HUD Provides Information on 2016 Executive Compensation Collection

On July 18, HUD sent an email to PHA Executive Directors informing them that the web application for the on-line collection of Calendar Year 2016 Executive Compensation data will be available Monday, July 24, through Friday, August 11, 2017. HUD also issued Notice PIH-2017-11 providing additional information on CY 2016 executive compensation reporting.

HUD has changed the log-in process from prior years. To enter data, PHAs will have to login to HUD’s Secure Systems, then open the application link in a new Internet Explorer tab or window and login using the same password used for HUD’s Secure Systems.

The link will be active Monday, July 24, through Friday, August 11, 2017.

Questions? Contact Ken Peterson at 702-236-9112, Deborah Fox at 404-229-8952, Eric Willis at 202-475-8822, or email PHACompensation@HUD.gov.

HUD Announces FUP-FSS Webinar

HUD announced a webinar provided by CSH for PHAs (and partners) that are implementing the FUP-FSS demonstration in their community on July 31 from 3:30 – 5 PM EST. The webinar is directed to PHAs that have already been approved to implement a FUP-FSS demonstration, but other PHAs with an FSS program are also welcome to register. During the webinar, two demonstration sites will review how they have implemented their employment and savings incentive program and will highlight their selection procedures, coaching and service strategy, and how youth are leveraging the program to advance their life goals.

If interested in attending, HUD requests that all participants complete a pre-test survey before the webinar.

Register here.

HUD Releases Smoke-Free Guidebook

On July 13, HUD released a new guidebook on implementing HUD’s Smoke-Free Policy in Public Housing relating to the “Instituting Smoke-Free Public Housing” Final Rule. The guidebook includes reasons to adopt a smoke-free policy, policy dates and deadlines, how to implement a smoke-free policy, and a recommended 18-month timeline.

PHAs have until July 30, 2018 to implement smoke-free policies for their public housing properties. Policies must prohibit smoking within all public housing units and common spaces. Smoking must also be prohibited within 25 feet of all public housing buildings, including administration buildings.

HUD released additional guidance on instituting and enforcing smoke-free public housing policies in February.

HUD’s guidebook can be found on NAHRO’s Public Housing Resource Page (members only).

PHA Notice on SPEARS Reporting Due Dates

On July 11, HUD’s Economic Opportunity Division of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity sent out a notice regarding Section 3 reporting due dates for PHAs. Reporting due dates for PHAs are now based on the PHA fiscal year end (FYE), and are due 60 days after the PHA FYE. Non-PHAs that are recipients of Section 3 funding will continue to submit annual reports as they have done so in the past.

HUD Releases 2017 Capital Fund Processing Information

On June 30, HUD posted Capital Fund Program (CFP) grant awards for formula grants and, where applicable, Replacement Housing Factor grant(s) (RHF) for FY 2017. The obligation start date for FY 2017 Capital Funds will be August 16, 2017 with an obligation end date of August 16, 2019 and a disbursement end date of August 16, 2021.

PHAs can access information on their specific agencies on the HUD PIH website for the Capital Fund Program. PHAs have until August 2, 2017 to submit three original signed and dated ACC Amendments for each 2017 formula & RHF grant, along with the corresponding CF Annual Statement form HUD 50075.1 (Parts I & II) to their Regional and Field HUD office. HUD notes, “to ensure that your PHA has access to its Capital Funds as soon as possible, please adhere to the timeline that has been established.” Regional and Field HUD offices will execute ACC for Amendments for FY 2017 Capital Fund grants on August 16, 2017. The final submission date for all pending ACC Amendments is September 1, 2017. PHAs that miss that deadline will have their grants rescinded and de-reserved.

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July Operating Fund Proration at 92.4 Percent

On June 27, HUD released their July Explanation of CY 2017 Operating Fund Obligations. HUD bases monthly obligations on eligibility determined after processing 2017 Operating Subsidy forms. The Operating Fund proration for July is 92.4 percent, down slightly from June’s proration of 92.9 percent. Operating Subsidy obligations are cumulative, and Public Housing projects are allowed funding in the amount of seven twelfths of prorated eligibility. Funding from the continuing resolution were used to make the obligation through July as there was a slight delay in funds being made available to PIH from the full year appropriation. According to HUD, the full year appropriation will be available for the next obligation.

 

Lead-Based Paint Final Rule Compliance

On June 20, PHAs received an informational Power Point from HUD Field Offices regarding compliance with HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Final Rule. PHAs must comply with HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Final Rule by July, 13. The final rule amends HUD’s lead-based paint regulations on reducing blood lead levels in children under age 6 who reside in federally-owned or -assisted housing that was built pre-1978, and formally adopts the revised definition of “elevated blood lead levels” (EBLLs) in children under the age of 6 in accordance to the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). HUD’s Power Point can also be found in NAHRO’s Public Housing Resource Center (members only). For more information on HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Final Rule, click here (members only).

NAHRO and Community Action Partnership Release Survey Findings

NAHRO and Community Action Partnership (the Partnership) are pleased to announce the release of the NAHRO and Community Action Partnership Survey Findings report. Community Action Partnership is a national, 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that provides technical assistance, training and other resources to Community Action Agencies, nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to combat poverty across the United States. Conducted in the Spring of 2017, the survey examines and assess crossover between the nation’s existing network of Community Action Agencies, Public Housing Agencies, and Local Redevelopment Agencies.

Nationally, Housing Authorities help over 4.8 million families and individuals by providing safe, decent, affordable housing for families in need. Community Action Agencies provide critical programs to more than 15 million people with low-incomes every year. Services provided by Community Action Agencies and local Housing and Redevelopment Agencies play an indispensable role in helping combat poverty. NAHRO and the Partnership hope to grow a new and exciting relationship to help address poverty in communities across the nation by strengthening partnerships between these essential and in many cases indispensable organizations. We believe that the mission of Public Housing Agencies and Community Action Agencies is strengthened through collaboration, and when the programs and services of Community Action Agencies are available to public housing residents, localities are in a far better position to combat poverty.

HUD Releases New FSS Resources

HUD has released their new in-depth guidebook providing practical information and guidance on how to run an effective Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. The guide, Administering an Effective Family Self-Sufficiency Program: A Guidebook Based on Evidence and Promising Practices will benefit all service coordination programs (ROSS, FSS, Multi-Family FSS, Multi-Family Service Coordinators, Jobs Plus, Choice Neighborhoods “People” component and others), and also comes with and online FSS training. HUD recommends utilizing the “Get Credit” function of the training, as “it is possible that the training will be mandatory for eligibility for future FSS NOFA funding.”

HUD also announced the release of the Family Self-Sufficiency Guidebook for Owners of Project-Based Section 8 Developments and the new Multifamily FSS page on the HUD Exchange.

All resources can also be found on the FSS Resource Library page on HUD Exchange.

HUD Releases Detailed Operating Fund Subsidy Calculation for June

HUD has released it’s detailed calculation of Operating Fund subsidy for June 2017. PHAs can examine the details to HUD’s calculation in determining Operating subsidy for June at the PHA level. In June, HUD is increasing the proration for the Operating Fund from 85 percent to a 92.89 percent proration.

The proration represents a cumulative amount for the year. Since PHAs received payments based on a lesser yearly proration for the first few months of the year, June’s payment will be greater to compensate for the initial underfunding. This is known as a “true up.” As such, many PHAs may see a significant increase in Operating Fund subsidy in June as a result of this true up.

The July payment will more accurately represent the new monthly amount under the new proration. The letter notes that there may be minor proration fluctuations and that “[t]he final proration will be established after final eligibility is determined for all projects.”