Feature

The Government Shutdown's Impact on HUD & Federal Housing Programs

January 15, 2019    
Since the latest continuing resolution, which funded HUD and several other federal agencies in the absence of enacted Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations bills, expired on Dec. 21, 2018, Congress and President Trump haven’t enacted a final FY 2019 HUD bill. As a result, funding for HUD has...
Compliance

Follow Four Dos & Don'ts When Applying Minimum Rent Rules

January 15, 2019    
HUD occupancy regulations require all households living at Section 8 sites to pay a monthly rent of at least $25, unless the household qualifies for an exemption [HUD Handbook 4350.3, par. 5-26(D)]. This minimum rent doesn’t apply to Section 202 PAC, Section 202 PRAC, Section 811 PRAC, RAP,...
In the News

HUD Announces ROSS-SC Awards

January 15, 2019    
HUD recently announced $29 million in grants to public housing authorities (PHAs) and nonprofit organizations to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs and educational opportunities through the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency Service Coordinators (ROSS-SC)...
In the News

Action Plan Aims to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure

January 15, 2019    
The Trump administration recently announced a joint action plan by HUD, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reduce childhood lead exposures and associated health impacts. “HUD is delighted to join the other members of...
In the News

HUD Posts Notice on Changes to Admission and Occupancy Requirements

January 15, 2019    
In the Public Inspection of the Federal Register, HUD recently posted a 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection on changes to Admission and Occupancy Requirements for Public Housing. According to the notice, it implements changes to the admission and occupancy requirements for the Public...
Recent Court Rulings

Owner Not Required to Give Resident Opportunity to Cure Criminal Conduct

January 15, 2019    
Facts: A site owner gave a resident notice that it was terminating his lease at the end of the monthly renewal period.
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Not Liable for Section 8 Resident's Short-Term Fees

January 15, 2019    
Facts: A Section 8 resident sued the local PHA for allegedly violating his rights by not including in its subsidy for voucher tenants month-to-month or short-terms fees that some owners charge.
Feature

Don't Let Inspectors Deduct Points for Five Common Site Conditions

December 11, 2018    
Inspectors sometimes hit sites with inspection violations (what HUD calls “defects” or “deficiencies”) for conditions that aren’t actually violations or that the inspector shouldn’t have inspected in the first place. This happens because HUD’s inspection...
Q & A

Handling Payments from Special Needs Trusts

December 11, 2018    
Q I have a Section 8 housing applicant who has a special needs trust. Payment for her part-time attendant and some other expenses are made through the trust. Are regular payments from the trust for the benefit of the applicant considered income for the applicant? Can attendant costs be used as a...
Q & A

Dealing with Proof of Identity and Second Last Names

December 11, 2018    
Q Some of our applicants, especially those from Puerto Rico, have a second last name on their birth certificate that isn’t on their Social Security card. How should this scenario be handled?