The Internal Audit Department released its Housing Programs, Audit 15-07

11/04/16
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There are currently two main areas of the Housing and Community Development Division (HCD): Residential Services and Urban Planning. Residential Services encompasses assistance to homeowners by providing funding for down payment assistance, emergency relocation (currently suspended), foreclosure counseling (comprised of unemployment mortgage assistance, mortgage loan reinstatement payment assistance, and principal reduction), local housing assistance, and owner-occupied rehabilitation. Upon obtaining funding, the homeowner’s loan is serviced by a third party; however, HCD receives reports on the loan’s activities (including defaults for either insurance or payments). Residential Services also processes applications received for funding through the City of Tampa’s Real Estate Division’s Historic Preservation area.

Urban Planning is responsible for obtaining agreements with non-profits to accomplish those tasks the City has indicated will be accomplished with funding from various grants. The action plan stipulates the activities the City identified to be accomplished. For any activities that the City of Tampa does not provide, Urban Planning works with non-profit agencies that can accomplish the specific requirement.

The City of Tampa is the recipient of federal and state grants as resources to accomplish action plans approved by the Housing and Urban Development Agency of the federal government. Additionally, funding is provided through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, an entity established by the Florida Legislature to "assist in providing a range of affordable housing opportunities for residents." With the exception of housing counseling agency agreements (funded through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)), this audit only reviewed activities funded through HOME Investment Funds (HOME).

The report in its entirety can be viewed on TampaGov.net