Hurricane Season Reminder

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  • Having the right plan in place before a disaster will ensure an effective, coordinated response. The Business Continuity Toolkit for Affordable Housing Organizations is a guide developed by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. in partnership with HUD, to help affordable multifamily housing organizations develop comprehensive disaster staffing plans to protect buildings, engage residents, and continue business operations in the event of disaster.
  • HUD Handbook 4350.1, Multifamily Asset Management and Project Servicing, Chapter 38 (Multifamily Emergency/Disaster Guidance) contains HUD’s current disaster guidance.

HUD’s Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP)Recipients and Application Update

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Over half of Green and Resilient Retrofit Program funding has been awarded to combat the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and improve lives for residents in HUD-supported housing.

GRRP provides owners of HUD-assisted multifamily housing with capital resources to reduce carbon emissions, make utility efficiency improvements, incorporate renewable energy sources, and make properties more resilient against the effects of climate hazards. HUD has three paths (cohorts) of funding available to meet the needs of properties at all stages of redevelopment.

Hope Village Apartments – $7,040,000.00

Crystal Creek – $16,160,000.00

Cedar Ridge – $16,000,000.00

Heatherbrook – $20,000,000.00

Happy Harbor Apartments – $4,080,000.00

Town North Apartments – $8,000,000.00

Mollie & Max Barnett Apartments- $625,502.00

Royal Crest Apartments – $10,000,000.00

Haven’t submitted an application? There is still time! Links to application below:

Comprehensive: Applications are due by June 12, 2024

Comprehensive awards provide funding to properties with the highest need for climate resilience and utility efficiency upgrades, regardless of prior development or environmental retrofit experience. Awardees will have access to support in commissioning property assessments to plan a redevelopment that meets the property’s specific needs as well as GRRP retrofit objectives. HUD expects to make approximately 300 awards with $1.47 billion in funding

Elements: Applications are due by July 31, 2024

Elements awards provide funding for owners to include proven and meaningful climate resilience and utility efficiency measures in projects that are already in the process of a recapitalization transaction. Examples of eligible Elements investments include, but are not limited to, installation of electric HVAC heat pumps, Energy Star windows, fire resistant roofs and clean energy generation systems. HUD expects to make approximately 200 awards with $140 million in funding.

To learn more about program requirements, ask questions during GRRP Office hours on Wednesdays from 3:00-3:30 PM EST (no registration necessary) https://zoom.us/j/99199273258.

GRRP’s frequently asked questions (FAQs) can provide answers to basic questions about the program.

Visit the GRRP playlist on YouTube for Office Hours recordings and other program videos. 

Email HUD at grrp@hud.gov.

NSPIRE Training: AHMA East Texas

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NSPIRE & UPCS with Alejandro Dominguez

Register Online

Alejandro is a leading trainer in NSPIRE. Please join us for this 6-hour, extensive training for NSPIRE and UPCS inspections. Training will be held on Wednesday, May 29 from 9:00 am. until 3:00 p.m. CST. You can chose to attend either remotely or in person. The in-person training will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 12245 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079. Registration starts at 8:30 and class will begin at 9:00 am. CST. 

Here are the topics that will be covered:

  • The three new inspection areas (Inside, Outside, and Units)
  • Explanation of the new REAC NSPIRE scoring model
  • Comparisons between UPCS and NSPIRE Scoring
  • How to use the NSPIRE Scoring Calculator
  • Which of the NSPIRE deficiencies will have a grace period 10/1/24
  • Which deficiencies do not affect your score
  • How many sample units will be inspected under NSPIRE
  • The highest scoring deficiencies under NSPIRE all properties must avoid

In person training includes lunch.

HUD Announces New Actions to Help Communities Fight Extreme Heat

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On April 24, 2024, HUD announced new actions helping support communities to increase resilience to extreme heat. For the first time in its history, HUD published a webpage on Extreme Heat that serves as a hub highlighting actions communities can take to prepare and respond to extreme heat events and available resources to help fund climate resilience projects. HUD also shared two new technical assistance products, an Extreme Heat Quick Guide, to help communities plan for extreme heat and identify mitigation strategies, and a webinar on Extreme Heat and Cold, focused on community resilience. In addition, HUD will hold a stakeholder briefing on extreme heat on May 23, 2024. 

HUD is partnering with over 20 Federal agencies to participate in the National Integrated Heat Health Information System to build awareness about the dangers of extreme heat and develop solutions to reduce the negative impacts of extreme heat on communities throughout the country.

Last week, HUD joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to announce a plan to map urban heat islands across 14 American communities. HUD also hosted a roundtable in Puerto Rico to highlight climate resilience funding opportunities in the region. Importantly, much of HUD’s work serving low-income families aligns with the Administration’s Justice40 Initiative ensuring historically marginalized communities benefit from Federal investment.

These actions represent only the first element of announcements to come on HUD’s actions to address extreme heat.

HUD Releases 2024 Income Limits

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On April 1, 2024, HUD released the Fiscal Year 2024 Income Limits for Section 8 properties. The new income limits must be utilized when processing all Move In certifications effective April 1, 2024 and later. Please note that these limits do not affect the eligibility of households who are already receiving Section 8 assistance.

Please make sure you immediately update your TRACS software with the new limits. You can access the Income Limit documentation at:

HUD Income Limits

SW-AHMA Spring Meeting Has Returned!

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The SW-AHMA 2024 Spring Meeting will be held April 25-26 at the Embassy Suites, in Downtown Fort Worth. The Spring Meeting is ideal for Owners, Agents, Executive Level Management, and Supervisors.

Special Session Presenters Include: US Department of HUD, SHCC, and TDHCA.

For more information and details on how to register, click HERE

HOTMA Update!

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HOTMA Compliance Date Extended

HUD Extends HOTMA Compliance Date for TSP and EIV Policies & Procedures

On February 28, 2024, the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs published Housing Notice H 2024-04, extending the HOTMA compliance date for owners to update their Tenant Selection Plan (TSP) and Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) Policies and Procedures from March 31, 2024 to May 31, 2024.

For questions regarding this notice, please contact MFH_HOTMA@hud.gov.

HOTMA News

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HUD Publishes Updated HOTMA Implementation Guidance

On February 2, 2024, HUD published an updated “Implementation Guidance: Sections 102 and 104 of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA)”

This replaces the previous Supplemental Notice issued on September 29, 2023. The notice provides updated guidance to PHAs and Multifamily Housing Owners on the implementation of the many program changes brought about by HOTMA sections 102 and 104.

Please note that HUD clarified in Attachment F, Section 5 that Multifamily Housing Owners should continue using the 0.06% Passbook Rate until their software is updated to the next TRACS Version (TRACS 203A). For additional information, visit the HOTMA Resources page.

Questions about HOTMA can be sent to HOTMAquestions@hud.gov

HUD Strong Families: Job Corps Webinar for Youth Residents

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Join HUD’s Strong Families initiative on Thursday, February 15, 2024, for a free Webinar on how to bring Job Corps — the Nation’s Largest Cost Free Career Training and Education Program to your Youth Residents.

During This Webinar You Will Learn:

  • Steps to partner with Job Corps Centers and how to assist residents with placement into the program
  • Sign up to schedule an on-site or virtual Job Corps presentation or event for residents
  • How you can change the lives of youth & young adults in your communities and connect them to job resources
  • The academic, career technical training, and wrap-around support services provided to participants

Reserve Your Spot Today!

For more information, click HERE