Feature Articles

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...

HUD Publishes Final Section 3 Rule

October 15, 2020    

Each year HUD invests billions of federal dollars into distressed communities across the country for projects that build and rehabilitate housing, improve a variety of infrastructures, build community centers, and help families achieve stability and advancement. One way that HUD achieves these...

CDC, HHS Temporarily Halt Residential Evictions Nationwide

September 14, 2020    

We answer site owners’ FAQs about the moratorium.

 

On Sept. 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took unprecedented action when they officially published an order in the Federal Register to halt...

How to Comply with New NSPIRE Smoke Detector Standards

September 14, 2020    

Last August, HUD launched a demonstration—that is, a pilot program—to test new approaches for making certain PHAs and private owners provide housing that’s safe and livable and to overhaul HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) physical inspection protocol. The change...

Prepare for REAC Inspections to Resume

September 14, 2020    

HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) recently released a memorandum that details the return-to-operations plan for inspections. The annual REAC inspection is a critical indicator of a federally assisted site's ability to maintain the physical standards established by HUD to...

Tell Non-Filing Residents about IRS Economic Impact Payment Tool

September 14, 2020    

Even residents who don’t file tax returns can still receive their economic impact payments. As a result of the hardships presented by the coronavirus, economic impact payments are still being issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). While most people have received their payment...

Management & Occupancy Reviews: What to Expect During COVID

August 11, 2020    

Will your MOR be less?

 

 

The Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance program is subject to an annual audit and inspection known as a Management and Occupancy Review (MOR). It’s one of the tools HUD uses to monitor a site to ensure that the owner is...

How to Treat CARES Act’s Changes to Unemployment Benefits

August 11, 2020    

Since the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted in March, millions of unemployed workers have claimed unemployment benefits that were more generous than they normally would’ve received, including those who would’ve received no benefits at all. The...

Reduce Costs, Save Time When Recertifying Income

July 14, 2020    

HUD recently published the final rule implementing Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act legislation. HUD’s December 2017 interim rule amended regulatory language that applies to Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher program, Section 8, and Section 202/811 PAC/PRAC...

Take Advantage of Flexibility for Vacancy Claims During COVID

July 14, 2020    

Under normal circumstances, when an assisted unit becomes vacant, a new household doesn’t usually move in right away. It takes time to find an eligible household. And even if you have a waiting list, you may need time to complete the applicant household’s eligibility review and...

Prepare for REAC/NSPIRE Inspections to Resume in 2020

July 14, 2020    

On June 18, David Vargas, REAC’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, gave a presentation to the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) to discuss the safe return of Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) and National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) operations. In...