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President’s Forum: Industry Group Plan Would Help Achieve More Landlord Participation in Voucher Program

HUD & Congress Should Support, Enact Admin Fee Fungibility

John Hodge, PHADA President

In the summer of 2018, HUD Secretary Ben Carson launched a campaign to increase landlord acceptance of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. At the time, HUD noted that two studies found that “most landlords do not accept voucher-holders and those who do complain about the program’s administrative requirements….”

Since the inception of HUD’s special landlord task force in mid-2018, PHADA has worked with the Department, offering numerous recommendations to achieve the desired objective. One of our several recommendations was to increase administrative fees, which can be used to educate and recruit prospective landlords and residents. PHADA is working now to highlight that recommendation in ongoing discussions with leaders at HUD as well as congressional staff, lawmakers, and HCV program stakeholders. As of this printing of the Advocate, Congress has yet to enact the final FY 20 appropriations. We are thankful to Sen. Collins (R-ME) and the Senate T-HUD appropriations subcommittee for recognizing our concerns and voting to increase admin fees by $91 million, which is a positive step. It remains to be seen whether or not this number will hold in the final bill.

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