Friday news roundup 5/22/15

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) has updated the two-year forecasting tool for the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. According to the announcement of Version 2015.2:

This tool contains a “wizard” that will assist you in populating the tool with PHA-specific leasing and spending numbers. You may also bypass the “wizard” to access a blank tool. The two-year tool also contains a high-level analysis of a PHA’s administrative fee situation, including peer group comparisons, when using the “wizard.”

PIH also posted a 20-page step-by-step guide for the updated tool and a “success rate document” which describes “potential routes a PHA may pursue to try and increase the success rate of issued vouchers.” You’ll find links to the updated tool and supporting documents on the HCV home page. In other news:

CityLab: The deep roots of America’s housing affordability crisis

New York Times (via Planetizen): An aggressive plan to shore up New York City’s deteriorating public housing

NLIHC: Congress has left Washington, DC for the Memorial Day recess

Our offices will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Have a nice long weekend!

Friday news roundup 5/15/15

CBPP: Rental assistance need growing in nearly every state

The HUDdle: A typical day at the CPD office in San Juan, Puerto Rico

NCHSA: House appropriations committee passes FY 2016 THUD bill

NHC: House appropriations committee approves FY 2016 THUD bill

Free GoSection8 webinar tomorrow, the affordable housing industry’s premier rent reasonableness provider, is hosting a free webinar tomorrow for new users and anyone who’s interested in how Go8 improves workflow, increases accuracy, and implements a more proactive approach to negotiating rents.

GoSection8: How can we help?

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015
  • 1–2 p.m. eastern time (10–11 a.m. Pacific time)
  • After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar
  • Space is limited, don’t delay!

Register online now!

Nan McKay and Associates is a proud partner of GoSection8, the largest rental listing service for the Section 8 housing program, serving tenants, landlords, and public housing agencies across the United States since 2004. To learn more about how you can bring Go8 to your agency, email

Friday news roundup 5/8/15

Brookings: Moving to Opportunity (MTO) seems to work, after all

CBPP: A state-by-state look at federal rental assistance

CBPP: Groundbreaking studies show good neighborhoods help low-income children succeed

CBPP: Housing vouchers can help moms raise their kids in safe neighborhoods

CBPP: Tight spending caps force housing assistance cuts

NCHSA: Congress adopts concurrent resolution on FY 2016 budget

NCSHA: Worst-case housing needs high despite short-term improvement

NLIHC: FY 2016 appropriations bill cuts housing spending

PRRAC: Fifty years of “The People v. HUD”: A civil rights timeline

Washington Post: America’s poorest renters are finally catching a break

Friday news roundup 5/1/15

CityLab (via NHC): When it comes to housing affordability, are cities like Seattle doomed?

HUD: NYU wins student design and planning competition with senior highrise

The HUDdle: New website celebrates 50th anniversary, includes interactive timeline

NCSHA: House FY 2016 THUD bill cuts critical housing programs

NLIHC: Bill introduced to block AFFH rule, currently expected to be published early this summer

Rooflines: New data on true cost of voucher administration

PIH posts corrected op sub tools for 770 projects

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) has posted corrected operating subsidy tools for calendar year 2015 for 770 projects. The revisions resulted from corrections to the data used to prepopulate Excel tools for 2015 operating subsidy submissions. PILOT (“payments in lieu of taxes”) and stop-loss transition funding figures for some projects were incorrect in the Excel data posted in January. HUD notified PHAs of the corrections in an April 23 email. The email included a 43-page .pdf document listing the impacted projects.

Click here to access the corrected HUD-52723 forms by state.

To receive updates and analysis on the latest PIH news, subscribe to NMA’s PIH Alert and receive a daily email with breaking news and other important information for PHAs and housing professionals.

NMA’s Ray Adair participates in HUD’s administrative fee study

Ray AdairThe Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has archived a public briefing on the results of its long-awaited study on administrative fees in the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. The 90-minute presentation was broadcast on April 17. The program is now available on HUD’s webcast archives page and here, on the HUD channel at YouTube.

In a press release on April 8, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) provided this introduction to the study:

PHAs can only help low-income families with housing choice vouchers if they can pay the costs of administering the program. Since the beginning of the program in the mid-1970s, the formula for allocating administrative fees has largely relied on differences in fair market rents (FMRs) for determining administrative fee allocations, based on the weak theory that FMRs correlate with wage rates and other costs of operation, like office rent.

The lack of actual data on how much it costs to run a high-performing and efficient voucher program has undermined HUD’s efforts to ensure adequate levels of funding throughout the nation.

Through a very detailed and methodical approach, this study captured all costs incurred (labor, non-labor, direct, indirect, overhead costs) at a broad sample of 60 PHAs operating high-performing and efficient HCV programs across the country between 2012 and 2014. The study proposes a new administrative fee formula, which is based on cost drivers that cover the actual costs to administer the HCV program and has implications for the overall budget and for individual PHAs.

NMA vice president of finance Ray Adair is credited on page 4 of the report for his participation in the study as a member of the expert and industry technical group. You can read an executive summary of the report here and view an accompanying slide presentation here. The full report is here.


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