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The Restoration of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule

On June 10, 2021, HUD published an Interim File Rule to restore the AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) rule that the previous administration gutted in 2020. What is AFFH? While the Fair Housing Act (Title VII CRA 1968) applies to all multi-family housing regardless of funding, additional requirements apply to HUD, thereby, HUD’s grantees. These […]

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10.15.2020
Amanda Gross | HUD and Tax Credit Compliance

SSA Announces 2021 Cost of Living Increase

On 10/13/20, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a 1.3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), increasing the benefit amount for recipients beginning January of 2021. As the SSA has published this information, it is considered “verifiable,” and the COLA may need to be included when determining annual income. LIHTC, RD, and HOME For  LIHTC, RD, […]

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10.15.2020
Amanda Gross | HUD and Tax Credit Compliance

HUD Published Updated COVID-19 Q&A 10-14-20

On October 14, 2020, HUD published another updated COVID-19 Q&A, which was last updated on 7/31/2020. While most of the added guidance relates to the CDC Eviction Moratorium, this latest update extends the dates for certain relief provisions and discusses “Hazard Pay” when determining annual income. The HUD Q&A document discusses several changes for MAP Lending […]

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09.30.2020
Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

REAC Releases Coronavirus (COVID-19) Inspection Protocol

On September 29, 2020, HUD REAC Released Inspector Notice 2020-01, detailing inspection protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This REAC inspector notice provides clear and concise guidance for the return of REAC inspections. In previous correspondence with REAC leadership, they made it clear that safety would come first and this notice sets that promise to practice. […]

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09.08.2020
Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

Conducting Post COVID-19 Quarantine Unit Safety Inspections

REAC Inspections are resuming in the near future, and many owners and management agents are grappling with catching up on months of deferred maintenance. Now that maintenance on units has to resume, where do you begin? You begin with safety – above everything else. For months, many owners narrowed their maintenance focus to tenant-reported safety […]

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09.02.2020
Scott Precourt | HUD and Tax Credit Compliance

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Orders a Temporary Eviction Moratorium 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released an order in the Federal Register, which establishes a halt to evictions during COVID-19. The CDC Eviction Order is scheduled to be published on September 4, 2020, and extends to the end of 2020. The CDC explains the reason for the eviction order: Housing stability helps protect public health […]

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08.11.2020
Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

HUD REAC Releases Details of Return to Operations Plan

On August 10, 2020, HUD REAC released a memorandum that detailed the Return to Operations plan for inspections. This memo describes a specific three-phase process for any property to be inspected, including (1) prioritization and evaluation, (2) finalization and notification, (3) inspection and release of results. In this process, REAC has identified a way to […]

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