Friday news roundup 11/21/14

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: Housing cost burdens continue to strain renters

MetroTrends: 3 trends that signal hard times for renters

Next City: Tying housing vouchers to public schools

NLIHC: AFFH assessment tool comments due Tuesday

NLIHC: Hold put on PIH assistant secretary

NLIHC: HUD submits fair housing report to Congress

Rooflines: A RADical change for public housing?

Our offices will be closed next Thursday and Friday to celebrate Thanksgiving, so we won’t be publishing the weekly news roundup. Check back on Friday, December 5 for the next installment. In the meantime, enjoy your holiday!

NMA Inspections: Free webinar tomorrow

Michael Petragallo, project manager of NMA Inspections, presenting a session at last year's NMA Housing Conference

Michael Petragallo, project manager of NMA Inspections, presenting a session at the 2013 NMA Housing Conference

Last chance to register! Learn more about the benefits of outsourcing HQS inspections in an informative webinar with Michael Petragallo, project manager of NMA Inspections. Join us on Thursday, November 20 for a half-hour discussion of how outsourcing HQS inspections can benefit your PHA, your staff, and the families you serve. We’ll share some of the reasons that more and more agencies are choosing NMAI.

NMA Inspections
Presenter, Michael Petragallo

  • Thursday, November 20
  • 10 to 10:30 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. eastern time)
  • To register for the webinar, email with your name, your agency’s name, and your email address. You’ll receive an email confirmation with instructions.

Email to register!

With over 20 years of experience providing HQS inspection services and more than 1.5 million successfully completed HQS, UPCS, and rehabilitation inspections, Michael Petragallo recently wrote for the NMA blog about the deregulation of HQS inspections and what that means for the affordable housing industry.

Getting EID right: Tip #5

Samantha PratterTip #5: Remember that EID can go back in time.

For ease of calculation, HUD has said that the EID clock can start on the first of the month following the increase in earned income. This is true whether your PHA requires the family to report the increase or not.

At PHAs that don’t require interim reporting, this means that EID is still applied retroactively to when the family member experienced the increase in income. At PHAs where interim reporting is required, staff must determine whether the family’s reporting responsibilities were violated. A violation of family obligations may prompt the PHA to take action such as a warning conference or even termination of assistance, even though there has been no overpayment of subsidy.

To sum up, the five tips we’ve discussed are:

And if you’re still in the mood for more on EID, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has two sets of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that can be accessed here and here, which will give you even more information on qualifying, tracking, and calculating.

We’ve also scheduled an upcoming Housing Help Session for December 19 on the earned income disallowance. It’s a great opportunity to discuss your EID questions and concerns with an NMA rent calc expert. Click here to register.

Trainer and consultant Samantha Sowards has been a part of the NMA team since 2008. For beginning and intermediate students, she recommends HCV and Public Housing Rent Calculation, available in both English and Spanish.

New Housing Help Session this Friday!

Coming up this Friday: the second in our ongoing series of webinars focusing on the biggest problem areas agencies face when calculating rent. Ask an NMA rent calculation expert your rent calc questions, learn more about how families qualify for allowances, and practice using allowances to calculate adjusted income. This webinar will focus on the dependent, elderly/disabled, medical, disability assistance, and child care allowances.

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

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
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
Fri. 1/30 Common Errors in Rent Calc: Session #4 Understanding HUD’s Verification Hierarchy

  • How to properly verify all the factors affecting adjusted income
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration for this session
Annie Stevenson

Friday news roundup 11/14/14

Yesterday HUD’s Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) Gustavo Velasquez sent an email inviting interested parties to participate in a conference call scheduled for Monday, November 17, on HUD’s annual report on the state of fair housing. The event, which will be hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and HUD Secretary Julián Castro, begins at 3 p.m. eastern time. If you wish to participate, you’ll find an online registration form here. In other news:

The HUDdle: We are ending homelessness

The HUDdle: Helping affordable housing developers reach Energy Star certification

Off the Charts: Sequestration’s toll: 100,000 fewer low-income families with housing vouchers

Washington Post (via Planetizen): What happens when housing for the poor is remodeled as luxury studios

Getting EID right: Tip #4

Samantha PratterTip #4: Understand the qualifying factors.

Once you’ve determined that the person has had an increase in their earned income (and, in the HCV program, that they are a person with disabilities), the EID family member must then meet one of the following three eligibility factors:

  1. The family member was previously unemployed. This can mean one of two things. First, the family member was not working at all for the last year or more. Or, second, it could mean that they were underemployed. To be considered previously unemployed under EID, the family member must have earned less than the prevailing minimum wage in your area multiplied by 10 hours per week, 50 weeks per year. So if your local minimum wage is $7.75, then anyone who made less than $3,875 over the past year is previously unemployed. This means that someone could have worked in the last year, and still qualify for EID.
  2. The increase occurred during the family member’s participation in a job training or economic self-sufficiency program. The key word is during. For example, while the participant was taking a math class at the local community college, they also started working at the on-campus bookstore. The job does not need to be the result of the economic self-sufficiency or job training program. The participant simply must have the increase in earned income while participating in one of these types of programs.
  3. The family member has received TANF benefits or services at any time in the last six months. Note that if the payment is for TANF services rather than regular monthly TANF payments (such as a one-time payment to a participant to help them offset the cost of fixing their car), then the payment must have been for at least $500.

Trainer and consultant Samantha Sowards has been a part of the NMA team since 2008. For beginning and intermediate students, she recommends HCV and Public Housing Rent Calculation, available in both English and Spanish.

The NMA year-end sale is back!

In the spirit of customer appreciation, NMA is once again holding our much-anticipated year-end sale! Now through December 31, save 20 percent on January–March 2015 seminars. (The discount does not apply to seminars hosted by housing authorities or associations.)

You can view a list of the training opportunities that Nan McKay and Associates is offering from now through the end of March on this page at our website. Our seminars have been updated for:

  • Notice PIH 2014-12, the flat rent interim notice mandated by the 2014 appropriations act, issued May 20, 2014
  • The Federal Register notice implementing other program changes contained in the 2014 appropriations act, including biennial inspections, issued June 25, 2014
  • The final rule implementing changes from the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA), published June 25, 2014
  • Notice PIH 2014-20, issued August 28, 2014, which provides guidance on how the equal access final rule applies to PIH-assisted housing programs administered by PHAs
  • And more!

During the NMA year-end sale, you’ll also save 10 percent on most NMA products, including all NMA Master Books, model policies, and the PIH Alert. If you’ve been waiting to subscribe, now’s a great time to sign up and stay updated on the most current HUD rules and regulations.

Having trouble finding the class you want? We can bring the seminar to you. Email for more information about our affordable onsite training options.


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