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As a department of Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA), CMS has been supporting affordable housing on a local and national level for almost 20 years. We are the current Performance Based Contract Administrator (PBCA) for Washington State, Nebraska, and Utah, and the sub-contractor for Hawaii. Our expert staff successfully performs business in 4 time zones, oversees more than 600 Housing Assistance Payment Contracts (HAP) and 28,800 units of affordable housing.
Update from HUD Regarding Cyber Awareness Challenge
From RHIIP Listserv Posting #432: Please be advised the Cyber-Awareness Challenge, which is required for EIV users to satisfy annual online security training, has changed locations. The training, now titled “Cyber Awareness Challenge 2020,” is located here. The link provided in HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1, paragraph 9-20.A is no longer valid. EIV users must complete this training annually and print and maintain the Certificate of Completion provided.
Fiscal 2020 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) Now Available
Visit HUD's website for more on the 2020 FMRs effective October 1, 2019.
HUD Proposes Revised 'Disparate Impact' Rule
HUD has proposed a new rule to amend their interpretation of the Fair Housing Act. This proposal would provide "more appropriate guidance on what constitutes unlawful disparate impact to better reflect the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.
Read HUD's proposed rule in the Federal Register here. Comments on this proposed change are due by October 18, 2019.
What does this mean for property owners and agents? The way Fair Housing laws are implemented may soon change and be handled differently. Keep an eye out for developments on this news.
HUD Releases First Set of NSPIRE Standards for Review
HUD has released the first set of National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) standards for review on its NSPIRE website after announcing its wholesale re-examination of the Real Estate Assessment Center's (REAC) 20-year old inspection process. You can view the standards, as well as subsequent releases, here.
HUD invites interested parties to comment on all aspects of NSPIRE as well as the questions of specific interest contained in the notice. Please follow the instructions contained in the notice for submission of comments to ensure formal receipt.
The notice can be found within the Federal Register.
Additionally, HUD has issued a news article related to the release of the NSPIRE Demonstration Notice, which can be found here.
Draft E-Sign Notice Posted on Multifamily Policy Drafting Table
The draft Multifamily Housing Notice, “Electronic Signature, Transmission, and Storage – Guidance for Multifamily Assisted Housing Industry Partners” has been posted to the “Multifamily Policy Drafting Table” for review and feedback.
The content of the draft Notice pertains to occupancy policies and business operations of assisted multifamily housing properties. The draft Notice provides proposed guidance on acceptable procedures for use of electronic signatures, electronic transmission, and storage of documents and files. Please use this link to access the draft Notice.
HUD staff and partners are encouraged to review the draft Notice and submit feedback by August 9, 2019 to MFHDraftingTable@hud.gov.