We audited the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis' (Authority) management of lead-based paint in its public housing units in response to a citizen complaint. The audit objective was to determine whether the Authority complied with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and State of Maryland (State) requirements for inspecting and abating lead-based paint hazards in its public housing units.
The Authority did not comply with HUD and State lead-based paint requirements in a timely manner. HUD regulations required the Authority to complete lead-based paint inspections by September 15, 2000, and risk assessments by March 15, 2002, for all of its public housing units. The Authority did not comply with these requirements until April 2004. Further, it did not comply in a timely manner with the terms of an agreement with the Maryland Department of the Environment obligating it to comply with State lead paint requirements by February 2007. On December 31, 2008, the Authority submitted documentation to the State as evidence of its compliance with the agreement and the State's lead paint requirements.
We recommended that the director of HUD's Baltimore public housing program hub ensure that the documentation the Authority provided to the State in December 2008 brought the Authority into compliance with State lead paint laws and if it did not, reemphasize to the Authority its obligation to comply with the State lead paint laws. We also recommended that HUD direct the Authority to develop and implement a written policy and procedures for its ongoing maintenance and reevaluation program for units with lead-based paint, including maintaining supporting documentation.