NEWS & UPDATES
The following documents were provided in May 2013 to the tenant or Landlord, respectively, concerning the request to lower HAP contract rent due to the HUD funding cuts.The Housing Times - May 2013 - Click Here
The following Power Presentation contains information provided during the 5/15/13 Owner/Landlord Briefing.Leased Housing/Section 8 Department Owner's Briefing - May 15th, 2013 - Click Here
Section 8 Administrative Plan - Click Here
The Raleigh Housing Authority has prepared a draft of its Section 8 Administrative Plan for June 2013. Anyone with comments on this plan may submit them to Mrs. Priscilla Batts at email@example.com. Comments may also be mailed to Mrs. Batts at 900 Haynes Street, Raleigh, NC 27604. All comments must be received by 5:00 PM May 30, 2013.
ADMISSIONS AND OCCUPANCY POLICY - Click Here
The Raleigh Housing Authority has prepared a draft of its Admissions and Occupancy Policy. This document is available for public review and comment. If you would like to submit any comments, please send them to the attention of Mrs. Tayloria Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to drop off your comments, you may leave them at the main office of the Housing Authority located at 900 Haynes Street. All comments must be received by 5:00p.m. on May 20, 2013.
Agency Plan Amendment
The significant cuts to RHA's funding have resulted in the need to cut costs where possible and find other means of reducing RHA's dependence on federal funds. The public housing program has seen cuts in excess of $2 million in the most recent funding year on top of previous cuts. The voucher program has experienced a similar reduction. The level of these cuts is unprecedented. Furthermore, housing authorities are being advised not to expect the funding to be restored and to prepare to operate under these reduced funding levels.
There are a number of cost cutting measures currently being discussed in Congress such as increasing the minimum rent to $75, increasing the medical deduction threshold from 3% to 10%, and completing unit inspections biennially. These are not yet approved but RHA would likely implement each of these changes once approved. Other public housing measures planned include moving correspondence to electronic mail where possible to reduce postage costs, no longer providing an interactive phone line to provide specific positions on the waiting lists, apply HUD's Deconcentration Rule to move higher income families into the lower income public housing properties, and continue to identify other cost savings. For the Voucher Program, RHA plans to bill the originating housing authority rather than absorbing families who move into RHA's program, provide opportunities for landlords to purchase optional inspection services, and continue to seek other cost-saving measures.
RHA remains committed to maintaining the high quality of housing that we currently provide. Therefore, RHA is taking actions to cut costs and lessen dependence on HUD funding. This includes pursuing the option of converting some public housing units to affordable housing which will reduce dependence on HUD subsidies. Affordable housing is affordable to families making less than 80% Area Median Income (AMI). RHA is planning to convert the 60 public housing units at Capital Park to rental units affordable to families making 80% AMI. Under this plan, Capital Park public housing residents will be issued tenant-based vouchers that they can continue to use in Capital Park or use to relocate to other housing. There will be no impact on current public housing families living in Capital Park.
The amendment to the Agency Plan that relates to the cost cutting measures and the conversion of Capital Park can be found here . There will also be a community meeting on this plan on May 16th at 6:00 PM at 971 Harp Street. In addition you can submit written comments or questions to Allison Hapgood at email@example.com. All comments must be received by May 21, 2013.
Agency Plan - Agency Plan Click Here
Each year the Raleigh Housing Authority (RHA) updates its Agency Plan. This is a general policy document that indicates RHA's approach to operating its public housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs. This document is available for public review and comment. If you would like to submit any comments, please send them to the attention of Allison Hapgood at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to drop off any comments you may leave them at the main office of the housing authority located at 900 Haynes Street. All comments must be received by November 30, 2012.
There will be a public hearing on this plan on Thursday November 8th at 5:30 PM. The meeting will be at 971 Harp Street, the community center at Capitol Park. RHA staff will receive comments and answer questions at this hearing.
Housing Times - July 2012 Click Here
Originally emailed to all Section 8 Landlords on 6/27/2012.
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