Audit Division

Audit Summary

 

Department Of Business And Industry

Housing Division

LA02-22

 

Results in Brief

 

††††††††††† Although the Division complied with many requirements for monitoring its multi-family affordable housing program, some exceptions were noted involving the Divisionís monitoring efforts.Instances of noncompliance with program rules discovered during the Divisionís monitoring efforts were dealt with inconsistently.In addition, the Division did not meet its goal for monitoring projects financed through the multi-family affordable housing program.As a result, the risk that ineligible tenants will occupy project units designated for low- and moderate-income households increases.Finally, existing policies and procedures could be strengthened to help ensure its goals are met and its monitoring techniques are consistent.

 

Principal Findings

 

        The Division inconsistently followed required procedures for notifying project owners and the Internal Revenue Service of instances of non-compliance. In 7 of the 18 projects where non-compliance was identified, there was no evidence a notice of noncompliance was sent to the project owner.Further, 11 of the 18 project files contained no evidence the IRS was notified of the noncompliance.By not following up with the appropriate notifications, projects may continue to operate out of compliance with key requirements of the multi-family affordable housing program and ineligible tenants could occupy units designated for low- and moderate-income tenants.(page 8)

        The Division met its goal for monitoring multi-family affordable housing projects in only 62% of the project files we examined.Specifically, 8 of the 42 project files examined lacked evidence tenant files were reviewed.An additional five files contained evidence of review, but those reviews fell short of the one-third requirement established by the Division.Further, another three files had evidence some review had been done, but the files were not complete to determine the extent of those reviews.Regular monitoring reduces the risk projects will house ineligible tenants or that projects will fall into a state of decay and disrepair.(page 10)

        The Division did not always conduct tenant file reviews for the ten multi-family affordable housing projects completed during fiscal year 2001.No evidence could be found that tenant files were reviewed for 7 of the 10 projects.These reviews are performed to determine if new projects are in compliance with applicable federal rules and regulations prior to notifying the Internal Revenue Service that a project is eligible to receive tax credits.(page 11)

        Although the Division has developed a procedures manual for monitoring the multi-family housing program, it could be strengthened.The manual has not been updated for current practices, does not always provide clear or complete guidance to staff, and could better document review and oversight responsibilities.(page 12)

 

 


Housing Divisionís Response

 

Agency Response

to Audit Recommendations

 

Recommendation

Number

 

Accepted

 

Rejected

 

 

 

 

 

1

Prepare notices of noncompliance, as required by federal and state regulations and Division policy.

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Monitor all projects annually and review tenant files in accordance with established goals.

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Conduct tenant file reviews for all newly completed projects prior to notifying the Internal Revenue Service of a projectís eligibility for tax credits.

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Update the policies and procedures manual to reflect current practices and regulatory requirements.

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Provide clear and complete guidance for monitoring the multi-family affordable housing program.

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

††††† TOTALS

5

 

0