Feature Articles

HUD Issues New Civil Rights Guidance on Marketing, Application Requirements

May 11, 2022    

HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) recently released new guidance to reinforce requirements that HUD-subsidized multifamily housing’s marketing materials and application processes be designed to be inclusive of persons of all races and national origins. The...

Legislators Hold Hearing on Fire Safety, Inspection Standards in HUD Housing

May 11, 2022    

NSPIRE standards’ implementation and pending legislation keeps the spotlight on resident safety.

 

HUD Issues Income Limits for Fiscal Year 2022

May 11, 2022    

On April 18, HUD issued the fiscal year 2022 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...

How to Comply with the Latest Housing Provisions in VAWA 2022

April 14, 2022    

On March 16, President Biden signed into law the latest reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a 1994 law that provides resources for survivors and prevention of gender-based, domestic, and sexual violence. VAWA’s renewal took on added urgency because of an alarming...

4 Tips for Complying with HUD's Asset Disposition Rule

April 14, 2022    

When interviewing households at certifications, you must find out whether they have disposed of or sold, given away, or put in trust assets for less than fair market value within the last two years. If they have, you generally must factor such assets into your calculations for the household even...

How to Respond to Sexual and Other Discriminatory Harassment Complaints

March 10, 2022    

Sexual harassment in housing is illegal, as is harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, familial status, or disability. The Fair Housing Act prohibits harassment, retaliation, and other types of discrimination based on these protected characteristics.

HUD Issues Update on REAC Inspections During Pandemic

March 10, 2022    

In June 2021, HUD resumed physical inspections for public housing and multifamily housing after a temporary pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They began with inspections of designated high-priority sites. These sites were chosen based on a number of factors such as insured status, time elapsed...

HUD Updates Guidance Related to Carbon Monoxide

February 10, 2022    

Carbon monoxide protections in assisted housing will be enforced.

 

HUD issued Notice H-2022-01 on Jan. 31 to clarify federal requirements for carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and detectors. CO is a byproduct of fuel-fired combustion appliances such as furnaces and water heaters...

Tragic Fires Prompt Legislative Response, Attention to Safety Challenges

February 10, 2022    

Earlier this year, two of the deadliest residential fires in the U.S. occurred within a span of four days. Both of these fires occurred in federally subsidized affordable housing.

On Jan. 5, a fire broke out in a Philadelphia rowhouse owned by the public housing authority. The fire killed...

Follow 3 Tips to Prepare Your Site for Fair Housing Testers

January 14, 2022    

HUD is stepping up the use of testers to uncover housing discrimination.

 

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that it had obtained a settlement agreement with a Housing Authority in Oklahoma. The settlement resolved allegations that two of its former employees...

Apply IRS Mileage Rate When Deducting Medical and Business Driving Expenses

January 14, 2022    

On Dec. 17, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 22-03, which contains the 2022 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes. The agency said it rates the standard mileage for business use based on an annual...

HUD Issues Regulatory Waivers and Flexibilities for PHAs in Disaster Areas

January 14, 2022    

The year 2021 was marked by climate extremes across the U.S., including exceptional warmth, devastating severe weather, and the second-highest number of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In fact, a...