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HUD Implements FAST Act, Authorizes Triennial Reexams

Posted by NMA on Dec 19, 2017 11:24:10 AM

HUD recently published an “interim final rule” in the Federal Register implementing the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which authorizes triennial reexams for some assisted families. As noted in the rule’s summary, similar options for verifying income from fixed sources were included in the streamlining final rule and were implemented in 2016. The rule slightly revises related streamlining options to unify the two rules, and extends certain options to HUD multifamily programs.

The streamlining rule, which has been in effect since April 2016, offered PHAs the option of verifying income from fixed income sources once every three years, applying the reported cost of living adjustments (COLAs) in the intervening years. Under the rule, when at least 90 percent of a family’s income is from fixed income sources, PHAs using streamlined income verification may, but are not required to, adjust the non-fixed income. For families with at least one source of fixed income, but for whom less than 90 percent of the family’s income is from fixed sources, PHAs and owners must verify and adjust non-fixed sources annually.

The notice extends some streamlining options to multifamily programs including project-based rental assistance (PBRA). The options include triennial verification of assets (when total assets do not exceed $5,000) and quarterly payment of utility reimbursements when the quarterly total is $45 or less.

The notice states that HUD is seeking comments on the following specific issues:

The language in this interim final rule proposes a policy on utility reimbursements and asset certification identical to that applying to the HCV and PH programs contained in the March 8, 2016, final rule. Comments on this interim final rule may lead us to reconsider those policies as they apply to the HCV and PH programs, in the interest of aligning policies across HUD programs. Are there program-specific or unintended impacts in the HCV, PH, or MFH programs that should be considered in aligning these policies across programs? Would any difference cause a burden to entities administering these forms of assistance or to the tenants receiving the assistance?

The effective date of the interim final rule is March 18, 2018. Comments are due no later than January 11, 2018.

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Topics: PBRA, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, streamlining, Industry News

Managing Your FSS Program and How to Start a New FSS Program in PBRA

Posted by NMA on Aug 14, 2017 12:35:26 PM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MA

In her capacity with the San Diego Housing Commission, Patti Zatarian-Menard designed, developed, and implemented one of the nation’s largest and most successful family self-sufficiency programs. For the past two decades, she has worked with Nan McKay & Associates conducting training seminars nationally and undertaking consulting assignments on federally subsidized housing. Patti will present the following session at The Housing Conference next week.

Best Practices for Program Success

Managing Your FSS Program and How to Start a New FSS Program in PBRA

Presenter:
Patti Zatarian-Menard, Senior Associate Consultant, NMA

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Family Self-Sufficiency program. In this interactive session, we’ll highlight best practices learned during these years and explain FSS’ expansion to new housing programs. We’ll review with attendees the basic regulations for the FSS program and touch on major changes in key regulations in portability and PIC tracking and clarify the sometimes confusing relationships among FSS regulations in the various housing programs. This session will cover best practices in managing an effective FSS program with key, concrete suggestions for FSS excellence at all levels of the housing agency from executive management to supervisor to frontline case manager. We’ll detail the requirements, activities, and steps needed to start an FSS program for those PBRA agencies who have made the decision to join the Self-Sufficiency arena. The session will close with an introduction to HUD’s new best practices guide books and HUD’s upcoming 2017 FSS program evaluation results and the status of roll out of the new FSS program evaluation. Bring your questions for Q&A!

 

Learn more

 

The Housing Conference, presented by NMA, will spotlight three tracks: an executive track, a regulatory track, and a best practices track. Go here to view a list of the session descriptions that have been published so far.

Topics: FSS, PBRA, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

RAD PBRA: Prepare for Your First MOR

Posted by NMA on Aug 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MA

Renee’ McTyeire is an accomplished, motivated, and goal-oriented trainer and consultant with a proven track record of managing, training, and consulting gained through more than two decades of progressive leadership experience in the multifamily housing industry, specifically property management and training. Since joining NMA in 2016, she has been the multifamily housing subject matter expert, training owners, agents, and PHAs in multifamily housing compliance, the RAD PBRA program, and customer service skills in affordable housing.

As an NMA trainer and consultant, Heather Wiedenfeld specializes in HUD’s multifamily program, teaching such NMA classes as Multifamily Specialist and RAD Project-Based Assistance (PBRA) Overview. Heather also currently serves as director of compliance at Syringa Property Management, where she oversees compliance for 78 low-income housing properties and responds to approximately 150 agency and investor inspections annually. She previously served as compliance manager and quality assurance auditor at the Idaho Housing & Finance Association. Together, Renee' and Heather will present the following session at The Housing Conference later this month.

Best Practices for Program Success

RAD PBRA: Prepare for Your First MOR

Presenters:
Renee' McTyeire, Trainer and Consultant, NMA
Heather Wiedenfeld, Trainer and Consultant, NMA

This session will cover the MOR process, including:

  • The 9834 Questionnaire
  • Major policies to be reviewed
  • File and rent calculation reviews
  • Findings
  • Scoring

Learn more

 

The Housing Conference, presented by NMA, will spotlight three tracks: an executive track, a regulatory track, and a best practices track. Go here to view a list of the session descriptions that have been published so far.

Topics: PBRA, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

Newly Available: NMA's Model EIV Use and Security Policies

Posted by NMA on Jun 21, 2017 7:06:00 AM

EIV Use and Security PoliciesNMA is pleased to announce the debut of the NMA Model EIV Use and Security Policies for HUD’s multifamily housing programs! These policies make an excellent companion for the NMA Model Tenant Selection Plan (TSP) and Guide, which joined our existing family of model policies, including the model administrative plan, the model ACOP, and the model FSS action plan, earlier this year.

For those developments participating in HUD's multifamily program, the EIV use and security policies provide guidance on the protocol for the use of EIV information and printed reports, as well as the rules for maintaining tenant privacy and document security. With our user-friendly model policies, owners of project-based rental assistance (PBRA) projects will not only be certain they have current and compliant policies, but also potentially save hundreds of hours of work.

Learn more

 

Topics: books and revision services, EIV, PBRA, Program News and Notices

House releases omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2017

Posted by NMA on May 2, 2017 11:46:13 AM

appropriations

The House Appropriations Committee yesterday released the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which would provide discretionary funding for the federal government for the remainder of the current fiscal year. Congress is expected to vote on the bill later this week, in time to avoid a government shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires on Friday.

Proposed funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is described in a summary prepared by the House committee. The legislation includes a net total of $38.8 billion for HUD, a $513 million increase above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level, and $824 million below the requested funding level. Highlights include:

  • Section 8 and Public Housing – Included in the bill is $27.5 billion for Public and Indian Housing. This is an increase of $623 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $760 million below the requested level.
  • Office of Housing – Other housing programs are funded at $11.5 billion – an increase of $259 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. Project-Based Rental Assistance is funded at $10.8 billion; Housing for the Elderly is provided with $502 million; and Housing for Persons with Disabilities receives $146 million.
  • The bill cuts HUD’s administrative payments to public housing agencies by $427 million below the previous administration’s request. It also includes a provision prohibiting HUD from guaranteeing mortgages seized by eminent domain.
  • Community Planning and Development – The bill contains $6.8 billion for Community Planning and Development programs – $152 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level.
  • Community Development Block Grants are funded at $3 billion – the same as the fiscal year 2016 level. The HOME Investment Partnerships Program is funded at $950 million – the same as the current year. Grants for homeless assistance are funded at $2.4 billion, an increase of $133 million over current level.
  • Emergency Funding for Disaster Relief – In addition to regular appropriations, the legislation includes an additional $948 million in disaster relief. Of this amount, $528 million is for the Emergency Relief Program for qualifying emergency road and bridge repair expenses, and $400 million is for Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery assistance.

The full 92-page committee report is available here.

Topics: appropriations, CDBG, disaster programs, government shutdown, HOME, PBRA, Program News and Notices

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