Families participating in the housing choice voucher (HCV) program of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana will soon have a new program administrator. Nan McKay and Associates (NMA) will begin administering the Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish (HAJP)'s HCV program as of October 1, 2018. Jefferson Parish is the second largest parish in Louisiana, with a population of about half a million people.
QUESTION It’s recently come to my agency’s attention that some of our clients have been paying too much rent. This was due to a calculation glitch and applies to both public housing (PH) residents and participants in the housing choice voucher (HCV) program.
We’ve fixed the error, but what about subsidy underpayments for past months? The monthly underpayments are small amounts but the error existed for several years. Does the PHA have to repay these amounts to our clients? If the agency retains documents for three years, can we limit repayments to the three-year period?
Until last week, when HUD published the implementation notice for the changes mandated by the 2014 appropriations act, housing authorities were required to inspect units at the time of initial lease-up and thereafter at least once every twelve months. The new notice relaxes that requirement, specifying that an HQS inspection must occur at least once every two years.
Tip #4: Train the VA caseworkers to conduct initial inspections.
Many PHAs contract out certain functions of their program for greater efficiency and cost savings. Why not train your VA case managers on housing quality standards (HQS) and allow them to conduct an initial inspection of the unit?
You may have already heard about NMA's newest division of services — Nan McKay and Associates Inspections. This project was a long time in the making. Over the past years, we've seen an increasing demand for high-quality HQS outsourcing in the affordable housing industry. It was a service that NMA was eager to provide for our clients, but we wanted to first ensure that we could offer a variety of inspection models at a price that budget-conscious housing authorities could afford.