What is HUD and why is it so important?
HUD stands for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD was established in 1965. It is a cabinet-level government agency, which simply means that its leader, a secretary, is appointed by the president and approved by the U.S. Senate, and holds that position until a new president takes office. The secretary of HUD reports directly to the President of the United States. The current HUD Secretary is Dr. Ben Carson.
HUD is vitally important to ensure the fairness and equal opportunity of housing for all U.S. citizens. It was created to support community development and homeownership. It also promotes increasing the amount of affordable rental options available and fights housing discrimination by ensuring equal opportunities in the rental markets.
HUD is responsible for enforcing the Fair Housing Act (FHA) – which prevents discrimination in housing based on sex, race, color, national origin and religion. Everyone deserves fair housing regardless of familial status or handicap.
Secretary Carson has outlined a department goal to “move away from the policies and programs of the past and develop an innovative approach that anticipates the housing needs of the future, while addressing current needs.” In other words, HUD is undergoing change, which translates to more adjustment of rules, laws and procedures that housing professionals must understand and execute.
In this atmosphere of change, it is more important than ever for you to be able to access a resource that understands the HUD updates and changes and can communicate them clearly for you to understand and act upon.
NCHM is that resource. We were created by a presidential mandate in 1972 and have worked closely with HUD since our inception. As time goes on, you can count on two constants:
- HUD’s rules and regulations will evolve and change
- You can count on NCHM to keep you and your team in-the-know.
Please see our training programs or contact us to stay up-to-date with HUD and be the best housing professional you can be.
Certification & Course Offerings
Certified Occupancy Specialist
Certified Occupancy Specialist - Public Housing
Management and Occupancy Review Specialist
Certified Occupancy Specialist Prep
Certified Occupancy Specialist Advanced
Certified Voucher Specialist
Certified Voucher Specialist (CVS) provides training and certification for the HUD Housing Choice and Project-Based Voucher programs. The program incorporates HUD Handbook 7420.10G and numerous other Notices and Memos containing updated Rules and Regulations regarding occupancy guidance for the programs. Among the topics covered are eligibility, income and asset calculations, rent calculations, reexaminations, and applicable Fair Housing and Civil Rights obligations.
Enterprise Income Verification Specialist
The use of HUD’s Enterprise Income Verification system (EIV) is mandatory for all HUD programs. NCHM’s Enterprise Income Verification Specialist (EIVS) covers everything you need to know about the HUD EIV system including its purpose, how it developed, how to sign up, how to maintain access, which reports are required, how to interpret reports, how to resolve any discrepancies and how to ensure the security of the data. The program is available both in the classroom and online.
Registered Housing Manager
Registered Housing Manager (RHM) is NCHM’s most prestigious property management certification. Candidates must first acquire certifications in NCHM’s four pillars: occupancy, management, maintenance, and financial management and then complete a Property Assessment, which is evaluated by NCHM’s Certification Review Board.
Upcoming HUD Compliance Courses
The Gold Standard
Certified Occupancy Specialist
Since 1981, COS has been the gold standard in the HUD affordable housing industry. If your career requires you to understand HUD Handbook 4350.3 REV-1 and subsequent notices, then COS is the certification you need.