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February 03, 2023

HUD Webinar on Electrification Strategies February 7

There is over $65 billion available in grants, loans, and other financing from Treasury and EPA, plus expanded tax credits and other incentives for investments that will result in short- and long-term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and improve resiliency and the ability of properties to withstand and recover from increasingly extreme weather patterns. Many of these programs are targeted for low-income communities, and all types of properties – including public housing – are eligible. I...

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January 31, 2023

HUD Briefing on AFFH Proposed Rule February 9

With the recent release of an Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (AFFH NPRM), HUD has launched a broad effort to engage with all stakeholders to get feedback on the proposed rule.  

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January 30, 2023

HUD News: HUD Announces $116 million in New & Renewal FSS Awards, Releases Updated FSS Guidebook

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded funding to hire and maintain Service Coordinators who will assess the needs of public housing-assisted residents in addition to coordinating available resources in their local communities. Service Coordinators work with HUD-assisted residents to make progress toward their economic and housing goals by addressing educational, professional, and health-related barriers. 

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January 25, 2023

HUD Offers Multifamily NSPIRE Demonstration Participants an Opt-Out Option for 2023

On January 25, HUD Published a Notice in the Federal Register regarding the NSPIRE Demonstration.

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January 20, 2023

HUD Announces “Imminent” Publication of a Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

On January 19, HUD published a press release announcing its intention to publish a proposed rule implementing new requirements for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) under the Fair Housing Act of 1968. In its announcement, the department asserts that:

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January 20, 2023

HUD News: HUD Announces $568 Million Available to Address Lead-based Paint and Additional Housing-Related Hazards

On January 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced two historic Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) that will make homes healthier and safer for low-income families. With this investment, since 1993, HUD has made more than $2.7 billion available to protect children, families, and individuals from exposure to lead and other hazards in their homes.

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January 19, 2023

HUD News: HUD Announces New Proposed “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” Rule

Rule expands upon HUD’s previous policy, implementing opportunities for transparency and accountability while bolstering economic equity for American families

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January 04, 2023

Federal Register Notice Issued on VAWA Implementation

On January 4, a Federal Register Notice was issued by HUD for the implementation of The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)/Reauthorization Act of 2022 with an overview of applicability to HUD programs. The Notice outlines initial implementation guidance and requests comments, which are due on March 6, 2023. Comments received are intended to help HUD develop regulations and guidance on VAWA.

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December 27, 2022

Section 3 Compliance Reporting for Public Housing Delayed Until Further Notice

On December 20, HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-38/FPM-19-2022 Reporting Supplement to the Implementation of the Final Rule on Section 3 Regulations – 24 CFR Part 75. The primary purpose of the notice is to formally amend the reporting deadline requirements included in Notice PIH 2022-10 Implementing the Final Rule on Section 3. Section 3 Compliance Reporting for public housing funding is now delayed until further notice.

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December 21, 2022

FY 23 Omnibus Spending Bill Released

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have released the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 with all 12 appropriations bills for FY 23including T-HUD. The bill comes after three months of negotiations and, according to the House Appropriations Committee press release “…is expected to be considered first in the Senate and then later in the week by the House. The measure funds federal agencies through September...

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December 19, 2022

PHADA Comments on Notice of Certain Operating Cost Adjustment Factors for 2023

On December 15, PHADA submitted comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on a Notice of Certain Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAFs) for 2023. The notice released OCAFs for 2023 and sought public input on two proposed technical changes to HUD’s OCAF calculation method, vintage of data and insurance component data source. Each year, the Department utilizes operating cost factors to adjust project-based assistance contracts and project-based vouchers issued under Sec...

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December 15, 2022

HUD Issues Operating Subsidy Notice for 2023 First Quarter

HUD is in the process of obligating Operating Subsidy grants for the months of January, February, and two to three weeks of March 2023. The explanatory HUD notice can be accessed here. In a meeting with HUD, staff explained that HUD is putting out as much operating funding as possible because of uncertainty surrounding passage of the FY 23 appropriations bill.

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December 13, 2022

House Appropriations News Release: DeLauro Releases Bill to Extend Government Funding Through December 23

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) today released the text of a short-term continuing resolution that extends federal government funding through December 23 to provide time to complete negotiations on fiscal year 2023 appropriations legislation.

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December 06, 2022

HUD Issues Statement on FY 23 Median Family Income Estimates and Income Limits

HUD annually calculates estimates of median family income for every area of the country. These estimates are used to calculate various income limits, which are defined as percentages of median family income, and vary by the number of persons in a household. HUD uses income limits to define low-income status and resulting eligibility for many of its housing assistance programs.

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December 06, 2022

HUD News: Updated RAD Contract Rents Now Available

HUD has just posted the 2022 RAD Contract Rents, which are used to determine the initial contract rents in the Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract for public housing properties converting under RAD. HUD will utilize these amounts for any new Commitments to enter into HAP (CHAPs) or Portfolio awards starting January 1, 2023. In addition, current awardees that have not yet closed may request to update rents in their existing CHAPs or Portfolio Award by notifying their assigned Tra...

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November 29, 2022

PHADA Urges Congress to Pass FY 23 Appropriations Bill

PHADA and other industry groups wrote to appropriations leaders in Congress today urging them to come to an agreement on the FY 23 spending bill before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) ends on December 16. The letter raises concerns with level funding, which is all that agencies receive during a CR, especially in the current environment where many PHAs are in dire need of supplemental assistance. We reiterate the need for supplemental funding for the Operating Fund and for Tenant Protecti...

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November 29, 2022

HUD News: EBLL LSHR Amendment Training – November/December 2022

HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is sponsoring a training series that will help participants review federal lead regulations and discuss the Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR) Amendment for pre-1978 housing. Presenters will provide a step-by-step explanation of how Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), grantees, and owners respond to cases of elevated blood lead levels (EBLL) in children less than six years old living in a federally assisted housing unit.

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November 16, 2022

PHADA and Industry Groups Increase Appropriations Request for FY 23

PHADA, working with other industry groups, has updated its annual appropriations request to consider HA shortfall needs as well as an increase to Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPVs). Previous HUD funding to address Operating Fund shortfalls totaled $25 million whereas HA needs totaled more than $370 million. This leaves a gap of $345 million, the amount the groups have requested in our letter to Congressional appropriations leadership. In addition, $364 million is being requested for TPVs to allo...

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November 10, 2022

HUD Publishes Correction to CY 22 Administrative Fee Notice

On November 10, HUD issued a Federal Register Notice related to Section 8 administrative fees to correct its original August 15, 2022, Notice. HUD states that the original notice omitted specific information and included incorrect website links. The current Notice replaces the August 25, 2022, Notice and republishes the methodology HUD used in determining the ongoing CY 22 administrative fees for PHAs administering the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Mainstream, and Moderate Rehabilitation progra...

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November 07, 2022

HUD Releases 3 Proposed Build America, Buy America Waivers

Late last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released three proposed Build, America, Buy America (BABA) waivers. One of the three proposed waivers extends the phased implementation of provisions of the Act by ninety (90) days, except for those funded by CDBG formula grants obligated by HUD on or after November 15, 2022.

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November 04, 2022

PHADA Expresses Concerns for HA Fiscal Health to General Deputy Assistant Secretary Blom

On Friday, November 4, PHADA sent a letter to HUD expressing alarm over indications that some HAs’ fiscal health may be at risk and asking HUD to consider several steps to address these issues.

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November 03, 2022

HUD Announces $148 Million available for Multifamily Owners to Address COVID-19

HUD has announced that the Office of Multifamily Housing is opening a new application period to apply for COVID-19 supplemental funding made available by Congress through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Funds are available to owners participating in Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance, Section 202 and Section 811 for eligible expenses incurred from March 27, 2020, through January 31, 2023.

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November 02, 2022

Operating Fund Web Module Now Open

On October 31, an email was sent from the Department of Housing and Urba Development’s (HUD) Financial Management Division (FMD) to all housing authorities (HAs) announcing that the SF-424 Operating Fund module is now open. Agencies must submit their SF-424, and if necessary, forms HUD-50071 and SF-LLL for CY 23 Operating Fund grants no later than December 16, 2022.

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November 01, 2022

HUD Issues Correction Notice for Section 8 Administrative Fees

On November 1, HUD issued a Federal Register Notice related to Section 8 administrative fees to correct its original August 15, 2022, Notice. HUD states that the original notice omitted specific information and included incorrect website links. The current Notice replaces the August 15 Notice and republishes the methodology HUD used in determining the ongoing CY 21 administrative fees for PHAs administering the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Mainstream, and Moderate Rehabilitation programs, incl...

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October 31, 2022

HUD Designates 2023 Difficult Development Areas and Qualified Census Tracts

On October 25, HUD published in the Federal Register a  Notice  which designates “Difficult Development Areas” (DDAs) and “Qualified Census Tracts” (QCTs) for purposes of the Low-Income Housing Credit (LIHTC) under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 42. LIHTC projects located in DDAs or QCTs may be eligible for a 30 percent increase in eligible basis on their project. This notice describes the methodology and data used, and makes these designations for the use by political subdivisions of the ...

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October 26, 2022

HUD Announces NSPIRE Get Ready Series In-Person Sessions

On October 24, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) Get Ready Series. Housing Authorities (HAs) and other stakeholders can register for the in-person sessions to learn more about the upcoming NSPIRE policy, standards, scoring, operations, and inspections set to be released soon, according to the Department. The Department will be traveling to at least 14 locations nationwide.

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October 25, 2022

HUD Seeks Partners to Promote Homeownership For Young Adults!

On October 25, HUD formally announced a coordinated outreach effort to promote homeownership, including among young people, centered on a November 1 virtual event with Secretary Fudge. HUD is requesting that partners amplify the outreach and are seeking partners to amplify outreach around this event.

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September 29, 2022

HUD Extends the Deadline for the FSS NOFO and provides list of Presidentially Declared Emergencies and Disasters

For housing authorities (HAs) in Presidentially Declared Emergency and Disaster Areas, HUD is extending the NOFO deadline to Friday, October 21, at 11:59:59 pm ET. The notice provides a current listing of all the Presidential Declared Disaster (PDD) areas and has been updated to include Hurricane Ian as well as a large number of other areas/states. HUD will update this list with any new areas that are declared by the current application deadline of Friday, October 7, at 11:59:59 pm ET.

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September 28, 2022

HUD Offers HCV Waiver Extensions

HUD Notice PIH 2022-30, dated September 26, 2022, allows extensions of currently approved waivers for increasing the payment standard during the HAP contract term and for payment standard amounts up to 120 percent of the FMR, until December 31, 2023.  HUD is also extending the period for streamlined processing of new requests for either or both of these two waivers.

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September 27, 2022

HUD News: HUD Selects Eighteen Public Housing Authorities for New Asset Building Moving to Work Demonstration Cohort

On September 27, HUD announced the Asset Building cohort of the expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program. Through this cohort, HUD will evaluate asset building activities that encourage the creation and growth of savings accounts and/or aim to build credit, through rent reporting, for assisted households. HUD will first call a community of practice of the selected agencies to discuss and develop these policies for implementation and evaluation.

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September 27, 2022

HUD to Sponsor Broadband and Digital Inclusion Summit

Broadband funding from the federal government is beginning to roll out in every state.

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September 26, 2022

HUD Funding Available for New Elderly Supportive Housing, NOFO Training Announced

On September 22, HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing published its Section 202 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal Year 2022. The NOFO provides up to $174.6 million in grant funding opportunities through the Section 202 program. Applications are due by January 25, 2023.

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September 20, 2022

HUD News: Register Today for 2022 Section 3 Final Rule – Office Hours

Do you have unanswered questions on HUD’s Section 3 Final Rule? Still not sure how to implement the requirements of the Section 3 Rule compliantly into your programs? Office Hours are now available to help support HUD housing and community development (HCD) and public housing authority (PHA) financial assistance recipients.

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September 01, 2022

FCC Announces “Your Home, Your Internet” Pilot to Help HAs Raise Awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced the “Your Home, Your Internet” pilot program designed to raise awareness of and enrollment in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) among households receiving federal housing assistance. The one-year pilot program will test strategies designed to make it easier for HUD-assisted households to learn about and enroll in the ACP. Tribal entities, state and local PHAs, as well as community partners will be eligible to apply for the p...

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August 31, 2022

HUD Issues Allocation and Special Administrative Fee for New Incremental Housing Choice Vouchers

HUD began issuing fair share vouchers this week to housing authorities (HAs) across the country. The relevant HUD Notice, PIH 2022-29 (HA), announced the availability of 19,700 fair share vouchers. The Notice states that HUD should have notified eligible HAs of their voucher award as of August 26, 2022. The notification will specify the number of vouchers allocated to the HA in accordance with the allocation formula and will provide specific instructions regarding how the HA may decline the all...

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August 23, 2022

HUD Announces Process for Award of 8500 HUD-VASH and 4000 Stability Vouchers, Registration of Interest Deadlines Approaching

HUD has recently released the following notices: PIH 2022-26 Registration of Interest for HUD-VASH Vouchers and Notice PIH 2022-24 Stability Voucher Program.

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August 22, 2022

HUD Releases FSS Sample Action Plan

On August 16, HUD released a sample FSS Action Plan. All agencies must have an action plan for their FSS programs, even if they do not receive coordinator funding from HUD. Along with the sample template, HUD provides resources, instructions, and a checklist to help HAs with the submission process. 

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August 18, 2022

HUD News: Broadband Subsidy Available to HUD-Assisted Families

Whether applying for jobs and working remotely, participating in telehealth, engaging with schoolwork, or maintaining relationships with friends and community, reliable in-home internet has never been more vital. With your help, we can close the digital divide for HUD-assisted families.

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August 15, 2022

PHADA Comments on HUD’s 2023 FMR Methodology

On July 13, 2022, HUD published a notice proposing to change the methods it uses to estimate FMRs for FY 23. On August 12, PHADA submitted comments concerning the proposal. While generally supportive of HUD’s proposal, PHADA chided the department for publishing proposed changes only before it must publish FMRs for 2023, allowing the department only 3 weeks to consider the comments it receives. As of August 15, the federal regulations web site (Regulations.gov) had posted 67 comments.

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August 05, 2022

Middle Mile Broadband Funding Opportunity

This week the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced a funding opportunity for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure, to expand and extend middle mile infrastructure to reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas. The opportunity is open to state and local governments, industries, and non-profits and other associations, including partnerships of two or more entities from within these gr...

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August 05, 2022

HUD Releases NOFO for FY 22 FSS Coordinator Funding

HUD has released this year’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to fund FSS coordinators. The funding is intended to fund existing coordinators as well as new coordinators. There has not been funding for new coordinators for many years so this is an excellent opportunity for agencies to expand their FSS programs. 

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July 28, 2022

Update on the GAO’s Survey Questionnaire on HUD Assistance to Households with Disabilities

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is conducting a study on HUD rental assistance for households with disabilities. As part of this study, GAO is surveying public housing authorities serving households in metropolitan areas regarding their experiences in addressing the needs of these households with HUD assistance. Most agencies should have received this request, but if you haven’t it could be due to participating in the piloting and testing phase, or other pre-determined reasons. ...

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July 27, 2022

Treasury Announces Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Can Be Used for Affordable Housing Development

The U.S. Department of Treasury today released new guidance that allows for Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to be used to make long-term loans to affordable housing development, including for Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects. This action will allow for billions of dollars to be used as a gap filler for thousands of projects across the country that have stalled because of the economic effects of COVID-19. These same effects have been felt by many housing authoriti...

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July 25, 2022

Please Submit Comments Now to HUD’s Proposed NSPIRE Rule

On June 17, HUD released a proposed rule and request for comments on the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) and Associated Protocols. This request for comments is a complementary document to the Economic Growth Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act: Implementation of NSPIRE proposed rule, released in January 2021. The Department is requesting comments and will consider them in response to their request before publishing a final notice of standards in ...

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July 22, 2022

HUD Webinar Series: PHA Disaster Readiness, Response and Recovery – Wildfires

The next webinar in HUD’s PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series introduces public housing agencies to best practices in disaster management, specifically in the face of wildfires.

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July 20, 2022

House Passes Minibus for FY 23 Funding with 16.5 Percent Increase for HUD

On July 20, on a 220–207 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a minibus of six appropriations bills, including Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD). The House Appropriations Committee had previously stated in its press release that the bill provides a total of $62.7 billion for HUD, which is an increase of $8.9 billion above FY 22, or 16.5 percent.

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July 15, 2022

PHADA Submits Comments to the Federal Register on Build America, Buy America Act

PHADA submitted comments to the Federal Register related to its concerns with the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA) as it applies to HUD’s Federal Financial Assistance. As a result of historically high inflation, supply chain disruptions, and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many HAs have struggled to maintain needed staffing levels, procure products, complete needed capital improvements and repairs in a timely manner, and manage increasing costs as demands for HA services cont...

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July 07, 2022

HUD Webinar Series: PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery

Proactive preparation now can help your PHA respond more effectively and efficiently should bad times strike. The PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series is designed to help PHAs do just that. Each webinar covers a different type of disaster. Training will include steps for PHAs to prepare, as well as best practices during a disaster to assess the safety of their businesses, residents, and properties. The webinars will also cover both short- and long-term recovery strategi...

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July 07, 2022

HUD News: Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants NOFO

Applications are due by July 28, 2022. With this publication, HUD is making available up to $10,000,000 for Planning Grants. Planning Grants are two-year grants of up to $500,000 each that assist communities with severely distressed public housing or HUD-assisted housing in developing a comprehensive neighborhood transformation plan and carrying out early action activities to build the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented. We encourage eligible applicants from communit...

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July 01, 2022

HUD Issues Final Rule on Management and Occupancy Reviews for Some Multifamily Housing

On June 27, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing published in the federal register a final rule amending existing regulations related to Management and Occupancy Reviews (MORs) for seven project-based Section 8 programs administered by the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs:

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June 24, 2022

News Release: Kaine Introduces Bill To Protect Veterans and Low-Income Families From Housing Discrimination

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a former fair housing attorney, reintroduced the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022 to protect veterans and low-income families from housing discrimination. Current law allows landlords to deny housing to individuals based on source of income, and many veterans and low-income families have reported discrimination when using vouchers to pay their rent. The Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022 would expand protections under the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to include ...

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June 24, 2022

House Appropriations Committee Releases FY 23 HUD Funding Bill

On June 22, the House released its appropriations bill for the HUD budget. The Committee noted in its press release that the bill provides a total of $62.7 billion for HUD, an increase of $8.9 billion above FY 22, or 16.5 percent, and $1.1 billion above the President’s 2023 budget request.

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June 21, 2022

NSPIRE Proposed Rule Published in the Federal Register

A proposed rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was published on June 17, 2022. HUD requests comments on the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) and Associated Protocols. This request for public comment serves as a complementary document to the Economic Growth Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act: Implementation of NSPIRE proposed rule.

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June 16, 2022

HUD Releases Guidance on Admin Fees Use for HCV and Mainstream

HUD has released Notice PIH 2022-18 with guidance on the use of Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Mainstream Voucher administrative fees for expenses related to assisting families in these programs with leasing units. PHADA has vigorously advocated to HUD to allow for more flexible uses of the increased funding for administrative fees. The current proration for fees is 92 percent, which represents the greatest amount of funding for this account in 20 years. The Administration has proposed full f...

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June 15, 2022

HUD News: Announcement on Mainstream Funding

HUD has extended the deadline to apply for new Mainstream vouchers and administrative fees funding through PIH Notice 2022-19, “Mainstream Vouchers – Non-Competitive Opportunity for Additional Vouchers Authorized by the CARES Act and Extraordinary Administrative Funding, Correction.” This notice updates PIH Notice 2022-07 and makes the following major changes:

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June 06, 2022

HUD Issues JOBS Plus NOFO, Includes Key Changes

On May 27, HUD issued the FY 22 Jobs Plus Initiative Notice of Funding Opportunity NOFO (FR-6600-N-14). Over $16 million is available, and HUD expects to make approximately six awards ranging from $1,600,000 to $3,700,000. Applications are due on July 29, 2022.

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June 03, 2022

Innovative Partnership Opportunity for New MTW Asset Building Cohort

Compass Working Capital is interested in connecting with HAs regarding the opportunity to create an opt-out savings program for their residents as part of this cohort. In an opt-out asset-building program, HAs would be required to automatically enroll a set of residents in a savings program – such as a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) escrow account or similar – and provide those residents with the choice to opt-out of the program. In this way, the HA would make the opportunity to build assets a s...

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May 31, 2022

Webinar on LIFELINE Act to Address Inflation and LIHTC

The National Council of State Housing Agencies and the National Association of Home Builders will be jointly hosting a briefing for congressional staff on the challenges in using Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to help finance Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties. The webinar will address why it is so important for Congress to pass the LIFELINE Act (H.R. 7078, S. 4181), which would align these two resources.

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May 27, 2022

HUD Publishes FY 22 Renewal Funding Inflation Factors

On May 26, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the renewal funding inflation factors (RFIFs) for FY 22. HUD uses these inflation factors to determine HAP renewal funding for the Housing Choice Voucher program by applying individual area inflation factors to an HA’s past year leasing data (as shown in VMS) to calculate the HA’s current year formula eligibility.

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May 27, 2022

HUD News: Wildfire Recovery and Resilience Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announces a funding opportunity for community studies of recovery from wildfire. The deadline for proposals is July 19, 2022. Up to $600,000 is available. Details are available on grants.gov under the name “HUDRD – Wildfire Recovery and Resilience.”

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May 24, 2022

HUD Publishes FY 22 HCV Funding Notice

PIH Notice 2022-14 was published on May 19, to implement the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program funding provisions for the 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act (The Act), enacted on March 15, 2022. The Act establishes the allocation methodology for calculating HAP renewal funds, new incremental vouchers (including $200M for new non-competitive vouchers, VASH, Mainstream, and TPVs,), administrative fees, and funding opportunities for $200 million in Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) set-aside ...

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May 17, 2022

HUD Issues Final FSS Rule for HAs and Multifamily Owners

On May 17, HUD issued the Federal Register Final Rule to implement changes to the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program made by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. Section 306 of the Act made multiple amendments to the FSS program, including changes to the methodology for determining the size of the FSS program, expanding the definition of eligible families to include tenants of certain privately owned multifamily properties subsidized with Project-Based Rental ...

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May 16, 2022

President Biden Announces Housing Supply Plan with LIHTC Reforms

The Biden administration announced a Housing Supply Plan, a national policy to address the affordable housing gap across the country through several strategies, including:

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May 16, 2022

Commerce Launches Internet for All Programs

On May 13, the U.S. Commerce Department announced the launch of the Internet for All initiative, which will invest $45 billion to provide affordable, reliable, high-speed internet for everyone in America by the end of the decade. The programs are funded through President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and will be administered and implemented by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

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May 16, 2022

White House News: President Biden Announces New Actions to Ease the Burden of Housing Costs

As President Biden said last week, tackling inflation is his top economic priority. Today, President Biden is releasing a Housing Supply Action Plan to ease the burden of housing costs over time, by boosting the supply of quality housing in every community. His plan includes legislative and administrative actions that will help close America’s housing supply shortfall in 5 years, starting with the creation and preservation of hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units in the next three y...

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May 13, 2022

House and Senate Appropriators Examine Biden FY 23 HUD Budget

HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge testified on May 11 and May 12 before the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD), and Related Agencies regarding the FY 23 Budget. The Budget, which was released on March 28, includes $71.9 billion for department programs, $6.2 billion more than the FY 22 enacted level.

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May 13, 2022

Legislation Introduced to Allow Recovery Funds to be Used with LIHTC

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced the Senate version of the LIFELINE Act (the LIHTC Financing Enabling Long-term Investment in Neighborhood Excellence Act), which would allow Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to be used to make long-term loans to Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) developments. The House released its own version of this bill, H.R. 7078, in March, with Reps. Alma Adams (D-NC) and David Rouzer (R-NC) as lead co-sponsors...

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May 11, 2022

HUD Issues NOFO for Capital Improvements for High-Risk Public Housing

On May 9, 2022, HUD published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the public housing Capital Fund At Risk/Receivership/Substandard/Troubled Program.  HUD is making $26.5 million available through this NOFO.  Awards may be from $250,000 to $3.5 million.

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May 11, 2022

HUD Changes Forms for DOL Wage Determination Conformance Requests

Last month HUD’s Office of Field Policy and Management issued Notice LR-22-01: Use of Standard Form 1444 for DOL Wage Determination Conformance Requests. This notice announces the discontinuation of use of form 4230-A, Report of Additional Classification and Rate, and reversion to use of Form: SF1444, Request for Authorization of Additional Classification and Rate, which is submitted directly to the Department of Labor. Conformance requests are used to propose additional classifications for wag...

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May 10, 2022

HUD Posts NOFO for Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants

On May 10, HUD published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Choice Neighborhoods (CN) Planning Grants. CN Planning Grants are two-year grants of up to $500,000 each that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and carrying out early action activities to build the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.

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May 10, 2022

HUD News: Upcoming Asset Building Webinars

On May 9, HUD announced that, in preparation for the next MTW expansion cohort, which will evaluate asset building initiatives, HUD has partnered with the CFPB to have a series of webinars. CFPB will host the first webinar Tuesday, May 10.

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May 10, 2022

HUD News: HUD Takes Action to Expand Broadband to Low-Income Households, As Part of Administration’s Whole-Of-Government Outreach Effort on Affordable Connectivity Program

On May 9, HUD informed more than 4 million HUD-assisted families that receiving benefits from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) does not count as income for determining family rent or impact their eligibility for HUD assistance.

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April 27, 2022

HUD Requests Applications for Final Moving To Work (MTW) Cohort

On April 26 HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-11: Request for Applications under the Moving to Work Demonstration Program: Asset Building Cohort. MTW allows HAs to design and test innovative, locally designed housing and self-sufficiency strategies for low-income families by permitting has to use funding received for public housing and Section 8 more flexibly and allow exemptions from existing program rules.

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April 26, 2022

HUD Publishes FY 22 Income Limits

HUD has issued FY 22 income limits that are used to determine eligibility for most assisted housing programs, including Public Housing, Section 8 Project-based Rental Assistance (PBRA), Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (tenant based and project-based or PBV), as well as the Section 202 and Section 81 housing assistance programs. The new income limits were effective April 18, 2002.  

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April 19, 2022

HUD Releases Section 3 Notice for Public Housing

On April 18, HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-10 Implementation of the Final Rule on Section 3 Regulations – 24 CFR Part 75. The notice is helpful in providing a chart of implementation timelines (based on fiscal year-end) on page 11 and a template for Section 3 contract language. Except for the information on contracting and procurement (starting on page 18), which includes references to the General Conditions form HUD-5370 series, the notice largely presents information previously provided. This in...

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April 15, 2022

HUD Multifamily Issues, Withdraws Memo on Valuation of Non-Shelter Services

On March 23, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs issued a Memorandum on the subject “Valuation of Non-Shelter Services,” withdrawing a memorandum issued on November 15, 2021, by the Office of Asset Management and Portfolio Oversight on the subject “Clarification on Valuation of Non-Shelter Services.” The withdrawal memorandum notes that HUD expects to more fully address the issues that led to the release of this memo, as well as questions and concerns arising from the memo, in upcoming...

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April 15, 2022

Mainstream Vouchers: Extraordinary Administrative Fee and Additional Voucher Funding Now Available

HUD Notice PIH 2022-07, dated April 6, 2022, announces the availability of carryover funding for additional Mainstream Vouchers and for Extraordinary Administrative Fees for Mainstream Vouchers.

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April 14, 2022

HUD News: PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series

HUD announces a new webinar series that introduces public housing agencies (PHAs) to best practices in disaster management, including proactive strategies and resources to mitigate and respond to natural disasters and building fires.

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April 13, 2022

Limited HCV Waiver Streamlined Process Now Available

On April 11, HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-09 Streamlined Regulatory Waivers for the Housing Choice Voucher (including Mainstream and Mod Rehab) Program. This new streamlined review, distinct from the expedited review under Notice PIH 2021-34, applies only to three of the waivers previously available. 

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April 04, 2022

FY 22 Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Applications Due June 15

Today, HUD announced a due date for the FY 22 Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security applications. On March 10, HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-05 Emergency Safety and Security Grants Annual Funding Notification and Application Process. The Department will fund $10 million of Safety and Security capital grants in FY 22 for emergency capital needs to be used for necessary safety and security measures to address crime and drug-related activity and the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning in public ...

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April 04, 2022

Integrated Pest Management in Multifamily Housing Free Online Training Course Available

StopPests In Housing is a non-profit organization of science educators seeking to improve pest control in affordable housing by teaching everyone who works, lives, and plays in housing how to use integrated pest management (IPM). Acting as the Northeast Regional IPM Center, based at Cornell University, StopPests in Housing is supported by an interagency agreement between HUD and the Department of Agriculture (AG). The IPM in Multifamily Housing online course of four 90-minute sessions will run ...

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April 04, 2022

Training on SAVE Program for Afghan Immigration Status Verification

HUD and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) are holding two training sessions for HUD staff and grantees (including public housing agencies and HUD-assisted multifamily owners and operators) regarding Afghan arrivals who have entered the U.S. through the Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Allies Welcome, the effort to support vulnerable Afghans as they resettle in the U.S. The trainings, scheduled for April 7 and April 14, will focus on Afghan Arrival categories, the f...

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April 04, 2022

HUD Publishes Updated Administrative Fee Rates for 2022

HUD has posted Calendar Year (CY) 2022 Administrative Fee Rates to its HCV Guidance and Notices webpage. This includes CY 22 Administrative Fee Rate Description, as well as an Excel file with the A and B rates for each HA.

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March 29, 2022

PHADA Writes to HUD on Loss of Rental Income

PHADA sent this letter today to HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge concerning the notable loss of rental income in public and assisted housing. The correspondence expresses the association’s serious concerns about potential evictions and the fiscal solvency of some HAs stemming from those losses.

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March 24, 2022

Cares Act Public Housing Supplemental Operating Funds Financial Reporting Module Now Open

In a step to implement Cares Act financial reporting, HUD has added a module to the Operating Fund Web Portal to allow PHAs to report on their CARES Act Supplemental Operating Fund grants.  Agencies should have received an email from the Financial Management Division with information about the requirement, available training sessions, and the PowerPoint slides from the training.

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March 23, 2022

IRS Publishes Resident Population Figures for CY 22 LIHTC, PAB Cap

On March 21, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Bulletin No. 2022-12 with population figures for calendar year 2022. These figures are used to calculate state allocations of the 9 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and the private activity bond (PAB) cap. The notice includes population figures for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. According to Novogradac, PAB allocations will increase by 5.1 percent, or $2 billion, and the 9 percent LIHTC will decr...

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March 14, 2022

HUD Hosts Upcoming Capital Fund Guidebook Training

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Office of Capital Improvements announced on March 10 that it would be hosting a series of webinars on the Capital Fund Guidebook.

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March 09, 2022

House and Senate Negotiators Agree on FY 22 Omnibus Spending Bill

The House is expected to vote on a $1.5 trillion government funding package today, in addition to a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR). The CR will fund the government at the current levels through March 15, giving the Senate time to pass the full-year legislation. The Appropriations measure funds federal agencies through September. The spending package includes nearly $14 billion to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a 6.7 percent increase for non-defense discretionary programs, an...

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March 07, 2022

Upcoming Affordable Connectivity Program and IIJA Broadband Webinars

ConnectHomeUSA is accepting questions about the Affordable Connectivity Program which will be posed directly to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  before the March 15 webinar. The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Th...

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March 04, 2022

Expedited Waivers for PHAs and HCV Programs Continued to April 1

On March 3, HUD published Notice PIH 2022-04: Expedited Regulatory Waivers for the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (including Mainstream and Mod Rehab) Programs. This notice advises PHAs that they may apply for certain regulatory waivers that were originally offered as part of the CARES Act waivers in Notice PIH 2021-14 to provide continued flexibility during the pandemic and pandemic recovery. HUD will expeditiously respond to these waiver requests in accordance with Section 106 of t...

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February 23, 2022

HUD Reminds PHAs to Verify Designation Categories in IMS/PIC

On February 18, HUD published Notice PIH 2022-03: Guidance on Unit Designation Categories and Accessible Designation Categories in IMS/PIC. The notice reviews changes made to unit designation categories in IMS/PIC in 2010, emphasizing the need for accurate data and its impact on funding calculations. It notes distinctions between “Designated Housing” properties under the Unit Designation Category, as separate from the accessibility features of individual units. This information is reported unde...

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February 23, 2022

HUD Releases REAC Inspections Flyer

On February 22, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing News Asset Management newsletter announced release of a new flyer addressing questions regarding REAC Inspections and COVID-19.  The flyer covers key concerns for residents, property owners/agents, and outlines the Inspection Postponement/Adjustment Process. Members can subscribe for email updates from the HUD Office of Housing/FHA homepage at the link under Doing Business. Other HUD newsletters can be found on HUD’s mailing list page, and at ...

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February 22, 2022

UPDATE: Take Advantage of SEMAP Flexibility

Following a suggestion made by PHADA to HUD, PHAs may request a waiver of SEMAP scoring. PHADA has prepared a one-page summary highlighting eligibility and submission requirements. Other waivers available on an expedited basis, including increases in the payment standard, are also noted.

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February 14, 2022

HUD Proposes Change to Frequency of Executive Compensation Reporting

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has published in the Federal Register a 30-day Notice of Proposed Information Collection and request for comment. Comments regarding the collection’s necessity and burden on Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) are due March 14, 2022.

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February 11, 2022

PHAS Scoring Resumes

PHADA has consistently advocated that HUD provide greater flexibility to HAs, particularly in the context of COVID-19, so that agencies are best able to respond to local conditions during the ongoing pandemic. The association has also argued it is unfair to score many agencies for things beyond their control during this time. In response to PHADA’s advocacy, impacted HAs have two opportunities to request flexibility – possible PHAS scoring waivers or an inspection deferment.

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February 08, 2022

PHADA, Industry, and PHAs Urge Democratic Leadership to Keep Housing Programs in Build Back Better

PHADA, along with other housing associations and over 400 PHAs wrote to the Democratic leadership urging them to keep housing programs in the Build Back Better Act or any subsequent legislation. The nation is in the middle of a housing crisis and retaining these needed resources in BBBA will help millions of families across the country. Critical funding includes $65 for the Public Housing Capital Fund, $25 billion to expand the voucher program, and significant funding for many housing and commu...

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February 01, 2022

HUD News: Section 3 Guidebook Now Available on HUD Exchange

This Guidebook curates the latest guidance, tools, and resources for implementing and applying Section 3 to HUD-funded projects and activities. The Guidebook also helps direct recipients of HUD funding comply with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. The Guidebook begins with the evolution of Section 3 and highlights key differences between the Section 3 former rule and the new final rule. The Guidebook also provides general information on how to apply Section 3 in the fi...

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February 01, 2022

HUD Issues Notice on Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements

On January 31, HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-01 Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors in HUD-Assisted Housing Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, requiring carbon monoxide (CO) alarms or detectors in most HUD-assisted housing, following the standards of the 2018 International Fire Code. CO alarms or detectors must be installed by December 27, 2022.

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January 31, 2022

HUD News: Direct Technical Assistance and Upcoming Webinars

HUD’s On-Call and Direct Technical Assistance (TA) is designed to support PHAs that need “hands-on” assistance in their operations of the EHV program.  On-Call or Direct TA can be requested for, but not limited to, the following assistance requests:

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January 28, 2022

HUD News: HUD Announces MTW Landlord Incentives Cohort

On January 27, HUD announced the Landlord Incentives Cohort of the expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program. Through this cohort, HUD will evaluate landlord incentives and their impact on participation in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program to improve residents’ ability to use vouchers in their community. With the addition of the 29 PHAs selected for this cohort, HUD will have added a total of 70 PHAs to the MTW Demonstration Program since January 2021. MTW PHAs are now in 3...

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