Feature

Follow Three Dos & Don'ts When Rejecting Applicants

April 11, 2019    
HUD regulations have three key requirements when rejecting applicants. Owners must not discriminate against an applicant based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability. Also, for Section 8 program owners, HUD requires owners to comply with the Violence Against...
Compliance

HUD Issues Additional Guidance on Delaying REAC Inspections

April 11, 2019    
The Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD’s multifamily housing programs recently issued a memorandum entitled “Approving the Delay of a Physical Inspection Beyond the New Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) Inspection Notification Timelines.” It provides guidance on when a field...
In the News

HUD Issues Second Invitation for PHAs to Join MTW Program

April 11, 2019    
HUD recently issued a new notice requesting letters of interest under its Moving to Work (MTW) program from PHAs with 1,001 or more total public housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) units. Under the program, MTW participants are able to both implement policies that vary from those required...
In the News

Rule Proposed to Make Section 3 More Efficient and Effective

April 11, 2019    
Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest...
In the News

Disability Access Violations Found in LA’s Affordable Housing

April 11, 2019    
HUD recently issued a letter to the City of Los Angeles, detailing the city’s ongoing failure to provide accessible housing for low-income persons with disabilities. HUD’s Supplemental Letter of Findings expands on observations the department first made in 2012 when it notified the city...
In the News

HUD Launches Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign for Fair Housing Month

April 11, 2019    
April is Fair Housing Month, and the Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in housing transactions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or family status. This year, HUD is especially focused on protecting the rights of individuals to feel safe and secure in...
Recent Court Rulings

Resident Evicted for Assault and Threats Against Manager

April 11, 2019    
Facts: In October 2017, a PHA sent a resident an eviction notice explaining that she had breached her lease by threatening and punching the site manager, violently smacking a clipboard from the manager’s hands, and physically injuring her. The notice identified sections of the lease that the...
Recent Court Rulings

Resident Not Liable for Actions of Her Guests

April 11, 2019    
Facts: A resident’s sister and other guests engaged in a physical and verbal altercation with another resident of the site. The altercation was captured on video, and the police responded to the site. As a result, the owner sent the resident a notice to vacate based on the alleged breach of...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Not Liable for Relocation Benefits

April 11, 2019    
  Facts: A resident lived in a formerly federally subsidized property. From 2014 to 2017, the site’s physical conditions deteriorated, as shown by failing Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspections and by the resident’s personal account of the poor conditions in his unit.
The Trainer

The Trainer: May 2019

April 11, 2019    
Preventing Sexual Harassment Claims at Your Site In this issue we reported that HUD recently launched a special campaign and training initiative to help protect people from harassment by landlords, property managers, and maintenance workers in HUD-assisted housing. The “Call HUD: Because...