HUD’s Oversight of PJs

HUD’s Oversight of PJs

HUD’s oversight of PJs includes activities that occur both before and after funds are granted to PJs. Before granting funds to PJs, HUD must approve PJs’ Consolidated Plans. As described earlier in the “The Consolidated Plan” section of this report, PJs submit Consolidated Plans to HUD describing their affordable housing needs and specifying how HOME funds will be used to meet those needs. Prior to approving a PJ’s Consolidated Plan, HUD reviews the plan to ensure that it is complete, consistent with the purposes of the HOME statute, and meets all regulatory requirements.

After funds are granted to PJs, HUD’s oversight includes ensuring that PJs’ activities match their Consolidated Plans and monitoring how and when PJs spend their funds. PJs report their commitments and expenditures of HOME funds to HUD through a computer system known as the Integrated Disbursement & Information System (IDIS), along with the activities to which funds are committed or expended. HUD uses this system to track PJs’ commitments and expenditures of HOME funds and the progress of projects that are using HOME funds. HUD also publishes a number of reports related to PJs’ activities and the status of HOME funds on its website.

The HOME statute and regulations include provisions requiring PJs to lose or repay HOME funds to HUD if they are not spent in a timely manner or are not used for housing that meets the HOME requirements. HOME funds that are not committed by PJs within 24 months will expire, and those funds will be reallocated by formula to eligible PJs. PJs must expend HOME funds within five years. PJs are required to repay HOME funds used for any activities that do not meet the affordability period requirements or for activities that are terminated before project completion.

PJs must also repay any funds spent on projects that are not completed as of four years of the date the funds were committed. The Secretary of HUD also has the authority to impose penalties on PJs that misuse HOME funds, such as preventing PJs from drawing down HOME funds, restricting PJs’ activities, or removing PJs from formula allocations.

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