We’re pleased to announce the release of NMA’s seminar calendar for the third quarter of 2016. You can view a list of the affordable housing training that Nan McKay and Associates is offering from now through September on this page at our website.
Start planning your summer training now and save! If you register at least 45 days in advance for most seminars, you’ll receive a 10 percent discount. (The discount does not apply to seminars hosted by housing authorities or associations.)
This week on the Office of Capital Improvements (OCI) website, HUD posted a revised version of the Capital Fund Guidebook. The new, undated version replaces the original guidebook, which was dated August 2015. While the 2015 version was numbered “Handbook 7600.1,” the new version does not have a handbook number.
The following brief announcement was posted to the OCI home page:
The capital fund guidebook details the requirements contained under the public housing capital fund program final rule, including but not limited to eligible and ineligible activities and cost limits; decoupling of the capital fund from the PHA plan submission; replacement housing factor grants (RHF) and demolition and disposition transitional funding (DDTF); changes in obligation and expenditure end dates and close-out requirements; emergency, non-presidentially declared natural disaster, and safety and security grant program requirements; streamlined mixed-finance and other public housing modernization and development requirements; changes to demonstration programs such as RAD and MTW; and capital fund rule impact on security interests and financing activities.
Got questions about RAD, MTW, and the capital fund? Don’t miss the The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas, where NMA’s Carrol Vaughan and other industry experts will address hot topics around those issues. Register online or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In a press release last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a prepublication copy of the final rule streamlining administrative regulations for the housing choice voucher (HCV), project-based voucher (PBV), public housing, HOME, and multifamily (PBRA) housing programs. The streamlining final rule combines changes in the 2014 and 2015 appropriations acts, elements of HUD’s 2013 temporary compliance options, and other streamlining changes. It will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.
In response to the publication of the 99-page final rule, which includes regulatory changes in 14 different topic areas, Nan McKay & Associates (NMA) is pleased to announce we have reviewed all our seminars and updated them with new guidance as needed.
HCV seminars updated for the streamlining final rule:
The streamlining final rule also includes several new policy options. Our technical writers and subject matter experts are in the process of revising our model ACOP and model administrative plan to include language and guidance for these new options. We are expediting those revisions for our subscribers and will be issuing them as quickly as possible.
Finally, the rule includes significant changes to the earned income disallowance. Due to those changes, the NMA Earned Income Disallowance (EID) Kit is being pulled from our classes and online store as we update it to comply with the new regulations.
We recognize that this is all a lot of new information to absorb. Remember, we’re here to help! If you have any questions, you can get in touch with our team by emailing email@example.com or calling us at (800) 783-3100.
Other changes and corrections for relevance, clarity, and ease of reading
2016: COMING SOON!For 2016, the NMA Public Housing Management (PHM) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, in addition to expanding on useful information for public housing managers. Changes include:
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In other news, last week HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)–Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) issued a notice for all certified inspectors who conduct physical inspections of HUD assisted and insured properties in accordance with the Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS).
Inspector Notice No. 2016-01 amends inspection requirements for properties reported to have or suspected of having bed bug infestations. The updated protocol, which among other things now requires inspectors to enter all units in which bed bugs are reported, becomes effective February 1, 2016.
You will find a link to the notice on this page at REAC’s website, along with a link to a compressed (WinZip) file of a recorded conference call discussing the new notice.
This week HUD also published its January newsletter for RAD participants, which includes a very positive article about the Housing Authority of Greene County (HAGC) in Illinois, who replaced obsolete units with new single family homes through a RAD conversion.
The January newsletter also includes an announcement that RAD’s first substantial rehab project, an extensive rehabilitation of 150 units in Washington State, is now complete. Congratulations to the Housing Authority of the City of Yakima (YHA) for their success!
HUD’s newsletter concludes with a page of handwritten thank-you notes from happy residents impacted by RAD at the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB).
Any interesting stories that we missed? Leave your links and recommendations in the comments!
We’re pleased to announce the release of NMA’s seminar calendar for the second quarter of 2016. You can view a list of the training opportunities that Nan McKay and Associates is offering from now through the end of the year on this page at our website. Start planning your spring training now and save! If you register at least 45 days in advance for most seminars, you’ll receive a 10 percent discount. (The discount does not apply to seminars hosted by housing authorities or associations.)
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference last week in Miami. To view a gallery of photos from the event, go here. I’d like to extend a warm thank-you to our generous sponsors, GoSection8, HAI Group, HousingHub, HTVN, COTG, and Beacon Hill Associates, who helped make the conference a truly special event.
It was a real pleasure to enjoy face-to-face conversations with so many enthusiastic and thoughtful members of our industry who appreciate the unique challenges and successes we all navigate, whether new to affordable housing or an old pro. I continue to be inspired by what you’re doing to improve the lives of the families in your communities. For some more impressive achievements, go here to read about the honorees of the 2015 NMA Housing Awards.
It’s been a while since I’ve written for the blog, so I wanted to take this opportunity to share some news about what NMA has been up to over the past few months:
As you know, the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) is one of HUD’s largest new initiatives. If your agency is participating, we can help with RAD relocation, conversion, and compliance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our calendar of classes for the first quarter of 2016 has just been released. HUD recently issued several notices on flat rent, and all our public housing classes have already been updated to reflect that new guidance.
Finally, if you missed the NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference, we’d love to say hi to you at another event! The NMA team will be attending conferences this month for national NAHRO and the New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA).
John McKay has been with NMA since 1998, and has served as CEO of the company since 2007. He 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 the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He has assessed, analyzed, and provided feedback to some of the country’s most well-run private and public organizations.
NMA vice president of finance Ray Adair has a wide range of experience in finance and accounting, both with private companies and government entities, and is considered one of the public housing industry’s leading experts in the areas of financial management and accounting for HUD’s public housing and HCV programs. Ray will be presenting the following session at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference.
Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management
Financial Reporting for RAD Conversions Presenter, Ray Adair
Is your PHA preparing for RAD conversion, or interested in how it affects financial reporting? Join NMA’s Ray Adair for a deep dive into the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, focusing on funding and the steps you’ll need to take in order to ensure you’re reporting correctly. Whether you’re already participating in RAD or just considering it, this is a don’t-miss session!
This week on HUDCLIPS, the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) posted the newly published and highly anticipated Capital Fund Guidebook, Handbook 7600.1. The guidebook is meant to be taken along with the capital fund program final rule to ensure that the capital fund program is more efficiently and uniformly implemented by PHAs and managed more effectively by HUD field offices. The final rule was published on October 24, 2013, but until now the guidebook had yet to be issued.
The 188-page document consists of 12 chapters offering guidance for all areas of the program, including:
Background and introductory information, such as an overview of the program and types of grants
Eligible activities, ineligible activities, and cost limits
Planning, annual submission, and distribution of funds
Capital fund formula calculation
Replacement Housing Factor (RHF) Grants, Demolition Disposition Transitional Funding (DDTF), and the transition from RHF to DDTF
General program requirements and implementation, including wage rates, procurement and contract requirements and administration, and other requirements
Obligation, budget revision, expenditure, and closeout
Emergency, non-presidentially declared national disaster, and safety and security grants, covering eligible and ineligible uses of the latter
Public housing development and methods of development, including funding sources, general program requirements, mixed finance, and site acquisition and development proposals
Demonstration programs, such as the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and Moving to Work (MTW) programs, including the procedure for RAD conversion
Security interests and financing activities, including capital fund and operating fund financing programs, Section 30, CFCF, and capital financing not secured by the property
Compliance, penalties, and sanctions
It is worth noting that the guidebook also contains useful exhibits at the end of several chapters with various examples, lists and checklists, model plans, and process overviews, in addition to appendices at the end of the guidebook consisting of definitions and an eligible activities chart. While the table of contents lists a third appendix for the capital fund final rule itself, it does not appear to be present or linked in the document.
HUD has scheduled several two-day training sessions on the new guidebook, the details of which can be found on the Office of Capital Improvements webpage. Upcoming sessions will be held in Detroit (2 classes), Denver, Atlanta (2 classes), St. Louis, San Francisco, New York, and Houston (2 classes). For more information and to register for the trainings, click here.