Feature

Avoid Seven Mistakes When Verifying Disability

March 14, 2019    
April is National Fair Housing Month, which, according to HUD, is time for people to come together “as a community and a nation to celebrate the anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and recommit to that goal which inspired us in the aftermath of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King...
Compliance

Follow Nine Steps to Prevent Unnecessary HAP Delays

March 14, 2019    
If your site has a housing assistance payments (HAP) contract, you may have gotten a late payment from HUD at one time or another. Late assistance payments can cause serious problems at your site. For example, if your site doesn’t have large reserves, it may not be able to make mortgage...
In the News

Trump Administration Proposes 2020 HUD Budget

March 14, 2019    
President Trump recently released his fiscal year 2020 budget request. The 2020 President’s Budget requests $44.1 billion for HUD, approximately $8.7 billion less than the 2019 Annualized Continuing Resolution (CR). According to Secretary Carson, the budget strategically invests in programs...
In the News

Pressure Mounts to Implement CO Protections after Deaths in Public Housing

March 14, 2019    
Recently, NBC News found that at least 11 deaths in federally subsidized housing since 2003 were caused by carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, most recently in January when two men died in a public housing site in Columbia, S.C. HUD doesn’t require CO detectors in public housing and, according to...
In the News

HUD Publishes RAD for PRAC Notice for Comment

March 14, 2019    
The FY 2018 Appropriations Act authorized the conversion of properties assisted by Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRAC). HUD has requested comments to a new draft Section 4 to be added to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Revised Notice. The new section would allow for the...
In the News

HUD Implements $5M Set-Aside for TPVs in Low-Vacancy Areas

March 14, 2019    
HUD issued a joint notice implementing the use of the $5 million set-aside included in the FY 2018 appropriations for tenant protection vouchers (TPVs) for low-income households who may have to pay more than 30 percent of their adjusted incomes for rent if they live in certain HUD-assisted...
In the News

Trump Administration's HUD Nominees Advance in Senate

March 14, 2019    
The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs recently approved the nominations of Seth Appleton to be Assistant Secretary of HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research and Robert Kurtz to be Assistant Secretary of HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing. These...
Recent Court Rulings

Owner May Be Liable for Tenant-on-Tenant Racial Harassment

March 14, 2019    
Fact: A few months after a Section 8 resident moved into his unit, his next-door neighbor began a relentless campaign of racial harassment, abuse, and threats directed toward him. From the start of the harassment, the resident, “fear[ing] for his personal safety,” contacted the police...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Liable for Disability Discrimination

March 14, 2019    
Facts: A disabled resident undergoing mental health treatment sued the local PHA for discrimination based on the PHA’s policy concerning “therapy pets.” A month after he moved in, the resident got a cat, and sometime later got a second cat. He claimed that his cats help to manage...
The Trainer

The Trainer: April 2019

March 14, 2019