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House and Senate Pass Omnibus Appropriations Bill for 2018

Posted by NMA on Mar 26, 2018 9:49:37 AM

govt-congress.jpgLate Thursday the Senate approved a 2018 omnibus spending package for HUD and other federal agencies. The 2,232-page bill had been approved earlier on Thursday by the House of Representatives. President Trump signed the bill Friday, averting a government shutdown.

The bill provides a significant increase in funding for HUD programs. With a 10% one-year increase, many programs would be funded at levels significantly above what was proposed in either the House or Senate draft bills. The National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has posted an article detailing provisions of the bill and an updated chart comparing fiscal year (FY) 2017 funding levels to proposed and final levels for FY 2018.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) announced Friday that it has scheduled a free webinar titled “The Final 2018 HUD Budget and Its Implications.” The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Eastern time (11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon Pacific). Click here to register.

Topics: PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, Industry News

Register now for the 2018 MTW conference

Posted by NMA on Mar 23, 2018 8:56:04 AM

Registration for the annual Moving to Work (MTW) national conference in Washington, DC, is now open to all housing agencies! Whether you're an MTW agency or interested in becoming one, the 2018 MTW Conference will provide you with a greater understanding of the possibilities the MTW program provides, from serving special populations and increasing affordable housing opportunities to strategies to targeted self-sufficiency programs and addressing homelessness. View the full agenda online here

Topics at the 2018 MTW conference include:

  • Serving Special Populations
  • Creating Moves to Opportunity
  • Increasing Affordable Housing Opportunities
  • Targeted Self-Sufficiency Programs
  • Rent Reform Policies
  • How to MTW
  • Addressing Homelessness
  • MTW Agencies as Agents of Change
  • University Studies Update
  • Strategies to Mitigate Shortfalls
  • Policy Considerations and Constraints for Designing MTW Activities
  • Legislative update
  • And more!

Due to upcoming program changes, and increased interest in applying for MTW status, this year's conference is once again open to all housing agencies on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited to 2 registrations per agency, and we encourage you to register immediately, as the event is quickly nearing capacity.

2018 MTW Conference


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Topics: MTW, company news, Industry News

HUD Releases Additional Resources on SAFMR Implementation

Posted by NMA on Mar 21, 2018 2:23:09 PM

Recently on HUD Exchange, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted several new resources to aid in the implementation of the Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMR) final rule. Chief among these resources is a new guidebook, which provides guidance and practical examples for PHAs implementing SAFMRs. Topics covered in the guidebook include the policy background of SAFMRs, how SAFMRs will affect payment standards, and administrative and programmatic impacts of the rule.

In addition to the guidebook, HUD has also posted several other resources providing additional information and guidance on the rule. These include:

You can find links to all of these resources here, on the Small Area Fair Market Rents webpage, at HUD Exchange.

Does SAFMR implementation sound like a headache for your time-crunched, budget-burdened agency? Let us take on that project for you. We’ll conduct rent burden analyses, analyze vacancy rates, and conduct other required actions to ensure you’re in full compliance with all HUD rules and regulations. Click here to learn more

Topics: FMR, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, Industry News, SAFMR

FAQ Friday: Proof of Identity

Posted by NMA on Mar 16, 2018 5:00:00 AM

QUESTION     Does HUD require a picture ID for adult family members? Our administrative plan and ACOP policies require a state-issued picture ID but we are finding that some applicants have difficulty in obtaining one. What if there is a birth certificate on file? Is that acceptable as proof of identity under the HUD regulations?

ANSWER     There is no regulatory requirement for proof of identity, but PHAs may establish such a requirement in policy. Proof of identity is not limited to state-issued ID documents.

Here is a clarification from HUD’s Rental Integrity Summit FAQs (please see Q & A #50):

Question: Is a picture ID required, if there is a birth certificate in the adult tenant's file for establishing legal identity?

Answer: A birth certificate does not establish an adult's legal identity in determining citizenship for eligibility. Therefore, a PHA may request a picture ID from an adult for this purpose. HUD regulations give PHAs the discretion to determine what appropriate documentation an applicant or participant is required to furnish to the PHA. Although not inclusive, the following are acceptable documents to establish identity:

  • U.S. passport
  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (INS Form N-560 or N-561)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (INS Form N-550 or N-570)
  • Valid foreign passport, with I-551 stamp or attached INS Form I-94 indicating unexpired employment authorization
  • Permanent resident card or alien registration receipt card with photograph (INS Form I-151 or I-551)
  • Valid employment authorization card (INS Form I-688)
  • Valid reentry permit (INS Form I-571)
  • Valid employment authorization document issued by INS, which contains a photograph (INS Form I-688B)
  • Driver's license or ID card issued by a state or outlying possession of the United States

Are you a PIH Alert subscriber? Every Friday, the PIH Alert includes one frequently asked question (FAQ) submitted by our readers. Sign up today for a free 30-day trial subscription! Email to get started. To submit your question, email Annie Stevenson at with the subject line "FAQ Friday."

Topics: Q&A, Knowledge Base

FAQ Friday: Remaining Family Member

Posted by NMA on Mar 2, 2018 5:00:00 AM

QUESTION     Our PHA isn’t sure how to handle the following situation. One of our residents, a single mother with minor children, became ill and asked to add the children’s father to her public housing lease. Just as we began to process her request, the resident died. Although we have policies concerning a “remaining family member,” our understanding is that the father doesn’t qualify since he wasn’t added to the lease prior to the resident’s death. The father of the children is concerned that the children would have more trauma if they had to change households and schools now that their mother has passed. What should we do?

ANSWER     In your scenario, the remaining family members are the minor children. Their father can be added to the lease as the new head of household. The following excerpt is from Chapter 2 of HUD’s Public Housing Occupancy Guidebook:

The remaining member of a tenant family is a member who was listed on the lease of a public housing unit and is the only family member still remaining in the unit. A child may remain in the unit as a remaining family member if the PHA permits an adult to join the household as a new head of household.

Keep in mind that the new head of household (in this case, the father) must pass your PHA’s criminal background screening and meet other eligibility requirements. Process his application in the same way you would when adding an adult member to any resident family.

Are you a PIH Alert subscriber? Every Friday, the PIH Alert includes one frequently asked question (FAQ) submitted by our readers. Sign up today for a free 30-day trial subscription! Email to get started. To submit your question, email Annie Stevenson at with the subject line "FAQ Friday."

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