December Operating Fund Proration Update
You may have noticed a small decrease in the Operating Fund proration for December 2019 at 96.33 percent compared to 97.16 percent in October and November. According to HUD, the Department is not yet finished reviewing requests for revisions to housing authorities’ (HAs’) FY 19 Operating Subsidy submissions which were due to Field Offices by August 1, 2019. In order to accommodate potential adjustments to HAs’ subsidy calculations, HUD increased its reserve of operating funds to $80 million from $40 million. HUD continues to work through the requests and anticipates releasing the balance of the reserve to HAs in a second obligation for December. This second obligation is forecasted to increase the proration by one percentage point or more and should be available to HAs prior to December 1, 2019.
Todd Thomas Named Director of Public Housing Programs
HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary Danielle Bastarache announced on October 2 that Todd Thomas has been selected as the new director for the Office of Public Housing Programs (OPHP). In his new role, Todd will provide leadership and management over the OPHP’s Financial Management Division, Management and Occupancy Division, and the Energy Management Center. As Director, he will be responsible for providing guidance regarding policy development, program operations, financial analysis, process implementation, and the monitoring of public housing programs, initiatives, and staff.
Todd first joined to the Department in 2011, and has served in several roles in PIH, including Senior Housing Program Specialist, Policy Advisor, Acting Director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division, and Acting Director of the Office of Public Housing Programs. Prior to his current tenure with the Department, Todd worked five years at the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) as a Senior Research and Policy Analyst, focusing his work on public housing, repositioning, and economic impact of assisted housing programs. Todd has an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Ohio Dominican University and a Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University.
“Todd is very committed, talented and works hard,” PHADA Executive Director Tim Kaiser wrote to Bastarache. “We look forward to a continuing good working relationship with you both and others at HUD,” he added.
Funding Availability for Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Apply Today!
In a May meeting attended by PHADA staff, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced the Department would be making $5 million available for PHAs to install carbon monoxide detectors in public housing without saying how or when those funds would become available. In August of this year, the Department released PIH Notice 2019-22 regarding the application process for the Emergency Safety and Security grant program. For the first time, HUD recognized the “threat of carbon monoxide poisoning as a potential emergency safety need for public housing residents” and allowed the purchase and installment of these devices as an eligible cost for grant funding. Housing authorities have until October 25, 2019, to submit applications for funding for carbon monoxide detectors, and can obtain additional details here.