Having your staff take their first steps into the world of Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) can be both exciting and intimidating, but that doesn’t mean they have to go in alone. NMA’s Assisted Housing 101 Handbook is here to help your staff gain a solid understanding as they begin their affordable housing careers.
Our writing team has officially completed this year's revision of the NMA Model Admin Plan and Guide. For digital subscribers, your policy updates are available immediately on our revision subscriptions site. For hardcopy subscribers, the revision will be shipped out within the next few weeks.
If you're a brand new subscriber, you'll receive a hardcopy version along with instructions and credentials for downloading the electronic files. Please expect a few weeks for the hard copies to arrive.
The importance of updating PHA policies
HUD issues new regulations, notices, and guidance on an ongoing basis, and PHAs are expected to stay abreast of these changes to remain in compliance and avoid audit findings. However, making sure your agency’s policy documents are in line with HUD can be a daunting, time-consuming task—not only do you need to know what’s changed and why, but you must also revise your policies accordingly.
PHAs who are out of compliance—depending on the reason—may be subject to monitoring and sanctions, or worse, lose out on program funding. Fair housing complaints can result from a lack of clear and current policies, and in the Housing Choice Voucher program, some incorrect policies can affect SEMAP as well.
Fortunately, there’s a solution. Our model policies and revision services take the guesswork out of keeping your policies up-to-date and in compliance, providing you with expert guidance in a timesaving, user-friendly format.
One of our clients recently reported that he cashed in a 401(k) account. The full value of the account was $25,000. $7,000 was deducted for taxes and the client received the remaining $18,000. What should we count as income, the full gross amount or the net amount received after taxes?
On July 26, 2018, HUD published Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016: Final Implementation of Public Housing Income Limits in the Federal Register, which placed an income limitation on public housing tenancy. The rule requires that after a family’s income has exceeded 120 percent of area median income (AMI), or a different limitation established by the Secretary based on local housing costs, for two consecutive years, the PHA must either: