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The Benton Harbor Housing Commission of Benton Harbor, MI, Had Sufficient Capacity to Adequately Administer Its Recovery Act Funding


In accordance with our goal to review funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General conducted a capacity review of the Benton Harbor Housing Commission’s (Commission) operations. We selected the Commission based upon the results of our audit of the Commission’s Public Housing Capital Fund (Capital Fund) program (see Office of Inspector General audit report #2006-CH-1010, issued May 18, 2006). Our objective was to determine whether there was evidence that the Commission lacked the capacity to adequately administer its Recovery Act funding. Under the Recovery Act, HUD allocated more than $600,000 in Capital Fund program funding to the Commission. Based upon our review, under the direction of the current executive director, the Commission had sufficient capacity to effectively and efficiently administer its Recovery Act funding.