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RAD Program Converts 100k Public Housing Units

NH&RA congratulates the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and on achieving an important milestone — the conversion and preservation of 100,000 public housing units through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program! HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Assistant Secretary for Housing Brian Montgomery, and Multifamily Office of Recapitalization Director Tom Davis were joined by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin and additional officials in Austin, Texas, to celebrate this momentous occasion.

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HUD OIG Audit Finds REAC Could Improve Inspections Processes & Controls

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development issued an Audit Report on August 31, 2018 entitled “REAC Could Improve Its Inspections Processes and Controls.”  The objective of the auduit was to determine whether REAC had adequate processes for and controls over the certification and monitoring of contracted inspectors and its public housing units’ physical inspections processes.

OIG found that REAC could improve its inspections processes and controls related to the certification and monitoring of its contracted inspectors and its public housing units’ physical inspections processes.  Specifically, REAC did not always ensure that (1) contract inspectors met requirements, (2) database system controls functioned properly, and (3) it verified the accuracy of sampled units for public housing authorities.  These conditions occurred because REAC either did not follow its procedures or did not have procedures in place for parts of its inspections process.  As a result, REAC did not always have assurance that it (1) made the most effective and efficient use of its resources when training and certifying inspectors, (2) protected its database system data from unauthorized access and use, and (3) had accurate unit selections.

OIG recommends that the Deputy Assistant Secretary for REAC (1) develop written policies and procedures to ensure that inspectors meet program requirements, (2) support that inspector candidates met minimum qualifications and were properly monitored, (3) ensure that it performs annual assessments and continuous monitoring of its database, and (4) develop processes and procedures to verify the accuracy of sampled units.

Click here to read the audit.

HUD Updates Fair Market Rents for FY-2019

HUD has issued a notice updating the FY 2019 FMRs. It also enumerates the procedures for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and other interested parties to request reevaluations of their FMRs, as required by HOTMA. To help inform PHAs’ decisions concerning reevaluation requests, this notice briefly addresses HUD’s May 30, 2018 notice regarding the use of FMR surveys in the calculation of Renewal Funding Inflation Factors.

For technical information on the methodology used to develop FMRs or a listing of all FMRs, please call the HUD USER information line at 800-245-2691 or access the information on the HUD USER website at http://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/fmr.html. FMRs are listed at the 40th or 50th percentile in Schedule B. For informational purposes, 40th percentile rents for the areas with 50th percentile FMRs will be provided in the HUD FY 2019 FMR documentation system at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/fmr.html#2019_query and 50th percentile rents for all FMR areas will be published at http://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/50per.html.
Questions related to use of FMRs or voucher payment standards should be directed to the respective local HUD program staff. Questions on how to conduct FMR surveys may be addressed to Marie L. Lihn or Peter B. Kahn of the Economic and Market Analysis Division, Office of Economic Affairs, Office of Policy Development and Research at HUD headquarters, 451 7th Street SW, Room 8208, Washington, DC 20410; telephone number 202-402-2409 (this is not a toll-free number), or via email at emad-hq@hud.gov.

Request for Comments

Although HUD has not changed the FMR estimation method for FY 2019, HUD will continue to accept public comments on the methods HUD uses to calculate FY 2019 FMRs, including Small Area FMRs, and the FMR levels for specific areas. Due to its current funding levels, HUD no longer has sufficient resources to conduct local surveys of rents to address
comments filed regarding the FMR levels for specific areas. PHAs may continue to fund such surveys independently, as specified below, using administrative fees if they so choose. HUD continually strives to calculate FMRs that meet the statutory requirement of using “the most recent available data” while also serving as an effective program parameter. PHAs or other interested parties may request HUD to reevaluation of their area’s FY 2019 FMRs, procedures of which are outlined in this notice.

California Extends NHTF and HOME Application Deadlines

Due to last week’s release of the Developer fee worksheet and its applicability to current open Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA), the California Department of Housing and Community Development is extending the deadlines for National Housing Trust Fund Program (NHTF) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) application deadlines as follows:

  • For NHTF Applicants: New application deadline is August 28, 2018
  • For HOME Applicants: New application deadline is August 30, 2018

If you have questions, please email the respective program inbox HOMENOFA@hcd.ca.gov and NHTFNOFA@hcd.ca.gov.