Is your housing authority considering a smoke-free environment? HUD has posted toolkits to assist your organization with making this change in order to promote healthier living, protect residents from second-hand smoke, and help reduce property management costs.
The Tenmast team would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season. No matter what Holiday you’re celebrating, try to spend as much as possible of it with your family. Let them know how much you love them. For those that can’t be with their family members this year, reach out to them, and let them know how much you miss them and how much they mean to you.
We’d like to also send out a special thank you to our troops serving overseas. We understand it keeps them away from their families, at such an important time, to protect us and the freedoms that we enjoy every day. I don’t think we could ever say “thank you” enough.
This is the season of love and thankfulness, and we should never take for granted all we have in our lives. Share some love with your family and friends! Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year!
Well, maybe it isn’t a secret after all, but at least your valuable tenant information is safe with HUD. Do you ever wonder how HUD keeps all your PIC tenant information safe from hackers? With all those names, dates of birth, and social security numbers it can be a daunting task to prevent identify theft. IMS/PIC uses 128-bit encryption for all transmissions, in both directions, using the SSL system built into all PC browsers. This means that only you and the IMS/PIC servers can read your transmissions. In addition, HUD fully complies with all computer security standards of the federal government.
Often times you hear and even use a word over and over yet don’t really understand all that it encompasses. We have found that SEMAP is one of those instances. To greater understand how SEMAP works can lead to an increased performance level with PIC.
So…what exactly is SEMAP? SECTION EIGHT MANAGEMENT ASSET PROGRAM, SEMAP, is used to measure PHA administration and performance for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. 14 key indicators are used to create a score. Click here to view the key indicators. From this measurement a housing authority will fall into one of three categories:
HIGH PERFORMER>> a score greater than or equal to 90 percent
STANDARD PERFORMER>> a score of 60 to 89 percent
TROUBLED PERFORMER>> a score of less than 60 percent
Whether you are a high, standard, or troubled performer, did you know Tenmast can help you manage your PIC submissions? Click here to learn more.
EcoWuse is a monthly e-mail update brought to you by HUD’s Public Housing Environmental and Conservation Clearinghouse (PHECC). It features news and resources to help public housing authorities manage energy and water costs.
As part of the 2012 Tenmast User Conference, scheduled for April 17-20, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky, we are planning a panel session that will engage participants in a discussion about what the affordable housing industry will look like in 5 years. The panel session will also ask what the industry should be thinking about to prepare for those changes.
The starting point for planning this session is to survey all of our clients to find out what they think the industry will look like in 2017 in specific areas of affordable housing. You can access the survey through the following link. Please click on the link and complete the survey. We will publish the results of the survey in an article after the conference.
The NAHRO Monitor is a biweekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and programmatic news in the field of affordable housing and community development. It also features news from the association.
HUD mandates the use of Action Type 10 – Issuance of Voucher when submitting 50058 records for your Housing Choice Voucher program. Initially, the PIC system was changed to require that you submit an Issuance of Voucher record to PIC before submitting any of the following records to PIC:
Change of unit in an Annual Re-exam
Change of Unit record (Action 7)
According to the PIH Notice 2011-65 published last week, HUD has changed the Issuance of Voucher requirement. Now HUD will only require you to submit an Issuance of Voucher record to PIC prior to submitting a New Admission and a Portability Move-in. You will no longer have to submit an Issuance of Voucher record before submitting a change of unit in an Annual Re-exam (Action 2) or a Change of Unit (Action 7) record.
For the time being, the PIC system only returns a warning error if you fail to submit an Issuance of Voucher record before New Admissions and Portability Move-ins. PIH Notice 2011-65 says that PIC will begin generating fatal errors on this requirement in the future, but HUD will send another notice before it becomes mandatory. The PIH Notice also states that HUD will not approve applications for exception payment standards if Issuance of Voucher records are not in PIC to provide support for the request.
PIH Notice 2011-65 also provides the following reminders of 50058 and PIC changes HUD announced last year:
For any family in an FSS program, the agency must submit an FSS Progress Report on a 50058 record at least annually. If the Progress Report is submitted in an Annual Re-exam of Interim Re-exam, the effective date of the re-exam must be the same as the effective date of the progress report (field 17c or 23c on the 50058 form.)
All 50058 records, for both the regular PIH programs and records submitted for MTW programs, must be submitted to PIC no later than 60 days from the effective date of that action.