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Warn Residents of COVID-19 Scams
Scammers, fraudsters, and other criminals are taking advantage of rapidly changing data and facts associated with COVID-19, both in the workplace and in our homes. Government agencies, corporations, ... 05/30/2020
HUD Issues Notice on Electronic Signatures
On May 26, 2020, HUD issued Notice H20-4, Electronic Signature, Transmission and Storage Guidance for Multifamily Assisted Housing Industry Partners. This Notice provides guidance to HUD multifa... 05/27/2020
Procedures for Requesting a Private Letter Ruling
A Private Letter Ruling (PLR) is a written decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that is sent in response to a taxpayer s request for guidance on unusual circumstances or complex questions a... 05/23/2020
Webinar on Fair Housing and COVID-19
A. J. Johnson will be conducting a webinar on June 2, 2020 on Complying with Fair Housing Law in the Age of COVID-19. The Webinar will be held at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. This one hour webinar will ... 05/20/2020
COVID-19 Takes Disproportionate Toll on Affordable Housing Residents
A new survey by the Federal Reserve (FED) shows that 39% of former workers in households earning $40,000 or less lost work during the current pandemic, and many of these households do not have the re... 05/17/2020
Joe Biden Releases Housing Plan
Former Vice President and presumed Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has released a comprehensive housing plan much of which deals with affordable rental housing, including the Low-Income... 05/16/2020
HUD Issues Guidance on COVID-19 and HOME Projects
On May 1, 2020, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) issued updated guidance relative to application of the CARES Act to projects with HOME funding. Section 4024 of the CARES Act i... 05/03/2020
Supreme Court Refuses to Overturn Idaho Case Giving Homeless the Right to Sleep in Public Places
The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition by Boise, ID to review Martin v. Boise, December 16, 2019, leaving in place earlier rulings by the 9th Circuit that homeless persons cannot be punished for sl... 04/25/2020
HUD Issues Issues Waivers for Public & Indian Housing Programs, Including Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers During COVID-19 Emergency
On April 10, 2020 the HUD Office of Public & Indian Housing (PIH) issued waivers to provide administrative relief and ensuring continued program operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. These wai... 04/19/2020
Minnesota Supreme Court Rules that Payments Made to a Parent to Care for a Disabled Child Count as Income
On February 12, 2020, the Supreme Court of Minnesota held that some of the payments made by the state under a program for families with children having developmental disabilities who need to stay at ... 04/19/2020
IRS Extends Deadlines for Several LIHTC Requirements Due to COVID-19
The IRS has issued Notice 2020-23 extending the deadline to July 15, 2020 for any tax action that was due to be performed from April 1, 2020 through July 15, 2020. The actions for which the extended ... 04/18/2020
HUD Issues COVID-19 Suspensions and Waivers for HOME Program
On April 10, 2020, HUD issued guidance regarding suspension and waivers for requirements for the HOME program as a result of COVID-19. The memorandum authorized HOME participating jurisdictions (PJs)... 04/17/2020
Complying with HUD's New Guidance on Assistance Animals -Part III - The Type of Animals That Can Serve as Support Animals
On February 8, 2020, I posted an article on the new HUD guidance on how to assess requests to have an animal as a reasonable accommodation under fair housing law. This new guidance which is known as ... 04/12/2020
HUD Issues New Guidance on Annual & Interim Recertifications During COVID-19 Emergency
On April 2, 2020 the HUD Office of Multifamily Housing issued an updated Questions and Answers (Q&A) for the Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the HUD Multifa... 04/11/2020
HUD Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Property Management Issues
On March 24, 2020, HUD updated its guidance on dealing with site management issues at HUD-regulated properties during the COVID-19 crisis. Following are some of the highlights of that guidance. 1.... 04/05/2020
Complying with HUD's New Guidance on Assistance Animals -Part II - Assistance Animals Other then Service Animals
On February 8, 2020, I posted an article on the new HUD guidance on how to assess requests to have an animal as a reasonable accommodation under fair housing law. This new guidance which is known as ... 04/05/2020
CARES Act - Impact on Multifamily Housing Operators - REVISED POSTING
THIS IS AN AMENDED ARTICLE FROM ONE THAT I POSTED IN LATE MARCH. IT HAS BEEN AMENDED BASED ON GUIDANCE INDICATING THE LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT PROJECTS ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO THE TENANT PROTECTION ... 04/01/2020
HUD Publishes 2020 Income Limits
On March 31, 2020, HUD published the 2020 income limits for HUD programs as well as for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-Exempt Bond programs. The limits are effective on April 1, 2020. &nbs... 03/31/2020
Complying with HUD's New Guidance on Assistance Animals
On February 8, 2020, I posted an article on the new HUD guidance on how to assess requests to have an animal as a reasonable accommodation under fair housing law. This new guidance which is known as ... 03/29/2020
CARES Act - Impact on Multifamily Housing Operators
On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Senate Amendment to H.R. 748. This $2 trillion bill provides financial aid to indiv... 03/28/2020
A. J. Johnson Consulting Operations During COVID- 19 Crisis
Aside from the onsite training sessions we conduct on a regular basis, the current COVID-19 health crisis is not impacting the operations of our company. All of our staff work remotely and we are ful... 03/17/2020