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Documentation of Child Custody and Support

One of the most vexing problems faced by managers of affordable housing is how to handle the counting of children when full time residence in a unit is not clear. There are many households with children in shared custody situations.…

HUD Final Rule on VAWA – November 16, 2016

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) final rule regarding the implementation of housing protections authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) was published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2016.   In…

HUD Proposed Rule – Lead Based Paint Hazards

HUD published a proposed rule in the September 1, 2016 Federal Register titled “Requirements for Notification, Evaluation, & Reduction of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Federally Owned Residential Property & Housing Receiving Federal Assistance; Response to Elevated Blood Levels.”   The…

Rural Development Voucher Program

The Rural Housing Service (RHS) published a notice in the Federal Register on June 29, 2016, titled “Rural Development Voucher Program.” The purpose of the notice was to inform the public of the general policies and procedures for the Rural…

HUD Publishes 2016 Income Limits

On March 28, 2016, HUD published the 2016 income limits for HUD programs as well as for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-Exempt Bond programs. The limits for the LIHTC and Bond projects are published separately from the limits…

2016 HUD Imputed Interest Rate

HUD published Notice 2016-01 on January 19, 2016, announcing that the passbook savings rate effective February 1, 2016, will remain at .06%. The notice applies to all Project-Based Section 8 programs, Section 101 Rent Supplement Program, Section 202 Programs, Section…

Rent to Own vs. Seller Financing

The Difference Between “Seller Financing” and “Rent-to-Own”   Chapter Five of HUD Handbook 4350.3, Chg. 4 outlines various requirements relative to the determination of value and income for assets. One of the more unusual assets managers of affordable housing developments…

No Increase in 2016 Social Security Rates

The federal government announced today that the Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2016 will be zero. This means that there will be no change in the Social Security income of SS recipients for the upcoming year. Owners…

RHS and HUD Merger Potential

During a recent hearing before a House Financial Services panel, a representative of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Housing & Insurance Subcommittee Chair Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) argued that the Rural Housing Service (RHS) should be moved from the Department…

HUD to Publish Proposed VAWA Regulation

HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced on March 25, 2015 that HUD’s proposed regulation implementing the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) will shortly be published in the Federal Register. The rule will implement the VAWA 2013, which expands…

Understanding Military Income and Allowances

I get many questions from managers regarding how to deal with and verify income for members of the military. Understanding the military pay system is confusing even for those in the military; it can be impossible for persons not familiar…

2015 Income Limits

On March 6, 2015, HUD published the 2014 income limits for HUD programs as well as for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-Exempt Bond programs. The limits for the LIHTC and Bond projects are published separately from the limits…

Social Security COLA Announced

The federal government announced on October 22, 2014 that the Social Security Cost of Live Adjustment (COLA) for 2015 will be 1.7%. This will increase the monthly pension for the average retired worker by $22 per month. This is up from…

Changes in Administration of State Supplementary Payments (SSP)

Almost all states have a Supplementary Payments (SSP) Program, which supplements the Federal Supplemental Security benefit (SSI), which is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). In the past, many states had their program administered by the SSA, making it…

Farm Bill Protects Rural Area Designation

After a three-year struggle, the Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) was finally passed by Congress on February 4, 2014, and will now go to the President, who has indicated that he will sign the bill into law. The 357 page bill…

Rural Area Definition – Legislative Update (June 28, 2013)

Approximately 900 communities across the United States that are currently considered “rural” for purposes of United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs are in danger of losing their rural designation. The communities will no longer be considered rural based on…
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