HUD publishes guide comparing PBV and PBRA conversions

Today on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) website, HUD posted a guide to choosing between project-based vouchers (PBV) and project-based rental assistance (PBRA) for RAD conversions.

The seven-page comparison guide was published by the Office of Multifamily Housing and the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH). According to the guide’s introduction:

Under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, a public housing authority (PHA) may convert assistance under the public housing program to long-term, project-based Section 8 assistance. A PHA must choose between two forms of project-based Section 8 assistance: project-based vouchers (PBVs) and project-based rental assistance (PBRA). To assist PHAs in making this decision, this guide compares key requirements between these two forms of project-based Section 8 assistance.

To stay updated, follow the #RAD tag to keep up with all related blog posts, or subscribe to the PIH Alert and receive a daily email with breaking news and analysis for PHAs and housing professionals.

Register now for the latest guidance in fair housing

Our Housing Help Sessions for March and April are all about fair housing, specifically reasonable accommodation and VAWA 2013. As you may know, April is Fair Housing Month, and we’re getting started early by focusing on these two areas where housing professionals often have questions.

Host Terry Provance, NMA’s fair housing expert, will walk you through what’s new and what you need to know in a two-hour audio/online conference that includes a question-and-answer session. To view the full schedule of upcoming sessions, click here. The links below will take you to the registration page.

Fri. 3/20 Fair Housing Series: Session #1 Understanding Reasonable Accommodation

  • What’s most important in the reasonable accommodation process
  • The two definitions of disabled in HUD programs
  • How to apply the reasonable accommodation process at all program levels, including application, occupancy, and termination
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Terry Provance
Fri. 4/24 Fair Housing Series: Session #2 The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2013

  • Learn what’s new for your agency in VAWA 2013
  • Understand VAWA’s basic requirements, including notification, confidentiality, and how VAWA applies to both applicants and participants
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Terry Provance

Friday news roundup 2/27/15

The HUDdle: Good news from the VASH program

Next City: What’s ahead for Pruitt-Igoe

NHC: Appropriations subcommittee hearing on HUD budget highlights challenge of austerity

NLIHC: Another MTW report released

Shelterforce: Opposition to housing for military veterans can be hard to fathom

The October 2014 revision of NMA’s Model Admin Plan has shipped!

Subscribers to our annual revision service can expect to receive the latest updates to the NMA Model Administrative Plan and Guide within the next week or so. If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact Laurie Durrett in our accounting department and she’ll be happy to assist you.

Shortly after we completed our May 2014 revision of the NMA Model Administrative Plan and Guide, HUD issued two crucial pieces of guidance in the June 25, 2014 Federal Register: the HERA final rule and the implementation notice for the 2014 appropriations act. Because of the importance of this new information, we have decided to publish a second revision for 2014, which also provides updated policies for recently issued Notice PIH 2014-20. Major additions to the October 2014 revision include:

  • Extensive revisions regarding project-based vouchers (PBVs) as codified by the HERA final rule
  • A new set of policies covering the optional biennial HQS inspections authorized by the 2014 appropriations act
  • Other changes mandated by the June 25 implementation notice, including new requirements for utility allowances and a revised definition for extremely low-income (ELI) family
  • Updated language regarding nondiscrimination as outlined in Notice PIH 2014-20, which provides guidance on the equal access final rule
  • Other minor modifications to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance

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 to get started.

Friday news roundup 2/20/15

Mother Jones: Supportive housing costs Utah half as much as leaving homeless people on the street

NCSHA: HUD should develop and pilot AFFH tool before requiring states to submit fair housing assessments

Next City: This winter, cities are looking for permanent solutions to homelessness

PIH publishes final rule removing certificate program from the regs

Today in the Federal Register, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) published a final rule removing obsolete references to the Section 8 certificate program from the regulations.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reviewed its regulations to identify regulations that are ‘‘outmoded, ineffective, insufficient or excessively burdensome.’’

Following its review, HUD determined that the certificate program regulations are obsolete and unnecessary because they govern a program that has been consolidated into another program, the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. This rule also makes minor editorial corrections to the regulations.

Today’s final rule standardizes the definitions of absorption, administrative plan, admission, applicant, budget authority, continuously assisted, housing quality standards (HQS), merger date, program, receiving PHA, and utility reimbursement. The rule affects the regulations in 24 CFR Part 982. It will become effective on March 19, 2015.

Friday news roundup 2/13/15

Homelessness Law: U.S. report to the Human Rights Council underrepresents key concerns

The HUDdle: A day in the life: Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (HOPWA)

The HUDdle: Civil rights achievements shine this month

Next City: More than 1 in 4 rent-burdened in these 7 U.S. cities

Off the Charts: More households facing unaffordable housing costs than before recession

Rooflines: Promising news from the post-civil rights suburbs

Rooflines: Three takeaways from the president’s 2016 HUD budget


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