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In the News

HUD, Southern California Contract Administrator Resolve Dispute

August 23, 2009    

In June, lawyers for the Section 8 contract administrator (CA) in Southern California announced that they had reached an agreement with HUD that will allow their client to continue as CA into 2010.

Minimum Wage Increase Now in Effect

August 23, 2009    

Don't forget: Effective July 23, 2009, the federal minimum wage increased from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour. Laws in 13 states and the District of Columbia have set a higher minimum wage. Where federal and state laws have different minimum wage rates, the higher rate applies:

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Set Repayment Plans for Unreported Income

July 26, 2009    

If you receive new income information obtained through EIV, you may execute a repayment agreement with the resident for him to reimburse you over time. But even though Handbook 4350.3 says you must reimburse HUD for overpayment of assistance, you don't have to reimburse HUD immediately.

GAO Urges HUD to Improve Oversight of PHAs' Spending

June 23, 2009    

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is urging HUD to improve how it assesses the use of program funds by public housing agencies (PHAs). In its report, “HUD's Oversight of Housing Agencies Should Focus More on Inappropriate Use of Program Funds,” the GAO says that the...

HUD, HHS Ease EIV Paperwork Headache

June 23, 2009    

In June, HUD announced that it is finalizing an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow you to retain printed Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) reports in tenant files for the term of tenancy plus three years after the termination of tenancy. According to HUD...

National Trust Fund Likely to Fund First Projects in 2010

June 23, 2009    

A major new resource for funding affordable housing projects nationwide will make its debut soon. After years of debate in Washington, it appears that Congress and the Obama Administration will get the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund operational for the first time in late 2009 and 2010....

HUD Clarifies Requirement for Disclosure of SSNs

May 24, 2009    

HUD recently sent out a reminder that as of Sept. 30, 2009, site owners and managers will need to verify Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for all prospective or current household members who declare themselves to be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or eligible noncitizen. But what about mixed...

HUD Extends Disaster Voucher Program

March 25, 2009    

On Feb. 11, 2009, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that the Department will extend the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP), which had been set to expire on Feb. 28, 2009. HUD and FEMA will provide additional assistance as needed until Aug. 31, 2009, to people displaced by Hurricanes...

HUD Issues VAWA-Compliant Form, Lease Addendum

March 25, 2009    

The Insider's February 2009 feature, “Comply with VAWA Before Seeking Resident's Eviction,” p. 1, discussed how the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protects domestic violence victims from being evicted solely on the basis of an incident relating to domestic violence...

Cost Problem for Grandparent-Headed Households

February 26, 2009    

A 2008 HUD report to Congress on intergenerational housing needs found that about 50 percent of very low-income, grandparent-headed, renter households paid more than half their income...

Renters Are a Growing Segment of U.S. Households

February 26, 2009    

According to an analysis of Census data by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the proportion of renters among U.S. households has increased steadily in recent months.

In the fourth quarter of 2008, there were an estimated 632,000 more renter households in the U.S. than during the...

Vouchers Are More Costly than PHA Reform, Study Says

February 1, 2009    

A recent report by the Center on Policy and Budget Priorities (CPBP) claims that reforming public housing is less costly than increasing the number of rental assistance vouchers....