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

Posted by BEMuser on Aug 24, 2015 12:33:08 PM

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

  • Updated language regarding nondiscrimination as outlined in Notice PIH 2014-20, which provides guidance on the equal access final rule
  • Revised policy changes concerning flat rent requirements mandated under the 2014 appropriations act and outlined in Notice PIH 2014-12 and its accompanying PIH-issued FAQs
  • Removal of the ACOP addendum due to the expiration of the temporary compliance provisions set forth in Notice PIH 2013-03 and extended by Notice PIH 2013-26
  • Revised clarifications regarding the definition of extremely low-income family, area median income, and other requirements per the implementation of the 2014 appropriations act and the HERA final rule
  • Other modifications for clarification and wording

2015: For the 2015 revision, the  NMA HCV Executive Management Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Updates regarding the applicability of the equal access final rule to administrators and owners of HUD-assisted housing per Notice PIH 2014-20
  • Additions regarding PHA-owned units to account for Notice PIH 2015-05 on project-based voucher (PBV) guidance
  • Updates to all regulatory references concerning 24 CFR part 982, which has been revised to reflect the sunset of the former certificate program
  • An entirely new section providing guidance and clarification on service and assistance animals
  • Other changes and updates for clarity, accuracy, and ease of reading

2015: For the 2015 revision, the NMA Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Updates regarding the applicability of the equal access final rule to administrators and owners of HUD-assisted housing per Notice PIH 2014-20
  • Revisions to VAWA certification guidance pertaining to the transmittal of the newly updated form HUD-50066
  • Minor modifications to account for Notice PIH 2014-25 on over-subsidization in the HCV program
  • Updates to all regulatory references concerning 24 CFR part 982, which has been revised to reflect the sunset of the former certificate program
  • Other changes and updates for clarity, accuracy, and ease of reading

2015: For the 2015 revision, the NMA HCV Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Updates to all regulatory references concerning 24 CFR part 982, which has been revised to reflect the sunset of the former certificate program
  • Revisions concerning the required frequency of inspections—either annually or biennially—per HUD’s implementation of the 2014 appropriations act provisions
  • Other changes for clarity, accuracy, and ease of reading

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 [email protected] to get started.

Topics: appropriations, assistance animals, books and revision services, equal access, executive management, fair housing, final rule, flat rent, HERA, inspections, PBV, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, service animals, VAWA

NMA's seminar calendar for Q3 2015 is now available!

Posted by BEMuser on Apr 22, 2015 1:39:32 PM

We’re pleased to announce the release of NMA's seminar calendar for the third quarter of 2015. You can view a list of the training opportunities that Nan McKay and Associates is offering from now through the end of 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.) 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!

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

Topics: appropriations, books and revision services, fair housing, final rule, flat rent, HERA, inspections, PIH notices, Program News and Notices

The October 2014 revision of NMA's Model Admin Plan has shipped!

Posted by BEMuser on Feb 27, 2015 1:16:21 PM

Subscribers to our annual revision service can expect to receive the latest updates to the NMA Model Administrative Plan and Guide within the next week or so. If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact Laurie Durrett in our accounting department and she'll be happy to assist you.

Shortly after we completed our May 2014 revision of the NMA Model Administrative Plan and Guide, HUD issued two crucial pieces of guidance in the June 25, 2014 Federal Register: the HERA final rule and the implementation notice for the 2014 appropriations act. Because of the importance of this new information, we have decided to publish a second revision for 2014, which also provides updated policies for recently issued Notice PIH 2014-20. Major additions to the October 2014 revision include:

  • Extensive revisions regarding project-based vouchers (PBVs) as codified by the HERA final rule
  • A new set of policies covering the optional biennial HQS inspections authorized by the 2014 appropriations act
  • Other changes mandated by the June 25 implementation notice, including new requirements for utility allowances and a revised definition for extremely low-income (ELI) family
  • Updated language regarding nondiscrimination as outlined in Notice PIH 2014-20, which provides guidance on the equal access final rule
  • Other minor modifications to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance

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 [email protected] to get started.

Topics: appropriations, books and revision services, equal access, fair housing, final rule, HERA, HQS, inspections, PBV, PIH Alert, PIH notices, Program News and Notices, utilities

Register now for the latest guidance in HCV and public housing

Posted by BEMuser on Feb 5, 2015 9:45:48 AM

This month's Housing Help Session is an all-purpose refresher course on the latest guidance from HUD.

Do you have questions about flat rent requirements, biennial inspection options, changes in the HERA final rule, the new equal access notice, or how VAWA affects your program? Our NMA expert will take you through everything you need to know and bring you up to date for 2015.

To view the full schedule of upcoming sessions, click here. The links below will take you to the registration page.

DATE CATEGORY TOPIC HOST
Fri. 2/27 Public Housing/HCV Update Public Housing/HCV Update
  • Changes to flat rent requirements in public housing and inspections in HCV due to the 2014 appropriations act
  • Changes to PBV and HCV due to the HERA final rule
  • Other program changes required by the equal access final rule, VAWA 2013, and more
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Annie Stevenson
Fri. 3/20 Fair Housing Series: Session #1 Understanding Reasonable Accommodation
  • What's most important in the reasonable accommodation process
  • The two definitions of disabled in HUD programs
  • How to apply the reasonable accommodation process at all program levels, including application, occupancy, and termination
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Terry Provance
Fri. 4/24 Fair Housing Series: Session #2 The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2013
  • Learn what's new for your agency in VAWA 2013
  • Understand VAWA's basic requirements, including notification, confidentiality, and how VAWA applies to both applicants and participants
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Terry Provance

Topics: appropriations, equal access, fair housing, final rule, flat rent, HERA, Housing Help Sessions, inspections, PBV, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, reasonable accommodation, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

HUD publishes interim rule on new housing trust fund

Posted by BEMuser on Jan 30, 2015 12:32:18 PM

Today in the Federal Register, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an interim rule that does not affect the regulations governing the public housing and housing choice voucher (HCV) programs but should be of interest to PHAs. Here’s the summary:

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) establishes a Housing Trust Fund (HTF) to be administered by HUD. The purpose of the HTF is to provide grants to state governments to increase and preserve the supply of rental housing for extremely low- and very low-income families, including homeless families, and to increase homeownership for extremely low- and very low-income families.

This rule establishes the regulations that will govern the HTF. HUD is issuing this rule as an interim rule. It is HUD’s intention to open this interim rule for public comment to solicit comments once funding is available and the grantees gain experience administering the HTF program.

According to the accompanying press release, "States and state-designated entities are eligible grantees for the HTF. Annual formula grants will be made, of which at least 80 percent must be used for rental housing; up to 10 percent for homeownership; and up to 10 percent for the grantee's reasonable administrative and planning costs." The press release also links to a new webpage for the HTF program at the HUD Exchange website.

Today’s interim rule will become effective on March 31. If you're interested in learning more about the HTF program, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) will be offering a free webinar next Thursday, February 5, from 1 to 2 p.m. eastern time (10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific time). The webinar will provide state and local housing advocates and providers with detailed information on how to prepare for the first NHTF dollars coming to states in early 2016. If you would like to participate in the webinar, click here to register.

To receive updates and analysis on the latest PIH news, subscribe to NMA’s PIH Alert and receive a daily email with breaking news and other important information for PHAs and housing professionals.

Topics: HERA, interim rule, Program News and Notices

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