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Time to Take Advantage of This COVID-19 Era

As you continue to do the best you can at your properties during to the COVID-19 era, I think about those who now appear at the office less, working from home more. Working from home, while safer, restricts our ability to connect with our coworkers on a regular basis. While we all continue to […]

A Pandemic Within our Affordable Housing Community

Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed a strain on society. However, just because face-to-face interactions are not possible does not mean that we have stopped providing high-quality instruction. With society ever-changing now more than ever, it is essential to sign up for our classes to understand what changes HUD is making to […]

Submitting your Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan

The AFHMP is a required means of understanding the Market demographics and under-served populations and extending marketing efforts beyond the current or usual efforts.  Taking extra effort to directly market to under-served populations living in the housing market area helps ensure that knowledge of housing opportunities and information on how to apply is reaching […]

I Don’t Know It All, But I Do Know Everything!

People usually know more than they think they do, but those who think they know everything usually don’t.

Training folks in the affordable housing industry is fun and rewarding. Watching the light go on when my students learn something new, or even confirming that something they had been doing correctly, is a delight. The […]

When Should I Handout The VAWA Forms?

HUD has clarified that owners MUST begin now to give current and newly-admitted households a copy of the new notice of occupancy rights and the certification form. This MUST be done either during the annual recertification or lease renewal process, or, if there will be no recertification or lease renewal for a household during the […]

The Onslaught of MOR’s

The onslaught of MOR’s Some of you have been waiting for the “shoe to drop” and for some of you it has already. MOR’s have begun and we at AHTCS, LLC have been busier than ever! One of the benefits of working with my clients is that I was that I was able to be […]

Rejecting an Affordable Housing Applicant

If you are an affordable housing provider, it is critical to know the rules regarding when an applicant for housing can be rejected. The software you use typically has a Waitlist module and some folks rely on the old spreadsheet method even today. Knowing the rules will greatly reduce complaints filed against the O/A. It’s […]

Exemptions to the Section 8 Minimum Rent

Tenants in properties subsidized through the Section 8 program must pay a minimum rent (TTP) of $25. However, bare in mind that the Minimum rent rule does not apply to Section 202 PAC, Section 202 PRAC, Section 811 PRAC, RAP, Rent Supplement, Section 221(d)(3) BMIR or Section 236 programs.

The minimum rent is used when […]

TRACS Discussion Forum Alternative

During the beginning of my webinars I always discuss the importance of the many affordable housing resources we have and as part of that discussion, is the TRACS Discussion Forum. I talk about how great it is as a resource for everyone in our industry. Well I have been very frustrated that the resource we […]

Where should I send the Utility Allowance Check?

The handling of disbursements of utility allowances (UA) in affordable housing varies from property to property. The question remains how do properties determine the best way to apply the utility allowance. Do the checks need to be made out to the utility companies with C/O on the checks, or do the tenants come in every […]

Valet Parking in Section 8 Housing

Wouldn’t that be nice! A property manager told me that they have a disabled applicant who is scheduled to move in and is requesting a handicapped parking spot close to her soon to be new HUD subsidized apartment. None of the parking spots near her apartment are designated as “handicapped.” ​Her apartment is situated in […]

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PropertyManagementclassifieds.com specializes in finding qualified property managers and maintenance staff for Section 8, HUD, and […]

Keeping The Peace in Subsidized Housing

Let’s face it, affordable housing property management can be a rewarding yet a tough job 😉 Property managers have so many “fires” to put out on a daily basis! Mondays being the toughest days of the week where you have to get caught up on the work that you weren’t able to complete on Friday […]

Marketing Our Section 8 Property Using Concessions

It’s not allowed! We recently did a file audit on a HUD Section 8 property and discovered that they were giving concessions to section 8 residents for resident referrals. That might be a great idea for the Conventional applicants but it does not apply to HUD Section 8. I vaguely remembered that it was not […]

What to do when a HUD Subsidized Tenant Claims “Zero Income”

My first question is​ “​Did you go through the Zero Income Questionnaire with your Tenant? ​”​The tenant may think that “income” means employment only income. As we know​, ​and as defined in Chapter 5 of the HUD Handbook 4350.3 Change 4 & Exhibit 5-1, income includes several sources ​ including​ Federal Wage, Non-Federal Wage, SS […]

Verifying Assets Owned Jointly in Section 8 Housing

What happens when an applicant/resident in affordable housing reports he has ownership in real estate, but also claims technically that he does not effectively own the house, as he simply co-signed the loan to help his sibling? The sibling lives in the house and the deed reflects the names of both the applicant/tenant and the […]

TRACS 202 D and Extenuating Circumstances

What happens when an affordable housing tenant is unable to sign the HUD 50059? Let’s just say a tenant has been in the hospital, in/out of intensive care since the middle of Sept. His AR is due 12/1/2014. As per his brother, it is unlikely the tenant will be able to sign or understand what […]

Section 8 Medical Expenses for Assistance Animals

At AHTCSOnline, we wanted to start off the New Year by talking about the medical expenses of assistance animals. The HUD regulations can be a bit hazy at times particularly regarding the cost of medical expenses for assistance animals.

When we search the HUD handbook 4350.3 for written guidance, policy or notices for what expenses […]

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Information for 2015

HUD Just announced: Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015.

The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will […]

HUD Passbook Rate Change-follow up

Hopefully everyone is aware of the HUD passbook rate change. Effective February 1, 2015, the passbook savings rate to be used for all move-in, initial, annual, and interim recertifications when a family has net assets over $5,000 is .06% (that’s .0006 and no rounding).

This new rate will affect the following subsidy types:

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TRACS 202.D Release Implementation Schedule

The Tenant Rental Assistance Certification System (TRACS) is preparing for TRACS 202.d Release to accommodate new and modified tenant certification processes that allow TRACS to verify tenant certification transactions and voucher payments consistent with Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) and HUD 4350.3 Rev-1 Change 4.

HUD and the Industry TRACS Working Group have […]

“Adult Child” Definition for a HUD Section 202/8 Property

What exactly is the HUD definition for “Adult Child”? At a affordable housing, HUD Section 202/8 property for the elderly, an adult child is not allowed to move in “after” initial occupancy unless the adult child is necessary for the care and well-being of the elderly tenant. So, what if the adult child is 62 […]

Foster Adults and Foster Children in Section 8

The discussion of Foster Adults and Foster Children has come up a lot in recent affordable housing conversations. The confusion stems from the changes in policy as we transition from TRACS 202C to the TRACS 202D release. I have found that in some of my classes when I have asked my attendees if any income […]

Updating AR’s with New Income Limits

HUD has been great about getting the income limits out on time in most recent years. With the government shutdown they were still able to get those income limits posted prior to the commencement of the New Year. Questions always arise as to “when do I implement the income limits?” and “what about Applicants who […]

FY2014 Income Limits Released

HUD has released its FY2014 Median Family Income estimates and FY2014 Income Limits. The FY2014 Income Limits were published on December 18, 2013, and are effective immediately. The income limits can be found at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html#2014.