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Notice H 2012-15: Funding for Tenant-Protection Vouchers for Certain At-Risk Households in Low-Vacancy Areas – Request for Comments was issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Sept. 5. The 55-page notice:
The notice is in effect until amended, revoked, or superseded. Following receipt and consideration of public comment, HUD has indicated that another notice (Final Notice) will be issued with final instructions, eligibility, and selection criteria, which may include revisions to the instructions and criteria contained in this notice.
Details regarding eligibility are very project-specific, so determining whether or not your property is eligible will depend heavily on access to and familiarity with project originating documents. The notice provides guidance on where to find governing language that will help you make the necessary determinations.
The following are certain notice extracts related to availability and eligibility that may help owners to determine if they might be eligible.
The 2012 Appropriations Act provides that up to $10 million of the $75 million appropriated for tenant-protection actions may be made available to provide housing-choice voucher rental assistance to residents who are living in low-vacancy areas and who may have to pay rents greater than 30% of household income, as the result of:
An owner is eligible to request assistance for unassisted households/units at the property if:
Please note that the expiring/expired use agreement must be a HUD-imposed use agreement that restricts the property to operate as affordable housing to very low, low, and/or moderate income households.
This may include, but is not limited to, the preservation programs under the Title II Emergency Low Income Housing Preservation Act (ELIHPA) and the Title VI Low-Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act (LIHPRHA).
An Interest Reduction Payments Agreement associated with a state non-insured 236 mortgage also meets the criteria under category 3 of the 2012 Appropriations Act. The expiration of a project use agreement imposed by another agency or funder does not meet the criteria under category 3 of the 2012 Appropriations Act.
Please send your feedback to HUD and/or to LeadingAge via my email: Colleen Bloom. All comments are greatly appreciated.