Take Three Steps to Prevent Subsidy Abuse When Household Member Moves Out

August 17, 2014    

The departure of a household member can bring about changes that affect a household’s subsidy as well as other aspects of its placement at your site. HUD expects you to stay on top of such changes so that your households are paying the correct amount of rent and your assisted units are...

How to Handle the Death of a Household Member

July 10, 2014    

By Daniel Bagliore

Dealing with the death of a resident is an understandably difficult task for any site manager. The manager must be sensitive to the fact that the family is grieving the loss of a loved one, busy with funeral arrangements, and handling the financial affairs of...

Congress Updates List of Federally Mandated Income Exclusions

June 16, 2014    

On May 20, the Federal Register published an updated list of income exclusions specifically mandated by federal laws. There are three new exclusions and changes to two of the existing exclusions, and due to the addition of Exclusion (16), the exclusions following it have been renumbered.

How to Avoid Five Replacement Reserves Account Missteps

May 20, 2014    

HUD requires most assisted housing sites to maintain a reserve for replacements account so funds are readily available to pay for repair and replacements of major systems and capital items. These are items that usually last more than one year, such as elevator systems or major appliances in...

Use Checklist to Prepare Documents for Annual Audit

April 17, 2014    

Over 20,000 multifamily housing program participants are required to submit annual electronic financial statement data to HUD for assessing the financial condition of multifamily housing sites. On Feb. 14, 2014, the Real Estate Assessment Center updated its Financial Assessment Sub-System to...

HUD Issues Revised Transmittal to Handbook's Change 4

December 24, 2013    

On Dec. 10, a revised transmittal for the 4350.3 REV-1, CHG-4 Handbook appeared online. It was signed by Carol Galante, Assistant Secretary for Housing, and its issue date was Nov. 27, 2013. Here are the changes based on the transmittal:

Clarification of Verification Techniques...

How to Prorate Assistance for “Mixed” Households with Ineligible Noncitizens

November 14, 2013    

Chances are, your site contains “mixed” households—that is, households that, in addition to U.S. citizens and/or eligible noncitizens, include ineligible noncitizens. Special rules apply to the assistance these mixed households can get. For example, you’ll need to prorate...

Comply with the Affordable Care Act’s Exchange Notice Requirements

September 12, 2013    

Despite some delays in implementation, a major piece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act still requires all applicable employers, regardless of whether they offer health care coverage, to provide their current employees with a health insurance exchange notice no later than Oct. 1,...

How VAWA 2013 Applies to HUD Programs

August 12, 2013    

On Aug. 6, HUD issued a notice intended to provide an overview of the recently enacted Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). The 2013 law expands the number of HUD programs subject to the law’s protections beyond HUD’s public housing and Section 8 tenant-...

Get Acceptable Proof of Applicant Household’s Social Security Numbers

July 12, 2013    

HUD generally requires you to get Social Security numbers (SSNs) for all members of an applicant household who are at least 6 years old. And HUD requires you to get proof of those numbers and specifies which documents you can accept as proof. But what if a household member was never issued an...

Obama Signs Expanded VAWA Back into Law

March 18, 2013    

Initially passed in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) created the first U.S. federal legislation acknowledging domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes, and provided federal resources to encourage community-coordinated responses to combating violence. VAWA was reauthorized by...

How to Notify Households of a Rent Increase

December 12, 2012    

by Daniel Bagliore

As a manager, you have a fiduciary—that is, legal—responsibility to the property owner to ensure that tenant rent is accurately calculated and that residents are given appropriate notice of an increase in their portion of the rent, while...