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Posted by NMA on May 31, 2017 12:12:19 PM

Housing Help Sessions

What is a Housing Help Session, you ask? Our longtime customers will remember them previously known as Lunch ‘n’ Learns. They’re a very popular way to get the latest program guidance in a convenient two-hour online session.

Following is the schedule of Housing Help Sessions for summer 2017. The links below will take you to the registration page.


DATE CATEGORY TOPIC HOST
Fri. 6/30 VAWA Session 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
Annie Stevenson
Fri. 7/14 PBV Session Changes to the PBV Program under HOTMA
  • Learn how HUD's HOTMA implementation notice affects the project-based voucher (PBV) program
  • Major changes include when the PHA inspects units, the number of PBV units in the project, the definition of excepted units, the definition of PHA-owned units, and the length of the PBV HAP contract
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Samantha Sowards

Topics: HOTMA, Housing Help Sessions, PBV, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

HUD publishes guidance notice for VAWA 2013

Posted by NMA on May 22, 2017 12:49:09 PM

HUD has posted Notice PIH 2017-08, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Guidance. The 52-page notice is dated May 19. While the guidance does not contain any major changes from the VAWA 2013 final rule, it includes a number of useful examples and scenarios to assist PHAs in implementation of the rule. The notice is applicable to the public housing and HCV programs, including the project-based voucher (PBV) and moderate rehabilitation programs.

Here are a few examples of guidance from the notice:

  • A list of adverse screening factors which might be the direct result of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking
  • A detailed description of the certification and documentation process
  • A summary of policy requirements and a 5-page appendix detailing necessary PHA policies and procedures
  • Instructions for customizing the notice of occupancy rights
  • A ten-page section on requirements for emergency transfer plans
  • A clarification of the VAWA 2013 provision for establishing eligibility following bifurcation of a lease. This provision applies only to mixed families in which the victim has not contended eligible immigration status
  • A six-page model owner notification. Use of an owner notification letter is optional, as PHAs may instead rely on VAWA information included in the HAP contract.

In a related development, HUD has released translated versions of the four forms and model notices published in December 2016 for VAWA 2013 implementation. Each of the forms has been translated into 11 languages (Armenian, Cambodian, Creole, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese).

The translated documents include (links to English versions):

  • HUD-5380, Notice of Occupancy Rights under the Violence Against Women Act
  • HUD-5381, Model Emergency Transfer Plan for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking
  • HUD-5382, Certification of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking, and Alternate Documentation (replaces form HUD-50066)
  • HUD-5383, Emergency Transfer Request for Certain Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking

You’ll find links to all of the translated documents on this page at HUDCLIPS.

Topics: domestic violence, final rule, Mod Rehab, PBV, PIH notices, Program News and Notices, VAWA

Affordable housing news 2/17/17

Posted by NMA on Feb 17, 2017 1:43:52 PM

Brookings: The changing geography of U.S. poverty

CityLab: Fair housing faces an uncertain fate

Greater Greater Washington: Myths and misperceptions surrounding public housing

NY Daily News: Report shows boost in affordable housing funds improves the economy

NLIHC: Inadequate funding puts housing vouchers at risk

Quartz: The unexpected solution to America's affordable housing crunch

Rooflines: New bills would enforce ignorance on state of housing opportunity

SAHF: Bringing healthy, efficient infrastructure home

Urban Wire: What could happen if the Violence Against Women Act is defunded?

Topics: fair housing, Program News and Notices, VAWA

HUD publishes final rule on VAWA 2013

Posted by NMA on Nov 16, 2016 3:38:51 PM

This morning in the Federal Register, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a final rule implementing the requirements set forth in the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). VAWA 2013 expanded protections to HUD programs beyond public housing and Section 8 tenant-based and project-based programs, while also enhancing protections and options for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Today's 102-page VAWA final rule covers the expanded protections in VAWA 2013 to HUD programs beyond the previously covered public housing and Section 8 tenant and project-based vouchers, and enhances protections and options for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In brief, the major provisions of the rule include:

  • Specifying “sexual assault” as a crime covered by VAWA in HUD-covered programs.
  • Establishing a definition for affiliated individual based on the statutory definition and that is usable and workable for HUD-covered programs.
  • Applying VAWA protections to all covered HUD programs as well as the Housing Trust Fund, which was not statutorily listed as a covered program.
  • Ensuring that existing tenants, as well as new tenants, of all HUD-covered programs receive notification of their rights under VAWA and HUD’s VAWA regulations.
  • Establishing reasonable time periods during which a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking may establish eligibility to remain in housing, where the tenant’s household is divided due to a VAWA crime, and where the tenant was not the member of the household that previously established eligibility for assistance.
  • Establishing that housing providers may, but are not required to, request certain documentation from tenants seeking emergency transfers under VAWA.
  • Providing for a six-month transition period to complete an emergency transfer plan and provide emergency transfers, when requested, under the plan.
  • Revising and establishing new program-specific regulations for implementing VAWA protections in a manner that is workable for each HUD-covered program.

In addition to addressing the major provisions above, the VAWA final rule also includes as appendices a Notice of Occupancy Rights under the Violence against Women Act (Notice of Occupancy Rights) that certain housing providers must give to tenants and applicants to ensure they are aware of their rights under VAWA and implementing regulations, a model Emergency Transfer Plan that may be used by housing providers to develop their own emergency transfer plans, a model Emergency Transfer Request form that housing providers could provide to tenants requesting an emergency transfer under these regulations, and a new certification form for documenting incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking that must be used by housing providers. As stated in the final rule, these appendices will not appear in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Topics: domestic violence, final rule, Program News and Notices, VAWA

Affordable housing news 8/26/16

Posted by NMA on Aug 26, 2016 3:52:00 PM

The Guardian: Low-income workers priced out by rapidly rising rents and short-term rentals

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: State and local governments take action to promote affordable housing

Next City: How cities are preserving affordable housing

NLIHC: Senators urge HUD to issue guidance on how nuisance ordinances may violate VAWA, fair housing laws

Slate: Misguided urban policies wiped out the best kinds of housing for the poor, young, and single

Urban Wire: Preserving affordable housing: What works

Topics: fair housing, Program News and Notices, VAWA

HUD issues notice on portability

Posted by NMA on Jun 9, 2016 11:17:18 AM

portability

On Monday HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued Notice PIH 2016-09 to provide guidance on moves with continued assistance by families in the housing choice voucher (HCV) program, both within a PHA’s jurisdiction and outside it under portability. The notice updates previous guidance, such as guidance issued under Notice PIH 2012-42, by incorporating changes resulting from last year’s streamlining portability final rule, in addition to providing guidance on briefings and suspension of the voucher term. Notable highlights include the following:

  • The section on fair housing and equal opportunity requirements has been updated to account for the affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) final rule, further guidance on voucher extensions as a reasonable accommodation, and limited English proficiency (LEP) requirements.
  • A new section has been added which focuses on the changes to the required contents of family briefings resulting from the streamlining portability final rule. The section covers the explanation on how portability works, explanation on the advantages of moving to areas with low concentrations of low-income families, information on selecting a unit, explanation on how voucher suspension works under the current regulation (since it is now required), and the list of landlords or other resources, specifically in terms of how the list should line up with AFFH requirements.
  • Much information has been added addressing required suspension of the voucher term, including general requirements and information on the impact of suspension on the initial billing deadline.
  • A section on denying family requests to move has been added, taking into account mandatory denials, discretionary denials, and exceptions under the Violence against Women Act (VAWA). Denying requests due to insufficient funding is also covered in detail in its own section.
  • The notice discusses the use of email or other delivery confirmation method, and supports HUD’s use of email as the preferred method.
  • Processing responsibilities of the initial PHA are detailed in the notice, including the initial PHA’s role regarding new requirements on the family selecting the receiving PHA. In addition to more basic procedural elements, this section also provides guidance on the use of special purpose vouchers.
  • Of course, processing responsibilities of the receiving PHA are also specified. Items of note in this section include rescreening, voucher extensions, when the family decides not to lease in the PHA’s jurisdiction, and absorption. The notice also covers ongoing responsibilities of the receiving PHA, including use of special purpose vouchers, 50058s, and if the family decides to port to another jurisdiction.
  • The notice provides guidance on administrative fees, including the administrative fee structure changes under the streamlining portability final rule.
  • Finally, the notice goes into great detail on portability billing. Of these remaining sections, only the section on billing the initial PHA contains substantive changes from the previous notice.

Notice PIH 2016-09 will be effective until amended, superseded, or rescinded.

Got questions about portability? Don't miss Nan's legislative update at the The Housing Conference this September, where she'll discuss the latest rules and regulations, including the new portability notice. Register now, early bird pricing ends June 30!

Topics: fair housing, final rule, LEP, PIH notices, portability, Program News and Notices, reasonable accommodation, streamlining, The Housing Conference, VAWA

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

NMA's online HCV Specialist now revised and updated for 2015!

Posted by BEMuser on Sep 17, 2015 10:56:25 AM

https://youtu.be/JHr1AyqEPAc

Nan McKay and Associates and HTVN are now offering our HCV Specialist certification online. Newly updated for 2015, it includes all the latest program information, including the equal access final rule, VAWA 2013, and more. The 42-hour class is led by NMA trainer Samantha Sowards, who will guide you through key principles and best practices in the housing choice voucher program:

Upon completion of this Nan McKay certification course, learners will achieve an understanding of HUD regulations for the HCV program and how to apply those regulations in administration of the program, including how to correctly determine family eligibility for the HCV program, how to perform required occupancy activities, and how to calculate rent.

NMA's longtime partnership with HTVN offers students the opportunity to enjoy many training options and earn a Nan McKay and Associates certification upon successful completion. NMA and HTVN are the only IACET-approved training and certification companies serving the affordable housing and public housing industries, which means you get the highest quality training plus the certification to show your achievement. IACET is a nonprofit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs, and is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training.

Other available online NMA certifications include:

Don’t miss this upcoming session at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference, where HTVN's Kristina Gumbulevich and Dave Sagers will discuss HUD's upcoming shift to a cloud-based model and how that will affect your PHA. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: eligibility, fair housing, final rule, HTVN, IACET, occupancy, online learning, Partnerships, rent calculation, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

Admin Plan: Hands-on Development Session

Posted by BEMuser on Aug 25, 2015 9:30:31 AM

NMA trainer and consultant Annie Stevenson will be presenting a hands-on session on admin plan policies at this year's NMA Housing Conference NMA trainer and consultant Annie Stevenson will be presenting a hands-on session on admin plan policies at this year's NMA Housing Conference

With over 25 years of experience in welfare and public housing, Annie Stevenson shares her expertise in many ways at NMA, serving as a trainer to thousands of housing authority staff every year; as a technical researcher who analyzes and deciphers new HUD regulations; and as a technical writer, contributing to NMA Master Books, seminars, and model policies as well as writing the popular daily PIH Alert. Annie will be presenting the following session at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference.

Hands-on Learning for Active Solutions

Admin Plan: Hands-on Development Session
Presenter, Annie Stevenson

Join us for this fast-paced, two-part, hands-on session focusing on the administrative plan. In a climate of rapidly changing HUD requirements, it can be difficult to keep discretionary policies up to date. We’ll look at the most recent developments requiring policy changes, as well as some of the more troublesome issues for many agencies.

We’ll discuss HUD guidance on HCV provisions in the streamlining portability rule, including necessary policy changes. We’ll also review the mandatory policy changes required under VAWA 2013 and other current HUD developments. Time will be reserved for discussing your policies and the organization of your agency’s plan.

This is an interactive policy workshop. Please bring a copy of your PHA's administrative plan.

Annie and other industry experts will be available for limited free one-hour consulting sessions at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference. Registered participants can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis now. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: GoSection8, PIH Alert, portability, streamlining, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

ACOP: Hands-on Development Session

Posted by BEMuser on Aug 25, 2015 8:32:41 AM

NMA trainer and consultant Terry Provance will be presenting a hands-on ACOP workshop at this year's NMA Housing Conference NMA trainer and consultant Terry Provance will be presenting a hands-on ACOP workshop at this year's NMA Housing Conference

Terry Provance has been a trainer and consultant at Nan McKay and Associates since 1999. He recently took the lead role in creating and developing NMA’s PH Occupancy Tracking Tool, which can be used by any rental development, whether or not it’s HUD-assisted, including mixed finance and LIHTC properties. Terry will be presenting the following session at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference.

Hands-on Learning for Active Solutions

ACOP: Hands-on Development Session
Presenter, Terry Provance

Join us for this intensive hands-on ACOP workshop! We’ll review mandatory changes required under VAWA 2013, service animal and assistance animal policies, and HUD guidance on public housing provisions in the 2014 appropriations act, as well as more recent HUD changes in the equal access and community service PIH notices.

We’ll also discuss some of the important discretionary policies that further the mandatory requirements. Are your waiting list preferences working for you? Is your definition of family compliant with recent regulatory changes? Is your repayment agreement policy effective? Are your termination actions meeting due process requirements? Compliant and specific policies are a critical factor in navigating these complex areas of public housing.

Bring your PHA’s ACOP to this session and be prepared to take notes. Time will be reserved for discussing your policies. Join us for this fast-paced session!

This is an interactive policy workshop. Please bring a copy of your PHA's ACOP.

Terry and other industry experts will be available for limited free one-hour consulting sessions at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference. Registered participants can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis now. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: appropriations, assistance animals, community service, equal access, fair housing, GoSection8, service animals, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

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