HUD to Publish Revised FY 2019 FMRs

(3/14/19 Edit – the official notice has been published in the Federal Register and can be found here.)

Tomorrow, HUD will publish in the Federal Register revised Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for certain jurisdictions, though a pre-publication copy is currently available. In addition to listing the new FMRs, the notice also responds to comments made to the initial Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 FMRs (See NAHRO’s comment letter here).

According to the notice, “[s]everal commenters suggested that HUD should provide additional funding to PHAs who undertake local area surveys.” (While Congress has the power to decide how to allocate money and how much to spend towards individual programs, HUD may request certain levels of funding for particular programs or tasks through its budget request.) The Department responded by stating that “HUD reminds PHAs that paying for local area rent surveys is an eligible expense to be paid from on-going administrative fees or their administrative fee reserve account.”

FMR by Number of Bedrooms in Unit

2019 Fair Market Rent Area

0 BR

1 BR

2 BR

3 BR

4 BR

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy,  MA-NH HMFA

$1,608

$1,801

$2,194

$2,749

$2,966

Burlington-South  Burlington,  VT  MSA

$992

$1,202

$1,544

$2,008

$2,087

Coos County,  OR.

$538

$684

$837

$1,210

$1,394

Curry  County,  OR

$629

$777

$979

$1,416

$1,574

Douglas  County,  OR.

$657

$773

$1,023

$1,479

$1,796

Oakland-Fremont,  CA HMFA

$1,409

$1,706

$2,126

$2,925

$3,587

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro,  OR-WA MSA

$1,131

$1,234

$1,441

$2,084

$2,531

San Diego-Carlsbad,  CA MSA

$1,422

$1,590

$2,068

$2,962

$3,632

San Francisco,  CA HMFA

$2,069

$2,561

$3,170

$4,153

$4,392

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa  Clara,  CA

$1,952

$2,316

$2,839

$3,829

$4,394

The pre-publication copy of the notice can be found here.

PHAs Must Use OpFund Web Portal for 2019 Operating Fund Forms

HUD has announced that PHAs must use HUD’s Operating Fund (OpFund) Web Portal to access the CY 2019 Excel Tools for Forms HUD-57223 and HUD-52722 to determine PHA operating subsidies. These forms will only be made available to PHAs on the OpFund Web Portal, the department’s evolving web-based platform. HUD publicly released the Portal’s first PHA driven module – the PHA Form 52723/52722 Reporting Module – last year. The module allows PHAs, including PHA fee accountants and IT providers, access to their data to:

  • Review and download historical HUD-52723 (3 years) and HUD-52722 (2 years)
  • Print paper versions of final the HUD-52723 and HUD-52722
  • Review and download the authority’s CY 2019 Pre-Pop data
  • Work with data provided visually that can be filtered and downloaded and manipulated

HUD will publish the CY 2019 Excel Tools for the Forms HUD-57223 and HUD-52722 on or before March 19, 2019 and PHAs must submit their Tools to their Field Office by April 9, 2019. If you don’t have access to the OpFund Web Portal, contact your Authority’s WASS coordinator. Your WASS coordinator can provide you and your staff with access. Once in the Portal, users must create and validate their user profile in order to navigate the Portal. You can find the user profile guide and WASS role assignment guide at the URL: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/ph/am/webportal

If you need additional assistance, contact REAC – Technical Assistance Center (TAC) by calling 1-888-245-4860 Option #4 or by email to REAC_TAC@hud.gov.