Feature

How to Determine Eligibility of Remaining Household Members

September 14, 2016    
HUD Handbook 4350.3, paragraph 3-16, spells out the rules for determining who can stay at an assisted site after the original qualifying household member dies or moves out of the unit. Whether the remaining member can stay depends on several factors, including the type of assisted site involved.
Compliance

HUD Issues Guidance on Review of Assessments of Fair Housing

September 14, 2016    
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 requires jurisdictions receiving federal funds for housing and urban development to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). The Fair Housing Act not only makes it unlawful for jurisdictions to discriminate, but also requires jurisdictions to take actions to undo...
In the News

HUD Releases FY 2017 Fair Market Rents

September 14, 2016    
On Aug. 26, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Fair Market Rents (FMRs). This year, the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) revised the procedure by which HUD publishes its annual FMRs. Specifically, HUD is no longer...
In the News

HUD Expands Family Self-Sufficiency Program

September 14, 2016    
In HUD Notice H-2016-08, HUD announced that owners of privately owned apartment buildings under Section 8 contract can now offer Family Self-Sufficiency. HUD will now allow owners of multifamily properties to use funding from residual receipt accounts to hire service coordinators for their own...
In the News

HUD Proposes Changes to Lead-Based Paint Regulations

September 14, 2016    
HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes recently proposed amendments to lower the definition of “elevated blood lead levels” in young children to match the revised definition of “elevated blood lead levels” established by the Centers for Disease Control (...
HUD Audits

Annapolis PHA Didn't Properly Administer Its Resident Self-Sufficiency Program

September 14, 2016    
HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis’ Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program due to a hotline complaint. The complaint alleged that the PHA used ROSS grant funds to pay a resident who didn’t work on a...
HUD Audits

L.A. Affordable Housing Project Didn't Comply with HUD Requirements

September 14, 2016    
HUD’s OIG audited the Dolores Frances Affordable Housing project, based on a citizen complaint and a suggestion from the HUD’s Departmental Enforcement Center. The complaint alleged nonpayment of HUD utility allowances and security deposits, mismanagement of the maintenance department,...
HUD Audits

Indiana PHA Didn't Always Comply with HCV Program Requirements

September 14, 2016    
HUD’s OIG found that the Housing Authority of the City of Muncie didn’t always administer its Housing Choice Voucher program in accordance with HUD’s and its own requirements. It did not: (1) obtain and maintain required eligibility documentation; and (2) correctly calculate and...
HUD Audits

Salt Lake County PHA Didn’t Always Procure Goods and Services Properly

September 14, 2016    
HUD’s OIG audited the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake Public Housing Capital Fund grants for fiscal years 2011-2014. Auditors found that the PHA didn’t properly procure its goods or services. All of the PHA’s 25 contracts that were greater than $2,000 from 2011 to...
Recent Court Rulings

Resident Found Guilty of Larceny for Giving Subsidized Unit to Unqualified Niece

September 14, 2016    
Facts: A resident had applied and was approved for subsidized housing that entitled him to a unit at a rate below the market value. He was placed on a waiting list, and almost five years later, he was notified of the availability of a unit. By then, he had already secured alternative housing for...