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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Inspector General (OIG), audited the Nampa Housing Authority’s public housing program in response to a local OIG, Office of Investigation, referral.  Our objective was to determine whether the Authority followed U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) public housing requirements pertaining to (1) calculating contract rents, (2) maintaining its waiting lists, (3) providing its staff the credentials needed to access HUD systems, and (4) storing and securing tenant files.

We found that the Nampa Housing Authority charged 11 tenants the incorrect rent for at least 1 month, improperly maintained its waiting lists by housing tenants out of order, could not show that all HUD system users had proper credentials and that only employees with credentials accessed the system, and generally stored and secured tenant files properly.

We recommend that the director of the Seattle Office of Public and Indian Housing require the Nampa Housing Authority to (1) reimburse the six tenants who overpaid rent totaling $1,550 using non-Federal funds, (2) develop and implement internal control procedures that support its policy and ensure a proper tenant selection process when selecting tenants for housing, and (3) ensure that the Authority follows all applicable HUD requirements related to accessing, use, and safeguarding credentials of HUD systems.