Feature Articles

HUD Moves to Implement New VAWA Requirements

January 17, 2023    

HUD recently requested public comment on plans to implement the key changes made by the VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA 2022) to the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. VAWA 2022 was passed in March 2022, and it became effective on Oct. 1, 2022. The Violence Against Women Act provides...

HUD Offers Free COVID-19 Test Kits for Section 202 Sites

January 17, 2023    

HUD and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have launched a federal Health Partner Ordering Portal (HPOP) to expand the available COVID-19 diagnostic testing supply for at-risk individuals. HHS and HUD have leaned on their network of aging and disability organizations to...

Follow 4 Tips to Address Resident-on-Resident Harassment

December 14, 2022    

Turning a blind eye can backfire badly, as an Oklahoma owner recently learned.

 

 

An Overview of HUD's Emergency Housing Voucher Program

December 14, 2022    

Here’s how EHVs differ from Housing Choice Vouchers.

 

Under the American Rescue Plan, the Biden administration pledged $5 billion in support for people who are homeless, victims of domestic violence, or otherwise at severe risk. This pledge became the Emergency...

How to Avoid 3 Timing Mistakes During the Verification Process

November 14, 2022    

To calculate and verify household income, applicants and tenants who are at least 18 years of age and each family head, spouse, or co-head regardless of age must provide the site with certain information specified by HUD. To make sure that the assistance is used properly, owners must verify the...

SSA Announces 8.7% Benefit Increase for 2023

November 14, 2022    

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 8.7 percent in 2023.

HUD Publishes VAWA Forms for Public Comment

November 14, 2022    

HUD recently modified and published four model forms required by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) and the implementing regulations. The latest update to VAWA occurred in March 2022 when President Biden signed into law the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of...

HUD Opens Fifth Round of COVID-19 Supplemental Payments

November 14, 2022    

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs recently announced that the fifth round of application submissions for COVID-19 Supplemental Payments is open for Section 8, Section 202, and Section 811 sites. HUD will make more than $148 million in funding available for owners to submit...

How to Avoid Mold-Related Injuries, HUD Violations

October 18, 2022    

We’ll give you a two-pronged strategy for setting up a prevention program involving staff and households.

 

Adjusted Annual Income: Understanding the Medical Expense Deduction

October 18, 2022    

One of the biggest challenges for owners and managers when it comes to calculating rent for HUD-assisted sites is determining the appropriate medical deduction for eligible households. Every household spends some of its income on health-related expenses, but not all households and not all...

5 Tips for Handling Transfer Requests from Households with Disabilities

September 23, 2022    

From time to time, you must transfer a household to another unit to comply with fair housing law. The Fair Housing Act, Section 504, and the ADA prohibit discrimination in housing because of disability. This includes refusing to provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities...

Reminder: Install CO Alarms or Detectors by Dec. 27

September 23, 2022    

As we enter the last quarter of 2022, we remind you of Housing Notice H-2022-01 issued early this year, which requires carbon monoxide (CO) alarms or detectors in HUD-assisted housing programs starting Dec. 27, 2022. The requirement applies to units covered under Public Housing, Project Based...