Q&A: Occupancy of accessible units

QUESTION: My agency will have a vacancy soon in a unit that is fully wheelchair accessible. We have a request for an accessible unit from a resident who lives in another development. Her current unit has a ramp but she says the kitchen and bathroom are too small to turn around in her wheelchair.

We also have an applicant on the waiting list who has requested an accessible unit. He currently lives in a shelter. Can we offer the unit to the applicant instead of the resident? The applicant seems to have a greater need and we’d like to avoid the costs involved in a transfer.

ANSWER: No, the PHA may not offer the accessible unit to an applicant before offering it to a resident. Read the rest of the response here.

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HUD Marks the Start of Fair Housing Month With New Media Campaign

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has kicked off Fair Housing Month 2015 with the launch of a new national media campaign that will help the public recognize various forms of housing discrimination and what they should do … Continue reading

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HUD Awards Funds to Boost Economic Development in Two U.S. Regions

In two press releases, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is awarding $1.5 million in the Lower Mississippi River Delta, and $550,000 in the Appalachian region, to stimulate local economies, produce more affordable housing, … Continue reading

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Press Release Highlights Section 3 Proposed Rule, Business Registry

In a press release dated March 19, HUD discussed yesterday’s release of the Section 3 proposed rule. The 99-page document has not yet been published in the Federal Register. A 60-day public comment period will open upon its publication. The … Continue reading

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Join NMA and GoSection8 for our national housing conference in Miami

Registration for the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference is now open! We’re thrilled to be having the third annual NMA Housing Conference in Miami this year, and hope to see you there. In addition to informative and insightful sessions and … Continue reading

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OMB Publishes Interim Final Rule on Procurement

Today in the Federal Register, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published an interim final rule implementing new procurement standards for all federal agencies. The notice provides the following summary: Implementation of this guidance will reduce administrative burden and … Continue reading

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How to encourage poorer residents to use bike, car, and ride sharing

by Tanya Snyder   •   December 9, 2014 Washington’s Capital Bikeshare is one of the biggest and most well-established bike-share systems in the nation. Its annual fee of just $75 buys you unlimited free half-hour trips. The system now … Continue reading

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Senate confirms new HUD deputy secretary

WASHINGTON – The United States Senate today confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Nani Coloretti to serve as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the second most senior official at HUD, Coloretti will manage … Continue reading

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Third annual NMA Housing Conference to be held in Miami

Big news at NMA this month! We’ve just finalized dates for the third annual NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference. Mark your calendars for October 5–6 in beautiful Miami, FL! Registration will open January 1, 2015, and a discount will be … Continue reading

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NMA Inspections: Join for a free webinar

Learn more about the benefits of outsourcing HQS inspections in an informative webinar with Michael Petragallo, project manager of NMA Inspections. Join us on Thursday, November 20 for a half-hour discussion of how outsourcing HQS inspections can benefit your PHA, … Continue reading

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