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Don't Let Inspectors Deduct Points for Five Common Site Conditions

December 11, 2018    
Inspectors sometimes hit sites with inspection violations (what HUD calls “defects” or “deficiencies”) for conditions that aren’t actually violations or that the inspector shouldn’t have inspected in the first place. This happens because HUD’s inspection...
Q & A

Handling Payments from Special Needs Trusts

December 11, 2018    
Q I have a Section 8 housing applicant who has a special needs trust. Payment for her part-time attendant and some other expenses are made through the trust. Are regular payments from the trust for the benefit of the applicant considered income for the applicant? Can attendant costs be used as a...
Q & A

Dealing with Proof of Identity and Second Last Names

December 11, 2018    
Q Some of our applicants, especially those from Puerto Rico, have a second last name on their birth certificate that isn’t on their Social Security card. How should this scenario be handled?
Compliance

HUD Issues Utility Allowance Adjustment Factors for 2019

December 11, 2018    
HUD recently posted the Utility Allowance Adjustment Factors (UAFs) for 2019. HUD permits owners to use the UAFs to adjust baseline utility allowances prepared in accordance with Housing Notice 2015-04. The factors are effective for any site with an anniversary date on or after Feb. 11, 2019. The...
In the News

HUD Sets Certain Operating Cost Adjustment Factors for 2019

December 11, 2018    
Operating Cost Adjustment Factor (OCAF) rent increases are based on the OCAFs HUD releases annually in the Federal Register. Eligibility is determined by your HAP contract. If the Rent Adjustment section of your contract or plan of action refers to OCAF adjustments, you’re eligible to submit...
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Study: Post-9/11 Veterans Struggling with Housing Affordability

December 11, 2018    
A recent study from Apartment List, “The Housing Affordability Struggle of 21st Century Veterans,” found that post-9/11 veterans are more likely to struggle with housing affordability than veterans of previous generations. According to the study, post-9/11 veterans have become the first...
In the News

Public Housing Repositioning Letters Sent to Executive Directors

December 11, 2018    
On Nov. 13, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing sent a letter to Executive Directors of public housing agencies notifying them of their options related to the repositioning of their public housing properties. In the letter, HUD discusses the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program...
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Small Area FMR PHAs May Apply for Additional Administrative Fees

December 11, 2018    
HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently sent letters to PHAs inviting them to request up to $25,000 in additional administrative fees to reimburse them for the costs associated with implementing Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs). As of April 1, 2018, PHAs in 24...
In the News

HUD Publishes Notice on Verifying SSNs for PHAs

December 11, 2018    
HUD recently published Notice PIH 2018-24 entitled “Verification of Social Security Numbers (SSNs), Social Security (SS) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits; and Effective Use of the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System’s Identity Verification Report.” This...
Recent Court Rulings

Court Denies Government's Proposed Settlement for NYCHA Violations

December 11, 2018    
 Facts: The U.S. government asked a court to approve a proposed consent decree or settlement without admission of liability with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). The decree sought to bring organizational reform to NYCHA and correct its systemic violations of federal health and...