Feature

How to Report Household Changes Between Annual Certifications

June 10, 2021    
To ensure that assisted households pay rents appropriate with their ability to pay, tenants must report changes of family income and composition for use in interim recertifications in accordance with HUD requirements. Before the pandemic, this recertification process was done before the household...
Compliance

Follow LEP Requirements to Avoid Discrimination Claims

June 10, 2021    
Conduct a four-factor analysis to determine the translation needs at your site.   Individuals who don’t speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English can be limited English proficient, or “LEP.” These...
Dealing with Households

Treasury Updates ERA FAQs as Funds Start Rolling Out

June 10, 2021    
The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced that it has distributed $6.1 billion through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program in less than two weeks since $21.6 billion was allocated to the program through funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The program is...
In the News

GAO Reports on Adopting Stricter Lead Testing in Voucher Program

June 10, 2021    
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on a review the office made on HUD’s efforts to address lead paint hazards. HUD has primary responsibility for identifying lead paint hazards in housing receiving HUD assistance, including private rental units in the...
In the News

HUD Secretary Testifies on Importance of the American Jobs Plan

June 10, 2021    
HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently testified in a joint hearing on the American Jobs Plan for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The infrastructure plan seeks to expand affordable housing, and the joint hearing...
Feature

Prepare for HUD's New Approach to Physical Inspections

May 11, 2021    
REAC inspections resume June 1 with more advance notice and safety protocols.   On April 23, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge announced that HUD will substantially increase housing inspections for public housing and multifamily housing beginning on June 1. She noted that HUD’s inspections are...
Income Calculations

Don't Count Unemployment Benefits and Child Tax Credit as Income

May 11, 2021    
HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs recently issued guidance regarding the treatment of unemployment benefits under the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act and the monthly child tax credit under the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARPA).
Compliance

Can a Family Member Be a Live-In Aide?

May 11, 2021    
A family member can seek to qualify as a live-in aide as long as HUD requirements are met. HUD defines a live-in aide as “a person who resides with one or more elderly persons, near-elderly or persons with disabilities” and is necessary to offer care and well-being services. HUD adds...
In the News

HUD and HHS to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations

May 11, 2021    
HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra recently announced a joint-agency effort to increase access to COVID-19 prevention and treatment services, including testing and vaccines, among disproportionately affected communities, including among HUD-...
In the News

Federal Judge Vacates CDC Eviction Moratorium

May 11, 2021    
The Justice Department is appealing the decision.   On May 5, 2021, a federal judge in the District of Columbia set aside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nationwide moratorium on residential evictions, which the CDC had recently extended beyond its congressionally approved...