Feature

Implementing Integrated Pest Management

March 28, 2017    
By Carolyn E. Zezima, Esq. Controlling pests is an essential aspect of maintaining your site in a safe and healthy condition as well as complying with HUD physical inspection standards. Pest infestations create significant health risks for people and can result in a pretty big deduction from your...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Must Reinstate Voucher While Case Is Pending

March 28, 2017    
Facts: A Section 8 resident sued the local PHA and its executive director based on their termination of her voucher. She asserted a violation of her due process rights and violations of her right to a reasonable accommodation for her son’s disability. She also asked the judge for a Temporary...
Feature

How to Avoid Fair Housing Problems When Applicants and Residents Use Wheelchairs

March 10, 2017    
Federal fair housing law bans discrimination against people on the basis of disability. And mobility impairment is a disability under the law. So if you or your staff treat mobility-impaired applicants and residents in a discriminatory manner, you’re violating the law.
Compliance

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, and...
In the News

Dr. Ben Carson Sworn in as HUD Secretary

March 10, 2017    
On March 2, Dr. Ben S. Carson, Sr. was sworn in as the 17th Secretary of HUD. Secretary Carson will now lead a cabinet agency of approximately 8,000 employees who oversee most of the nation’s affordable housing programs and will manage a nearly $50 billion budget. Sheila Greenwood, formerly...
In the News

Report Finds Some Moving to Work PHAs Promote Mobility

March 10, 2017    
The Urban Institute recently released a report entitled Moving to Work and Neighborhood Opportunity. This report explored how public housing authorities (PHAs) granted Moving to Work (MTW) status by HUD use their unique policy and fiscal flexibility to help low-income households move to opportunity...
In the News

Bill Would Provide Legal Assistance to Low-Income Tenants

March 10, 2017    
Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) recently introduced the “Equal Opportunity for Residential Representation Act of 2017.” The bill is designed to help provide legal and supportive services to lower income families. 
In the News

Report: Education Increases Chances of Exiting Rental Assistance

March 10, 2017    
A report by the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC), The Education Boost: Lifting Families Out of Poverty, estimates the value that improvements in education can have on positive exits from rental assistance, describes the barriers low-income individuals face attending...
In the News

HUD Approves 41 HTF Allocations Plans to Date

March 10, 2017    
The Housing Trust Fund (HTF) is an affordable housing production program that complements existing federal, state, and local efforts to increase and preserve the affordable housing supply for extremely low- and very low-income households, including homeless families. The HTF was established under...
In the News

Trump Administration Sends Preliminary FY 2018 Budget Framework to Agencies

March 10, 2017    
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently sent federal agencies a preliminary FY 2018 budget framework. The framework identifies its top-line funding amounts for the agencies and asks them for feedback on how they will achieve these targets. OMB officials said the budget...
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