Feature Articles

HUD Responds to Supreme Court’s Block of Eviction Moratorium

September 15, 2021    

We explain some of the actions HUD is taking to help prevent evictions.

 

Treasury Adds 7 Policies to Expedite ERA Distribution

September 15, 2021    

The Treasury Department recently released updated Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) spending data through July 31. So far, state and local programs have spent more than $5.1 billion to support the housing stability of vulnerable renters out of the $25 billion allocated under the first round of...

HUD REAC Rescinds Latest Amendment to COVID-19 Inspection Guidance

September 15, 2021    

On Aug. 10, HUD released Inspector Notice 2021-02, Amendment to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Inspection Guidance. Due to the prevalence of the Delta COVID-19 variant, HUD has since rescinded the notice with its updates to the scheduling of Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspections and its...

What to Know Before Setting a Vaccine Mandate for Site Employees

August 12, 2021    

Government and private sector employers are requiring staff to be vaccinated. Should you?

 

While available vaccines have proven effective in controlling COVID-19 and its variants to date, the virus continues to spread, particularly among unvaccinated populations. Officials...

CDC Issues Targeted Eviction Moratorium Through Oct. 3

August 12, 2021    

On Aug. 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a limited eviction moratorium covering renters living in communities experiencing a substantial or high level of COVID-19 transmission. The CDC’s original moratorium was allowed to expire on July 31, leaving an...

HUD Multifamily Updates COVID-19 Q&A, Addresses ERA Program

August 12, 2021    

On July 29, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing published an update to the COVID-19 Q&A. This is the 11th update to the FAQs since the pandemic began. This update extends certain deadlines and waivers, clarifies previous guidance, and adds new questions regarding the Emergency Rental...

Ask 4 Questions When Reviewing Your Criminal Screening Policy

July 15, 2021    

Two recent HUD actions indicate that owners may need to review their site’s criminal screening policies for compliance. On June 25, HUD issued a new proposed rule to reinstate the discriminatory effects regulations put in place under the Obama administration in 2013. Under the 2013 rule,...

Be Prepared for Disaster Season: Review HUD Guidance and Site’s Emergency Plan

July 15, 2021    

When Elsa reached sustained winds of 85 mph recently, it became the strongest July storm in the Caribbean Sea since Hurricane Emily in 2005. It was a hurricane that formed far earlier than forecasters anticipated, even during what is expected to be an above average Atlantic hurricane season.

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium, Treasury Updates ERA FAQs

July 15, 2021    

Despite a slow start, the rate of ERA spending is increasing.

 

On June 25, the Biden administration announced that it will extend through July 31 the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Extending the eviction...

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    

Conduct a four-factor analysis to determine the translation needs at your site.

 

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...