HUD has published a proposed rule to revise the way HUD-assisted housing is inspected and evaluated using the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE). NSPIRE seeks to reduce regulatory burden and improve HUD oversight through alignment and consolidation of inspection regulations used to evaluate HUD housing across multiple programs, creating a unified assessment of housing quality. The […]
HUD has introduced the Find Shelter tool, a new online resource developed to help individuals and families in need locate nearby resources, such as food and shelter. Specifically, users can search for local facilities that provide shelter, clothing, health clinics, and food pantries to those in need. The Find Shelter tool provides mapping and contact information for these service providers […]
In response to recent feedback from Capital Needs Assessment (CAN) E-tool users, HUD has published CNA 3.0 Known Issues and Solutions on the CNA E-tool web page. This document describes existing issues within the CNA e-Tool web application and the temporary solutions for users. CNA 3.0 Known Issues and Solutions is attached and also available here. Additionally, please see the attached Frequently Asked Questions on how to submit a returned CNA.
The Federal Housing Administration’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs has recently announced an updated and restructured Multifamily Housing Accelerated Processing Guide 2020 (MAP Guide). The new Map Guide establishes a national standard of practice and procedure for approved lenders to prepare, underwrite and submit loan applications for FHA multifamily mortgage insurance. The MAP Guide provides guidance for HUD staff, lenders, third party consultants, borrowers, and […]
HUD has recently announced the release of new resources and materials for multifamily property owners and management agents on how to design, launch, and manage a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. The FSS program provides incentives and supports to help families living in multifamily assisted housing increase their earned income and reduce their dependence on public assistance programs. The newly available resources include: Resources from the 2020 Technical Assistance Training […]
On January 6, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued guidance for implementing the new modified Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provided under the recently passed FY 21 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. The guidance includes two interim final rules: The Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program as Amended consolidates the rules for PPP forgivable loans for first-time borrowers […]
The U.S. Department of Treasury published information on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. As provided on the website, the Emergency Rental Assistance program will make $25 billion available to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be provided directly to eligible grantees, which include “States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. […]
HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing released an updated COVID-19 Questions and Answers Guidance (last updated on October 14, 2020). This guidance addresses the recent extension of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Eviction Moratorium Order and supplements the HHS & CDC Temporary Halt in Residential Eviction to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 guidance (updated December 31, 2020). The guidance includes updated […]
Earlier this year Congress made CARES Act funds available to support expanded service coordination activities in HUD-assisted properties. Below, please find a message addressed to multifamily stakeholders from HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs regarding additional service coordination activities related to COVID-19. Dear Multifamily Partners, In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD allocated CARES Act funding to increase the amounts […]
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 enacted on Dec. 27, 2020, contains provisions extending new relief to those affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Section 502 of the Act contains an extension of the Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions originally issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on September 4, 2020. Residential evictions for nonpayment of rent are now halted […]
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is providing notice of a pre-rulemaking opportunity to comment on proposed changes for the 2022 California Building Standards Code. These building standards are proposed for the: 2022 California Electrical Code (CEC), Part 3 Initial Statement of Reasons Express Terms 2022 California Mechanical Code (CMC), Part 4 Initial Statement of Reasons Express […]
Commit to Connect This Holiday Season by Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging For many of us, the holidays are a joyful time, filled with opportunities to celebrate with friends and family. For people who are socially isolated, the holidays can bring opportunities to reconnect with loved ones, as families who live far apart and extended family […]
HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing issued a final rule for the Section 542(c) Housing Finance Agency Risk Sharing Program. This final rule amends the program’s existing regulations, to better align with the policies of other HUD programs, reflect current industry and HUD practices, and conform to statutory amendments. Additionally, this rule provides HUD with greater flexibility to operate the Section […]
NAHMA has published a NAHMAnalysis, the FY21 Appropriations Omnibus and COVID19 Relief Package. In late December, Congress passed a year-end legislation package that combined a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, $1.4 trillion omnibus fiscal year 2021 (FY21) funding bill, and tax provisions. At the time of this publication, President Trump indicated he would sign the legislation to fund the government […]
USDA’s Office of Rural Development recently published a Final Rule, Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Change in Initial Guarantee Fee and Annual Guarantee Fee. This rule removes the specific amount of the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program Annual Guarantee fee, and adds language that USDA will charge an Initial Guarantee Fee up to one percent of the guarantee amount. […]
HUD’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research published the Annual Adjust Factors for Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program for Fiscal Year 2021, for the adjustment of contract rents on the anniversary of those assistance contracts. The factors are based on a formula using residential rent and utility cost changes from the most recent annual Bureau of […]
USDA’s Rural Housing Service recently issued an Unnumbered Letter, Section 515 and Section 514 Multi-Family Housing Property Tenant Eligibility Documentation Retention Policies and Best Practices for Owners and Management. The purpose of this Unnumbered Letter is to review the tenant file documentation retention requirements for Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Section 515 Rural Rental Housing and Section 514 Farm Labor Housing […]
NAHMA has published a NAHMAnalysis, Recent Research Highlights the Impact of COVID-19 on Housing Providers and Their Operations. Over the past few months, research has documented the COVID-19 pandemic’s adverse impact on housing providers and their operations, particularly resulting in increased costs and reduced revenue. Based on three recent reports from NDP|Analytics and the National Leased Housing Association, Leading Age […]
With resident isolation increasing due to COVID-19, multifamily property managers and owners providing quality, safe, and affordable housing continue to adapt and find new ways to engage residents. Please find a list of innovative ways to engage with your residents during the pandemic, based on member ideas and suggestions (special thanks to Jennifer Wood, Vice President, The John Stewart Company, […]
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