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The Trainer — June 2015

May 19, 2015    

Certifying Households that Share Custody of Children; Charging Residents for Damage Repairs

In this month’s feature, we discussed how to certify households whose members include children who are part of a joint custody arrangement. That is, the children live part of the time with...

The Trainer — May 2015

April 17, 2015    

Performing Interim Recertifications

In this month’s feature, we discussed when you need to perform an interim recertification for a household. If you don’t perform an interim recertification when you’re supposed to, you could charge a household the wrong rent or lose...

The Trainer — April 2015

March 16, 2015    

Complying with HUD’s Equal Access Rule

In this month’s feature, we discussed a recent HUD rule relating to the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), which bans discrimination against applicants and residents on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial...

The Trainer — March 2015

February 13, 2015    

Terminating Over-Income Households' Assistance; Disposing of Assets for Less than FMV

In this month’s feature, we discussed how to follow HUD’s notice requirements when terminating assistance. If you don’t, the household could claim that the termination was invalid...

The Trainer — February 2015

January 22, 2015    

Using the HUD Model Lease; Dealing with Marijuana Use on Site

In this month’s feature, we discussed how to choose the correct HUD model lease to use at your site. Appendix 4 of HUD Handbook 4350.3 contains four different model leases. Which version you use depends on which program...

The Trainer — December 2014

November 19, 2014    

Getting HUD’s OK to House Over-Income Police Officers; Dealing with HCV Applicants

In this month’s feature, we discussed how you may want to house a police or security officer in one of your site’s units if your site is having problems with criminal activity. But...

The Trainer — November 2014

October 17, 2014    

Implementing LEP Rules; Charging Extra Fees

In this month’s feature, we discussed how HUD requires recipients of federal financial assistance to take reasonable steps to ensure that people with limited English proficiency (LEP) have meaningful access to all federally funded...

The Trainer — October 2014

September 12, 2014    

Using EIV Reports; Passing REAC Inspections After Updated Rules


In this month’s feature, we discussed how to use the HUD-mandated reports generated by the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system. These reports are designed to eliminate household fraud, and site...

The Trainer — September 2014

August 17, 2014    

Holding Effective Certification Meetings; Preventing Subsidy Abuse When Household Member Moves Out

In this month’s feature, we discussed meeting with households to certify their eligibility for housing assistance. HUD requires managers to cover a long list of topics during the...

The Trainer — August 2014

July 10, 2014    

Opening Waiting Lists; Dealing with Household Member's Death

In this month’s feature, we gave you five steps to take when opening a waiting list that has been closed for a while. You need to be prepared for administrative obstacles and to avoid potential regulatory and fair...

The Trainer — July 2014

June 16, 2014    

Writing a Resident Selection Plan

In this month’s feature, we told you what to put in the written resident selection plan that HUD requires your site to have. Your plan must comply with HUD’s eligibility, admission, and screening requirements. If HUD becomes aware that your...

The Trainer — June 2014

May 20, 2014    

Controlling Rising Insurance Costs; Avoiding Mistakes with Replacement Reserves Accounts

In this month’s feature, we discussed how to manage insurance cost increases and reduce risks. Having appropriate insurance coverage provides a safety net for your assets and protects your...