09/30/2011
IN THIS ISSUE:

HUD Publishes Operating Subsidy Calculations with Proposed Reserve Offsets

On September 26, HUD issued notice PIH 2011-55, which describes the public housing operating subsidy calculations for Calendar Year 2012.  The timing of the notice is unusual because HUD is publishing it prior to a final FY2012 Appropriations Act.  The notice  lays out how HUD intends to implement an operating reserve offset, although the actual amount and methodology is still subject to change based upon a final FY 2012 Appropriations Act.

While much of the notice indicates identical methodologies in calculations and similar instructions to PHAs as in previous years, there are two critical additions.  The notice includes a description of the subsidy allocation adjustment and explains the methodology for calculating reserve levels, and includesa new requirement for PHAs to report the compensation of their five highest paid executive officers and conduct a salary comparability analysis. 

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CLPHA Analysis of Senate Appropriations FY2012 Funding Bill

On September 22, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed and reported out S. 1596, the fiscal year 2012 funding bill for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD).  In a budget year where painful and difficult choices had to made, public housing-related programs overall fared better than expected and better than many other HUD programs in the Senate-proposed funding levels than in the House. 

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HUD Holds Fourth Annual MTW Conference

HUD held its fourth annual Moving-To-Work (MTW) Conference September 20 – 21. It was an opportunity for MTW agencies to learn from and share with each other and communicate their experiences operating the program to HUD staff. This year’s conference theme was “Doing More with Less.” The agency presentations, the majority given by CLPHA members, confirmed that they are doing just that, as noted in CLPHA’s recent Issue Brief on the program. The agency representatives also expressed concern about their flexibilities being restricted by recent notices, hampering their ability to do more.


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New HUD Guidance on Special Purpose & Project-Based Vouchers

HUD has recently released a series of notices regarding subsets of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program: the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH), Family Unification Program (FUP), and Project-based Vouchers (PBV).

HUD-VASH Vouchers

Notice PIH 2011-50 (HA), issued September 15, focuses on the project-basing of HUD-VASH vouchers and largely reinstates Notice PIH 2010-23 (HA), with a few changes. Its most significant change is the removal of the previous limitation of allowing only 50 percent of a PHA’s HUD-VASH allocation to be project-based. Under 2011-50, no such limitation exists. An entire allocation may be project-based, so long as the costs fall within the maximum 20 percent of HCV budget authority that may be allocated to project-based assistance.

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HUD Issues Guidance on Transitioning Residents from Institutions

HUD last month released a memorandum to Regional and Field Office Directors of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO). The Department has prioritized efforts to support the transition of people with disabilities out of institutions and into community-based settings, as seen with the awards of designated vouchers for this purpose in the Non-Elderly Disabled voucher program. FHEO is charged with ensuring that public housing programs operate in a manner that supports this objective. The memo provides background and highlights compliance and monitoring strategies for FHEO in that role.

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Changes at CLPHA

Congratulations to Todd Thomas, CLPHA's Senior Policy & Research Analyst, who has accepted a position at HUD as a program analyst in the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division of the Office of Public and Indian Housing. Todd has made invaluable contributions to the public housing industry in his work overseeing  CLPHA’s economic impact research and public housing conversion studies.  We look forward to working with him in his new position at HUD. Read More >

Safe & Healthy Housing Coalition Hosting October 5 Webinar on SHHIP

The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition (NSHHC) is sponsoring a webinar to present and discuss HUD’s recent notice of its new plan to encourage communities to formalize relationships among health, energy, and housing programs.  HUD’s Safe and Healthy Housing Investment Partnerships (SHHIP) certification program will provide bonus points to eligible applicants for HUD competitive grant assistance beginning in FY 2013.

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