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HUD Sets Certain Operating Cost Adjustment Factors for 2019

December 11, 2018    

Operating Cost Adjustment Factor (OCAF) rent increases are based on the OCAFs HUD releases annually in the Federal Register. Eligibility is determined by your HAP contract. If the Rent Adjustment section of your contract or plan of action refers to OCAF adjustments, you’re eligible to...

Study: Post-9/11 Veterans Struggling with Housing Affordability

December 11, 2018    

A recent study from Apartment List, “The Housing Affordability Struggle of 21st Century Veterans,” found that post-9/11 veterans are more likely to struggle with housing affordability than veterans of previous generations. According to the study, post-9/11 veterans have become the...

Public Housing Repositioning Letters Sent to Executive Directors

December 11, 2018    

On Nov. 13, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing sent a letter to Executive Directors of public housing agencies notifying them of their options related to the repositioning of their public housing properties. In the letter, HUD discusses the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)...

Small Area FMR PHAs May Apply for Additional Administrative Fees

December 11, 2018    

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently sent letters to PHAs inviting them to request up to $25,000 in additional administrative fees to reimburse them for the costs associated with implementing Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs). As of April 1, 2018, PHAs in 24...

HUD Publishes Notice on Verifying SSNs for PHAs

December 11, 2018    

HUD recently published Notice PIH 2018-24 entitled “Verification of Social Security Numbers (SSNs), Social Security (SS) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits; and Effective Use of the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System’s Identity Verification Report.” This...

HUD to Revise REAC Scoring System

November 19, 2018    

As part of its continuing effort to support “decent, safe, and sanitary housing,” HUD announced, in a Multifamily Communications email, that it has been conducting an internal review of the Real Estate Assessment Center’s (REAC’s) physical inspection system. Secretary...

GAO: HUD Programs Don’t Provide Adequate Staff Guidance for Making DEC Referrals

November 19, 2018    

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report that examined the processes for referring cases of potential noncompliance to HUD’s Departmental Enforcement Center (DEC). The GAO looked at three HUD program offices—the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs,...

DHS Proposes Rule on Immigrant Access to Assisted Housing

October 16, 2018    

According to a preliminary notice issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Trump administration is considering ways to strengthen the enforcement of rules that require immigrants to demonstrate that they won’t take advantage of public assistance programs after entering the...

Senator Warren Introduces Affordable Housing Bill

October 16, 2018    

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently introduced an affordable housing bill called the “American Housing and Economic Mobility Act.” It would authorize $500 billion for affordable housing programs over the next 10 years. The legislation increases funding for a number of affordable...

HUD and VA Secretaries Announce Homeless Veterans Housing Initiatives

October 16, 2018    

HUD Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie recently announced $35 million in grants to combat veteran homelessness. The funding will be provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to 212 public housing...

HUD Awards $6.7M in Research Grants to Reduce Lead, Other Housing-Related Health Hazards

October 16, 2018    

To help protect children and seniors from exposure to lead and other home health hazards, HUD recently awarded $6.7 million to seven universities and public health organizations to improve methods for identifying and controlling residential health risks including lead-based paint, mold,...

House Passes Opioid Legislation that Includes Housing Pilot Program

October 16, 2018    

The House recently passed a package of opioid legislation (H.R. 6) that includes a new pilot program to provide housing assistance to individuals recovering from substance-use disorders. The bill would authorize Congress to provide funding for the pilot through the Community Development Block...