Feature Articles

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...

Are Your Residents Eligible for the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit?

March 11, 2021    

High-speed Internet at home has become essential for school, work, and many other areas of life during the pandemic. Some of your households may be struggling to afford an Internet connection. In an April Pew Research survey of American parents with children attending school remotely, 36 percent...

Get NSPIREd: HUD Proposes Rule to Overhaul Physical Inspections

February 11, 2021    

In the past few years, HUD has reexamined the inspection process used by its Real Estate Assessment Center. REAC is responsible for inspecting properties owned and operated by approximately 3,700 local public housing authorities and approximately 23,000 privately owned apartment buildings...

Follow Your Policy to Ward Off Remaining Family Member Grievances

February 11, 2021    

Occasionally, after the death of a resident or head of household, a remaining family member will claim succession rights to the subsidized apartment. According to HUD, a remaining household member is one in which the individual is of legal contract age under state law and was a party to the...

How to Use Public Housing Funds to Support Internet Connectivity

February 11, 2021    

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently issued guidance regarding the use of public housing funds to support Internet connectivity for public housing residents. PIH has found that although broadband Internet is vitally important for education, employment, health, and...

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...