Supporting the Most Promising Affordable Housing Initiatives

September 30, 2008    

Housing advocacy groups are promoting a federal initiative that would require HUD to fulfill its obligations to owners arising out of housing assistance payment (HAP) contracts in fiscal year 2008 (FY08) on time and in full, says Denise Muha, executive director of the National Leased Housing...

Ask Applicants' References Seven Key Questions

August 31, 2008    

If you, as a site owner or manager, screen applicants yourself, one of the most important steps you take is to contact applicants' current and prior rental references.

References' evaluations are valuable in helping you decide whether to rent a tax credit unit to an applicant. But...

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Brings Hope to Millions

June 30, 2008    

Groundwork for the establishment of a national affordable housing trust fund was laid last fall, when the House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 2895) that House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., had introduced, and when Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.,...

Granting Requests for Reasonable Accommodations, Modifications

May 31, 2008    

As a site owner or manager, you are required by federal Fair Housing law to do what is reasonable in granting requests for accommodations or modifications, so that a visually impaired applicant might consider residing at your site. Furthermore, you are under a legal obligation to ensure that a...

Providing Reasonable Accommodations for the Visually Impaired

April 30, 2008    

Federal Fair Housing law makes it illegal to discriminate against prospects and residents with disabilities. This includes persons who are blind or who suffer from some other visual impairment, ranging from significant to total vision loss.

Reversing the Trend of Dwindling Affordable Housing Stock

March 31, 2008    

A recent follow-up to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition's study of national housing patterns indicates that in the four-year period from 2001 through 2004, more than 1.2 million housing units ceased to be affordable.

In some cities, such as New York, affordable housing is...

Combining Housing and Energy Tax Credits

March 31, 2008    

Combining tax credits from the low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program with energy tax credits (which are most associated with solar panels) raises a variety of issues for developers of housing projects. With the help of Forrest Milder, an attorney at Nixon Peabody and an expert on tax...

Reduce Damages Arising from Staff's Discriminatory Conduct

March 1, 2008    

In 2007, HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), the division devoted to anti-discrimination and Fair Housing concerns, investigated approximately 10,300 cases involving claims of discrimination, according to Kim Kendrick, assistant secretary for FHEO. Based on a pattern...

Dealing with NIMBYism in Multifamily Project Development

February 1, 2008    

One obstacle to building or acquiring sites for affordable multifamily housing is the notion of “not in my back yard” (NIMBYism). Although it is a difficult problem, developers and prospective site owners can get local support for buildings they want to construct. With the help of...

Set Rules on Employee Use of Internet, Email

February 1, 2008    

This month, the manager of an affordable housing site in Texas reported how—as many managers have done—she had brought Internet access into the management office to help run the site and communicate with HUD, prospects, applicants, and residents. She expected site employees to spend...

Choosing the Right Software for Your Site

January 1, 2008    

Many tax credit managers use computer software programs to help them manage their tax credit sites. A good software program should save time and money by making it easier to keep your site in compliance with tax credit rules and perform many other management functions.

Federal Law Preempts Local Laws Derailing Eviction

January 1, 2008    


In August, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that federal law trumps, or preempts, the “innocent tenant defense” that residents facing eviction often raise, which typically is based on local law.