The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Inspector General audited Home Forward’s Moving to Work Housing Choice Voucher program. We selected Home Forward, formerly known as the Housing Authority of Portland, because it disbursed the highest average Section 8 funds in Oregon from 2010 to 2012 and third highest in the Region, including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. We focused on its tenant-based housing choice vouchers because they represented 85 percent of its Section 8 portfolio. Our objectives were to determine whether any tenants were selected out of order from the waiting list and whether inspections for housing quality standards were completed in a timely manner.
Home Forward generally complied with requirements for selecting Housing Choice Voucher tenants in order from the waiting list and conducting timely inspections for housing quality standards.