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HUD Issues COVID-19 Suspensions and Waivers for HOME Program

On April 10, 2020, HUD issued guidance regarding suspension and waivers for requirements for the HOME program as a result of COVID-19. The memorandum authorized HOME participating jurisdictions (PJs) to use HOME tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA) funds to facilitate urgent…

Understanding the Role of a Notary

In the affordable housing industry, verification of income and other eligibility elements is a common requirement. In most cases, third party verification is required, meaning that the provider of the income provides a verification of the income. While such verifications…

Excess Subsidy Repayment Agreements

When households receiving federal rental assistance – such as Section 8 – receive more assistance than they are entitled to based on their income, the residents are required to repay the excess amount. In order to ensure that these repayments…

Housing & the 2020 Presidential Election

            Earlier this year, three Democratic presidential candidates – Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren – released plans for solving the affordable housing crisis. Two more 2020 hopefuls, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Any Klobuchar have more…

Update on Criminal Screening for Occupancy

A recent fair housing settlement in New York City illustrates the importance of having screening policies for criminal records that only screen for criminal behavior that presents an actual threat to people or property. A New York City property management…

PHA Options in Repositioning Public Housing

On November 13, 2018, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) notified Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) of the options available relative to the repositioning of public housing projects. PHAs have three options relative to how they will ultimately deal…

HUD Issues Utility Allowance Factors for 2019

HUD published in the November 23, 2018 Federal Register the Utility Allowance Adjustment Factors (UAFs) for 2019. HUD permits owners to use these adjustment factors to adjust baseline utility allowances that were prepared in accordance with Housing Notice 2015-04. The…

Minimum Wage Update – 2019

As we enter 2019, the minimum wage will change in a number of states and localities. As affordable housing professionals, it is always a good idea to be aware of the minimum wage in the states in which you have…

The Relationship Between Housing and Overall Quality of Life

The Relationship Between Housing & Quality of Life   When examining ways to increase affordable housing opportunities, ensuring that opportunity is not limited by where a person lives is critical. Unfortunately, today where people live depends on large part on…

Importance of Regular Review of Company Handbooks & Policies

Many property management companies create operations and compliance handbooks and policies to assist staff in understanding the company’s operational procedures. Once completed, the handbooks and policies are rarely (if ever) reviewed and updated. A periodic audit of a company’s employment…

New Staff Member for A. J. Johnson Consulting

It is with great pleasure that I announce the addition of a new full time staff member to A. J. Johnson Consulting Services, Inc. Effective February 1, 2015, Linda Moss will be joining us as a Compliance Analyst.   We…
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