NAHRO Policy Team Blog

  • Jonathan Zimmerman January 09, 2012 12:26pm EST

    As previously notified by HUD, the Department expects to notify PHAs of their final 2012 Housing Assistance Payment allocations and offsets (if applicable) by mid-February 2012.  Operating voucher programs during the limbo period between January 1st and when PHAs receive their funding allocations and then put their voucher program operations into full gear, has hurt PHAs’ programs in the past.  One of the most important things PHAs can do is to avoid, if at all possible, an unnecessary drop in their voucher leasing between now and when they ultimately receive their final HAP budget authority funding levels from HUD.  To help PHAs continue maximizing their voucher leasing during this limbo period and throughout calendar year 2012, NAHRO is providing our members with

    • a spreadsheet for PHAs that administer HCV (and PBV if applicable) programs only; or
    • a spreadsheet for PHAs that administer HCV (and PBV if applicable) and HUD-VASH programs.

    Both spreadsheets are modeled on the spreadsheet(s) HUD sent to PHAs in the last two weeks, with some additional formula-driven cells to help agencies estimate their 2012 HAP budget authority and NRA offset.  Our intent is to help PHAs estimate their funding for 2012 now, and to continue their voucher program operations accordingly, rather than having to wait to receive HUD’s final funding notices in mid-February 2012. 

    To use the spreadsheet, agencies simply copy and paste their spreadsheet(s) from HUD where instructed to do so, and then have just a few data entries to complete before seeing estimated formula-driven funding amounts for 2012. 

    NAHRO’s previous DirectNews article titled, “HUD’s NRA Calculations in 2011 and NRA Offset Plans in 2012” provides PHAs with step-by-step instructions on how to exempt certain HAP and NRA funding from their NRA amounts as of 12/31/11, in the same manner as HUD will exempt that funding in their final 2012 funding notices to PHAs in mid-February 2012.

    PHAs with Family Unification Program (FUP), 1-Year Mainstream, and/or Non-Elderly Disabled voucher programs in addition to their HCV (and PBV if applicable) program, that would like make these type of calculations are encouraged to contact us via e-mail at:  jzimmerman@nahro.org with their spreadsheets from HUD so that we may be of assistance to them.

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  • Emily Pasi January 07, 2012 10:15am EST

    Are you a PHA that is confused about funding for FY 2012 and beyond? Read NAHRO’s latest Direct News articles, HUD’s NRA Calculations in 2011 and NRA Offset Plans in 2012 and Voucher Program Information to Help PHAs Close Out CY 2011 and Begin CY 2012 for more up-to-date information.

    Annapolis public housing will be heating up the rest of the winter with solar-power hot water systems provided by 300 new solar panels. The green technology installment is expected to save the authority close to $760,000 during its 30 year life span.

    The Cambria County Chapter of the NAACP is honoring four youth from Johnstown public housing for outstanding leadership in and around the community on January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Congratulations to Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Chairperson, Lamont Taylor, for being appointed to NAHRO’s National Commissioners Board!

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  • Jonathan Zimmerman December 21, 2011 04:24pm EST

    Additional Time Available to PHAs Beyond December 21, 2011 But Voucher Funding Analysis and Planning Ahead Are Still Very Important

    Although HUD’s letter (December 16, 2011) set a deadline of December 21, 2011 for PHAs to frontload additional Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) disbursements, senior HUD officials have assured NAHRO that any requests received from PHAs will be reviewed and acted upon, regardless of when they are received.  HUD’s December 21, 2011 deadline was set to enable the Department’s staff to handle frontload HAP requests from PHAs as early as possible during the holiday period.  HUD officials stated that there will be HUD staff available to respond to any PHA's HAP frontload requests each business day.  Nevertheless, in conveying this information to us, HUD cautioned PHAs not to delay their requests for any additional HAP funds needed for January 2012 HAP payments any longer than is absolutely necessary, as it takes three business nights after HUD approves a disbursement for it to arrive at a PHA's bank.

    HUD’s December 16, 2011 letter indicated that PHAs may request frontloading  of their HAP for January through March 2012.  This was done to enable a PHA with known HAP needs for the three months to submit a single frontload request to HUD for additional HAP disbursement out of their pending FY 2012 annual HAP budget authority.  That stated, PHAs are not required to do so.  Instead, PHAs may appropriately review their HAP needs monthly and submit a frontload HAP request in advance of each month and with enough advance time for HUD to process agencies' requests, rather than submitting a frontload HAP request to HUD for all three months (January – March 2012) at one time.  In conclusion, PHAs should submit their frontload HAP requests to HUD, in time for the needed HAP funds to reach their banks when needed, as indicated above.

    HUD’s webcast regarding cash management described in PIH 2011-67 from December 15, 2011 is available at:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/multimedia/videos.  HUD’s Q&A document regarding cash management, which was sent to PHAs on December 12, 2011, is available at:  http://www.nahro.org/sites/default/files/searchable/CashManagementHCVPBROADCASTQAs-12-12-2011.docx.

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  • Emily Pasi November 19, 2011 02:37pm EST

    On November 14, House and Senate appropriators reached agreement on a “minibus” appropriations measure (H.R. 2112) that includes FY 2012 funding for HUD programs. The conference report addresses the Public Housing Operating Fund, Public Housing Capital Fund, HOPE VI, Section 8 tenant-based and project-based programs, as well as HUD’s community development and affordable housing programs. NAHRO members:  Be sure to check out Direct News for our comprehensive coverage of the conference report. 

    The latest edition of the NAHRO Monitor is now available online.

    Finally, congratulations to NAHRO’s newly elected President Betsy Martens and Senior Vice President Preston Prince.

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  • Emily Pasi November 08, 2011 10:47am EST

    HUD has responded to another Washington Post article criticizing the HOME Investment Partnership program. Click here to read HUD’s response.

    In related news, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced new proposed regulations intended to strengthen oversight in the HOME program. According to a HUD news release, the new regulations would:

    •Require state and local governments to adopt policies and procedures to improve their oversight of projects, develop a system for assessing the relative risk of projects, and more closely monitor their HOME-funded sub-recipients;

    •Require state and local governments to assess a developer’s capacity and the long-term viability of the project, before they commit HOME funds to a project;

    •Require more frequent reporting by state and local ‘participating jurisdictions’ to enable HUD to more closely track projects once they’re under way; and

    •Set a higher ‘performance bar’ by establishing specific timeframes for taking appropriate corrective actions against participating jurisdictions who fail to complete what they started.

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  • Emily Pasi October 27, 2011 07:19pm EDT

    In a recent New York Times editorial, the Obama Administration and Congress were criticized for considering cutting spending for HUD’s budget. The editorial describes governments’ history of cutting public housing programs and the effects cutting community development programs all together could have on the economy.

    In other news, the NAHRO 2011 National Conference and Exhibition took place in St. Louis this week. If you attended the conference, tell us what you thought of The Administration’s Operating Reserves Offset Proposal and Neighborhood Revitalization: Measuring the Economic Impact sessions!

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  • Emily Pasi October 26, 2011 02:40pm EDT

    The latest edition of the MONITOR is available for NAHRO members online. Be sure to read NAHRO’s Survey and Analysis: State-by-State Effects of 62 and 83 Percent Pro-rations in HCV Administrative Fees on Vouchers Households Leased; HUD Begins Implementing Offset; and, Proposed Rule: Provision to the Section 8 Management Assessment Program Lease-Up Indicator.

    Recently, NAHRO members discovered errors in a pre-populated data provided in HUD-52723. To learn more about the cause of the errors and what PHA’s can do to correct them, read NAHRO’s  Direct News.

    In other news, more and more PHAs are maintaining their carbon footprint by becoming green. In Indianapolis, a new sustainable affordable housing development just opened called 16 Park. Formerly known as Caravelle Commons, the revitalized development includes one of the largest plant-covered green roofs in the city and rain gardens to minimize storm water runoff.

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  • Emily Pasi October 13, 2011 10:20am EDT

    On October 4, HUD released its estimated impacts of the proposed Operating Fund offset for PHAs. The latest information can be found on the Allocation Adjustment Website where House and Senate offset estimates can be found. In addition, HUD posted the PEL data and Formula Income methodology.

    HUD posted its final FY 2012 Fair Market Rents for all areas that reflect the estimated 40th and 50th percentile rent levels. The new values took effect on October 1 and will continue until April 1, 2012. NAHRO submitted comments and recommendations regarding FY 2012 FMRs earlier last month. 

    Attention NAHRO members! Voting for the 2011 NAHRO Election closes on Monday, October 17. For more information on candidates and voting procedures, go to NAHRO Election Central

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  • Emily Pasi September 26, 2011 03:09pm EDT

    On September 20, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee held its markup of the Transportation-HUD bill. The subcommittee released a summary of its bill to the public the same day. The subcommittee unanimously passed its bill and sent it to the Full Senate Appropriation Committee the next day for markup. For a detailed description of the Full Senate Appropriation Committee’s markup of FY 2012 THUD bill, read NAHRO’s latest Direct News

    HUD announced today that nearly $110 million in grants has been made available to public housing agencies across the country for the purpose of providing education and job training for residents receiving HUD rental assistance. The grants are available through three programs—Public and Indian Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program, Housing Choice Voucher Self-Sufficiency Program and Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency-Service Coordinator.

    In other news, voting for NAHRO’s President and Senior Vice President begins this Wednesday, September 28. Voting closes on October 17. Be on the lookout for an email from NAHRO with the link to the online voting site.

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  • Emily Pasi September 19, 2011 03:01pm EDT

    The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee is set to mark up the FY 2012 Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill tomorrow, Tuesday, September 20. The House Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its version of the FY 2012 THUD bill earlier this month making significant cuts to several key housing programs that greatly affect NAHRO members.

    NAHRO recently released a Direct News update on the House Appropriations marked up version of FY 2012 THUD bill. To learn more about the implications of this bill, click here

    In other news, the latest edition of the NAHRO Monitor is now available online. Be sure to read NAHRO Creates Voucher Program Resource Page to Assist PHAs to learn how NAHRO can be a valuable resource to your housing authority in estimating you 2011 HCV funding and navigating through the latest developments in the HCV program.

    On Friday, September 16, HUD awarded 5 public housing authorities—Northwest Georgia Housing Authority, Brewer Housing Authority, New Jersey Newark Housing Authority, New York White Plains Housing Authority and Washington City of Tacoma Housing Authority—Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities Program grants with the purpose of funding construction or rehabilitation projects of facilities housing early education, adult education or job training programs.

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