Certification, Compliance, Crime & Security, Dealing with Households, Feature, Income Calculations, Maintenance, Screening Applicants

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...

Prepare for HUD's New Approach to Physical Inspections

May 11, 2021    

REAC inspections resume June 1 with more advance notice and safety protocols.

 

On April 23, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge announced that HUD will substantially increase housing inspections for public housing and multifamily housing beginning on June 1. She noted that HUD...

Don't Count Unemployment Benefits and Child Tax Credit as Income

May 11, 2021    

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs recently issued guidance regarding the treatment of unemployment benefits under the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act and the monthly child tax credit under the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARPA).

Can a Family Member Be a Live-In Aide?

May 11, 2021    

A family member can seek to qualify as a live-in aide as long as HUD requirements are met. HUD defines a live-in aide as “a person who resides with one or more elderly persons, near-elderly or persons with disabilities” and is necessary to offer care and well-being services. HUD adds...

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...