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Q&A: Flat rent annual review

Posted by NMA on Sep 6, 2016 12:32:53 PM

Flat rent annual reviewQUESTION    I’m confused about all of the flat rent changes over the past couple of years. I see that HUD has published FMRs for 2017 and I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do with them. Help, please!

ANSWER    You’re correct that HUD published the fair market rents (FMRs) for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2017 on August 26. The FMR data set includes a table of unadjusted rents. Small area fair market rents (SAFMRs) were posted on August 30. Your agency will need one or more of these data sets in order to comply with HUD’s current requirements for reviewing flat rents on an annual basis. The flat rent annual review must be completed within 90 days after the issuance of new FMRs.

The current requirements for determining public housing flat rents were published in the streamlining final rule (published March 8 in the Federal Register) and in Notice PIH 2015-13 (published September 8, 2015). The corresponding regulations are at 24 Code of Federal Regulations 960.253. PHAs are now required to set flat rents at no less than the lower of:

  • 80 percent of the applicable FMR
  • 80 percent of the SAFMR (published for metropolitan areas)
  • 80 percent of unadjusted rents (published for nonmetropolitan areas)

Alternatively, PHAs may apply for an exception waiver through HUD to allow a lower flat rent. For areas in which HUD has not published a SAFMR or unadjusted rent, flat rents must be set at no less than 80 percent of the applicable FMR.

Since FMRs are published annually, PHAs must now review flat rents each year to ensure compliance with the current rule. The following is an excerpt from Notice PIH 2015-13 which describes the requirements for the flat rent annual review:

In order to comply with the flat rent requirements annually, no later than 90 days after issuance of new FMRs or SAFMRs by HUD, the PHA must:

1. Compare the current flat rent amount to the applicable FMR and SAFMR/unadjusted rent:

a) If the flat rent is at least 80 percent of the lower of the FMR or SAFMR/unadjusted rent, the PHA is in compliance with the law, and no further steps are necessary;

b) If the flat rent is less than 80 percent of the lower of the FMR and SAFMR, the PHA must set flat rents at no less than 80 percent of the lower of the FMR or SAFMR/unadjusted rent, subject to the utilities adjustment in this notice, or the PHA may request an exception flat rent pursuant to the requirements of Section 4 of this notice;

2. Update the flat rent policies in the admissions and continued occupancy policies (ACOP) as necessary;

3. At all new admissions, permit the family to choose between the flat rent amount and the income-based rent; and

4. For families that are current public housing residents, offer the updated flat rent amount at the next annual rent option, and permit the family to choose between the flat rent amount and the income-based rent

Flat rent increases must be capped at 35 percent per year. PHAs are no longer permitted to phase in increases of 35 percent or less.

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Topics: final rule, flat rent, FMR, PIH Alert, PIH notices, Program News and Notices, Q&A, streamlining

2017 SAFMRs now available on HUD's website

Posted by NMA on Aug 30, 2016 11:11:07 AM

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) has posted “hypothetical” small area fair market rents (SAFMRs) for federal fiscal year (FY) 2017. The data set of 2017 SAFMRs was posted this morning to PD&R’s SAFMR web page.

2017 FMRs were published in a Federal Register notice on August 26. That notice explained that while HUD will no longer publish proposed and final versions of FMRs, PHAs may comment on the FMRs and request reevaluation until September 26.

As further explained in the August 26 notice, PHAs may provide data-supported comments or requests for reevaluation of SAFMRs by using HUD’s special tabulations of the distribution of gross rents by bedroom unit size for ZIP code tabulation areas. HUD will post revised SAFMRs after confirming the calculations.

HUD published a proposed rule on the use of SAFMRs in the HCV program on June 16. The rule, which is intended to help reduce the number of assisted families that reside in areas of high poverty concentration, would require the use of SAFMRs in certain metropolitan areas if the area meets a specific set of criteria. SAFMRs may also be used in determining public housing flat rents in metropolitan areas.

Interested in learning more about SAFMRs? Make an appointment to talk with one of our rent calculation experts at The Housing ConferenceAnnie Stevenson and other industry experts are available for limited free one-hour Q&A sessions with registered conference attendees. Don’t delay, signups close this Friday! Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: flat rent, FMR, Program News and Notices, proposed rule

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

HUD publishes final rule on streamlining admin regs

Posted by NMA on Mar 1, 2016 2:10:52 PM

streamlining final ruleIn a press release this morning, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it will soon be publishing a final rule streamlining administrative regulations for the public housing (PH), housing choice voucher (HCV), and multifamily 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. As you may recall, PIH published the proposed streamlining rule last year on January 6, 2015, and an interim rule on flat rents September 8, 2015.

Today's 99-page final rule includes revisions to the proposed rule and finalizes the regulations contained in the interim rule. Among numerous other changes, the streamlining final rule:

  • Adopts two separate “dates of admission” for the HCV program, specifically the date of voucher issuance and the date of lease-up, for the purposes of verification of social security numbers.
  • Does not allow for the use of actual past income that was included in the proposed rule, based on public comments that suggested it would have minimal streamlining benefits.
  • Provides for a streamlined income determination for any fixed source of income, even if a person or family with a fixed source of income also has a non-fixed source of income, and requires that a full reexamination and redetermination of income must be performed every three years.
  • Revises the earned income disallowance (EID) so that the benefit now applies for a straight 24-month period and PHAs are no longer obligated to track the number of months due to employment starts and stops. For families currently enrolled and participating in EID, the previous requirements will continue to apply. HUD will publish a separate notice with more information about the new administrative requirements.
  • Authorizes PHAs to obtain third-party documentation of assets under $5,000 every three years.
  • Provides PHAs with the option of making quarterly utility payments for reimbursements totaling $45 or less per quarter. If the PHA opts to do so, it must institute a hardship policy for tenants.
  • Includes some but not all of the proposed changes to public housing grievance procedures. PHAs are no longer required to consult resident organizations before appointing a hearing officer, nor must they retain a redacted copy of each hearing decision to be made available to prospective complainants. In place of that requirement, they must maintain a log of hearing officer decisions. However, PHAs must still prepare a summary of any informal settlement, and either party to a grievance may request, at their own expense, that a transcript of a grievance hearing be prepared.
  • Clarifies that if an alternative inspection method is used in the HCV program that employs sampling, PHAs may rely on that method only if HCV units are included in the population of units forming the basis of the sample.
  • Specifies that PHAs may charge a reasonable housing quality standards (HQS) reinspection fee only if an owner states that a deficiency has been fixed and the deficiency is found during reinspection to persist, or if a reinspection conducted after the expiration of the timeframe for repairs reveals that the deficiency persists. It also specifies that any such fees collected must be used only for activities related to the provision of tenant-based assistance.

A prepublication copy of the final rule is posted here. It will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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Topics: appropriations, EID, final rule, flat rent, hearing officer, HQS, inspections, Notice PIH 2013-03, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, rent calculation, streamlining, utilities

Are your NMA Master Books up to date?

Posted by NMA on Feb 11, 2016 2:38:38 PM

Master BooksNMA'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 the 2016 revision, the NMA Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Expansion of the annual plan contents per Notice PIH 2015-18 on PHA plans
  • Replacement of Notice PIH 2009-48 with Notice PIH 2015-12 on administering the community service and self-sufficiency requirement (CSSR)
  • Deletion of references to the now obsolete certificate program per Federal Register 2/17/15
  • 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:

2016: COMING SOON! The 2016 edition of the NMA Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) CD has been brought current with all regulatory guidance, resources, and tools, including:

  • The latest version of the RAPID DCD 4.0 software, current as of September 2015
  • Additional information pertaining to the latest software, such as the most recent installation guide and instructions for scroll bar usage
  • REAC’s most recent Compilation Bulletin, dated March 2015

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: appropriations, books and revision services, community service, flat rent, FSS, Notice PIH 2013-03, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, public housing management, RAD, UPCS

HUD publishes final 2016 FMRs

Posted by NMA on Dec 10, 2015 12:02:16 PM

2016 FMRsToday at the HUD User website, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the final fair market rents (FMRs) for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016. The final 2016 FMRs will also be published tomorrow in the Federal Register. Below are direct links to the HUD User files containing the components of the 2016 final FMR data set:

An additional link labeled “Small Area FMRs” leads to a spreadsheet showing SAFMRs for the five metropolitan areas included in HUD’s SAFMR demonstration program. Hypothetical SAFMRs for other metropolitan areas are available here. According to the preamble, final SAFMRs “will be” posted to the site.

You’ll find links to all components of the final 2016 FMR data set on this web page. For complete documentation of the development of the final 2016 FMRs for your area, click here.

The preamble to tomorrow’s Federal Register notice addresses several issues involving the development and use of 2016 FMRs.

Methodology: Based on the comments received and as a way to estimate FMRs more accurately, HUD has replaced the historical-based annualized change in gross rent trend factor with a forward-looking forecast for these final FY 2016 FMRs. The national trend factor for the final FY 2016 FMRs uses a model that forecasts national rent and utility consumer price index indices based on economic assumptions used in the formulation of the president’s budget.

SAFMRs: The SAFMRs are for reference only, except for PHAs participating in the demonstration program and PHAs investigating an alternative basis for public housing flat rents. However, other PHAs may use the SAFMRs as a guide for setting payment standards within an FMR area, and may use them in requesting exception payment standards.

Rent surveys: HUD rejected surveys submitted by some PHAs as justification for higher FMRs. The data submitted did not meet the threshold for representativeness and/or statistical reliability. HUD may not use data from newspaper ads, Craigslist, or rent reasonableness studies. Guidance on acceptable surveys is available at the bottom of this page.

Effective dates: For the HCV program, the new FMRs are effective “when published.” They are not retroactive to October 1.

For the public housing program, Notice PIH 2015-13 states that PHAs must review flat rents for required adjustments “no later than 90 days after issuance of new FMRs or SAFMRs by HUD.”

To receive more updates and analysis like this on the latest HUD news, subscribe to NMA’s PIH Alert and receive a daily email with breaking stories and other important information for PHAs and housing professionals. Have you entered our contest to win a free year’s subscription to the PIH Alert? Don’t delay, the contest ends next week!

Topics: flat rent, FMR, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, rent calculation, rent reasonableness

The NMA year-end sale is back!

Posted by BEMuser on Nov 3, 2015 3:50:48 AM

2016 clockIn 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 2016 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:

  • The streamlining portability final rule, issued August 20, 2015, which includes changes to definitions, briefings, procedures, billing, and mandatory suspensions, among others
  • Changes to the Community Service and Self-Sufficiency Requirement (CSSR) brought about by Notice PIH 2015-12
  • Modifications regarding flat rent provisions set forth in the 2015 appropriations act, implemented in the Federal Register notice dated September 8, 2015 and Notice PIH 2015-13
  • And more!

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

Topics: appropriations, books and revision services, community service, final rule, flat rent, PIH notices, portability, Program News and Notices, streamlining

Are your NMA model policies and Master Books up to date?

Posted by BEMuser on Oct 26, 2015 11:48:34 AM

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

2015: For 2015, the NMA Model Administrative Plan and Guide has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • The streamlining portability final rule, issued August 20, 2015, which includes changes to definitions, briefings, procedures, billing, and mandatory suspensions, among others
  • The letter to executive directors dated September 15, 2015, which affects portability billing deadlines
  • Changes to VAWA policy based on counsel from the National Housing Law Project
  • Changes to policy on PHA-owned units in the project-based voucher program per Notice PIH 2015-05
  • Removal of references to the certificate program due to the streamlining of 24 CFR Part 982
  • Removal of outdated or expired guidance, such as the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act and temporary compliance assistance
  • Other minor modifications and clarifications to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance

2015: For 2015, the NMA Public Housing Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Changes to the Community Service and Self-Sufficiency Requirement (CSSR) brought about by Notice PIH 2015-12
  • Modifications regarding flat rent provisions set forth in the 2015 appropriations act, implemented in the Federal Register notice dated September 8, 2015 and Notice PIH 2015-13
  • Updated citations to account for the final rule on affirmatively furthering fair housing
  • Other modifications and corrections for clarification and wording

2015: The 2015 revision to the NMA Code of Federal Regulations on CD includes the following regulatory changes:

  • Added 2 CFR Part 200 for the updated procurement regulations set forth by the joint interim final rule, “Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards”
  • Removed most of 24 CFR Part 85 regulations, except where stated that these regulations have been redesignated as 2 CFR Part 200
  • Revised 24 CFR Part 982 regulations for the housing choice voucher program, which has had all obsolete references to the Section 8 rental assistance certificate program regulations removed throughout, in addition to several additions and revisions to account for the final rule on streamlining the portability process
  • Made regulatory revisions to several parts of 24 CFR to account for the changes brought about by the final rule on affirmatively furthering fair housing

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: appropriations, books and revision services, community service, fair housing, final rule, flat rent, Notice PIH 2013-03, PBV, PIH Alert, portability, procurement, Program News and Notices, streamlining, VAWA

Notice restricts flat rent phase-ins

Posted by BEMuser on Sep 11, 2015 3:47:53 PM

As we reported earlier this week, HUD has issued two notices concerning changes to the flat rent rule included in the fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations act: an interim rule published Tuesday, and Notice PIH 2015-13, published Wednesday. The notices offer PHAs two methods for setting flat rents at a lower level than 80 percent of the applicable fair market rent (FMR): by utilizing an FMR for a smaller geographic area, or by requesting an exception flat rent from HUD.

Notice PIH 2015-13 also places some restrictions on PHAs’ ability to phase in flat rent increases. Under the previous HUD guidance (Notice PIH 2014-12), PHAs were required to phase in increases exceeding 35 percent, and had discretion to phase in increases of 35 percent or less over a three-year period. For example, a 30 percent increase could be phased in at 10 percent per year over three years.

Notice PIH 2015-13, which replaces Notice PIH 2014-12, restricts PHA flexibility to phase in flat rent increases. Since PHAs are now permitted to establish flat rents at a lower level, only increases exceeding 35 percent will be phased in. Flat rents will be phased in at the full 35 percent per year. The notice contains the following instructions for implementing the new requirement:

On a case-by-case basis, at the family’s next annual rent option, compare the updated flat rent amount applicable to the unit to the rent that was being paid by the family immediately prior to the annual rent option;

a. If the new flat rent amount would not increase a family’s rental payment by more than 35 percent, the family may choose to pay either the updated flat rent amount or the previously calculated income-based rent;

b. If the PHA determines that the updated flat rent amount would increase a household’s rental payment by more than 35 percent, the family may choose to pay the phased-in flat rent amount resulting from the flat rent impact analysis or the previously calculated income-based rent.

Is your PHA in search of a proven methodology for ensuring that program participants are paying reasonable rents? GoSection8.com can help. Specializing in rent reasonableness, Go8 has served tenants, landlords, and housing authorities across the United States since 2004. Go8 can also assist public housing agencies with the new flat rent requirements. To learn more about how you can bring Go8 to your agency, email sales@nanmckay.com.

Topics: appropriations, flat rent, FMR, GoSection8, interim rule, PIH notices, Program News and Notices, rent reasonableness

HUD follows flat rent rule with supplemental guidance

Posted by BEMuser on Sep 10, 2015 8:55:26 AM

Yesterday HUD posted Notice PIH 2015-13, "Changes to Flat Rent Requirements — FY 2015 Appropriations Act." The nine-page notice follows Tuesday’s publication of the interim rule on "Streamlining Administrative Regulations for Public Housing: Revisions to Public Housing Flat Rents." In addition to providing supplemental guidance and clarification on the interim rule, yesterday's notice replaces Notice PIH 2014-12.

As we previously reported, the interim rule provides PHAs with two alternatives to the current requirement for setting flat rents at 80 percent of the applicable fair market rent (FMR). First, PHAs may establish flat rents based on 80 percent of an FMR representing a smaller geographic area. This second FMR would be either the small area FMR (SAFMR), issued for metropolitan counties, or the unadjusted rents, for counties not covered by an SAFMR. Yesterday's notice explains the term “unadjusted rents” as follows:

The unadjusted rent is the FMR estimated directly from the American Community Survey (ACS) source data that HUD uses to calculate FMRs before HUD applies its state non-metropolitan minimum rent policy.

HUD will publish the unadjusted rents annually on its website. If neither a SAFMR nor an unadjusted rent has been determined for an area, PHAs must set flat rents based on the applicable FMR for the larger area.

Alternatively, PHAs may request an exception from HUD for a flat rent amount that is lower than either of the two FMRs. Such requests must include a market analysis and a demonstration that the lower flat rent is reasonable in comparison to similar unassisted units. The new notice clarifies that while HUD does not prescribe a particular formula for determining the market analysis, PHAs must compare the public housing unit to unassisted units in the area using the nine factors considered in rent reasonableness determinations for the voucher program:

  • Location, quality, size, unit type, age of the unit, and
  • Amenities, housing services, maintenance, and utilities the PHA will provide under the lease

PHAs utilizing exception flat rents must conduct a new market analysis, and obtain HUD approval, annually. PHAs that submit an exception request prior to the publishing of final fiscal year (FY) 2016 FMRs (likely in October 2015) will not be required to submit another exception request until HUD publishes final FY 2017 FMRs (likely in October 2016). Proposed FMRs for FY 2016 were posted last week on the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) FMR page.

The new notice also contains the following reminder regarding "over-income" families:

As flat rents are fully implemented, the higher rent levels will ensure that families with higher incomes pay an appropriate market-based rent. It is an important policy goal to provide scarce public resources to those most in need of deeply affordable housing. PHAs are therefore reminded that they have the discretion, in accordance with federal law and regulations (24 CFR 960.261; FR-4824-F-02), to establish occupancy policies that include the eviction of public housing tenants who are above the income limits for eligibility to participate in public housing programs. HUD encourages PHAs to provide a balance between the important goals of supporting the sustained self-sufficiency of families with the ever increasing demand for affordable housing units among families on their waiting lists.

The notice includes previously-issued HUD guidance on flat rents and utility allowances, rent increase phase-in requirements, and annual rent options.

Is your PHA in search of a proven methodology for ensuring that program participants are paying reasonable rents? GoSection8.com can help. Specializing in rent reasonableness, Go8 has served tenants, landlords, and housing authorities across the United States since 2004. Go8 can also assist public housing agencies with the new flat rent requirements. To learn more about how you can bring Go8 to your agency, email sales@nanmckay.com.

Topics: appropriations, flat rent, FMR, GoSection8, interim rule, PIH notices, Program News and Notices, rent reasonableness, utilities

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