From the Director's Office
In this final quarter of the fiscal year, we bid a retirement farewell to Elizabeth Santone, Portland Program Center Coordinator. For all who have had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth during her tenure here at HUD, she will be greatly missed. We all wish her well in her retirement from HUD.
Deborah Mann is currently serving as Acting Program Center Coordinator, Portland Program Center. Please join me in continued support of Ms. Mann as Acting Program Center Coordinator.
On behalf of Office of Public Housing team members in the Seattle, Portland, & Anchorage offices, we hope this newsletter is helpful to you.
Harlan Stewart , Director, Office of Public Housing, Region X, Northwest/Alaska
Archived HUD Webcasts
- Grants.gov, July 19, 2007
- Upfront Income Verification, July 17, 2007
- Energy Training For Building Performance "Session 1", April 12, 2007
- REAC Inspection Day, March 29, 2007
Visit the Energy Star website to find out how your agency can benefit from Energy Star services.
The Boise City/ Ada County Housing Authority (BCACHA) and Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority (SICHA) celebrate Homeownership Month
Stacie Bateman accepts a certificate of "Success in Homeownership" from Boise City/Ada County Executive Director, Deanna Watson
On a quiet cul-de-sac in Boise, Idaho, family, friends, and staff from the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority and HUD Boise and Seattle offices gathered at the home of Stacie Bateman to celebrate homeownership month. Ms. Bateman happily provided the group with a tour of her immaculately maintained single-family 2 bd/2 bth home she purchased in 2005. Later, she was presented a certificate for"Success in Homeownership" from BCACHA Executive Director, Deanna Watson.
Ms. Bateman is one of 15 families from BCACHA to have successfully utilized the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher for Homeownership program. The BCACHA's dedicated and supportive staff works with clients to guide them through the homeownership process. BCACHA's Homeownership Coordinator, Tawna Gulbis, has worked with several of the families to secure additional down payment resources including American Dream Down payment Initiative (ADDI) and Home Start Plus funds.
Fifteen miles west in Nampa, Idaho, Shawna Lown, FSS and Homeownership Coordinator at SICHA provided HUD staff with a tour of several of the 25 homes their families have purchased through the voucher program. SICHA has partnered with several nonprofits in the area to provide additional resources to clients including, Open Doors, who provides no or low-cost home renovation services to persons requiring modifications due to a disability. SICHA later sponsored an informational homeownership event for prospective families. Representatives from Idaho Independent Bank as well as families who have successfully closed on homes discussed their path to homeownership, inspiring others along the way.
Elizabeth Santone Retires
Elizabeth Santone celebrates retirement, Friday, July 6th, 2007
Elizabeth Santone began her career in housing at the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority. Then moved to the Vancouver Housing Authority before joining HUD in 1987 as a Housing Management Specialist. In 1995, she became the Portland Field Office Program Center Coordinator. Along the way, Elizabeth was involved in a variety of special national projects including, the Public Housing Vacancy Reduction Project and Small PHA Troubled Housing Taskforce. She was later detailed for six months to HUD Headquarters in Washington DC where she worked on Quality Housing Work Responsibility Act regulations. Respected throughout HUD, and by her housing authority colleagues, and adored by her staff -- she will be missed greatly. We wish her a very happy retirement.
"How do you say good bye? I've never met a better group of people-- dedicated, hard working, smart and caring. Oh, sure, there have been frustrations. I can't say that I've agreed with everything, but some how we manage to persevere and focus on the important stuff; making life a little bit better for the people who live in HUD funded housing. Thanks for sharing the last 20 years with me." ~Elizabeth
PHA Plans Reminder & VAWA
Implementation of the"Violence Against Women Act and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005" (VAWA) was effective on January 5, 2006 when President Bush signed VAWA into law. This notice is a reminder for PHAs that five-year and annual PHA Plans are required to contain information regarding any goals, activities, objectives, policies, or programs of the PHA that are intended to support or assist victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking. PHA Plans received without VAWA information must be disapproved. If you have any questions or concerns about this requirement, please contact the Public Housing Revitalization Specialist assigned to your PHA or, you may contact PHA Plan coordinator, Gordon Brandhagen by telephone at (206) 220-6229 or, email at Gordon.Brandhagen@hud.gov.
Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Training
HUD in partnership with D L Morgan & Associates, Nelrod Company, and PNRC- NAHRO are offering minimal cost, targeted, hands-on training for housing authorities and their homeownership partners. See website for more info
Tacoma, Washington: August 13-14
Pacific Northwest Regional Council
1425 E 27th St.
Tacoma, WA 98421-2200
Phone (253) 383 0146
FHA Update: Predatory Lending
Predatory mortgage lending practices strip borrowers of home equity and threaten families with foreclosure, destabilizing the very communities that we are trying to serve. To be sure that new homeowners are able to stay in their homes, HUD works in the local communities to provide resources and guidance for potential new homeowners in seeking the best information and loan product to meet their families' needs.
For information on how to avoid predatory lending, visit www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/buying/loanfraud.cfm.
To contact a local counseling agency for more information, visit www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hccprof14.cfm
Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Homeownership
HCV Homeownership Closings as of 4/1/2007
See all Federal Register and Notices
||Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Westpark Master Plan Redevelopment Project, City of Bremerton, WA. FR-4912-N-21|
||Revisions to the Public Access to HUD Records Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Regulations. FR-5069-F-02|
||Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Westpark Master Plan Redevelopment Project, City of Bremerton, WA. FR-4912-N-24|
||HOPE VI Main Street Grants|
||Proposed Fair Market Rents for Fiscal Year 2008 for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy Program. FR-5152-N-01|
||Use of Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds for Financing Activities. FR-4843-P-01|
||Updated Changes in Financial Management and Reporting Requirements for Public Housing Agencies under the New Operating Fund Rule (24 CFR part 990)|
||Voucher Funding In Connection with the Demo or Dispo of Occupied Public Housing Units|
||Guidance on Integrated Pest Management|
||Certification of accuracy of data in the Public Housing Information Center System used to calculate the Capital Fund formula allocation in Fiscal Year 2007|
||Implementation of FFY 2007 Funding Provisions for Housing Choice Voucher Program|
||Applicability of Public Housing Development Requirements to Transactions between Public Housing Agencies and their Related Affiliates and Instrumentalities|
||Operating Fund Program: Guidance on Demonstration of Successful Conversion to Asset Management to Discontinue the Reduction of Operating Subsidy, Year 1 and Year 2 Applications|
||Disaster Voucher Program (DVP) -- Extension of the DVP and Revised Term for the Waiver of Tenant Contribution|
||Extension - Housing Choice Voucher Program - Enhanced Vouchers - Adjustment of Voucher Housing Assistance Payments for Certain Families that Received "Preservation" Voucher Assistance as the Result of an Owner Prepayment or Voluntary Termination of Mortgage Insurance for a Preservation Eligible Property in FFY (FY) 1997, FY 1998, and FY 1999|
||Public Housing Development Cost limits|
||Impact of Non-Parental Child-Only Welfare Grants on Families Participating in the Family Self- Sufficiency (FSS) Program|
||Guidance on Methods and Schedules for Calculating FFY 2008 Operating Subsidy Eligibility|
||Staff Assignment Changes (sent by Portland Office in regards to changes in HUD Portland Office of Public Housing PHRS assignments)|
||Grants Policy Council (GPC) Broadcast (sent by Portland Office)|
||PHA Requirements for Filing Section 3, 60002 Reports|
||Training - Capacity Building/Advanced Grant Writing Training|
Important Upcoming Dates
Please Note: All dates subject to change. Refer to program area websites for most current information and complete list of forms due.
FYE 3/31 PHAs
||9/30 Occupancy Report (HUD-51234) submit in PIC|
FYE 6/30 PHAs
||(Mid August) PHA residents surveyed for RASS. Please see RASS Business Calendar|
||SEMAP Submission due in PIC (60 days after FYE)|
||MASS Submission due to REAC|
||Unaudited FASS for FYE 6/30/2006 submission due to REAC|
FYE 9/30 PHAs
||PHA Plan submission. CFP Program Performance and Evaluation Reports must be included in PHA Plan.|
||(Late August) PHA residents surveyed for RASS. Please see RASS Business Calendar|
FYE 12/31 PHAs
||Audited FASS for FYE 12/31/2005 submission due to REAC|
||One Copy of IPA Audit due to Field Office with Management letter, Corrective Action Plan, and other relevant written communications as applicable for FYE 12/31/2006. See PIH Notice 2006-15.|
||90 days prior to FYB, submit complete budget (HUD-52673, 52672, 52663) for Mod Rehab, SRO, HOPE VI, Mainstream (DV code-5 year increments), to FMC representative.|
||PHA Plan submission. CFP Program Performance and Evaluation Reports must be included in PHA Plan.|
||EIV satellite broadcast 1:00 - 3:00 EST|
||EIV User Administrators must re-certify all existing EIV users for your housing authority.|
||ROSS Financial Status Report (HUD-269A) and Semi-Annual Program Report submitted to field office|
||Payment of Annual Contribution and Operating Statement (HUD-52681B) April, May, June data due end of August in VMS (Section 8). Please check VMS website.|
||Capacity Building & Grant Writing Training, Nampa, ID, www.nnu.edu/sustainabilityconf|
||Annual Pacific Northwest Regional FSS Coordinators meeting. Vancouver Housing Authority, Vancouver, WA.|
||Operating Subsidy forms HUD-52723 and HUD-52722 are due to the field office|
||Notification to Field Office of Energy Audit completion.|
Every Month CFP obligated/expended data is submitted through eLOCCS. CFP work completion activities where pre-audit is required, are reminded to submit AMCC to Field Office
Every Month Send complete copy of renewal Moderate Rehabilitation program HAP contracts with owners to FMC representative. Please include Attachment A. Contracts needed to request renewal funds and to release payments
Quarterly VMS data collection (HUD 52681B submitted electronically). Ensure data is submitted timely and accurately. Failure to report timely could result in loss of Administrative fees. Check VMS website for exact submission dates
Please continue to submit Year-End Settlement Statement (HUD-52681) for Section 8 Mod Rehab, SROs, and Mainstream (DV) vouchers ONLY. Submit to FMC (45 calendar days after FYE)
90 days prior to FYB, submit complete budget (HUD-52673, 52672, 52663) for Mod Rehab, SRO, HOPE VI, Mainstream (DV code-5 year increments), to FMC representative.
EIV Recertification by July 30th
PHA Users must be recertified by PHA User Administrator by midnight 7/30/07. HUD Field EIV Coordinator will recertify PHA User Administrators.
An Energy Audit is required for each development of PHA owned Low-Income Public Housing and must be completed by SEPTEMBER 30th. Please refer to 24 CFR 965.302. Please notify your HUD Field Office of completion of your agency's Energy Audit.