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...

HUD Provides Guidance to PHAs on Implementing Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule

March 10, 2017    

HUD recently published Notice PIH-2017-03, which provides guidance to public housing agencies (PHAs) regarding the implementation and enforcement of smoke-free policies as required by HUD’s final rule prohibiting smoking in public housing. The effective date of the rule is Feb. 3, 2017,...

PHA Verification Procedures When Noncitizen Claims VAWA Protections

February 10, 2017    

HUD recently issued a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) notice relating to noncitizen self-petitioner procedures under VAWA. This notice applies to public housing, Housing Choice Voucher assistance (including project-based vouchers), and Section 8 Mod Rehab.

HUD Posts Model Forms for VAWA Compliance

January 13, 2017    

HUD’s final rule implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 was published in November 2016. The final rule details the requirements for HUD-covered programs and became effective on Dec. 16, 2016.

VAWA 2013 maintains protections for public housing,...

HUD Clarifies Definition of 'Independent Student' for Section 8 Eligibility

October 31, 2016    

HUD recently published a notice in the Federal Register updating the list of items that public housing agencies and owners and managers of assisted sites are required to verify to determine whether a student’s income alone should be used to determine eligibility for Section 8 assistance....

HUD Issues Guidance for Provisions in the Streamlining Administrative Regulations Final Rule

October 31, 2016    

HUD recently released HUD Housing Notice 2016-09, Streamlining Administrative Regulations for Multifamily Housing Programs. The notice provides guidance regarding the implementation of the Streamlining Final Rule. According to HUD, the Streamlining Rule will allow for improvements in program...

HUD Issues Guidance on Review of Assessments of Fair Housing

September 14, 2016    

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 requires jurisdictions receiving federal funds for housing and urban development to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). The Fair Housing Act not only makes it unlawful for jurisdictions to discriminate, but also requires jurisdictions to take actions to undo...

Understanding Exemptions from HUD’s Lead-Safe Housing Rule

August 16, 2016    

The news coming out of Flint, Mich., this year has brought much attention to the harmful effects lead poisoning can have on young children. According to calculations from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, switching to the Flint River as the city’s primary water...

How to Maintain Your Site's EIV Master File

July 26, 2016    

HUD’s Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system contains a number of reports used to verify employment and income of applicants and residents. HUD asks owners to use EIV to monitor compliance of existing residents. Every month, owners and agents are required to view and catalog certain...

An Overview of the Four Types of Rental Adjustments for HAP Contracts

June 17, 2016    

The Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract is a written agreement between a public housing agency (PHA) and the owner of a unit occupied by a Housing Choice Voucher program participant. The HAP contract must be in the form prescribed by HUD. Under the HAP contract, the PHA agrees to make...

HUD Updates Form 92006—Supplement to the Application for Federally Assisted Housing

June 17, 2016    

HUD recently released a new version of HUD Form 92006. This new form has an expiration date of Feb. 28, 2019. A copy of HUD Form 92006 must be attached to application/pre-applications. Owners should discard any unused version of the form with an expiration date of Nov. 13, 2015, and replace...

HUD Updates Form 9834—Management Review for Multifamily Housing Projects

June 17, 2016    

HUD recently released a new version of HUD Form 9834—Management Review for Multifamily Housing Projects. Form HUD-9834 is used by performance-based contract administrators (PBCAs) for management reviews of assigned Section 8 contracts. The new form fixes typos and provides a new expiration...

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