November AHMA East Texas Trainings

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Fundamentals of Calculating Asset Income with Jenny DeSilva

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST

Navigating through complex asset documentation is tricky and a less frequently exercised skill for many managers. This intermediate-level class is designed for staff that interview tenants during the certification and need to know the difference between cash value and market value, current income and imputed income, and when an asset becomes an income source instead. We will use real-life examples to illustrate different types of assets and their correct valuation while teaching the participants techniques to ensure assets are being identified by the households.  Register for Class

Best Practices for Communicating with Residents with Gwen Volk

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST

Communication is a skill and an art – especially when it comes to having to communicate complicated and sometimes unpleasant realities to the resident of an affordable housing property. Role playing, shared success stories and rules for keeping your cool, participants will learn how to come out an ally instead of an adversary to those residents that have a lot of “issues”.   Register for Class

AHMA East Texas Trainings

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October Classes

Pre-MOR with Jenny DeSilva

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST

Pre-MOR/ Stress Free MOR: Preparing for an upcoming MOR makes managers anxious about their leasing and occupancy compliance. In this advanced class, we will highlight specific elements of your leasing and occupancy procedures that will be scrutinized during your MOR and help you develop your “To Do” list to avoid findings. Leave with a renewed sense of confidence that you can earn the rating you seek!   Register for Class

Guidance for Service/Emotional Support Animals with Gwen Volk

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CST

The majority of Fair Housing complaints come from Persons with Disabilities, and 60% of those complaints are related to service and emotional support animals.  Are you and your staff prepared to handle this challenging issue on site?  HUD’s notice FHEO-2020-01 advised owners and managers on how to evaluate and approve or deny an applicant’s or resident’s reasonable accommodation request for an assistance animal.  Find out what HUD says about on-line verifications and websites that sell ESA certifications.  Learn the steps HUD recommends for processing requests for service animals versus requests for emotional support animals and requests for animals “commonly kept in households” versus requests for “unique animals”.  

Learn how to revise your current policies and procedures in order to utilize the guidance to the benefit  of your property, your residents, and your management team.     Register for Class

HUD releases Request for Information (RFI) on new Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP).

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On Monday, September 26, 2022, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register, on a new Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP).

As part of the Inflation Reduction Act, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing received $1 billion in funding for a new Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP). When implemented, the GRRP may include multiple rounds of funding availability to support energy and water efficiency retrofits and climate resilience of HUD-assisted multifamily properties.

HUD is seeking input on several components of the design and implementation of the program, as well as on the best methods for utility benchmarking. Information provided in response to this RFI will inform HUD’s development and implementation of this program.

Comments are requested on or before October 27, 2022, using the instructions in the RFI. 

Read the RFI here. Docket No. FR-6350-N-01.

Note: To receive consideration as public comments, all submissions must refer to the docket number and title of the notice.

To read the official HUD press release, click here

Section 202 Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Published for Fiscal Year 2022

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On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the Section 202 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal Year 2022 was published.

This NOFO makes funds available for the development of new housing and rental assistance for low-income seniors, and provides up to $174.6 million in grant funding opportunities through the Section 202 program. Applications are due by January 25, 2023.

Under the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program, HUD provides upfront “capital advances” to nonprofit sponsors to finance the development of supportive rental housing for elderly very low-income residents, as well as a “Project Rental Assistance Contracts” (PRAC) to keep rents affordable. The program provides elderly persons 62 years of age or older with the opportunity to live independently in an environment that provides support services to meet their unique needs. 

Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) here.

See the page here. 

To read the official HUD press release, click here

HUD FSS Program Notice of Funding Opportunity Released

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On Thursday, August 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal Year 2022 was published.

For the first time, owners participating in HUD’s Multifamily Section 8 project-based rental assistance program are eligible to apply for funding through this NOFO. The 60-day application period runs from August 4, 2022 to October 3, 2022. The NOFO can be accessed here.

You may find more information about the grant on the HUD Funds Available page. (Important general information is at the top – scroll down to find the link for the FY22 FSS NOFO page, which is where the NOFO, webinar and FAQ (if any) links will be posted).

In the coming weeks, HUD will host a webinar to review the components of the NOFO and discuss the changes between the FY22 NOFO and previous years. Please feel free to submit questions to once you have reviewed the NOFO.

For more information, visit HERE.

HUD Offers Webinars on Disaster Readiness for PHAs

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HUD is offering webinars on Disaster Readiness for public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series introduces PHAs to best practices in disaster management.

Topics to be discussed in this series will include:

  • Effective steps to take prior to a disaster
  • Disaster response, including assessment of business operations, residents, and housing stock
  • Recovery activities
  • Initial actions and short-term recovery
  • Identifying types of assistance and eligibility
  • Required documentation

Participants will learn about:

  • Best practices for PHAs to prepare for and respond to disasters that impact their families and buildings
  • Resources and information to PHAs to ensure faster, more efficient disaster response
Schedule and Registration
Each webinar registration is separate. See date, time, and registration information below:
July 26, 2022 (1:00 to 3:00 PM EDT): Wildfires — Register Now
August 9, 2022 (1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT): Tornadoes — Register Now
August 23, 2022 (1:00 to 3:00 PM EDT): Flooding — Register Now
September 6, 2022 ( 1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT): Building Fires — Register Now

HUD Expands Asset-Building Support for HUD-Assisted Families

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On Monday, May 16, 2022, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it will publish a rule to implement changes to the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program.

The changes include permanently expanding the definition of an eligible family to include tenants of privately owned multifamily properties subsidized with Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA).

In addition to permanently expanding FSS to multifamily owners and allowing them to compete directly for services funding, the rule also expands eligibility for FSS enrollment to include any adult member of the household—rather than only the Head of Household—to be more inclusive of households where the Head of Household is unable to work or increase work activity due to issues such as health conditions, disabilities, or family care taking responsibilities.

The rule also expands the definition of “good cause” for a FSS client contract extension to include participants who are in active pursuit of a long-term goal that will help them get ahead, such as a college degree, as opposed to only reasons outside of the family’s control. Additionally, among other statutory and regulatory changes, the rule removes administratively burdensome requirements for enrollment and revises graduation requirements. 

To read the official HUD press release on the upcoming rule, click HERE.

HUD Releases 2022 Income Limits

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On April 18, 2022, HUD released the Fiscal Year 2022 Income Limits for Section 8 properties. The new income limits must be utilized when processing all Move In certifications effective April 18, 2022 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