Section 8 vs. Section 42

Section 8 vs. Section 42

Section 8? Section 42? Section 202 with Section 8? Section 236? These are the short-hand descriptors commonly used in referring to the affordable housing programs in the US. With so many numbers, it can be hard to keep track of what they all mean! The most ubiquitous...
Become a Certified Occupancy Specialist

Become a Certified Occupancy Specialist

Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) is the most sought-after professional credential in the affordable housing industry. Many property management companies, governmental agencies, and other employers involved in affordable housing prefer and, often require, that...
Audit Techniques

Audit Techniques

MOR stands for “Management and Occupancy Review.” During an MOR, a representative from either HUD or your Contract Administrator (CA) will visit your site and perform an audit of your files and an inspection of your property. The MOR process is a lengthy one: it may...
HUD Rules Regarding Smoke Free Housing

HUD Rules Regarding Smoke Free Housing

In 2017, the HUD Office of Public and Indian Housing issued its Final Rule on smoking in public housing developments. Though the regulations restricting smoking have been in effect since August of that year, some managers and residents of subsidized developments...

How to avoid an uncertified disaster

If you’ve ever wondered what NCHM certification is worth, I’ve got a story for you. Recently a very small non-profit affordable housing agency lost its property manager. The organization housed 100 formerly homeless individuals and each unit had either a...