Feature

How to Prevent Caregivers from Becoming Unauthorized Occupants

August 14, 2018    
Occasionally, a resident may ask you what steps need to be taken to allow a professional caregiver on site to assist him or her with activities of daily living. Typical duties of a caregiver might include taking care of someone who has a chronic illness or disease; managing medications or talking...
Compliance

HUD Notice Implements HOTMA’s Public Housing Over-Income Limit

August 14, 2018    
The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) amended an income limitation on public housing tenancy for families, otherwise referred to as an “over-income” limit. After commencing a notice regarding its implementation of HOTMA in 2016, HUD recently published a...
In the News

Senate Passes FY19 HUD Funding Bill

August 14, 2018    
The Senate recently passed its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Transportation-HUD spending bill with a 92-6 vote. The $154.2 billion package combined four separate spending bills for FY19, appropriating funding for the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD),...
In the News

HUD Sends AFFH Streamlining Pre-Rule to OMB

August 14, 2018    
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) is a legal requirement that federal agencies and federal grantees further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act. Currently, as provided in the rule, AFFH means:
In the News

Smoking Ban in Public Housing in Effect

August 14, 2018    
Public housing agencies (PHAs) were required to implement smoke-free policies by July 31. The no-smoking policy applies to all public housing units, interior areas (including but not limited to hallways, rental and administrative offices, community centers, day care centers, laundry centers, and...
In the News

PHA Agrees to Upgrade Public Housing for the Disabled

August 14, 2018    
HUD recently approved a Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) between the Hawaii Disability Rights Center and the Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA). The HPHA has agreed to upgrade living units to meet accessibility standards, resolving a federal investigation that unearthed hundreds of...
In the News

Study Examines Work Requirements’ Impact on Residents’ Well-Being

August 14, 2018    
Cityscape, a journal of policy development and research, recently published “Work Requirements and Well-Being in Public Housing.” The study examined how implementation of a work requirement paired with supportive services by Charlotte Housing Authority has impacted residents’...
Recent Court Rulings

Hearing Officer Didn't Abuse Discretion in Terminating Resident's Voucher

August 14, 2018    
Facts: In May 2014, a Section 8 resident and her three children moved into an apartment. In March 2016, after one child turned 18, he moved out of the apartment. In April 2017, the child repeatedly parked the resident’s car in other tenants’ parking spaces. The resident was notified...
Recent Court Rulings

Unresponsive Resident Didn't File Proper Objections

August 14, 2018    
Facts:   The lease of a HUD-subsidized resident states that each year he must recertify that he’s eligible to receive the rent subsidy. In early January 2017, the owner sent a reminder about the annual recertification and asked the resident to schedule an appointment on one of six...
HUD Audits

PHA Didn't Comply with Conflict-of-Interest Requirements

August 14, 2018    
HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited the financial operations of the Pell City Housing Authority. The PHA administers 78 low-rent public housing units in Pell City, Ala. Its mission is to provide decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing and related services to the qualified...