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Ask 4 Questions When Reviewing Your Criminal Screening Policy

July 15, 2021    
Two recent HUD actions indicate that owners may need to review their site’s criminal screening policies for compliance. On June 25, HUD issued a new proposed rule to reinstate the discriminatory effects regulations put in place under the Obama administration in 2013. Under the 2013 rule, the...
Compliance

Be Prepared for Disaster Season: Review HUD Guidance and Site’s Emergency Plan

July 15, 2021    
When Elsa reached sustained winds of 85 mph recently, it became the strongest July storm in the Caribbean Sea since Hurricane Emily in 2005. It was a hurricane that formed far earlier than forecasters anticipated, even during what is expected to be an above average Atlantic hurricane season.
Dealing with Households

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium, Treasury Updates ERA FAQs

July 15, 2021    
Despite a slow start, the rate of ERA spending is increasing.   On June 25, the Biden administration announced that it will extend through July 31 the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Extending the eviction moratorium until the end of...
In the News

GAO Urges More Comprehensive REAC Changes

July 15, 2021    
Recommendations include processes to address lead paint hazards.   On July 6, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) updated its April 2020 list of priority recommendations for HUD. The earlier list outlined 17 “priority open” recommendations—those that warrant...
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How to Report Household Changes Between Annual Certifications

June 10, 2021    
To ensure that assisted households pay rents appropriate with their ability to pay, tenants must report changes of family income and composition for use in interim recertifications in accordance with HUD requirements. Before the pandemic, this recertification process was done before the household...
Compliance

Follow LEP Requirements to Avoid Discrimination Claims

June 10, 2021    
Conduct a four-factor analysis to determine the translation needs at your site.   Individuals who don’t speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English can be limited English proficient, or “LEP.” These...
Dealing with Households

Treasury Updates ERA FAQs as Funds Start Rolling Out

June 10, 2021    
The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced that it has distributed $6.1 billion through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program in less than two weeks since $21.6 billion was allocated to the program through funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The program is...
In the News

GAO Reports on Adopting Stricter Lead Testing in Voucher Program

June 10, 2021    
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on a review the office made on HUD’s efforts to address lead paint hazards. HUD has primary responsibility for identifying lead paint hazards in housing receiving HUD assistance, including private rental units in the...
In the News

HUD Secretary Testifies on Importance of the American Jobs Plan

June 10, 2021    
HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently testified in a joint hearing on the American Jobs Plan for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The infrastructure plan seeks to expand affordable housing, and the joint hearing...
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Prepare for HUD's New Approach to Physical Inspections

May 11, 2021    
REAC inspections resume June 1 with more advance notice and safety protocols.   On April 23, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge announced that HUD will substantially increase housing inspections for public housing and multifamily housing beginning on June 1. She noted that HUD’s inspections are...