Feature

Q&A Regarding Insurance Coverage Requirements for PHAs

August 16, 2016    
The contract between HUD and public housing agencies (PHAs) is called the annual contribution contract (ACC). The ACC requires PHAs to maintain adequate loss prevention programs, which include sufficient insurance for sites owned and managed by PHAs.
Compliance

Understanding Exemptions from HUD’s Lead-Safe Housing Rule

August 16, 2016    
The news coming out of Flint, Mich., this year has brought much attention to the harmful effects lead poisoning can have on young children. According to calculations from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, switching to the Flint River as the city’s primary water...
In the News

President Obama Signs Housing Assistance Reform Bill into Law

August 16, 2016    
On July 29, President Obama officially signed into law H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). Although HOTMA touches on a variety of housing issues such as veteran’s assistance, rural housing, and mortgage insurance, the bulk of the legislation deals with...
In the News

HUD Offers $2M to Help Students in Assisted Housing Continue Education

August 16, 2016    
HUD recently announced the agency is making $2 million in grants available to help low-income families and young people apply for federal aid for college and other post-secondary educational opportunities. The funding is being offered through HUD’s longstanding Resident Opportunities and Self...
In the News

Mass. PHA Settles Discrimination Dispute Involving Resident with Disabilities

August 16, 2016    
HUD recently announced that the Springfield Housing Authority in Springfield, Mass., has entered into agreements settling allegations of housing discrimination based on disability. The allegations involved an 82-year-old deaf housing authority resident who allegedly did not receive the same access...
In the News

Veteran Homelessness Declines by Nearly 50 Percent Since 2010

August 16, 2016    
HUD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) recently announced that the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has been cut nearly in half since 2010. The data revealed a 17 percent decrease in veteran...
HUD Audits

Indiana PHA Didn’t Always Comply with Housing Choice Voucher Requirements

August 16, 2016    
HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited the Housing Authority of the City of Anderson’s Housing Choice Voucher program. The audit found that the PHA didn’t always administer its program in accordance with HUD’s and its own requirements. Specifically, it didn’t...
HUD Audits

Ohio PHA Didn't Manage Its Procurements and Contracts Properly

August 16, 2016    
HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority’s public housing program. The audit found that the PHA didn’t always comply with federal and its own procurement requirements and HUD’s requirements for the administration of its...
Recent Court Rulings

Owner Waited Too Long to Evict Resident for Son's Criminal Activity

August 16, 2016    
Facts: An owner served a Section 8 resident with a 30-day termination notice for various illegal activity, which constitutes a breach of the lease. According to the termination notice, on July 10, 2012, the resident’s son was arrested on charges of gang assault in the first degree, and...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Lawfully Denied Pre-Application Based on Applicant's Criminal Record

August 16, 2016    
Facts: An applicant claimed the local PHA unlawfully denied his application for housing and failed to conduct a hearing on his appeal of its administrative decision. He asked the court for an order directing that the PHA provide him with housing.