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Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Housing Quality Standards Compliance Process Audit

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Report Description: 
OIG conducted an audit of the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund’s management of housing quality inspections (HQS) for units participating in the Rental Subsidy Program (RSP) in 2017. OIG concluded that the Trust Fund did not ensure that all properties participating in the RSP met its standards for safe, sound, and secure housing in 2017. Specifically, 45.8% of RSP properties did not meet minimum HQS standards, and 61.4% did not meet Chicago Building Code requirements. The Trust Fund overpaid $30,703 to at least six properties in 2017 and $6,120 to at least one in 2018. In addition, the Trust Fund did not maintain complete documentation of known lead hazards, City Building Code violations, and local court action against subsidized properties. Finally, OIG found that the Trust Fund could not accurately gauge the amount of funding it had allotted to RSP properties, and published inaccurate and incomplete quarterly reports from 2014 through 2018. It under-reported its total funding commitments by $295,680 in 2017 alone.
Short / Alternative Report Title: 
Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Audit
Date Issued: 
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Agency Reviewed / Investigated: 
Submitting OIG-Specific Report Number: 
18-0001
Location: 
Chicago, IL
United States
Type of Report: 
Audit
Professional Standard: 
GAO's Yellow Book, Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS)
Questioned Costs: 
$36,823
Funds for Better Use: 
$0
Number of Recommendations: 
15

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