HUD REAC has been discussing changes to the awarding and scheduling of REAC inspections. There has been a pilot program underway in the Midwest where inspections are directly awarded to pre-approved contractors, rather than using the reverse auction system. There has been discussion of taking this program nationwide and discontinuing the reverse auction system. In addition, there has been discussion of changing the protocol to give fifteen days advance notice of the inspection, as well as not being flexible with the dates. This is being discussed to address the concern that some landlords are only making repairs when they are notified of an upcoming inspection, and giving less time would force landlords to provide good maintenance at all times. Stay tuned because there is more to come!
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has just released the draft Multifamily Housing Program (MHP) Guidelines. Senate Bill 3 (Chapter 365, Statues 2017) authorized the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 (Proposition 1) and was adopted by voters on November 6, 2018. It authorizes the issuance of bonds in the amount of $1.5 billion for the Multifamily Housing Program (MHP). The MHP provides funding to assist with new construction, rehabilitation and preservation of permanent and transitional rental housing for lower income households. HCD is accepting public comments on the proposed guidelines from January 11, 2019 through February 11, 2019. Help shape these Guidelines – Submit comments by email to: MHP@hcd.ca.gov. Please indicate the specific guideline section associated with each comment.
Cal HCD is hosting an MHP Draft Guidelines workshop January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles–Register and a webinar January 22, 2019–Register.