Subscribers to our annual revision service can expect to receive the latest updates to the NMA Model Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) and Guide this week. If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact Meg Kennedy in our accounting department and she'll be happy to assist you.
Most of the changes for the 2014 revision were made necessary by the publication of the Federal Register notice regarding the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), issued August 6, 2013. The notice stated that the provisions of VAWA 2013 were not self-implementing, and that HUD would issue rules or guidance at a later date. However, on September 30, 2013, HUD sent a letter to PHA executive directors which called for immediate policy development addressing certain provisions of VAWA 2013.
In response to HUD’s letter, NMA has developed transitional model policies to assist our subscribers in meeting this HUD requirement. Please note that once HUD issues the expected guidance, additional changes may be required. In addition to the extensive VAWA changes, the 2014 revision has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance and also includes:
- Extensive 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
- Updated policies regarding service animals, assistance animals, and pets, incorporating the latest guidance including Notice FHEO 2013-1
- A revised definition for extremely low-income (ELI) family, as per the Federal Register notice published June 25, 2014
- Updates to account for the issuance of Notice PIH 2013-26, which extends the temporary compliance provisions of 2013-03
- Updates to the list of federally mandated income exclusions as published in the Federal Register
- Minor modifications for clarification and wording
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