HUD announces new action plan to create smoke-free housing

Green Bay public housing units went smoke-free earlier this month (Photo: Green Bay Press Gazette)

Green Bay public housing units went smoke-free earlier this month. (Photo: Green Bay Press Gazette)

HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) has published a new 100-page action guide on establishing smoke-free public housing and multifamily properties. The authors provide the following summary:

HUD has encouraged the adoption of smoke-free policies for the past several years. In 2009 and 2012, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing issued Notices PIH 2009-21 and PIH 2012-25, stating that HUD “strongly encourages PHAs to implement non-smoking policies in some or all of their public housing units.”

In September 2010, HUD’s Office of Housing issued a notice for owners/agents of federally subsidized private housing (later reissued as H 2012-22) encouraging the adoption of smoke-free policies in some or all of their properties. In 2012, HUD sent a smoke-free housing toolkit with background information and sample planning documents for implementation to directors of approximately 2,200 PHAs.

A major reason that HUD is committed to encouraging PHAs and property owners/agents of subsidized or market rate multifamily housing to implement smoke-free policies is that the movement of secondhand smoke between units cannot be controlled in multifamily buildings. Research has shown that ventilation and other air filtration technologies cannot eliminate the health risks caused by secondhand smoke exposure. HUD also supports smoke-free policies because they reduce property maintenance costs and the risk of fires.

One quarter of U.S. residents—approximately 79 million people—live in multifamily properties. This includes one-family houses attached to one or more other houses and buildings with two to 50 or more apartments. Even though the majority of people do not allow smoking in their homes, 36 percent regularly are exposed to secondhand smoke.

In the past 15 years, more than 500 PHAs throughout the nation have adopted and implemented smoke-free policies. The rate of adoption of smoke-free policies accelerated quickly following the publication of an official notice by HUD that strongly encouraged PHAs to adopt smoke-free policies. Also, a growing number of nationwide property management firms are going smoke-free across all properties.

The action guide is divided into five sections that cover reasons to adopt a smoke-free policy, real-life examples of smoke-free policies, recommended steps, and frequently asked questions. You’ll find the guide on this page at the HUD website along with smoke-free toolkits for PHAs and residents.

Friday news roundup 10/17/14

Having a housing voucher substantially reduces the likelihood of living in an extreme-poverty neighborhood.Confronting Suburban Poverty: Behind the “poor door” controversy: inclusionary zoning policies in cities and suburbs

MetroTrends: If well-designed, constructed, and maintained, affordable housing is a vital economic and social asset

NHC: Disaster resilience and affordable housing

Off the Charts (Will Fischer): Rental assistance kept over 3 million people out of poverty last year

Off the Charts (Douglas Rice): Violent, stressful, high-poverty neighborhoods can compromise children’s cognitive development, school performance, and health

Off the Charts (Barbara Sard): Rental assistance can do more to help kids live in better neighborhoods

Rooflines: Inclusionary upzoning is gaining ground

TalkPoverty: The criminalization of poverty and the high costs that result

ThinkProgress: It would actually be very simple to end homelessness forever

HUD publishes proposed rule on demo/dispo

In the Federal Register today, HUD published a proposed rule on public housing demolition, disposition, and conversion. The rule would update regulations to comply with requirements of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA), and would revise and clarify the current regulations. The proposed rule would also add requirements related to resident consultation, application processing, “and other requirements that have until now been placed in notices to PHAs.”

In addition to updating the regulations governing demolition/disposition of public housing properties, today’s 40-page notice would correct and clarify the definition of “conversion” of public housing. The regulations at 24 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 972 would be revised to match the statutory definitions of voluntary and required conversions. The rule would also reorganize the current regulations at 24 CFR Part 970.

If you wish to submit comments on today’s proposed rule, you will find instructions following the “Addresses” heading in the preamble. Comments are due by December 15.

NMA’s 2014 Housing Regulations on CD now available!

Subscribers to our annual revision service can expect to receive the latest version of the NMA Code of Federal Regulations on CD this week. If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact Meg Kennedy in the NMA accounting department and she’ll be happy to assist you.

Our 2014 edition of searchable housing regulations on CD includes the addition of the following regulatory changes:

  • Added 24 CFR Part 92 regulations for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program
  • Final Rule, “Capital Fund Program,” issued October 24, 2013, effective November 25, 2013 (Revises 24 CFR Part 903.3; revises 24 CFR Part 905, Subpart A and adds Subpart B, C, D, F, G and H; removes Parts 24 CFR 941, 24 CFR 968, and 24 CFR 969)
  • Final Rule, “Amendments To Reflect Change of Office Name From Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control to Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes,” issued June 19, 2014, effective July 21, 2014 (Revises 24 CFR Part 30.65(a), and 24 CFR Part 35.1330(a)(4)(iii))
  • Final Rule, “The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA): Changes to the Section 8 Tenant-Based Voucher and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Programs,” issued June 25, 2014, effective July 25, 2014 (Revises 24 CFR Parts 5, 982 and 983)

NMA revision services provide a yearly update to your NMA Master Books and model policies with explanations and guidance regarding the most current HUD rules and regulations. To stay updated on the latest program information, try a free 30-day trial subscription to the PIH Alert. Email sales@nanmckay.com to get started.

Say hello to the NMA team in Baltimore

BaltimoreThe NAHRO 2014 National Conference starts this Thursday, and several key members of the NMA management team will be there:

John McKay, Chief Executive Officer. John McKay has been with NMA since 1998, and has served as CEO of the company since 2007. Prior to this, he was vice president of operations, creating the new consulting and technology services departments. This initiative introduced the first fully functional NMA Performance Portal to the affordable housing market. John brings his knowledge of housing regulations and industry best practices into his role as project executive on many of NMA’s contracts with large housing authority clients and HUD. He has assessed, analyzed, and provided feedback to some of the country’s most well-run private and public organizations.

Dorian Jenkins, Vice President, Program Management. Dorian Jenkins is a dynamic and energetic leader with two decades of low-income housing experience. As vice president of program management, he heads the NMA teams at both the Chicago Housing Authority and Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development. His teams focus on consistently meeting and exceeding performance goals while providing high-quality services to both agencies and their stakeholders.

Carrol Vaughan, Vice President, Professional Services. With over 30 years of experience in the affordable housing industry, vice president of professional services Carrol Vaughan ensures that Nan McKay and Associates continues to provide the highest quality support to the nation’s housing agencies. Prior to joining NMA, Carrol served as executive vice president and COO with the San Diego Housing Commission, where she was responsible for all housing programs, real estate development, workforce and economic initiatives, housing finance, and homeownership programs, as well as operation functions, organizational development and training, and information technology.

Andrew Denicola, Sales and Business Development Manager. Andrew Denicola has ten years of broad experience, including efficiency consulting, document and records management, and quality control and program integrity. Since joining NMA, his work has included extensive file reviews, admin plan and ACOP consulting, setting up and helping run QC departments, evaluating policies and procedures, assessing departments and agencies, and developing recommendation plans. Andrew’s background includes experience in the public housing program, HCV program, and Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP).

Jason Lee, Derrick Ratliff, and Edward Adams will also be attending from the NMA sales department. Stop by and say hi at booth #1117!

Friday news roundup 10/10/14

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: The 1968 HUD act forever changed the politics and policy of low-income housing in this country

Next City: Inside HUD’s favorite new program, the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Rooflines: The vast majority of people making less than 60 percent of AMI are working at essential jobs that make our economies function

Housing Help Sessions are back, and the first one is free!

What is a Housing Help Session, you ask? Our longtime customers will remember them previously known as Lunch ‘n’ Learns. They’re a very popular way to get the latest program guidance in a convenient two-hour online session.

Following is the schedule of Housing Help Sessions for the final quarter of 2014. To view the full schedule, click here. The links below will take you to the registration page.

In case you missed it, we also recently posted our seminar calendar for the first quarter of 2015. You can find more information here.

DATE CATEGORY TOPIC HOST
Fri.
10/31
Common Errors in Rent Calc: Session #1

FREE Session!

Common Errors in Assets

  • What is and is not an asset
  • Calculating market value, cash value, imputed asset income, and actual anticipated income
  • Applying new requirements for determining the passbook rate
  • How to handle assets disposed of for less than fair market value
Annie Stevenson
Fri.
11/21
Common Errors in Rent Calc: Session #2  Common Errors in Adjusted Income

  • How families qualify for allowances
  • Using allowances to calculate adjusted income
  • Dependent, elderly/disabled, medical, disability assistance, and child care allowances
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration for this session
Annie Stevenson
Fri.
12/19
Common Errors in Rent Calc: Session #3 Earned Income Disallowance (EID)

  • How families qualify for EID
  • Calculating the exclusion
  • Tracking the disallowance
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration for this session
Annie Stevenson
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