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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 […]

What To Do With Medical Waste in Affordable Housing

What are we supposed to do with our tenant’s medical waste? Whether you are an Elderly or Disabled property or multifamily site there is no doubt that the medical waste ends up someplace on the property other than the appropriate receptacle. For a short time, I was thought to have

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Affordable Housing As a Way of Life!

I recently came back from another file audit…this time it was outside of Cleveland…as I was going through the files I kept coming across the fact that there were some residents who have been there not just since the 90’s, but the 80’s. I spoke with the property manager there and she had told me […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making Your Section 8 Property Alcohol Free

As an affordable housing property owner, we’ve elected to have a smoke-free building…although we had some residents make a small fuss; most have followed the new rules. Now a small number of folks in our community want to have a party in their community room and a few have asked if they can bring in […]

Utilizing the TRACS Discussion Forum

Some of you may use the TRACS Discussion Forum as a great resource and others may not. I view this forum at least once if not twice a day. I think it’s a great place to get answers to industry questions. For those who have not used it, you should know that it is not […]

NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – Impending Announcement

The legal skirmishing of the PBCA selection process has delayed this announcement now for quite some time, however the affordable housing industry has been waiting patiently for this eventual announcement. So as of June 3, 2013, the status of the PBCA NOFA is this:

“Unless HUD is prohibited from doing so by the United States […]

Top 10 Posts for all days ending 06-18-2013

Once in a while I like to reflect upon what seems to be the more important issues facing the affordable housing industry based on the number of views we’ve had on the articles. Please feel free to share your thoughts on any of these subjects or you can email me at info@ahtcsonline.com if there are […]

Top 10 Posts for all days ending 06-18-2013

Once in a while I like to reflect upon what seems to be the more important issues facing the affordable housing industry based on the number of views we’ve had on the articles. Please feel free to share your thoughts on any of these subjects or you can email me at info@ahtcsonline.com if there are […]

Sample Affordable Housing Smoke-Free Housing Policy

ABC Apartments, is a designated Smoke-Free Housing Complex in accordance with all local, state and federal laws. We have amended our Section 8 House Rules to include a new smoke free housing policy for our community.

NO SMOKING POLICY – No Smoking: Due to the increased risk of fire, increased maintenance costs and the known […]

Sample Affordable Housing Smoke-Free Housing Policy

ABC Apartments, is a designated Smoke-Free Housing Complex in accordance with all local, state and federal laws. We have amended our Section 8 House Rules to include a new smoke free housing policy for our community.

NO SMOKING POLICY – No Smoking: Due to the increased risk of fire, increased maintenance costs and the known […]

How to Deal with Extended Absence or Abandonment in Section 8

I recently received a call from a client asking how long should a resident be considered a tenant if they are only there 6 months a year. What is a reasonable amount of time before you determine that this tenant has been gone for a while? Is it 2 weeks, 4 weeks…what is the limit […]

How to Deal with Extended Absence or Abandonment in Section 8

I recently received a call from a client asking how long should a resident be considered a tenant if they are only there 6 months a year. What is a reasonable amount of time before you determine that this tenant has been gone for a while? Is it 2 weeks, 4 weeks…what is the limit […]