Feature

5 Tips for Handling Transfer Requests from Households with Disabilities

September 23, 2022    
From time to time, you must transfer a household to another unit to comply with fair housing law. The Fair Housing Act, Section 504, and the ADA prohibit discrimination in housing because of disability. This includes refusing to provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities when...
Compliance

Reminder: Install CO Alarms or Detectors by Dec. 27

September 23, 2022    
As we enter the last quarter of 2022, we remind you of Housing Notice H-2022-01 issued early this year, which requires carbon monoxide (CO) alarms or detectors in HUD-assisted housing programs starting Dec. 27, 2022. The requirement applies to units covered under Public Housing, Project Based...
Certification

5 Dos & Don’ts for Treating Household Lump-Sum Payments Correctly

September 23, 2022    
When a household gets a one-time payment such as an inheritance or a settlement award, you must follow special HUD rules for such payments when certifying and recertifying household income. In general, you must treat these payments, known as “lump-sum payments” or “lump-sum...
In the News

HUD Releases FY 2023 Fair Market Rents

September 23, 2022    
On Sept. 1, HUD released the FY 2023 Fair Market Rents (FMRs). HUD is required by law to set FMRs every year. FMRs are an estimate of the amount of money that would cover gross rents (rent and utility expenses) on 40 percent of the rental housing units in an area. They go into effect on Oct.
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HUD Releases Updated PHA Disaster Readiness Guidebook

September 23, 2022    
HUD recently released an updated version of its Public Housing Agency (PHA) Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Guidebook to assist PHAs in effectively navigating the disaster process. Data shows disasters disproportionally affect low-income and historically marginalized communities,...
In the News

Bill Introduced to Expand HUD Service Coordinators

September 23, 2022    
On Sept. 15, Representative Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced the Expanding Service Coordinators Act. The two primary programs that fund service coordinators for residents of federally assisted housing are the Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator program and the Resident Opportunity and Self-...

How to Handle Solar Credits on Household Utility Bills

August 11, 2022    
The Biden administration recently announced HUD efforts to connect families served by HUD programs to solar power and help lower their electricity bills. "As extreme heat continues to affect tens of millions of Americans, hitting low-income families harder than others, President Biden is...
Compliance

4 Tips for Complying with HUD's Title VI Guidance When Maintaining Waitlists

August 11, 2022    
In the last year, HUD has directed more attention to how federally assisted housing providers are marketing their sites and operating their waitlists. Earlier this year, HUD released its first ever Equity Action Plan in coordination with the Biden administration’s whole-of-government equity...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Can Evict Resident for Guest's Criminal Behavior

August 11, 2022    
HUD says owners may terminate tenancy for any of the following types of criminal activity by a covered person (that is, a tenant, household member, guest, or other person under the tenant’s control): 1.       Any criminal activity that threatens the health,...
In the News

GAO Gives HUD Update on Open Recommendations

August 11, 2022    
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reminded HUD of some ways it could improve its operations. In November 2021, GAO reported that 67 percent of its recommendations for HUD made four years prior were implemented. And HUD has implemented four of GAO’s 13 priority...