Fair housing tips for holiday decorating

It is time to pull out those boxes of holiday decorations! As you do so, please keep in mind that religion is a protected class under the Fair Housing Act. Our residents, applicants, and staff should not feel that they are being treated differently, given different...

HUD notice clarifies VAWA implementation

Over the last six months, we have written several times about HUD’s Final Rule implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 that was effective December 16, 2016. The final rule impacts all HUD housing programs that fall under both...

HUD mandates smoke-free public housing

Smoke-free housing is not a new concept for HUD. Over the last decade or so, HUD has encouraged both public housing authorities and multifamily housing owners to establish smoke-free communities and has even issued a 63-page toolkit to aid in the process. So what is...

HUD publishes Final Rule on VAWA 2013

HUD’s Final Rule implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 was published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2016. This Final Rule details the requirements for the HUD-covered programs and is effective Dec. 16, 2016. It is...