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HUD Offers Temporary Administrative Flexibility for PHAs


The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) released temporary provisions to lower some administrative requirements for public housing agencies (PHAs) that administer Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers. In light of reduced funding for PHAs, HUD has issued the provisions in order to lessen the administrative requirements for PHAs so they can reallocate their resources more effectively.

The provisions, as summarized by the National Low Income Housing Coalition in their weekly Memo to Members, are as follows:

  1. To determine annual income of program participants, the notice offers PHAs the option of using a household’s income from the previous 12 months, instead of projecting income for the upcoming year.
  2. To verify that a household has assets less than $5,000, the notice offers PHAs the option of allowing the household to self-certify, instead of requiring the PHA to obtain documentation.
  3. For elderly and disabled households with fixed incomes, instead of requiring PHAs to verify income and calculate rent each year, the notice offers PHAs the option of using a published cost of living adjustment to the household’s previously verified income. Fixed income sources include Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Supplemental Security Disability Insurance, and pension plans.
  4. For vouchers, if it is necessary to have a rent payment standard greater than 110% of the fair market rent (FMR) to provide a reasonable accommodation for a household that includes a person with a disability, the notice offers PHAs the option of using a rent payment standard of 120% without seeking HUD approval.

The provisions of Notice PIH 2013-3 expire after March 31, 2014.

Click here to read the full notice. 
Click here to read the NLIHC summary of the notice: 



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