On Friday, December 29, HUD sent an email stating that a Federal Court has set aside the Small Area FMR Suspension. The suspension, citing harm to vulnerable households, would have delayed the implementation of Small Area FMRs until 2020. The email states that “PHAs must immediately take all steps necessary with respect to dedicating monetary and human resources towards the implementation; as well as integrating the new FMR requirements in any planning the PHA conducts. As expeditiously as possible, HUD will issue guidance addressing implementation issues, technical assistance, and potential obstacles to implementation.”
NAHRO is in the process of working with HUD to help implement Small Area FMRs for those members who must now use them.