How to Respond to Changes in Household Composition

February 22, 2010    

Suppose a household member at your site has a baby or a relative who previously had not lived in the household moves in. Whatever the reason for the change in the household composition, you need to know about it. That's because HUD rules require that you know and take certain steps when you...

Stay on TRACS: How to Comply with Recent Changes to Form HUD-50059

November 20, 2009    

The Tenant Rental Assistance Certification System (TRACS) was designed by HUD to help improve financial controls over assisted housing programs by automating manual procedures and incorporating automated controls.

TRACS collects certified tenant data from owners and management agents via...

Comply with Regs Promoting Strong Resident-Management Relationship

November 20, 2009    

HUD expects site owners and managers to build and maintain a good relationship with residents. To create what HUD calls “a suitable living environment,” the participation and cooperation of residents is essential.

Not only does a cooperative relationship make day-to-day life...

How to Use New Form HUD-92006

October 25, 2009    

HUD recently issued guidance designed to offer applicants for housing the opportunity to give supplemental information about individuals or organizations that could be of help in resolving any issues that might arise during their tenancy or provide any special care or needed services. Such...

Provide Legal Protections for Domestic Violence Victims in Section 8 Programs

October 25, 2009    

Owners and managers administering a multifamily housing project-based Section 8 program may not evict or terminate the assistance of individuals if the asserted grounds for such action involve instances of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking.

These individuals are protected...

Did You Know? Assistance Animals Are Not Pets

September 20, 2009    

According to HUD regulations, owners and managers of assisted housing may not apply or enforce pet rules against individuals with animals that are used to assist persons with disabilities. HUD does not consider assistance animals or support animals to be pets.

HUD defines assistance...

HUD Revises Handbook 4350.3

July 26, 2009    

On June 23, 2009, HUD issued Change 3 to Handbook 4350.3 REV-1, “Occupancy Requirements of Subsidized Multifamily Housing Programs.” The changes in the new version are not as extensive or significant as the ones HUD made in Change 2 in June 2007, but there are still some points you...

How to Set EIV Policy, Inform Residents

April 23, 2009    

In late March, HUD announced that it was delaying the effective date of the Enterprise Income Verification System (EIV) and Social Security verification rules it issued in January (as discussed in last month's Insider). HUD has changed the effective date for the new EIV and Social...

How to Comply with New Guidance on Reasonable Modifications

March 25, 2009    

Dealing with reasonable accommodations may be trickier than you think. Last year the Department of Justice (DOJ) and HUD jointly issued new guidance on reasonable modifications under the Fair Housing Act. Since then, HUD has issued new statements on the housing rights of disabled applicants and...

FAQs About Leasing in the Housing Choice Voucher Program

February 26, 2009    

When you're dealing with households whose rent is subsidized through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, formerly known as the Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance Program, it is important to remember that it is not the same as the Project-Based Section 8 program you are familiar with....

HUD Mandates EIV Use, SSN Verification

February 26, 2009    

In late January 2009, HUD issued a final rule refining the income and rent determination requirements in its public and assisted housing programs. The final rule has two major new requirements for PHAs and multifamily housing program owners and managers:

  • It requires the use of...

Housing Groups Dispute HUD's Electronic Notification Methods

February 1, 2009    

In late 2008, housing groups and industry professionals met with former HUD Secretary James Preston to urge greater transparency about HUD activities. High on their agenda was discussing how HUD has discarded previous, more formal methods of notifying the public about new policies and...