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General on 2004-02-18.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

                                                    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
                                                    Office of the Inspector General for Audit, Region 4
                                                    Richard B. Russell Federal Building
                                                    75 Spring Street, SW, Room 330
                                                    Atlanta, GA 30303-3388
                                                    (404) 331-3369

                                                    Memorandum No.
February 18, 2004                                   2004-AT-1801

TO:           Karen Cato-Turner, Director, Office of Public Housing, 4DPH

FROM:         Sonya D. Lucas
              Acting Regional Inspector General for Audit, 4AGA

SUBJECT:      Hialeah Housing Authority
              Hialeah, Florida


We completed a review of the Hialeah Housing Authority’s (Authority) administration of its
housing development activities. We performed the review as part of an audit of the Department
of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) oversight of Public Housing Agency activities
with related nonprofit entities. Our objective was to determine whether housing development
activities involving the Authority and any related entities were carried out in accordance with
Federal requirements.

                              METHODOLOGY AND SCOPE

To accomplish our objective, we reviewed applicable HUD requirements and regulations, the
Annual Contribution Contract, and other requirements. We also interviewed HUD and Authority
staff and consultants, and reviewed various documents including financial statements, general
ledgers, bank statements, bond documents and minutes from Board of Commissioner meetings.
In addition, we obtained an understanding of the Authority’s accounting system as it related to
our audit objective.

The review generally covered the period from January 1, 1998, to December 31, 2002.
However, we reviewed activity in other periods as necessary. We performed our fieldwork at the
Authority’s administrative offices located at 75 East 6th Street, Hialeah, Florida 33010. We
conducted our review in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.
The review was performed during the period October to December 2003.

The Authority was organized under Chapter 421 of the Florida Statutes to provide low rent
housing for qualified individuals in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed by
HUD and other Federal Agencies.

The Authority is governed by a Board of Commissioners, which is composed of five members.
The Mayor of the City of Hialeah, with approval of the City Commission, appoints the
Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners has final responsibility for appointing the
Authority’s Executive Director. During our review, the Executive Director was Alex Morales.

The Authority owns and manages 12 conventional low-income housing projects with a total of
1,116 units. It also administers 4,159 Section 8 vouchers and is contract administrator for 2
private enterprise projects that received Section 8 assistance. Furthermore, the Authority created
three nonprofit corporations to purchase and operate additional low-income housing:

   o Elderly Housing Corporation of Hialeah, Inc., created in 1977, for the purpose of issuing
     bonds to construct a 100-unit low-income housing project known as Patterson Pavilion.
   o Hialeah Housing Development Corporation created in 1984, for the purpose of issuing
     bonds for the acquisition and construction of a low, moderate, and middle-income
     housing project known as Villa Hialeah. The entity was dissolved in 1994.
   o Hialeah Palm Centre Affordable Housing, Inc., created in 1994, for the purpose of
     assuming a Housing Development Grant associated with the acquisition of Phase II of a
     multifamily housing and office space complex known as Palm Centre. The entity was
     dissolved in 1995.

The Board for the Elderly Housing Corporation of Hialeah, Inc. does not hold any meetings.
The Authority’s board acts on behalf of the non-profit entity.

                                   RESULTS OF REVIEW

We determined the Authority’s housing development activities were carried out in accordance with
Federal requirements. This report does not contain any reportable conditions or recommendations
for corrective action.

Should you or your staff have any questions, please contact James D. McKay, Assistant Regional
Inspector General for Audit, at (404) 331-3369, or Barry Shulman, Senior Auditor, at
(305) 536-5387.