Feature Articles

How to Tap Funds in the Emergency Rental Assistance Program

January 14, 2021    

We explain how renters and owners can access the $25 billion assistance to cover past-due rents.


On Dec. 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the year-end omnibus legislation that includes appropriations for all federal departments and agencies, tax provisions,...

Second-Draw PPP Loans: Do You Qualify?

January 14, 2021    

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the pandemic. PPP loans were intended to cover payroll expenses, as well as qualifying rent, utility, and mortgage payments and...

How to Conduct Remote Informal Hearings

December 9, 2020    

HUD has finally issued guidance on how to handle hearings and briefings that were typically held face-to-face before the pandemic. On Nov. 20, HUD released Notice PIH 2020-32, “Guidance for PHAs on the Allowability of Remote Hearings and Remote Briefings.”

Under this notice,...

How to Qualify for Second Round COVID Relief Funds

December 9, 2020    

In the CARES Act, enacted in late March, Congress approved relief funds for federally assisted housing providers in the Section 202, Section 811, and project-based Section 8 programs. Specifically, the CARES Act provided:

HUD Updates Electronic Signatures, File Storage Guidance

December 9, 2020    

On Nov. 6, HUD published Notice H 2020-10 to clarify the Electronic Signatures and Electronic File Storage guidance previously published on May 26, 2020, in Notice H 2020-04. This guidance gave owners the flexibility to use electronic signatures and documents so they could limit in-person...

HUD-PIH Updates CDC Eviction Moratorium Guidance

December 9, 2020    

On Nov. 18 HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) updated its guidance regarding the temporary eviction moratorium order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC eviction moratorium ends on Dec. 31. Initially, on Oct. 19, PIH issued guidance on the CDC...

The Lead Paint Paper Trail: Documents You Need to Avoid Noncompliance

November 12, 2020    

Get the lead out before your next MOR.


When it comes to compliance with HUD rules, you can do everything right, but if you don’t have the paperwork to prove it, you’ll pay a price. And paperwork is a heavy burden when it comes to complying with HUD...

HUD Multifamily Issues Updated COVID-19 FAQs

November 12, 2020    

On Oct. 14, HUD issued updated COVID-19 FAQs for multifamily housing providers. This is the eighth update to the FAQs. HUD had last issued updated FAQs on July 31. HUD has been using this document to address the concerns of owners, staff, and residents during the pandemic.

The latest...

HUD PIH, HOPWA Don’t Count $400 Extra Unemployment Benefit as Income

November 12, 2020    

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) and HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) recently clarified that public housing agencies (PHAs) and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program will exclude the $400 per week unemployment benefit...

SSA Announces 2021 COLA Increase of 1.3%

November 12, 2020    

The Social Security Administration recently announced that the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 1.3 percent in 2021. The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security...

Providing Safe Home Modifications for Residents Aging in Place

October 15, 2020    

The number of older adults living in HUD-assisted housing is growing, and the average age of residents is increasing, according to HUD. Helping residents to age in place safely is a win-win for both owners and residents. Typically, residents want to live independently for as long as possible,...

REAC Implements New Inspections Process During Pandemic

October 15, 2020    

In response to the nationwide health crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center recently released Inspector Notice 2020-01, which establishes guidance to all Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) inspectors who conduct physical inspections of...