Feature Articles

How to Report Household Changes Between Annual Certifications

June 10, 2021    

To ensure that assisted households pay rents appropriate with their ability to pay, tenants must report changes of family income and composition for use in interim recertifications in accordance with HUD requirements. Before the pandemic, this recertification process was done before the...

Follow LEP Requirements to Avoid Discrimination Claims

June 10, 2021    

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Individuals who don’t speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English can be limited English proficient, or “LEP...

Treasury Updates ERA FAQs as Funds Start Rolling Out

June 10, 2021    

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced that it has distributed $6.1 billion through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program in less than two weeks since $21.6 billion was allocated to the program through funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The program...

Prepare for HUD's New Approach to Physical Inspections

May 11, 2021    

REAC inspections resume June 1 with more advance notice and safety protocols.


On April 23, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge announced that HUD will substantially increase housing inspections for public housing and multifamily housing beginning on June 1. She noted that HUD...

Don't Count Unemployment Benefits and Child Tax Credit as Income

May 11, 2021    

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs recently issued guidance regarding the treatment of unemployment benefits under the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act and the monthly child tax credit under the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARPA).

Can a Family Member Be a Live-In Aide?

May 11, 2021    

A family member can seek to qualify as a live-in aide as long as HUD requirements are met. HUD defines a live-in aide as “a person who resides with one or more elderly persons, near-elderly or persons with disabilities” and is necessary to offer care and well-being services. HUD adds...

Government Steps Up Enforcement of CDC Eviction Moratorium

April 9, 2021    

Owners who violate the moratorium, now extended through June, face stiff penalties for violations.


HUD Nixes 'Mixed Immigration Status' Proposed Rule

April 9, 2021    

On April 2, HUD formally withdrew a Trump era proposed rule that would’ve adjusted how rental assistance is prorated to households with mixed immigration status. Instead of continuing to allow mixed-status households to live in HUD-assisted housing and prorating the amount of their...

Income Limits Rise for FY 2021

April 9, 2021    

On April 1, HUD issued the fiscal year 2021 income limits that determine eligibility for various HUD-assisted housing programs including the Public Housing, Section 8 Project-Based, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, and Section 811 Housing for Persons with...

Emergency Rental Assistance Program: 2020 Act vs. 2021 Act

April 9, 2021    

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, which passed in the U.S. Senate by a narrow 50-49 vote on March 6 and in the U.S. House of Representatives by a 220-211 vote on March 10, signifies the Biden...

HUD to Fight Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

March 11, 2021    

We’ll explain why and how—and what you can do to avoid discrimination claims.


On Feb. 11, HUD announced in a memo that its Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) will fully enforce the Fair Housing Act to ban discrimination because of sexual...

Treasury Department Issues New Emergency Rental Assistance Guidance

March 11, 2021    

New guidance lowers barriers to emergency rental relief.


On Feb. 22, the Department of the Treasury released an updated FAQ to help states and communities quickly distribute more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance to renters financially impacted by...