Compliance

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...

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...

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