April 6 Advocate: PDF Version
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President’s Forum: Administration Releases Budget Blueprint
The Trump Administration released a FY 2018 budget blueprint on March 16. Otherwise known as the “skinny budget,” the plan does not provide much detail on specific HUD line items. However, as PHADA recently reported, the Washington Post obtained a copy of a draft plan, publishing more detailed information including more than $1.3 billion in planned cuts to the Capital Fund and a $600 million reduction in Operating Funds. Read More..
Why Public Housing Operating Subsidy Is Lower In 2017
Housing authorities across the country have seen significant decreases in CY 2017 operating funding. Per the Department, these decreases are a result of alleged significant increases in tenant rental income and corresponding reductions in utility costs. PHADA has raised some serious concerns with the formula calculation as whole, particularly tenant rental income assumptions. The following article, which discusses this topic in greater detail, was provided by Brian Alten of BDO PHA Finance. PHADA would like to thank Brian for providing us with some additional information to clarify why public housing Operating Subsidies have decreased in 2017. Read More..
HUD’s Letter Provides HAP and Admin Fee Estimates During Limbo Period
On March 15, HUD sent a “Get Ready” letter to all Housing Authorities (HAs) administering voucher programs, regarding what the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) renewal funding and administrative fee prorations would be if either the House of Representatives or Senate’s FY 2017 T-HUD appropriation bills were to be enacted. Final funding levels are likely to remain unknown until final resolution between House and Senate’s FY ’17 T-HUD Appropriations bills, which is expected to take place before the Continuing Resolution (CR) expires on April 28. HUD’s letter is intended to provide HAs with the most up-to-date FY ’17 proration estimates for both voucher accounts during this limbo period. Read More..
HUD Issues Final Rule: New Housing Counseling Certification Requirements
On December 14, 2016, the Department issued a final rule entitled, “Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements.” The final rule implements statutory requirements that housing counseling required under or provided in connection with all HUD programs be provided by HUD-Certified Housing Counselors and HUD-certified agencies. HUD expects that more knowledgeable housing counselors and standardized certification requirements will lead to better identification of housing issues, more knowledgeable referrals and resolution of barriers, and a greater ability to avoid scams. Counselors have up to 36 months after the date that the certification examination becomes available, which will be published in a separate Federal Register Notice sometime in the future. Read More..
Congress in Recess from April 10–21
The Trump Administration has proposed outrageously low funding numbers for virtually all non-Defense discretionary programs in its FY 2018 budget proposal. The White House wishes to reduce non-Defense spending by $54 billion in order to provide that amount to the Defense side of the budget. As a consequence, the spending numbers for the HUD budget proposed in the Administration’s “skinny budget” and released March 16th are unacceptably low. The Operating Fund, already prorated at 85 percent, would see the loss of $600 million and the Capital Fund would be decimated by lowering funding by $1.3 billion. These drastic reductions would be widely felt. This level of reductions would likely lead to: a lower the quality of life for public housing residents, housing units being boarded, and growing losses to the public housing inventory as more units – without needed repairs – become candidates for demolition. Read More..
The Ambiguous Status of Assessments of Fair Housing
Since its publication of a new final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule on July 16, 2015, HUD has been developing data resources, forms, and web based user interfaces for various kinds of program participants to use to submit their Assessments of Fair Housing (AFHs). AFHs become due in coordination with program participants’ multi-year planning submissions. For entitlement communities, states and insular areas, that submission is the Comprehensive Plan that covers three to five years. For HAs, that submission is the PHA Plan that covers five years.
PHADA Members Continue Their Advocacy with Congress for HUD to Implement It Now!
In a rare feat, the House passed a piece of affordable housing legislation by unanimous consent entitled, The Triennial Income Verification Relief Act on March 23, 2015. The bill allows housing authorities (HAs)/owners and managers to conduct triennial recertifications for households with fixed incomes of 90 percent or more where their sources of income have not changed. The measure also requires HUD to establish policies to adjust for inflation-based income changes. Congress amended the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act) with the triennial recert provision on December 4, 2015. Despite several letters from the law’s cosponsors – Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Rep. Ed Perllmutter (D-CO) – including one on March 2, HUD has yet to implement it over a year later. Read More..
PHADA Seeks Feedback from Members on UPCS REAC Inspections
Over the last few months, a number of questions and concerns related to the Real Estate Assessment Center’s (REAC) administration of Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) in public housing have come to the attention of the Association. The following information lists and describes these concerns; we would like to encourage members to contact us if your housing authority (HA) has additional information related to these specific examples, or additional concerns that may not be listed. Read More..
PHADA Issue Brief: Update - Over 100,000 Go Without Housing
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Rent-Assisted Families Have an Education Gap That Can Be Overcome
“The Education Boost,” a report from the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corp. (PAHRC), identifies education as a crucial tool for helping families successfully leave HUD rental assistance programs and explores the barriers low-income individuals must overcome to complete high school and attend college. The report is especially timely, since one of HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s stated priorities is for HUD to work with other federal agencies to help families get the job training and education they need to raise their incomes and graduate from public and assisted housing. Read More..