Feature

Use Community Room Agreement to Make Residents Responsible for Damage and Injury

June 13, 2019    
A site’s community room is an ideal place for residents to throw parties or hold resident association meetings. But use of this amenity can cause problems. If residents or their guests act irresponsibly, they may damage the community room and its furnishings. And if someone’s injured...
Income Calculations

How to Handle Balances Held Within and Distributions from ABLE Accounts

June 13, 2019    
ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families. They were created as a result of the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014, better known as the ABLE Act. The beneficiary of the account is the account owner, and income...
In the News

HUD Approves Discrimination Settlement Between Puerto Rico PHA and Residents

June 13, 2019    
HUD recently announced that it has negotiated an agreement between the Puerto Rico Public Housing Authority (PRPHA) and its residents who have disabilities. The agreement resolves allegations that a site under PRPHA’s jurisdiction was inaccessible to persons with disabilities for more than a...
In the News

HUD Will Offer $5M for CO Detectors in Public Housing

June 13, 2019    
HUD Secretary Carson recently announced that $5 million will be made available for the purchase and installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in public housing units where they’re necessary. The funds will be provided through HUD’s Emergency Safety and Security Program and...
In the News

HUD Proposes to Roll Back Transgender Protections at Federally Funded Homeless Shelters

June 13, 2019    
HUD recently announced a forthcoming proposed rule that would roll back protections for transgender people experiencing homelessness by allowing federally funded homeless shelters whose facilities are segregated by sex (such as bathrooms and sleeping quarters) to establish an admission policy that...
In the News

Test of New Physical Inspection Protocol Continues

June 13, 2019    
In a recently issued Federal Register notice, HUD requested comments on a planned two-year continuation of the Uniform Physical Condition Standards for Vouchers (UPCS-V) demonstration. Comments are due by July 29, and more information on submitting comments can be found at https://www.govinfo.gov/...
In the News

House Committee Advances Housing Spending Bill

June 13, 2019    
The House Appropriations Committee recently advanced a $137.1 billion spending bill covering transportation and housing, about $6 billion above current levels and $17.3 billion more than President Trump’s request. The measure was approved in a 29-21 vote, divided mostly along party lines. The...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Can't Terminate Voucher for Single Off-Site Alcohol-Related Crime

June 13, 2019    
Facts: A resident applied for the Section 8 program through the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC), and the Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program screened and approved him. The resident entered into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with a private...
Recent Court Rulings

Resident Can Raise VAWA Defense in Court to Prevent Eviction

June 13, 2019    
Facts: Following nonpayment of rent, a local PHA served a subsidized housing resident with an eviction notice. On the hearing date, the parties entered into an agreement that suspended the eviction action on the condition that the resident make a fixed monthly payment for use and occupancy and for...
Feature

Require Households to Inform You of Long Absences

May 9, 2019    
Lengthy unexplained household absences from your site can be frustrating and may even violate HUD lease provisions that require assisted households to use their units as their primary residences. You may have households that leave the site for months at a time during particular seasons. Or you may...