HUD issues guidance on temporary compliance assistance

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a new notice, PIH 2013-03, “Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program – Temporary Compliance Assistance.” 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.