Feature

How to Limit Alterations Households May Make

February 15, 2018    
Last year, the United States tallied a record high bill of $306 billion in weather-related disasters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The total amount includes damage from three of the five most expensive hurricanes in U.S. history: Hurricane Harvey cost $...
Certification

How to Verify Status of Absent Member Confined to Hospital or Nursing Home

February 15, 2018    
Last month, in Set House Rules on Extended Absences and Abandonment, we discussed what may happen if an entire household leaves your site for an unexplained extended absence. This month, we’ll look at a situation in which an individual member of a household is absent. Oftentimes, these...
In the News

HUD May Impose New Work Requirements for Public Housing Residents

February 15, 2018    
According to a draft budget document obtained by CityLab, HUD may institute work requirements for public housing residents and raise rents for about 4 million recipients of federal housing assistance. According to CityLab, HUD would not confirm or deny the draft amendment. The document sets forth...
In the News

Report Shows Promising Results for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program

February 15, 2018    
In 2014, Congress extended authority for HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program to owners of Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) properties. Originally, Congress created the FSS program in 1990 to help housing assistance recipients increase their incomes and build their...
In the News

HUD Settles with California PHA Over Disability Discrimination Complaint

February 15, 2018    
HUD recently announced that it has reached a conciliation agreement with the Richmond Housing Authority (RHA) in Richmond, Calif., settling allegations that it discriminated against a resident with disabilities.
HUD Audits

Owner Allowed Onsite Employees to Commit Fraud

February 15, 2018    
HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited a multifamily Section 8 project-based rental assistance (PBRA) program in Port Arthur, Texas. The OIG’s objective was to determine whether the owner administered its Section 8 PBRA program in accordance with HUD regulations and guidance....
HUD Audits

PHA, Glen Cove Didn’t Always Use Property Disposition Proceeds Appropriately

February 15, 2018    
HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited a PHA in Glen Cove, N.Y., regarding its administration of the disposition proceeds it received from selling properties. OIG targeted the PHA for review because HUD’s New York Office of Public and Indian Housing ranked it as the third...
Recent Court Rulings

Owner Not Liable for Disability Discrimination

February 15, 2018    
Facts: A site manager notified an applicant that her application for housing wasn’t accepted “because a credit check has revealed that [she] ha[s] a negative credit history[,]” which was “verified through TransUnion.” The credit report referenced in the manager’s...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Can Void Resident’s Tenancy for Criminal Activity

February 15, 2018    
Facts: One night, a site manager observed a resident’s guests arriving at the site in an impaired state, and unwilling (or unable) to cooperate with security. An on-site police officer who served as the community liaison to the local PHA, conducted an investigation into complaints about...
Recent Court Rulings

Fire Department May Be Liable for Household Members’ Deaths

February 15, 2018    
The administrator of an estate of four family members who died in an apartment fire sued the local PHA and the fire department for negligence. The apartment had only a single point of ingress and egress, namely, a second-floor door that opened onto a porch and an external staircase. Because the...