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HUD Releases Temporary Guidelines on Fulfilling Housing Requirements with Diminished Resources

Equality Now America for All 2010 protest signThe Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a notice titled Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program – Temporary Compliance Assistance (PIH 2013-03).

The notice establishes temporary guidelines for how public housing agencies (PHAs) can fulfill program requirements in light of their diminished resources. Among other provisions, the notice:

  1. Allows for optional streamlined annual reexamination for “elderly families” and “disabled families” on fixed incomes; and
  2. Allows PHAs to establish a payment standard of not more than 120 percent of the fair market rent without HUD approval as a reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities.

These temporary guidelines are in effect through March 31, 2014.

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