The Office of Public and Indian Housing has Reduced Subsidized Public Housing Vacancies

Published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General on 2015-01-12.

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

                                               U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
                              HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
                                        OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

                                                                                                 January 12, 2015


 TO:            Jemine A. Bryon
                Acting Assistant Secretary, Public and Indian Housing

 FROM:          Kathryn Saylor
                Acting Assistant Inspector General for Evaluations

 SUBJECT:      Preliminary Research Closeout – The Office of Public and Indian Housing has
               Reduced Subsidized Public Housing Vacancies

The Office of Inspector General retained Zelos LLC (Zelos) to perform preliminary research on
the effect of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public and Indian
Housing (PIH) Vacancy Policy, specifically to assess identified evaluation objectives and to
determine if additional fieldwork would provide useful information about the status of the
program. Zelos performed their work in accordance with Council of Inspectors General for
Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation and OIG

The preliminary research team reviewed PIH actions to reduce public housing vacancies and
related subsidy payments to public housing authorities. In 2011, HUD established a high priority
goal to reduce vacancies through improved management of the public housing inventory. Since
then, HUD has substantially reduced vacancies, saving taxpayer dollars and enhancing the
availability of habitable rental units. Subsidized vacancies, measured in unit months, have
decreased from approximately 550,000 in 2011 to approximately 379,000 currently. The
improvement has resulted in a reduction in public housing vacancies from 4.2% to 2.9% during
the three-year period.

Based on the analysis and improvements identified during preliminary research, the Office of
Inspector General will not perform fieldwork to assess the effectiveness of the policy and has
concluded preliminary research on this topic at this time. We appreciate the assistance and
cooperation we received from your staff during our preliminary research.

                                                  Office of Inspector General
                                                      Office of Evaluations
                                     451 7 Street SW, Room 8170, Washington DC 20024
                                          Phone (202) 708-0430, Fax (202) -401-2488
                               Visit the Office of Inspector General Website at www.hudoig.gov
      Milan M. Ozdinec, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing and Voucher
      Programs, PE
      Randy W. McGinnis, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, GA
      Christine A. Begola Beacham, Director of Technical Oversight and Planning, GAP
      Dennis Raschka, HUD OIG
      Nikki Tinsley, HUD OIG
      Stacia Aylward, Zelos, LLC
      Laurie Ekstrand, Zelos, LLC