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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Otsego County – Cost of Temporary Housing (2015M-97)


Released: January 22, 2016 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to examine the County’s administration of the temporary housing program for the period January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014.

Background

The County of Otsego is located in Central New York State and has approximately 62,000 residents. The County is governed by an elected 14-member Board of Representatives. The County’s Department of Social Services provides temporary housing for eligible individuals and families, for which the program cost in 2013 and 2014 totaled almost $1.9 million.

Key Findings

  • County officials have not taken steps to effectively manage costs.
  • The County’s temporary housing costs per capita and average cost per night are higher than in four neighboring counties.

Key Recommendations

  • Develop criteria and establish goals for successful program performance and collect the relevant data necessary to monitor the program’s performance against those goals.
  • Contact neighboring counties to identify critical differences in the strategies employed for temporary housing.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email: localgov@osc.state.ny.us
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236