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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

To File Special Claims or not

I wish there was a Special Claim for “Not enough time in the day” but I guess I will have to wait for that one. Some affordable housing properties submit claims and others may not think it’s worth their staff’s time. Others file them when necessary. Would I file a Regular Vacancy claim for a […]

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 […]

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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How to Correct a Move-Out in TRACS 202D

What happens when we processed a Move-Out (50059-A) for a tenant for the wrong date? How can we fix this? Once a Move-Out (MAT40) transaction for a household has been processed, the ‘Move-Out Code’ can be corrected by submitting a subsequent Move-Out (MAT40) transaction for the same effective date

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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 […]

Failure to Respond to the Request for Verification

This month we are dealing with a tenant in a Section 8, affordable housing property who has a state legal guardian and who will not respond to requests for income verification notices or award letters. But that is not the only issue here. There is also the need to assess whether the “Special Needs Trust” […]

Purchase the NEWLY published 4350.3 Rev. 1 Chg. 4 with tabs for $150

The NEW 4350.3, Rev 1, Change 4 was just released today. Many sites will now have outdated HUD Occupancy Handbooks. Order a new one today for your site and all of your sites so they are up to date.This is a “must have” handbook for any property which services HUD affordable housing properties!! Our HUD […]

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 […]

When a Section 8 Tenant Dodges Income

One of the goals of HUD’s RHIIP initiative is to reduce over payments and underpayments which they have done through the Enterprise Income Verification system (EIV). The creation of the EIV system has really helped in the recovery of HUD funds for those over-payments of HUD subsidy. My feeling is that the EIV system was […]

NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) February 22 Announcement

The proverbial can has been kicked down the road once more. This announcement has now delayed the PBCA Awards again. This message is from the: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) for the Performance-Based Contract Administrator (PBCA) Program for the Administration of Project-Based Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Contracts: “Litigation had been filed in the Court […]

The Form HUD-9834 (MOR) has finally been re-released

A revised form HUD-9834 Management Reviews of Multifamily Projects is now available from our webpage. http://www.ahtcsonline.com/Industry Links/MOR Forms/HUD-9834.doc. The form now has an expiration date of 02/28/2015 and is to be implemented for Management Reviews for Multifamily Housing Projects performed on or after December 4, 2012. All Management Reviews started prior to December 4, 2012, […]

The 2013 HUD income limits are now available!

HUD announced today that the FY2013 HUD Income Limits are now available and effective 12/11/2012

https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/2778/fy-2013-income-limits/

Exercising a Reasonable Accommodation in HUD Multifamily

What do we do as affordable housing Owners/Property managers of a Section 8 property when an Applicant requests a “Reasonable Accommodation” and it turns out the applicant fabricated the need just so they could have a larger unit? Here is a story of how

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HUD Subsidized Properties Affected by Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac is projected to affect all of the Gulf states. Therefore, HUD is requesting that you do the following:

Assure that there is an evacuation plan for elderly and disabled residents who live in your properties, and be prepared to provide HUD with your plan if requested. If residents are evacuated, please advise us […]

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 […]