NAHRO Policy Team Blog

Voucher Program Contingencies

Voucher Program Contingencies:

Knowing About All Possible HAP and Administrative Cost Savings Options Available, How To Plan and Implement Them

Friday, March 22, 2013

Part II: 3:30 – 5:00 pm (EDT)

The Sequester and Pending Enactment of FY 2013 Appropriations

The Sequester and Pending Enactment of FY 2013 Appropriations:

How to Estimate Voucher Program Eligibility, Funding, and Model Program Contingencies

Friday, March 22, 2013

Part I:  noon – 3:00 pm (EDT) 

All PHAs administering Section 8 vouchers, can access valuable program data to help them better understand their HAP and administrative fee expenses as well as the attendant underlying causes for their expenses.  This session will provide an illustrated step-by-step explanation of ho

GAO Issues Report on HUD’s FY 2012 NOFA Rebid

On August 15, 2012, the General Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report regarding HUD’s FY 2012 notice of funding availability (NOFA) rebid for the administration of Project-Based Contract Administrator (PBCA) cooperative agreements, that sustained the protests of several agencies around the country.

A copy of GAO's report is available here.

HUD IG’s Office Finds Areas of Improvement to HUD’s SEMAP System:

Summary:  HUD’s Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) audited the Department’s controls over the Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP).   HUD IG’s report titled, “The Section Eight Management Assessment Program Lacked Adequate Controls To Accomplish Its Objective” (Audit Report No. 2012-AT-0001) concluded that HUD had not developed adequate controls to ensure that SEMAP would be effective in identifying underperforming PHAs administering Section 8 voucher programs.

HUD's Proposed FY 2013 Fair Market Rents (FMRs)

Summary:  HUD issued proposed Fair Market Rents (FMRs).  The proposed FY 2013 FMRs in HUD’s notice reflect several updates to the methodology used to calculate FMRs.  First, HUD has updated the bedroom ratios used to calculate 0, 1, 3 and 4 bedroom FMRs based on the 2 bedroom

FMR. The new bedroom ratios are constructed using 2006–2010 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) data. The methodology for calculating the bedroom ratios is very similar to the method used when the bedroom ratios were based on 2000

HUD Provides PHAs with Net Restricted Assets as of 12/31/11 and Last Chance to Correct It

In the mid-afternoon on Friday, February 17, 2012 HUD sent PHAs that administer Section 8 voucher programs, an e-mail with their 12/31/2011 Net Restricted Asset (NRA) balance reports for their final review.  If a PHA finds that the HUD calculated NRA balance differs from HUD’s calculated balance as of December 31, 2011 by more than an immaterial amount (e.g., 3%), they must contact their assigned Financial Analyst at the FMC within two business days of receiving HUD’s letter on February 17, 2012 to discuss it and resolve any problems. HUD set Thursday, F

The Latest from Washington

Last Tuesday, February 7, the Insurance Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee marked up a discussion draft of the Affordable Housing and Self Sufficiency Improvement Act of 2012 (AHSSIA). Formerly known as SESA, a major change in this piece of legislation will be the increase in MTW authority among PHAs. NAHRO has provided a detailed summary of the hearing here.

PHAs Share Voucher Household Caseload Sizes and Tasks

With drastic reductions in ongoing administrative fees, PHAs are challenged with both meeting voucher program requirements and budgeting operations.   Even PHAs with best practices are working through the challenges of operating voucher programs successfully in this funding environment.  On behalf of one of our PHA agency members, NAHRO sent a list of questions to our members signed up to NAHRO’s NetworkCentral – Section 8 http://www.nahro.org/email-list

The Latest from Washington

The latest edition of the NAHRO Monitor is now available online. Be sure to check out HUD Publishes Guidance on Eligible Uses of Operating Fund and Voucher Program Information to Help PHAs Begin CY 2012.

On Monday, January 30, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced new regulations intended to ensure open public housing to all eligible persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.