Feature

How to Verify Household Composition Change When Member Moves Out

November 21, 2017    
When a household member leaves, you need to take into consideration possible changes to the household's subsidy and the possibility of having to move the household to another appropriately sized apartment. For example, after a member moves out, the household could still be getting allowances...
Compliance

HUD Provides Guidance on Implementing HOTMA Inspection Provisions

November 21, 2017    
HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently issued Notice PIH 2017-20, which provides guidance regarding the implementation of Housing Quality Standards for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs. The notice relates to the initial inspection of...
In the News

HUD Issues Operating Cost Adjustment Factors for 2018

November 21, 2017    
HUD recently published operating cost adjustment factors (OCAFs) for project-based rental assistance Section 8 contracts with an anniversary date on or after Feb. 11, 2018. These factors are used for adjusting or establishing Section 8 rents under the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and...
In the News

Florida Lawmaker Introduces Disaster Housing Bill

November 21, 2017    
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) recently introduced a bill to provide more affordable housing to victims of major disasters. The legislation comes after a series of hurricanes devastated different states and U.S. territories this year. In a statement, Senator Nelson noted that tens of thousands of...
In the News

HUD Announces 2018 Section 8 Annual Adjustment Factors

November 21, 2017    
HUD recently announced fiscal year 2018 Annual Adjustment Factors (AAFs) for adjustment of contract rents on the anniversary of those assistance contracts for months beginning after Nov. 8, 2017. The 2018 Annual Adjustment Factors can be found at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/aaf.html.
Recent Court Rulings

Owner Can Deny Resident's Accommodation Request

November 21, 2017    
Facts: A Section 8 resident’s son and his dog lived with the resident. The dog never attacked another person or pet, but it did display aggressive behavior towards other dogs and people—including lunging, flaring up, rearing on its hind feet, and baring its teeth. In addition, the dog...
Recent Court Rulings

Resident Was Entitled to VAWA Protections

November 21, 2017    
Facts: A Section 8 voucher resident lived in an apartment with her five children. In February 2014, she was notified that her benefits under the program were being terminated due to alleged violations of the program rules. After an administrative hearing, the determination to terminate her benefits...
Recent Court Rulings

Court Allowed to Review Hearing Officer's Decision

November 20, 2017    
Facts: A Section 8 resident was issued a voucher by the local PHA. After an annual inspection, the PHA determined that resident’s unit didn’t meet the Housing Quality Standards required under federal regulations, and it gave notice to the resident that the vouchers to her landlord would...
Feature

Five Tips for Boosting Your Rate of Return of Verification Forms

October 13, 2017    
HUD requires that you verify all information given to you by applicants and residents that affects your assessment of their eligibility for housing and level of assistance. The owner is responsible for determining if a verification documentation is adequate and credible.
Compliance

Overview of HUD's Flood Insurance Requirements, National Flood Insurance Program

October 13, 2017    
Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Between 1980 and 2013, the United States suffered more than $260 billion in flood-related damages. These significant losses translate to a large volume of flood...