HUD Notice Implements HOTMA’s Public Housing Over-Income Limit

August 14, 2018    

The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) amended an income limitation on public housing tenancy for families, otherwise referred to as an “over-income” limit. After commencing a notice regarding its implementation of HOTMA in 2016, HUD recently published a...

RAD Notices Expand Preservation Tools for Low-Income Housing

July 19, 2018    

In 2012, as part of the FY 2012 HUD Appropriations Act, Congress authorized the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) to help preserve and improve low-income housing. Administered by HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, RAD allows public housing agencies (PHAs) and owners of...

An Overview of Model Forms for VAWA Compliance

May 11, 2018    

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that sought to improve criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the United States. It was originally enacted in 1994 and has since been...

HUD Provides Guidance on Implementing HOTMA Inspection Provisions

November 21, 2017    

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently issued Notice PIH 2017-20, which provides guidance regarding the implementation of Housing Quality Standards for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs. The notice relates to the initial inspection of...

Overview of HUD's Flood Insurance Requirements, National Flood Insurance Program

October 13, 2017    

Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Between 1980 and 2013, the United States suffered more than $260 billion in flood-related damages. These significant losses translate to a large volume of...

HUD Issues Guidance on Implementing Lead Safe Housing Rule

September 27, 2017    

Preventing lead poisoning in children who will be born in 2018 would provide an estimated $84 billion in long-term benefits, according to a recent report from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The savings would come...

Follow Eight-Step Plan to Document Rehab and Repair Costs

August 11, 2017    

It may be tempting to take shortcuts when keeping records of rehabilitation and repair costs, rather than fully documenting the need for and reasonableness of these costs. But taking shortcuts could backfire, especially if you get audited.

Under HUD rules, you must be able to show that...

HUD Issues VAWA Implementation Guidance for Owners of HUD-Assisted Housing

July 19, 2017    

Following the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) Guidance issued by HUD’s office of Public and Indian Housing in May, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs recently issued its own guidance (Notice 2017-05) to owners and management agents of HUD-assisted...

Procedural Changes to HUD REAC Failed Inspections Signed into Law

June 16, 2017    

As a result of President Trump signing a new HUD appropriations bill in early May, the rules that govern what happens when a site fails its REAC inspection have changed. The appropriations bill included Section 223, which details changes to the required provisions for properties that score 59 or...

HUD Provides VAWA Guidance for PHAs and Owners Who Accept Vouchers

June 16, 2017    

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing recently issued Notice PIH-2017-08, which provides guidance on complying with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). The notice is directed to PHAs and owners of private housing who accept Housing Choice Vouchers.

Take Four Steps to Verify Zero-Income Status

May 18, 2017    

An applicant or household member may claim to get no income from any source. In these situations, it’s important to be skeptical. HUD management reviewers and auditors scrutinize these claims to keep HUD from overpaying assistance to household members. If it turns out that a household...