Feature Articles

Six Rules for Avoiding Discrimination When Marketing Your Assisted Site

June 13, 2018    

HUD recently suspended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. This rule was a 2015 regulation that required any community receiving HUD development block-grant funding to routinely identify instances of racial segregation and provide solutions to counter them. It was intended to fulfill...

Perform Cost Analysis to Cut Maintenance Expenses

June 13, 2018    

If your site needs non-routine maintenance and repair work, you must decide between either using your own staff or hiring outside contractors. Some managers think that it’s always cheaper to use their site staff, but that’s not necessarily so. There are costs associated with using...

How to Handle Resident Income Disputes with EIV Data

May 11, 2018    

EIV, which stands for Enterprise Income Verification, is HUD’s web-based tool to help reduce erroneous and improper payments in the agency’s assisted housing programs. The ultimate goal, HUD says, is to ensure that the “right benefits go to the right person.” Using EIV...

HUD Proposes to Overhaul Rents, Impose Work Requirements on HUD-Assisted Households

May 11, 2018    

The Trump administration has long signaled through its budget proposals that it aims to raise the bar for federal assistance, in large part through expanding work requirements. HUD recently released legislative text proposing sweeping HUD rent reforms. Entitled the “Making Affordable...

An Overview of Model Forms for VAWA Compliance

May 11, 2018    

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that sought to improve criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the United States. It was originally enacted in 1994 and has since been...

How to Determine Household Size for Income Eligibility

April 13, 2018    

Correctly determining the size of each household at your site is essential because the income limits you must use to check household eligibility are organized by household size. Although determining a household’s size sounds straightforward, it’s not as simple as counting the number...

Facilitate Eviction Process by Giving Attorney Relevant Documents, Information

April 13, 2018    

When you hire an attorney to evict a resident from your assisted site for violating the lease, you want to have the eviction handled as quickly and efficiently as possible. But the process may be unnecessarily hindered if you fail to give the attorney all the documents and information she needs...

How to Limit Alterations Households May Make

February 15, 2018    

Last year, the United States tallied a record high bill of $306 billion in weather-related disasters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The total amount includes damage from three of the five most expensive hurricanes in U.S. history: Hurricane Harvey cost...

How to Verify Status of Absent Member Confined to Hospital or Nursing Home

February 15, 2018    

Last month, in Set House Rules on Extended Absences and Abandonment, we discussed what may happen if an entire household leaves your site for an...