Feature

How to Avoid Discrimination Complaints When Dealing with Environmental Concerns

October 16, 2018    
According to federal reports issued in June 2018, HUD lacks adequate oversight of lead-based paint in the public housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs. The reports, issued by the HUD Office of Inspector General and U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), described disjointed...
Income Calculations

How to Verify Income of Newly Self-Employed Ride-Hailing Service Drivers

October 16, 2018    
Explosive growth in ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are attracting more and more drivers. These drivers earn extra income with the benefit of working flexible hours. According to recent research by JPMorgan Chase Institute, from late 2013 to this spring, the number of households earning...
In the News

DHS Proposes Rule on Immigrant Access to Assisted Housing

October 16, 2018    
According to a preliminary notice issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Trump administration is considering ways to strengthen the enforcement of rules that require immigrants to demonstrate that they won’t take advantage of public assistance programs after entering the...
In the News

Senator Warren Introduces Affordable Housing Bill

October 16, 2018    
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently introduced an affordable housing bill called the “American Housing and Economic Mobility Act.” It would authorize $500 billion for affordable housing programs over the next 10 years. The legislation increases funding for a number of affordable...
In the News

HUD and VA Secretaries Announce Homeless Veterans Housing Initiatives

October 16, 2018    
HUD Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie recently announced $35 million in grants to combat veteran homelessness. The funding will be provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to 212 public housing agencies...
In the News

HUD Awards $6.7M in Research Grants to Reduce Lead, Other Housing-Related Health Hazards

October 16, 2018    
To help protect children and seniors from exposure to lead and other home health hazards, HUD recently awarded $6.7 million to seven universities and public health organizations to improve methods for identifying and controlling residential health risks including lead-based paint, mold, secondhand...
In the News

House Passes Opioid Legislation that Includes Housing Pilot Program

October 16, 2018    
The House recently passed a package of opioid legislation (H.R. 6) that includes a new pilot program to provide housing assistance to individuals recovering from substance-use disorders. The bill would authorize Congress to provide funding for the pilot through the Community Development Block Grant...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Not Required to Add Non-Resident to Household

October 16, 2018    
Facts:  In March 13, 2009, a site’s management office received a “Request for Permanent Permission” on behalf of a resident to allow her grandson to permanently join her household. The reason for the request was that he “recently moved in with me to care for me and help...
The Trainer

The Trainer: November 2018

October 16, 2018    
Avoiding Discrimination Complaints When Dealing with Environmental Concerns In this month’s feature, we explained how, if you’re not careful when dealing with environmental concerns like mold, lead paint, and bedbugs, you could trigger fair housing complaints from residents....
Feature

What to Know Before Setting a Gun Policy at Your Site

September 24, 2018    
Each week, gun-related violence makes headlines, followed shortly by hotly contested debates on gun control. The right to bear arms as defined by the U.S. Constitution, as well as by many state constitutions, has and remains an issue that divides individuals, businesses, communities, and...