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SHARP Toolkit: Overview of HUD’s Small Housing Authority Reform Proposal (SHARP)

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The SHARP proposal is based on the 2008 findings in HUD-sponsored research by the IBM Business Consulting Services. Key among the findings – “For core compliance monitoring, HUD‘s level of effort for small PHAs is grossly disproportionate to the level of risk, total units involved and subsidy dollar volume.”

SHARP legislation would:

  • Simplify financial assessment of public housing (PHAS – using current ratio only) and housing voucher programs (SEMAP – using a 90% occupancy standard) operated by small housing agencies
  • Allow small agencies “full fungibility” – the ability to mix their annual allocations of Operating, Capital, and HAP funds
  • Limit administrative requirements and thus, put small agencies on par with requirements on private owners of publically-assisted housing
  • Maintain the optional exemption from asset management for PHAs with 400 or fewer units
  • Allow small agencies to retain and re-invest more of the savings from energy conservation measures
  • Authorize a rent reform demonstration (for >20% of small agencies)

SHARP Publication

Click here to download the PDF information booklet (4 pages) produced jointly by PHADA and NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials)

S. 2292 SHARP bill language

H.R. 4816 SHARP bill language

Model SHARP Emails and Letters to Elected Officials

Below is a sample letter and email templates for Housing Authority directors to use for advocating support for SHARP among their elected officials. Be sure to update the highlighted areas with the names of your Senators and Representatives, as well as your HA.

Sample SHARP letter (Word doc)

Model SHARP email to Senators (Word doc)

Model SHARP email to Representatives (Word doc)

Advocacy Articles & Items


Click here to access the full archive of PHADA’s SHARP-related publications
(2010 – present)

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