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April 2018 Newsletter

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act being signed into law and each April is recognized as Fair Housing month.  As you are reading this now, you undoubtedly already know this.  The reality is that every day you and I are engaged in the business of providing housing - especially affordable housing - is a day we need to be mindful of fairness and accessibility to everyone.  

As an owner or manager, you often have a tremendous amount at stake.  It's estimated that across the country, your site, leasing, and maintenance staff turnover as much as 40% every year...and as
 I interact daily and nationwide with clients, peers, competitors, and even our own associates, the refrain is always that to be compliant your staff have to be informed.  That takes a lot of your time when your staff is constantly changing!

If you happened to read the recent message from the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) you might have been as surprised as I was in their cited example that African-American renters are shown fewer rental units at a rate the same as in 1977.  So, while we recognize Fair Housing Month, our work together continues to truly make it fair.

As an old saying goes, everybody likes progress, but nobody likes change.  We constantly work hard to achieve two things, deliver quality and deliver fast, in every aspect of our work.  I invite you to call or email me to discuss your needs at anytime and hope you enjoy this newsletter.


In this edition:


Sincerely,

Jeffrey Promnitz
Chief Executive Officer

Industry Announcements

Income Limits for Fiscal Year 2018 Released. HUD has published the income limits that must be implemented no later than May 16, 2018.  Section 8 Income Limits hereMultifamily Tax Subsidy Income Limits here.

RAD: New Materials on the Conversion of Moderate Rehabilitation Contracts.  There is a webinar and new fact sheet available here.

USDA Debuts New Eligibility Maps for Rural Housing Service Programs.  Every five years the Rural Housing Service reviews areas under its jurisdiction to determine which are eligible to use its programs.  The proposed changes are here.

Important New Changes to LIHTC Law Made by Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.  Included in this review are the use of income averaging and the increase in available tax credits here.

Free Online Article Series for Continuation Training
ACCESSIBLE PARKING ON AN ACCESSIBLE ROUTE

(Source:  Fair Housing Act Design Manual Chapter 2, Page 2.23)

In our last article we discussed parking and curb ramps. This article will discuss the minimum number of accessible parking spaces for resident parking.  The Guidelines provide that a minimum of two percent of the parking spaces serving covered dwelling units be made accessible and be located on an accessible route. For example, if 100 units are covered, then a minimum of two accessible spaces is required (100 x 2% = 2).  If the development provides different types of parking ...(continue reading here.)
Question from a Student at the March Fair Housing Training (St. Louis)

Student:
"Can we require the residents to have the grab bars installed on their own or will the owners incur this expense?"

Trainer Amanda Mistretta answered:
"The Fair Housing Act provides that, while the housing provider must permit the modification, the tenant is responsible for paying the cost of the modification. Please keep in mind, however, that if a property has federal funds (HUD, RD, HOME) and are subject to Section 504, then the owner must pay for many modifications."  (You can read additional information on this question here.)

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Questions during live trainings are key opportunities for affordable housing practitioners as they spark new real-world questions, allow interaction with an expert, and develop situational awareness of daily encounters.  Zeffert & Associates is one of the most reputable educators of affordable housing in the country, a large-scale distributor of the HCCP designation, and awards specialty designations covering fair housing, rural development, HUD, and more.


Training Calendar
To register for any course below, sign up online here by selecting first the category and then your course.

If you need assistance, additional information, or would like to request a topic or location then send us an email or call (314.514.7711) and we will gladly help.  We also offer private and sponsored trainings.

The following courses are open for public registration.

Date

Course

Location

Apr 17-19

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Valdosta, GA

Apr 17-19

Fair Housing (Issues for Maintenance Professionals) and Managing Property Maintenance.
Sponsored by Affordable Housing Association of Arkansas

Little Rock, AR


Apr 17-19

HUD and RD - Qualifying Households
Sponsored by Affordable Housing Association of Arkansas

Little Rock, AR

Apr 24-26

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Milwaukee, WI

Apr 26

Practical Fair Housing in the 21st Century

Webinar

Apr 27

Fair Housing: Issues for Maintenance Professionals

Webinar

May 8-10

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Columbus, OH

May 9

Practical Fair Housing in the 21st Century. Sponsored by St. Louis Apartment Association

St Louis, MO

May 10-11

Managing HUD Compliance (optional HCM-H designation exam)

St Louis, MO

May 15-17

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Kansas City, MO

May 22-24

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Omaha, NE

May 23-24

Managing Rural Development Compliance (optional HCM-R designation exam)

St Louis, MO

Jun 6-7

Managing Rural Development Compliance (optional HCM-R designation exam)

Birmingham, AL

Jun 12-14

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Columbia, SC

Jun 12-14

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)
Sponsored by Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

Denver, CO

Jun 12-14

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

St Louis, MO

Jun 19-21

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Hartford, CT

Jun 19-21

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

St Paul, MN

Jun 26-28

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Baton Rouge, LA

Jun 26-28

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Billings, MT

Jun 26-28

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Portland, ME

Jul 10-12

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Anchorage, AK

Jul 17-19

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Fargo, ND

Jul 17-19

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Miami, FL

Jul 17-19

Managing Rural Development Compliance (optional HCM-R designation exam)

Salt Lake City, UT

Jul 24-26

Managing LIHTC Compliance (optional HCCP designation exam)

Charlotte, NC

Aug 21-22

Managing Rural Development Compliance (optional HCM-R designation exam)

Salt Lake City, UT

 

Quizzle

Test your knowledge on these questions...or quiz your coworker!

Question 1
The Fair Housing Act is found in Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of what year?

Question 2
(True or False)  As long as you are working for a company, you are not personally liable for your actions relating to fair housing.

Question 3
How many federally protected classes are there currently?

Question 4
Properties financed by HUD must follow L.E.P. guidelines. What does L.E.P. stand for?

a. Less English Proficient
b. Limited Enrollment Program
c. Limited English Proficiency
d. Local Education Partnership

Question 5
A person with disabilities living in affordable housing is eligible for which of following:

a. Reasonable Accommodations
b. Reasonable Modifications
c. Reasonable Regulations
d. Both A and B

Quizzle answers

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Zeffert & Associates, Inc. is a nationwide leader of consulting, compliance, and training for property owners and managers, syndicators, and housing authorities. Established 1994.

12101 Woodcrest Executive Drive
Suite 180
St. Louis, MO 63141
Office (866) 760-6000
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OUR VISION is to see a nation where serving those in need of affordable housing is easier than yesterday, less restrictive today, more certain tomorrow, and possible every single day.

OUR MISSION is to support the property managers, owners, syndicators, and agencies with quality education and consulting services and to do it better than anyone else through our speed in acquiring and delivering knowledge.

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  • Compliance: Tenant Electronic File Reviews and Onsite File Reviews
  • Training: Public, Private, Online, Speaking Engagements

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St. Louis, MO 63141
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