Feature

Require Households to Inform You of Long Absences

May 9, 2019    
Lengthy unexplained household absences from your site can be frustrating and may even violate HUD lease provisions that require assisted households to use their units as their primary residences. You may have households that leave the site for months at a time during particular seasons. Or you may...
Compliance

Guidance Issued on Voluntary & Mandatory Conversions of Public Housing Units

May 9, 2019    
In November 2018, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) sent a letter to public housing agency (PHA) executive directors notifying them of their intent to reduce HUD’s public housing stock. Because Congress had failed to provide adequate funding for the public housing capital...
Compliance

HUD Urges PHAs and Owners to Install CO Detectors

May 9, 2019    
HUD recently issued joint notice PIH 2019-06, H 2019-05, OLHCHH 2019-01, regarding the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in HUD-assisted housing. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of fuel-fired combustion appliances such as furnaces and water heaters. If not properly vented, this...
In the News

HUD Releases Income Limits for Fiscal Year 2019

May 9, 2019    
HUD recently released fiscal year 2019 income limits that determine eligibility for HUD housing programs including Public Housing, PBRA Section 8, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Section 202/Section 811 PRAC. The release comes after a delay due to the partial government shutdown earlier this...
In the News

House Committee Holds Hearing on Housing as Infrastructure

May 9, 2019    
The House Financial Services Committee recently held a hearing entitled “Housing America: Assessing the Infrastructure Needs of America’s Housing Stock.” The hearing explored the need to produce and preserve affordable housing as part of the nation’s infrastructure and...
In the News

HUD Proposes Banning Undocumented Immigrants from Subsidized Housing

May 9, 2019    
Under Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980, as amended, undocumented immigrants can’t receive federal housing assistance, but families of mixed-immigration status can live in subsidized housing if at least one member of the household is eligible to receive...
Recent Court Rulings

Resident Didn't Present Enough Facts in Discrimination Lawsuit

May 9, 2019    
Facts: A resident of Iranian national origin filed a discrimination lawsuit against the local PHA and its employees. The resident represented herself and filed the lawsuit on her own without an attorney’s assistance.
Recent Court Rulings

Bedbug-Affected Residents Can File Class Action Lawsuit

May 9, 2019    
Facts: A group of residents of a Section 8 site claimed that the site manager didn’t do enough to protect them from bedbugs. Current and former residents of the site asked the court to certify a class based on the PHA’s allegedly inadequate response to a years-long bedbug infestation.
Feature

Follow Three Dos & Don'ts When Rejecting Applicants

April 11, 2019    
HUD regulations have three key requirements when rejecting applicants. Owners must not discriminate against an applicant based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability. Also, for Section 8 program owners, HUD requires owners to comply with the Violence Against...
Compliance

HUD Issues Additional Guidance on Delaying REAC Inspections

April 11, 2019    
The Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD’s multifamily housing programs recently issued a memorandum entitled “Approving the Delay of a Physical Inspection Beyond the New Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) Inspection Notification Timelines.” It provides guidance on when a field...