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CY 2016 140% Thresholds for Rent Comparability Studies
In August 2015, the Department issued a new Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide.  Section 9-23 of the new Guide provided instructions for comparing the median rents as derived by the appraiser in a rent comparability study (RCS) with Census Bureau estimates of the median rents in the project’s zip code.  Should the rents in the owner’s study exceed 140 percent of the median zip code rent threshold, then HUD would secure a third party to create a RCS for comparison purposes.  When the Department issued the Guide, our office also published the list of median zip code rents as of December 2014. 

HUD has recently published the new median zip code rents and the 140 percent thresholds.  Users can find these new numbers under “What’s New” on .  The file has two worksheets, one listing the numbers and a second one providing instructions should there not be a number in the cell for that zip code.  Staff and appraisers can find the instructions for comparing the numbers and determining the final rent, should a HUD study be required in Section 9-23.  These numbers will be effective for any RCS signed by the owner’s appraiser on or after February 11, 2016. 


FY 2016 PAC Renewal Instructions Announced
HUD has just released the instructions for renewing Project Assistance Contracts (PACs) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.  The instructions provide guidance to the field for processing PAC renewals for FY2016.  The expiring PACs may be renewed for a period of one year only.  Headquarters sent the instructions to the field offices on February 4, 2016.  The memorandum and the FY 2016 contract are available on the HUD website at


Save The Date: HHS & HUD National Joint Listening Session Intersection of Trafficking and Need for Housing and Social Services for Survivors
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will host a national joint listening session to address the intersection of trafficking and the need for housing and social-services for survivors. In response to the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking, HHS and HUD have been working to coordinate efforts to address the needs of human trafficking survivors, recognizing that housing and supportive services are critical in serving survivors.

The listening session will continue HHS and HUD’s efforts by bringing together social-service and housing providers serving adult survivors of human trafficking in order to:

  1. Understand the challenges facing housing and social-service providers in meeting the needs of adult (18+) survivors of human trafficking and those at risk of trafficking for safe and appropriate housing and support services. 
  2. Recognize best practices in housing and support services for trafficking survivors, and
  3. Help identify potential changes in policy, technical assistance, outreach, or other areas to better assist housing and social-service providers effectively meet the needs of this population.

The national listening session will be conducted through a phone call on Wednesday, February 24 from 3:00-4:30PM EST.  Please save the date and look for more information on registering for the call in the weeks to come.


New Passbook Savings Rate Published
This notice advises a rate of 0.06% which is unchanged from the rate used last year.  The passbook savings rate is based on the national average provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Passbook Savings Rate Effective February 1, 2016 has been posted to HUDCLIPS: Housing Notice 2016-01


Grants NOFA:
The Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing (Demonstration) NOFA (Notice of Funds Available) is now available at The demonstration this NOFA will fund has been many years in the making and represents an exciting opportunity to prove the case that a well-designed supportive services program combined with affordable housing can make a dramatic difference in the lives of older Americans. Along with my colleagues in PD&R, we are hopeful this research will help us make the case for expanded availability of affordable supportive housing for the elderly.  Join us for a webinar to introduce the NOFA on February 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm EST. Applicants must submit a completed electronic application by April 18, 2016 through


Housing Notice 2015-12 Amendment to the Definition of Tuition
Posted to HUDCLIPS

On December 11th, Multifamily Housing published a joint Housing Notice with PIH to HUDClips regarding a revision to the definition for tuition as it relates to determining income for some of our programs. The published notice expands upon FY 2012 appropriations language which requires, for Section 8 programs, the amount of any financial assistance an individual receives in excess of amounts received for tuition and other required fees and charges be considered when determining an applicant's or participant's annual income. When reading HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1 paragraph 5-6.E, the exclusion for a student over the age of 23 with dependent children or a student living with his or her parents who are receiving Section 8 assistance remains applicable. 

 01/05/16 2015-2016 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA)

The 2016 COLA (Cost-of-Living Adjustments) will see no increase as the inflation measure used by the Social Security Administration showed a negative inflation rate. However, benefits cannot be decreased despite a negative inflation measurement. COLA impacts benefits to about 59 social security recipients, 1.96 million military retirees and 4 million disabled veterans. The 2015 COLA (Cost-of-Living Adjustments) was 1.7% which was slightly higher than the previous year's increase of 1.5%.

 01/05/16  2016 Cola Effective & Payment Dates:
  • Retired military veterans, VA rates for compensation and pension for disabled veterans and surviving families will be effective December 1, 2015 and will be reflected on the first check to be paid on December 31, 2015.
  • Social Security benefits will increase beginning with the December 2015 benefits, which are payable in January 2016.
  • Federal SSI payment levels will increase effective for payments made for January 2016.

FY2016 Fair Market Rents

The FY2016 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) became effective December 11, 2015 and were posted on HUDUSER the same day.


HUD Publishes Opening Doors Through Multifamily Housing: Toolkit for Implementing a Homeless Preference

The Office of Multifamily Housing at HUD is an active player in Opening Doors, the Federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, developed in 2010 and amended in 2015. The Plan provides a framework for Federal agencies and state and local partners to work together to meet specific goals to end homelessness.

 In July 2013, HUD issued Notice H 2013-21 Implementation and approval of owner-adopted admissions preferences for individuals or families experiencing homelessness. The Department has now created a step-by-step toolkit to facilitate community involvement and successful implementation of the homeless preference. 

View Opening Doors Through Multifamily Housing: Toolkit for Implementing a Homeless Preference

The toolkit draws on the experiences of 10 communities that HUD funded to pilot its 2012 initiative called Dedicating Opportunities to End Homelessness (DOEH) part of HUDs Opening Doors initiative. 

This guide provides detailed discussion and direction through the following parts of an effective process:

  • Creating a multifamily planning and implementation team
  • Examining and understanding the community needs and available multifamily housing resource
  • Identifying and engaging service providers
  • Engaging multifamily property owner
  • Formalizing agreements between service Providers and owners
  • Supporting owners' implementation of the homeless preferenc
  • Refining the process 

Opening Doors relies upon building and maintaining a community-wide effort to appropriately address and end homelessness. Owners and their management companies will work with local partners to both implement their property's homeless preference and contribute towards ending homelessness in their communities. 

Multifamily property owners may contact their HUD field office Account Executive with any questions about implementing a preference at their properties.


Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide FAQs

The Department has prepared responses to a number of recently asked questions on the Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide. The questions and answers are attached. As our office formulates additional responses to questions submitted, the Department will issue updates to this document. For additional information on how the policies impact a particular project, please contact your Account Executive in your regional office. General policy questions can still be sent to


2016 Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAFs) Published

The Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAF) for 2016 were published in the October 13, 2015 Federal Register. These factors are used for adjusting or establishing Section 8 rents under the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 (MAHRA), as amended, for projects assisted with Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments. The factors are effective February 11, 2016 and can be found at


Reminder for HUD and PBCA offices processing rent increases using Auto OCAF:

Once the 2016 Factors are updated in iREMS, please delete any Amend Rents record effective February 11, 2016 and beyond that was created either automatically or manually with the old 2015 Factor. A new record will automatically generate with the new 2016 Factor.


Free Training Opportunity:

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Training opportunities are being offered to Public Housing Authorities and Multifamily complexes by StopPests. Through an Inter-Agency Agreement with USDA, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH)/HUD has been funding IPM training for housing providers, particularly Public Housing Authorities (PHA) and Section 8 properties. To apply fill out the IPM consultation & training request form at

Their program consists of:

  • IPM resources for multifamily housing—the well-vetted resources on are available to everyone. The intended audience is affordable housing. Public health and pest management professionals who work in housing use them too. 
  • IPM consultation and training—the Northeast IPM Center is funded to speak at conferences, lead webinars, and run trainings across the country. Their popular consultation and training program consists of a StopPests Consultant coaching a pilot site through the steps it takes to implement IPM. Part of that process is an on-site training at the pilot property. 

The program is free to any housing authority or property manager/owner working with HUD funds. 


New Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide Posted

On August 7, 2015, the Department issued the new Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide. The transmittal cover sheet provides a summary of the changes with links to the changes in the document. The new Guide is posted under “SECTION 8 RENEWAL POLICY GUIDE (August 2015)" at

The policy changes will be effective for all renewal or amend rent packages received by the Department after November 5, 2015. Please send any questions you may have on the new Guide to


Energy Survey & Website

The Strategic Research Group may be contacting owners of affordable housing regarding a survey as part of a research project. Related to the survey efforts, HUD is launching a website with renewable energy resources aimed at public housing and multifamily owners and managers, as well as direct technical assistance to HUD-assisted property owners who commit to installing renewables onsite by 2020. 

Attached is a letter that explains more and the website is:


Housing Notice on HUD's Equal Access Rule

Housing Notice H-2015-06, Program Eligibility in Multifamily Assisted and Insured Housing Programs in Accordance with HUD's Equal Access Rule, was issued on July 13, 2015. Multifamily Housing has published a notice on HUD's Equal Access rule. On February 3, 2012, HUD published a final rule entitled Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (77 FR 5662). The rule ensures that housing across HUD programs is open to all eligible individuals and families regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. This notice provides guidance on how the Equal Access Rule applies to Multifamily insured and assisted housing.

The notice is posted on HUDClips,under Notice 15-06


FY2015 Income Limits Released

HUD has released its FY2015 Median Family Income estimates and FY2015 Income Limits. The FY2015 Income Limits were published on March 6, 2015, and are effective immediately. The income limits can be found at


2015 Annual Adjustment Factors Announced

On February 9, 2015, a Notice of the Revised Contract Rent Annual Adjustment Factors (AAFs) for 2015 was published. The AAFs are used to adjust the contract rents on the anniversary date of the assistance contract for some multifamily projects. The AAFs are effective February 9, 2015.  A copy of the Federal Register containing the revised AAFs. The HUDUSER website has been updated to include the revised AAFs.

01/28/15 REMINDER: New Passbook Savings Rate Effective February 1, 2015

Housing Notice 2014-15 Passbook Savings Rate Effective February 1, 2015 and Establishing Future Passbook Savings Rates has been posted to HUDCLIPS. As the title suggests, this notice establishes a new Passbook Savings Rate of 0.06% effective February 1, 2015 which supersedes the rate published in paragraph 5-7.F of HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1. The notice also provides explanation for how future Passbook Savings Rates will be adjusted.

To comply with the requirements of the notice, owners are required to use the new Passbook Savings Rate of 0.06% for all certifications effective February 1, 2015 and later. If owners have already completed a certification to be effective on February 1, 2015 or later, the certification will need to be corrected using the 0.06% rate. Additionally, HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1 and the HUD model lease permit tenants to request an interim recertification if their income changes before the next recertification. Because a reduction in the Passbook Savings Rate could reduce household income, tenants are permitted to request an interim recertification using the new 0.06% rate beginning February 1, 2015.

12/08/14 Housing Notice on Waiting List Administration Published

Housing Notice 2014-16 Waiting List Administration has been posted to HUDCLIPS. This notice provides additional options for owners in their waiting list administration to further ensure fair housing compliance and provides guidance on the administration of waiting lists for Multifamily Housing properties. Topics include opening the waiting list, placing applicants on the waiting list, and outreach.

12/08/14 Housing Preservation Technical Guidance and Information
HUD 202 Direct Loan Property Owners
Section 236 Mortgage Property Owners (FHA-Insured and State HFA-Issued)

Join the New HUD Multifamily Housing Preservation Mailing List. Subscribe to receive emails with news and information on events and training about how to maintain your property's affordability. To SIGN UP:

  1. Log onto
  2. Select the "Subscribe" button.
  3. Complete profile information.
  4. Under "I'd like to receive email updates about," select Multifamily Housing Preservation.
HUD is encouraging Section 236 and Section 202 property owners with active mortgages to take action now and contact HUD for information about options that are available to preserve the affordability of their buildings.

Owners are urged to contact HUD by emailing the property name, property address, mortgage maturity date, and primary contact person/contact information to the applicable email address, as follows:

New Educational Materials – These will be posted on the HUD Exchange and announced through the Multifamily Housing Preservation mailing list. (See above for how to SIGN UP.) The materials will include:

  • Basic fact sheets on Section 236 and Section 202 preservation options
  • Technical information describing how to structure Section 236 and Section 202 preservation deals
  • Mark-to-Market fact sheet and technical guidance

Smoke-Free Action Guide Published

HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) has published a Smoke-Free Action Guide entitled "Change is in the Air – An Action Guide for Establishing Smoke-Free Public Housing and Multifamily Properties". The purpose of the guide is to further educate PHAs and owners and management agents of subsidized or market rate multifamily housing about the benefits of smoke-free policies and recommended best practices to follow for implementing smoke-free policies. The guide is available for download from the Healthy Homes website at or directly at Hard copies of the guide can be requested via email to

11/04/14 8bb Notice Posted

The 8bb Housing Notice was posted to HUDClips on the Department's policies and procedures for transferring all or a portion of any remaining budget authority of a project-based Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract to one or more contracts under Section 8(bb)(1) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (the Act) where the existing HAP contract is terminated by mutual agreement. We will also post the notice and all of the attachments to the website (Multifamily Homepage).

HUDClips or


09/29/14 State Supplementary Payments (SSP) Administered by States
Multifamily Housing has recently been informed that some states no longer have their State Supplementary Payments (SSP), which supplement the Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit, administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Because of this, SSA has advised they are not able to maintain any information about SSP in the states identified in their table below. The new protocol effects the income amounts provided by SSA to HUD and displayed in the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System. In order to verify the payment in states administering SSP, verification can be obtained by the tenant from the state office and as outlined in Chapter 5 and Appendix 3 of HUD Handbook 4350.3 REV-1. As explained in Chapter 5 of HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1, the verification must be provided within 120 days of the certification date and must not be older than 120 days from the date provided to the owner.

If the above causes a discrepancy in the EIV system, note the reason for the discrepancy and place in the tenant file.

The below information and tables can be found on SSA's website at























New Hampshire

New Mexico

North Carolina




South Carolina

South Dakota












District of Columbia*





New Jersey

New York*


Rhode Island*


*Dual administration State. In these States, Social Security administers some categories of State supplement payments, while the State administers other categories of supplemental payments.



Northern Mariana Islands

North Dakota

West Virginia



 **Source data from the Social Security Administration website seems to conflict. Please check with your area Mississippi SSA office.

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