Feature

Five Dos & Don'ts for Calculating Income from 'Gig Economy' or Irregular Employment

February 10, 2017    
With the rising popularity of online services that match freelance labor and local demand, you may find that an increasing number of applicants or residents are earning their income from Uber and other “gig” companies like Lyft and TaskRabbit. These companies hire their workers as...
Screening Applicants

FTC Issues Screening Guidance for Owners

February 10, 2017    
Screening for credit and rental history are among the list of permitted screening criteria commonly used by owners [HUD Handbook 4350.3, par. 4-7(F)]. The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued new guidance for owners who use background checks to screen tenants to help them comply with the...
Compliance

PHA Verification Procedures When Noncitizen Claims VAWA Protections

February 10, 2017    
HUD recently issued a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) notice relating to noncitizen self-petitioner procedures under VAWA. This notice applies to public housing, Housing Choice Voucher assistance (including project-based vouchers), and Section 8 Mod Rehab.
In the News

HUD Issues Final Rule to Help Children Exposed to Lead Paint Hazards

February 10, 2017    
In an effort to respond quickly when young children living in federally assisted housing experience elevated levels of lead in their blood, HUD published a new rule lowering the department’s threshold of lead in the child’s blood to match the more protective guidance of the Centers for...
In the News

HUD Posts Interim AFFH Guidance for States

February 10, 2017    
HUD recently posted interim guidance for states regarding their statutory obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). The guidance tells how states should comply with the rule until HUD finalizes the state Assessment of Fair Housing Tool.
In the News

HUD Issues HOTMA Implementation Provisions for Voucher Programs

February 10, 2017    
HUD published a notice in the Federal Register on Jan. 18 that implements many provisions of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) that pertain to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) tenant-based and project-based voucher (PBV) programs.
Recent Court Rulings

Agreement to Settle Nonpayment Case Prevents Resident’s Unjust Enrichment Claim

February 10, 2017    
Facts: A Section 8 resident sued the management company for unjust enrichment. She claimed that the company raised her rent without authorization and unjustly retained money paid to the company by HUD on her behalf.
Recent Court Rulings

PHA May Have Improperly Denied VAWA Protections to Voucher Holder’s Spouse

February 10, 2017    
Facts: A spouse of a voucher holder claimed that the local PHA deprived her of her due process rights by denying her the opportunity to be heard at a hearing to determine the termination of a voucher held by her husband. She wasn’t the voucher holder herself.
Recent Court Rulings

Government Liable for Breach of Annual Contributions Contracts

February 10, 2017    
Facts: In a consolidated lawsuit, over 300 PHAs sued the United States for breach of contract. They claimed that HUD breached their Annual Contributions Contracts (ACC) in 2012 when it didn’t comply with the rules set forth at Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations that govern the...
The Trainer

The Trainer — March 2017

February 10, 2017    
Calculating Income from Irregular Employment In this month’s feature, we discussed HUD’s rules for calculating household income from irregular employment or “gig economy” jobs. Applicants or residents who earn money through these gig companies can make varying amounts of...
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