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The Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Richmond, Virginia, Did Not Adequately Administer Its Housing Assistance Payments for Its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

We audited the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (Authority) administration of its housing assistance payments for leased housing. This is the last of three audit reports we plan to issue on the Authority's program. The audit objective addressed in this report was to determine whether the Authority properly maintained documentation to support housing assistance payments and accurately calculated them.

The Authority did not properly maintain documentation to support housing assistance payments and did not always accurately calculate housing assistance payments for its leased housing. We identified deficiencies in 29 of the 31 tenant files that we reviewed. The Authority did not maintain complete documents required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its own administrative plan, resulting in unsupported housing assistance payments of $70,248. The Authority inaccurately calculated housing assistance payments, resulting in $18,559 in overpayments and $5,452 in underpayments. We recommend that the Director of HUD's Office of Public Housing, Baltimore hub, require the Authority to correct the errors in the tenant files identified by the audit, provide documentation to support housing assistance payments or reimburse its program for the payments that it cannot support, reimburse its leased housing program for the housing assistance and utility allowance overpayments, and reimburse applicable tenants for the housing assistance and utility allowance underpayments.