Affordable Housing News

Are your NMA Master Books up to date?

Posted by NMA on Nov 2, 2016 9:36:18 AM

NMA’s revision services team has been working hard to get the latest editions of our Master Books written, published, and shipped to you!

2016: COMING SOON! For 2016, the NMA Public Housing Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Sweeping changes brought about by the final rule on streamlining administration regulations, issued March 8, 2016, including modifications regarding verification, utility reimbursements, annual and interim reexaminations, and proration of assistance for mixed families, among other areas of program administration
  • Implementation guidance on the final rule as described in Notices PIH 2016-05 and PIH 2016-06
  • Updates regarding the use of arrest records in denials and terminations per Notice PIH 2015-19
  • Other minor modifications and clarifications to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance

2016: COMING SOON! For 2016, the NMA Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Financial Management and Reporting Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Clarifications for HAP funding allocations based on the 2016 appropriations act, in addition to other updates as specified in Notice PIH 2016-04
  • Modifications to audit requirements to account for the redesignation of regulations to 2 CFR Part 200
  • Clarifications on the use of administrative fees per Notice PIH 2015-17
  • Revised reporting procedures for executive compensation as delineated in Notice PIH 2015-14
  • Changes to requirements regarding portability as set forth in the streamlining portability final rule
  • Modifications to account for the updated VMS user manual
  • The addition of several new exhibits to illustrate and explain financial concepts and processes
  • Insertion of additional citations and references to substantiate source material
  • Other modifications and clarifications to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance

Questions about your revision services subscriptions? Contact Laurie Durrett in our accounting department and she’ll be happy to assist you.

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 sales@nanmckay.com to get started.

Topics: books and revision services, criminal records, fair housing, portability, Program News and Notices, recertification, rent calculation, streamlining, utilities

Affordable housing news 10/28/16

Posted by NMA on Oct 28, 2016 4:51:36 PM

Bloomberg: The difficulty of building new housing is getting to be a national crisis

FiveThirtyEight: Why so many poor Americans don't get help paying for housing

How Housing Matters: Momentum grows for housing as health care

The HUDdle: Putting a human face to homeless data

Los Angeles Review of Books: An opportunity to rethink housing policy

NLIHC: DOJ says landlords can't use overly broad generalizations when screening

Propublica: Is Facebook violating the federal Fair Housing Act?

Rooflines: Optimism and space: The Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference

Rooflines: Renters declare a national state of emergency

Urban Wire: Moving to Work expansion provides an opportunity to test new models

Urban Wire: Using cash transfers to expand housing choice

Washington Post: Challenging the cultural consensus on public housing

Topics: criminal records, fair housing, MTW, Program News and Notices, reclaiming vacant properties

Congratulations to Sheron Stepney!

Posted by NMA on Aug 2, 2016 11:28:04 AM

HUD regulationsCongratulations to Sheron Stepney at the East St. Louis Housing Authority, the winner of our #ThrowbackThursday contest! She shared a fantastic #NMAthrowback from 2001 on our Facebook page and has won an NMA Master Book of her choice. Thanks to everyone who participated!

NMA’s Master Book series is a complete program guide providing you with detailed explanations on how to apply the latest rules and regulations for the public housing and housing choice voucher programs.

These books clarify tough HUD regulations and are a valuable asset to anyone working in the affordable housing industry. NMA's revision services team has been working hard to get the latest editions of our Master Books written, published, and shipped to you.

2016: COMING SOON! For 2016, the NMA HCV Executive Management Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Sweeping changes brought about by the final rule on streamlining administration regulations, issued March 8, 2016, including modifications regarding verification, utility reimbursements, annual and interim reexaminations, and inspection protocol, among other areas of program administration
  • Changes to account for the final rule on streamlining portability, issued August 20, 2015
  • The addition of a new section on required PHA policies and policy development, with a focus on the consolidated plan, the PHA plan, the assessment of fair housing (AFH), and the administrative plan
  • Updates regarding the use of arrest records in denials and terminations per Notice PIH 2015-19
  • Other minor modifications and clarifications to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance

2016: COMING SOON! For 2016, the NMA HCV Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Several changes regarding inspection requirements brought about by the final rule on streamlining administration regulations, issued March 8, 2016
  • Further clarifications on the streamlining rule as described in Notice PIH 2016-05, which provided implementation guidance on various aspects of the rule
  • Other clarifications and corrections to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance, including topics such as lead-based paint and inspection accuracy

Got questions about the final rules on streamlining administrative regulations and portability? Don’t miss Nan’s legislative update at the The Housing Conference next month, where she’ll discuss acts of Congress, regulation changes, and what’s ahead for 2017.

Topics: books and revision services, criminal records, fair housing, inspections, portability, Program News and Notices, recertification, streamlining, utilities

Affordable housing news 7/8/16

Posted by NMA on Jul 8, 2016 11:31:22 AM

CBPP: Charting the impact of federal rental assistance

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: Divergent trends in housing expenditures and incomes have produced a widening inequality gap

Hyperallergic: Art exhibition on homelessness and the housing crisis

NLIHC: HUD releases new guidance on reentry models for PHAs

Rooflines: Key issues in implementing the new AFFH rule

Slate: What an affordable housing moonshot would look like

Topics: criminal records, fair housing, Program News and Notices

Affordable housing news 7/1/16

Posted by NMA on Jul 1, 2016 12:52:50 PM

Team NMA MiamiHappy Fourth of July from everyone here at Nan McKay & Associates! Here's your affordable housing news for the week:

The Atlantic: How a house can shape a child's future

HousingWire: Second chances depend on affordable homes

The Nation: Who benefits the most from housing subsidies?

Urban Wire: Reduce poverty by improving housing stability

Washington Monthly: The man who reinvented public housing

The NMA office will be closed Monday and will reopen Tuesday morning. Enjoy your holiday!

Topics: criminal records, Program News and Notices

Affordable housing news 6/24/16

Posted by NMA on Jun 24, 2016 3:31:47 PM

CBPP: As more low-income renters struggle, federal subsidies favor well-off homeowners

CCP: Stabilizing neighborhoods through effective rental registration programs

HUD: New MTW committee and timeline for expansion

The HUDdle: Expanding horizons with STEM education

The HUDdle: Fulfilling HUD's commitment to creating economic opportunities

NCSHA: HOTMA introduced in Senate

Next City: Harvard's national housing report has bad news for renters

NHC: Using opportunity mapping to improve affordable housing policy

NLIHC: Live podcast on the housing affordability crisis

Rooflines: To reduce recidivism rates, turn to housing policy

Urban Wire: National housing supply falls short of demand by 430,000 units

Topics: criminal records, HOTMA, MTW, Program News and Notices, residential rental inspection programs, Section 3, voucher reform legislation

NMA's 2016 model policies shipped to subscribers!

Posted by NMA on May 26, 2016 10:55:58 AM

model policiesWe're pleased to announce that the 2016 editions of our model policies have shipped out! All revision service customers should receive these within a week or so.

2016: For 2016, the NMA Model Administrative Plan and Guide has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Sweeping changes brought about by the final rule on streamlining administrative regulations, issued March 8, 2016, including modifications regarding verification, utility reimbursements, the earned income disallowance, annual and interim reexaminations, inspection protocol, among other areas of program administration
  • Further clarifications on the streamlining rule as described in Notice PIH 2016-05, which provided implementation guidance on various aspects of the rule
  • Updates to policies on the use of arrest records per Notice PIH 2015-19
  • Clarifications regarding the definition of tuition, as specified in Notice PIH 2015-21
  • Other minor modifications and clarifications to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance

2016: For 2016, the NMA Model Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) and Guide has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Sweeping changes brought about by the final rule on streamlining administrative regulations, including modifications regarding verification, utility reimbursements, the earned income disallowance, annual and interim reexaminations, calculating rents for mixed families, grievances, and the community service requirement, among others
  • Implementation guidance on the final rule as described in Notices PIH 2016-05 and PIH 2016-06
  • Further clarifications on the community service requirement found in Notice PIH 2015-12
  • Modifications to policies on phasing-in flat rents per Notice PIH 2015-13
  • Updates on the use of arrest records as described in Notice PIH 2015-19
  • Revision of the definition of tuition specified in Notice PIH 2015-21
  • Discussion in the model ACOP instruction guide on over-income families following the letter to executive directors issued September 3, 2015
  • Other minor changes and clarifications throughout to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance

2016: For 2016, the NMA Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Revisions regarding Notice PIH 2015-12 on the community service and self-sufficiency requirement (CSSR)
  • Modifications concerning the redesignation of 24 CFR Part 85 to 2 CFR Part 200
  • Updates to relevant references, including regulatory updates for the final rule on streamlining administrative regulations, issued March 8, 2016
  • Other corrections and modifications for clarity and ease of reading

2016: COMING SOON! For 2016, the NMA Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Sweeping changes brought about by the final rule on streamlining administrative regulations, issued March 8, 2016, including modifications regarding verification, utility reimbursements, the earned income disallowance, annual and interim reexaminations, and inspection protocol, among other areas of program administration
  • Further clarifications on the streamlining rule as described in Notice PIH 2016-05, which provided implementation guidance on various aspects of the rule
  • Changes to account for the final rule on streamlining portability, issued August 20, 2015
  • Updates regarding the use of arrest records in denials and terminations per Notice PIH 2015-19
  • Revisions for Notice PIH 2016-02 on enhanced voucher requirements for over-housed families
  • Other minor modifications and clarifications to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance

Questions about your revision services subscriptions? Contact Laurie Durrett in our accounting department and she'll be happy to assist you.

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 sales@nanmckay.com to get started.

Topics: books and revision services, community service, criminal records, EID, flat rent, HQS, inspections, over-income families, PIH Alert, portability, Program News and Notices, recertification, rent calculation, streamlining, utilities

Affordable housing news 5/20/16

Posted by NMA on May 20, 2016 4:38:29 PM

Bipartisan Policy Center: Can Congress deliver appropriations bills on time?

CBPP: Helping ex-offenders get housing and health care

City Observatory (via Planetizen): Is supply finally coming to rescue the rental market?

CityLab: Which neighborhoods win by building affordable housing?

CSSP: Lessons from the intersection of housing, child welfare, and vulnerable families

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: Housing inadequacy remains a problem for the lowest-income renters

The HUDdle: Transforming lives with summer youth job opportunities

Los Angeles Times (via Planetizen): California's governor wants to make it easier to build affordable housing

NCSHA: Senate passes FY 2017 housing appropriations bill

New York Daily News (via CSSP): Gentrification is eroding the stability provided by housing choice vouchers

Next City: From a high of $4.4 billion in 1995, CDBGs for 2016 are budgeted at $3 billion

NHC: House appropriators release draft FY2017 THUD bill

NLIHC: 75% of extremely low-income renter households pay more than 50% of their income on rent and utilities

NLIHC: House panel advances FY17 THUD spending bill

NLIHC: Senate passes THUD bill, as advocates mobilize to defeat amendment attacking fair housing

Topics: appropriations, CDBG, criminal records, fair housing, Program News and Notices

Legislative Update with Nan McKay

Posted by NMA on May 3, 2016 10:42:07 AM

NMA president and founder Nan McKay presenting the legislative update at last year's NMA Housing Conference NMA president and founder Nan McKay presenting the legislative update at The Housing Conference

While serving as executive director of a Minnesota housing authority, Nan McKay started one of the nation’s first Section 8 programs. She has previously written for the NMA blog on the topic of executive management and high performance as well as stories from her fifty years in the housing industry.

With three decades of experience in welfare and public housing, Annie Stevenson shares her expertise in many ways at NMA, serving as a trainer to thousands of housing authority staff every year; as a technical researcher who analyzes and deciphers new HUD regulations; and as a technical writer, contributing to NMA Master Books, seminars, and model policies as well as writing the popular daily PIH Alert. Nan and Annie will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

Legislative Update with Nan McKay
Presenters, Nan McKay with Annie Stevenson

One of the most popular sessions at The Housing Conference is always Nan's review of recent regulations, guidance, and breaking news. We're bringing her back this year to fill us in on the most important changes of 2016, including the final rule on streamlining administrative requirements and its accompanying notices, new guidance on the use of criminal records, and a forecast of what she sees ahead for our industry in 2017, including the planned expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) program and REAC's plans to replace HQS with a new inspection protocol, UPCS-V.

Nan and Annie will be available for limited free one-hour Q&A sessions at the The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas. Registered participants can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis now. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: criminal records, Executive Team, final rule, HQS, inspections, MTW, streamlining, The Housing Conference, UPCS-V

Affordable housing news 4/29/16

Posted by NMA on Apr 29, 2016 1:00:20 PM

This week HUD announced that it will establish a federal advisory committee for the Moving to Work (MTW) program. The committee will advise HUD on specific policy proposals and methods of research and evaluation for expansion of the MTW demonstration. HUD published a request for policy proposals and evaluation methods for the expansion on April 4.

Establishment of the advisory committee is required under the 2016 appropriations bill, which authorizes HUD to expand the MTW demonstration by an additional 100 public housing authorities over seven years. According to today’s notice, the committee will have up to 14 members appointed by the HUD Secretary.

Comments on the notice are due by May 26, 2016. In other news:

Brookings: Examining multidimensional poverty

MSNBC.com: Residents of New York City public housing speak out about how important affordable housing is for them

NLIHC: People with criminal records should get a fair chance at housing

Urban Institute: Lessons from Memphis's collaborative campaign against blight

Topics: appropriations, criminal records, MTW, Program News and Notices, reclaiming vacant properties

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