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REAC Requirements for Emergency Call Systems

On October 11, 2019, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) issued Notice PIH 2019-25, which provides guidance on emergency call systems in public housing. The notice applies to all PHAs and localities that operate public housing. It should…

Bedbugs – A Review of Current HUD Guidance

Bedbugs continue to rear their ugly little heads in all types of properties – from luxury hotels to affordable housing. Affordable housing managers are always concerned about what they can and cannot require of residents with regard to bedbug treatments.…

HUD Issues Revised Final Implementation Notice for RAD Program

On September 5, 2019, HUD issued Notice H-2019-09, PIH-2019-23 (HA), Rental Assistance Demonstration – Final Implementation, Revision 4. This revised notice provides program instructions for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program, including eligibility and selection criteria. Background The RAD program…

2019 HOME Income Limits

HUD has published the 2019 HOME income limits. The limits will be effective on June 28, 2019. Until that date, HOME fund recipients should continue to use the 2018 HOME income limits, which were published on June 1, 2018. The…

GAO Recommends Improvements to REAC – March 2019

            At the end of March 2019, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report titled, “REAL ESTATE ASSESSMENT CENTER – HUD Should Improve Physical Inspection Process and Oversight of Inspectors.”             The 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Joint Explanatory Statement,…

Rules for Electronic Waiting Lists at HUD Projects

In most cases, HUD projects are required to maintain waiting lists. A waiting list is a formal record of applicants for housing that identifies the applicant’s name, date and time of application, selection preferences claimed, income category, and the need…

HUD Reduces Time for Advance Notice of REAC Inspections

On February 20, 2019, HUD announced in a press release a new Notice that reduces to 14 calendar days (from 120-days) the advance notification inspectors will give before conducting physical inspections of public housing and private HUD-assisted multifamily housing. The…

Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Requirements for HOME Properties

The HOME final rule (24 CFR 92.351[a]) requires Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) and state recipients to develop, adopt, and follow written affirmative marketing procedures and requirements for rental and homebuyer projects containing five or more HOME-assisted units, regardless of the specific…

Monitoring Fees for HOME Projects

Agencies that administer HOME funds are known as Participating Jurisdictions or “PJs.” For HOME-assisted projects with commitments on or after August 23, 2013, the HOME program regulations [24 CFR 92.214(b)(1)(i)] allow PJs and state recipients to charge owners if rental…

The Shutdown and Affordable Housing

As we enter the third week of the partial government shutdown, the impact is beginning to affect more than just the unfortunate federal workers who are not being paid. Some of America’s poorest families may soon be hit by the…

Owner-Adopted Preferences in the RAD Program

On June 29, 2018, HUD published a list of allowable owner-adopted preferences for RAD properties, including direction for owners wanting to establish an owner-adopted elderly preference. The guidance highlights current HUD policy located in the RAD Notice (PIH 2012-32[HA] H-2017-03,…

HUD Publishes 2018 HOME Rent and Income Limits

HUD has now published the 2018 income and rent limits for the HOME program. These limits are effective beginning June 1, 2018, and HOME grantees may not use the new rent and income limits until the effective date. Owners and…

HUD Publishes 2018 Income Limits

On March 30, 2018, HUD published the 2018 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, 2018. The limits for the LIHTC and…

HOME Funds and Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plans

In February 2018, the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development issued guidance relating to the requirement that projects funded with HOME funds have an Affirmative Fair Housing and Marketing Plan. This requirement is contained in the HOME final rule…

FAST Act Interim Final Rule Effective March 12, 2018

On December 12, 2017, HUD published an interim final rule in the Federal Register that amends the regulatory language for Public & Indian Housing PIH) and Multifamily Housing rental assistance programs. This interim rule went into effect on March 12,…

Streamlining HUD Regulations – Interim Final Rule – December 12, 2017

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register on December 12, 2017, titled “Streamlining Administrative Regulations for Multifamily Housing Programs and Implementing Family Income Reviews Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation…

Additional HUD VAWA Guidance – November 2017

The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) recently issued clarifying guidance regarding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The guidance addresses the following areas of VAWA: Applicability; Notice of Occupancy Rights & Certification Form; Emergency Transfers; Lease Addendum; Lease…

2018 Annual Adjustment Factors (AAFs) Released by HUD

On November 8, 2017, HUD published the Section 8 Housing Assistance Program – Annual Adjustment Factors (AAFs), fiscal year 2018 in the Federal Register. These factors are used for adjusting or establishing Section 8 rents under various Section 8 programs.…

Required Elements of VAWA Emergency Transfer Plan

HUD recently published a revised form HUD-5381, “Model Emergency Transfer Plan for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking.” The model contains only general provisions of an Emergency Transfer Plan. Adoption of the model plan without further…

Zero Income Households – Steps Recommended for Management

Zero income households are an area of both concern and irritation for affordable housing managers (such households can only exist in units that receive rental assistance). Applicants or existing households sometimes claim to have no income from any source. When…
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