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RBD Announces Expanded FASTForms
Developing a complete policy requires not only a comprehensive
policy description, but forms and notices necessary to implement
and comply with the policy. That's why RBD has created FASTForms
CDs to help you develop your own comprehensive internal policies.
Recent HUD Occupancy News
On April 4, 2016, HUD
released a new memo entitled -
Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of Fair Housing
Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of
Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions
the last 18 months, HUD has worked diligently to provide
information about how owner/agents should react to the Supreme
Court decision regarding disparate impact. This is the fourth
publication of HUD guidance explaining the risk of fair housing
violations in regard to disparate impact of criminal screening.
Owner/agents should complete a three-step analysis to determine if
current criminal screening has a discriminatory effect on any
Evaluate whether the Criminal History Policy or
Practice Has a Discriminatory Effect
Evaluate Whether the Policy or Practice is
Necessary to Achieve a Substantial, Legitimate, Nondiscriminatory
Evaluate whether there is a less discriminatory
Released New Final Rule Ė Streamlining Administrative
Regulations. On March 8, 2016, HUD released a new Federal
Register Notice entitled
Streamlining Administrative Regulations for Public Housing,
Housing Choice Voucher, Multifamily Housing, and Community
Planning and Development Programs.
changes affect both Public & Indian Housing (PIH) and Multifamily
Housing programs. The rule changes introduced in this Final Rule
are effective April 7, 2016. Changes affect Social Security
Disclosure Requirements, the Definition of Extremely-low Income,
the Definition of Tuition and Fixed Income Verification.
HUD Releases FAQs for Section 8 Contract Renewal.
In December 2015, HUD released responses to
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding S8 Contract Renewal. HUD
provided these clarifications in response to questions about the
New Section 8 Contract Renewal Guide released in August 2015. The
updated Section 8 Renewal Policy Guidebook was released on August
5, 2015. You can find the guide and associated documents on the
HUDClips web site:
Publishes Guidance for the use of Arrest Records.
In November 2015, HUD issued
HSG Notice 2015-10 Guidance for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs)
and Owners of Federally-Assisted Housing on Excluding the Use of
Arrest Records in Housing Decisions.
This followed earlier changes that impacted criminal activity
policies such as
the memo from Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Ben Metcalf
regarding the use of marijuana in multifamily properties,
the Supreme Court decision in regards to disparate impact
and fair housing and Deputy Assistance Secretary (DAS) Ben Metcalf
released a memo entitled, Occupancy Protections for
HUD-assisted Households in Properties with Low-Income Housing Tax
Credits which discussed termination in response to a
residents participation in certain criminal activity. When
developing or updating policies addressing criminal activity, we
have to consider this new guidance, plus previously issued
guidance included in HUD Handbook 4350.3 R1, C4 and Housing
Notices such as
HUD Notice 2002-22 - Screening and Eviction for Drug Abuse
and Other Criminal Activity - Final Rule,
HUD Notice 2012-11 State Registered Lifetime Sex Offenders in
Federally Assisted Housing.
HUD Releases New Notice Explaining Equal Access to HUDís Housing
Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation, Marital Status or
HUD recently released Housing Notice 2015-06
Program Eligibility in Multifamily Assisted and Insured Housing
Programs in Accordance with HUDís Equal Access Rule.
This Notice provides additional guidance addressing
protections in place to ensure equal access to housing
opportunities regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or
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