Legislative Updates

AHMA-PSW’s Affordable Housing News 10/03/19

  • Do you know how the amendment in the Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR) affects your work as a public housing agency (PHA), grantee, or assisted housing owner? HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is pleased to announce the 2019 Lead Safe Housing Rule Amendment Trainings coming to a HUD Office near you. Register today! These free 3-hour trainings help you review federal lead regulations and discuss the LSHR Amendment for pre-1978 housing. Presenters provide a step-by-step explanation of how PHAs, grantees, and owners respond to cases of elevated blood lead levels in children less than 6 years old living in a federally assisted housing unit. See Schedule of Deliveries for more information.
  • The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is requiring all borrowers and sponsors to submit annual verification of the Utility Allowances (UAs) with the Schedule of Rental Income (SRI) for all HCD financed rental projects effective October 1, 2019. The Utility Allowance memo details the specific documentation requirements for the various UA calculation methodologies.
  • The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Fair Market Rents (FMRs), are now available on huduser.gov. The FY 2020 FMRs will be effective October 1, 2019. These FMRs are used in the Housing Choice Voucher, the Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy, and the project-based voucher programs, as well as other programs that require location-specific economic data. In general, the FMR for an area is the amount that would be needed to pay the gross rent (shelter rent plus utilities) of privately owned, decent, and safe rental housing of a modest (non-luxury) nature with suitable amenities and is set at the 40th percentile of the distribution of gross rents. The FMRs are calculated using the U.S. Census Bureau’s 5-year American Community Survey data collected between 2013 and 2017, a “recent mover factor based on 1-year American Community Survey data from 2017,” the Consumer Price Index, and trend factor forecasts. This year, HUD replaced the national trend factor with local and regional trend factors in order to improve the accuracy of the FMRs. Additional calculations are made to adjust for the number of bedrooms. FMRs are subject to state or national minimums and to a limit on year-to-year decreases. Additionally, some public housing agencies use Small Area FMRs, which are calculated for ZIP Codes within Metropolitan Areas.