Feature

Six Rules for Avoiding Discrimination When Marketing Your Assisted Site

June 13, 2018    
HUD recently suspended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. This rule was a 2015 regulation that required any community receiving HUD development block-grant funding to routinely identify instances of racial segregation and provide solutions to counter them. It was intended to fulfill an...
Maintenance

Perform Cost Analysis to Cut Maintenance Expenses

June 13, 2018    
If your site needs non-routine maintenance and repair work, you must decide between either using your own staff or hiring outside contractors. Some managers think that it’s always cheaper to use their site staff, but that’s not necessarily so. There are costs associated with using your...
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Federal Housing Spending Bill Moves to Senate, Rejects Rent Policy Changes

June 13, 2018    
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted on June 7 to approve draft legislation to largely boost or maintain spending on housing programs. A similar bill was approved last month by the House appropriations panel. The Senate’s $71.4 billion measure increases spending on programs by more than...
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HUD Indefinitely Suspends AFFH Rule, Withdraws Assessment Tool

June 13, 2018    
HUD effectively suspended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, a 2015 regulation that required any community receiving HUD development block-grant funding to routinely identify instances of racial segregation and provide solutions to counter them. Those local governments were required to...
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President Signs Family Self-Sufficiency Act into Law

June 13, 2018    
On May 24, President Trump signed the Family Self-Sufficiency Act into law. The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Act permanently reauthorizes the program; combines the FSS programs for Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing, which are currently run separately; and expands eligibility to include...
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Senate Confirms Brian Montgomery as HUD Assistant Secretary, FHA Commissioner

June 13, 2018    
The Senate recently confirmed Brian Montgomery as the HUD Assistant Secretary for Housing and Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The final vote was 72-23. Montgomery’s confirmation marks his second term as Assistant Secretary for Housing and FHA Commissioner at HUD. He...
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HUD Names New Deputy Assistant Secretary of Multifamily Housing

June 13, 2018    
HUD recently announced that C. Lamar Seats is the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs. Mr. Seats was a managing director at M&T Realty Capital Corporation, responsible for multifamily loan production related to Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae...
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HUD Publishes 2018 HCV Implementation Notice

June 13, 2018    
HUD recently published Notice PIH 2018-09, titled “Implementation of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 Funding Provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.” This notice provides information about the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program implementation in 2018. The notice also...
Recent Court Rulings

Owner Can't Evict Due to Undefined Lease Term

June 13, 2018    
Facts: A public housing resident was arrested and charged with simple assault and terroristic threats as a result of an incident that occurred in a courtyard outside of an apartment at another site, approximately 1.2 miles from her residence. The complaining witness told police that the resident...
Recent Court Rulings

Resident Disqualified from HCV Program for Threatening PHA Staff

June 13, 2018    
Facts: A Section 8 voucher holder sued a local PHA for terminating his participation in the Section 8 voucher program. The resident initially received a voucher for a one-bedroom apartment but desired a two-bedroom voucher, asserting that he’s disabled and requires an additional bedroom to...