TDHCA POSTINGS

6/29/17

TDHCA:  2017 Multifamily Uniform Application Cycle 

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) has posted to its website a revised 2017 9% Housing Tax Credit Application Log. This posting represents the latest available updates and can be found at http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/multifamily/housing-tax-credits-9pct/index.htm.  Revisions to the log will be posted as more updates become available.  Those reviewing the log are advised to use caution in reaching any definitive conclusions based on this information alone. Applicants are encouraged to review 10 TAC §§11.1(b) and 10.2(b) concerning Due Diligence and Applicant Responsibility.

Applicants that identify an error in the log should contact Sharon Gamble at sharon.gamble@tdhca.state.tx.us as soon as possible. Identification of an error early does not guarantee that the error can be addressed administratively.
6/15/17

TDHCA Appointment of Board Committees

Board Chair, J. B. Goodwin, has created a Board Committee to oversee the development of the QAP and multifamily rules.  The members are Leo Vasquez (Chair), Leslie Bingham- Escareño, and Paul A. Braden.  The Committee’s meetings will be posted public meetings.   Please be mindful of the fact that prohibitions on ex parte communications apply to any communications with these individuals if you have an application in the round, and any communications with multiple individual Committee members, even if not prohibited by the ex parte provisions, present a risk of causing violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act. 

6/15/17

2017 HOME Income and Rent Limits

The Community Planning and Development (“CPD”) section of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) has released the 2017 HOME Program Income and Rent Limits. These limits have been incorporated into the 2017 Project Income and Rent Tool that can be found at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/pmcomp/irl/index.htm.  

The Income Limits are effective today (June 15, 2017) and the Rent Limits became effective June 14, 2017, for all new leases and lease renewals (including month-to-month leases).

If you have any questions about Income and Rent Limits or believe there is an error in the data, please contact TDHCA Compliance Administrator Cody Campbell at cody.campbell@tdhca.state.tx.us.

 

6/8/17

TDHCA:  2018 QAP Planning Project, June 28, 2017 Meeting  

The Multifamily Division of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) will hold the sixth planning meeting for the 2018 Qualified Allocation Plan (“QAP”) and Uniform Multifamily Rules (“Rules”) on June 28, 2017. The meeting will be held from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Austin local time, in Room 170 of the Stephen F. Austin building at 1700 N. Congress.

The agenda for this meeting will include discussing 10 TAC §11.9(e) of the QAP, “Criteria promoting the efficient use of limited resources and applicant accountability.” Please note that this Roundtable is different from the 2017 Market Analysis Roundtable being hosted by the Real Estate Analysis Division on Friday, June 23, 2017. These two roundtables address different sections of the QAP and Rules.

A handout on this applicable section of the QAP will be provided at the meeting.

The QAP Project Plan is posted to the Department’s website: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/multifamily/nofas-rules.htm.

Registration for the meeting is available through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/qualified-allocation-plan-project-june-meeting-tickets-35245416991

Other components of the 2018 QAP Project Plan are currently under discussion in the Online Forum. The Department invites stakeholders to comment on posted items. The TDHCA Online Forum can be found on the Department?s website: https://tdhca.websitetoolbox.com/?forum=572237

If you have any questions regarding the 2018 QAP Planning process, please contact Patrick Russell, 512/475-0927 or Patrick.russell@tdhca.state.tx.us.

6/8/17

Save the Dates! Advanced Environmental Review and Decision Making for 24 CFR Part 58 HUD Environmental Regulations

Please join the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) and the Texas General Land Office (“GLO”) for an advanced environmental workshop focused on the tools available to streamline your review process, new forms and common errors that will hold up your review. This workshop will provide an opportunity to create an environmental review in real-time, with the online tools discussed.

TITLE:

Advanced Environmental Review and Decision Making for 24 CFR Part 58 HUD Environmental Regulations

DATES:

July 17-20, 2017

TIMES:               

July 17: 1-5 p.m. (half day)
July 18: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (full day)
July 19: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (full day)
July 20: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (full day)
All times are Austin local time.

LOCATION:

William B. Travis Building, 1701 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701; July 17: Room 1-100; July 18-20: Room G-100 (Computer Room)

More details, including an agenda, will be posted soon. All inquiries should be sent to: environmental@tdhca.state.tx.us.

 

6/7/17

Save the Dates! Advanced Environmental Review and Decision Making for 24 CFR Part 58 HUD Environmental Regulations

Please join the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) and the Texas General Land Office (“GLO”) for an advanced environmental workshop focused on the tools available to streamline your review process, new forms and common errors that will hold up your review. This workshop will provide an opportunity to create an environmental review in real-time, with the online tools discussed.

TITLE:
Advanced Environmental Review and Decision Making for 24 CFR Part 58 HUD Environmental Regulations

DATES:
July 17-20, 2017

TIMES:                
July 17: 1-5 p.m. (half day)
July 18: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (full day)
July 19: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (full day)
July 20: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (full day)
All times are Austin local time.

LOCATION:
William B. Travis Building, 1701 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701;
July 17: Room 1-100;
July 18-20: Room G-100 (Computer Room)

More details, including an agenda, will be posted soon. All inquiries should be sent to: environmental@tdhca.state.tx.us.

6/6/2017

2017 Market Analysis Roundtable

The Real Estate Analysis Division of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) will hold a Market Analysis Roundtable meeting on Friday, June 23, 2017. The meeting will take place from 2-5 p.m. Austin local time, at the Stephen F. Austin Building, 1700 N. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701, Room 170.

The agenda for this meeting will include, but is not limited to, a discussion of implementing capture rates by AMI band, elimination of SMA’s, and use of demographic block data. TDHCA welcomes stakeholder input and discussion on these topics and others that may affect the 2018 Qualified Allocation Plan (“QAP”) and Uniform Multifamily Rules.

Registration for the Roundtable is available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-market-analysis-roundtable-tickets-35059378545.

If you have any questions regarding the 2017 Market Analysis Roundtable, please contact TDHCA Real Estate Analysis Underwriter Jeanna Rolsing at 512-936-7820 or jeanna.rolsing@tdhca.state.tx.us.


6/6/2017

Proposed Rule Change 10 TAC §1.25, concerning Information Security and Privacy Requirements for Contractors

As posted on the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) Public Comment Center at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm, public comment on proposed rule change 10 TAC §1.25, concerning Information Security and Privacy Requirements for Contractors, may be submitted until 5 p.m. Austin local time on Monday, June 12, 2017.

The purpose of the proposed new rule section is to protect the privacy and security of protected information belonging to individual customers and beneficiaries of TDHCA’s programs by requiring contractors who deal with such information to meet certain requirements when communicating directly with TDHCA’s information systems, or when they store, create or otherwise process such information on their own information systems.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact TDHCA Deputy General Counsel Jeff Pender at 512-475-4752 or jeff.pender@tdhca.state.tx.us.


6/5/2017

TDHCA: 2017 Multifamily Uniform Application Cycle 

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) has posted a revised 2017 9% Housing Tax Credit Application Log to its website at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/multifamily/housing-tax-credits-9pct/index.htm.

The Application log is organized by region and subregion. Applicants competing in the At-Risk/USDA Set-Asides are listed first and are organized by best possible score and tie-breakers rather than by region. The data was compiled using information submitted by each applicant and errors may be present. As applications are reviewed by staff, the data will be confirmed. Those reviewing the log are advised to use caution in reaching any definitive conclusions based on this information alone. Applicants are encouraged to review 10 TAC §§11.1(b) and 10.2(b) concerning Due Diligence and Applicant Responsibility. A more complete log will be posted subsequent to completion of staff application reviews, as well as at various times during the cycle.

Applicants that identify an error in any document posted should contact TDHCA Competitive Housing Tax Credit Program Administrator Sharon Gamble at sharon.gamble@tdhca.state.tx.us as soon as possible. Identification of an error early does not guarantee that the error can be addressed administratively.


5/12/17

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD BEGINS – Compliance Monitoring Rules

(Title 10, Chapter 1, Subchapter F, §10.610 and §10.613)

The Compliance Division of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) has posted proposed amendments to Title 10, Chapter 1, Subchapter F, §10.610 concerning Written Policies and Procedures and §10.613 concerning Lease Requirements that were approved for public comment at the TDHCA Governing Board meeting on April 27, 2017.

The amendments have been published in the Friday, May 12, 2017, edition of the Texas Register and constitute the official version for purposes of public comment. The proposed amendments can be found on the Texas Register website at: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml

The public comment period ends June 12, 2017. Written comments may be submitted to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Chief of Compliance Patricia Murphy, Rule Comments, P.O. Box 13941, Austin, Texas 78711-3941; or by fax to 512-475-3359. ALL COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY Monday, June 12, 2017, at 5 p.m. Austin local time.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact TDHCA Chief of Compliance Patricia Murphy at 512-475-3140 or patricia.murphy@tdhca.state.tx.us.


Notice of Public Comment Period on Revised Draft 2017 State of Texas Consolidated Plan: One-Year Action Plan

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) will hold a public comment period on the Revised Draft 2017 State of Texas Consolidated Plan: One-Year Action Plan.
 
TDHCA, Texas Department of Agriculture (“TDA”), and Texas Department of State Health Services (“DSHS”) prepared the Revised Draft 2017 State of Texas Consolidated Plan: One-Year Action Plan (“the Plan”) in accordance with 24 CFR §91.320. TDHCA coordinates the preparation of the State of Texas Consolidated Plan documents. The Plan covers the State’s administration of the Community Development Block Grant Program (“CDBG”) by TDA; the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (“HOPWA”) by DSHS; and the Emergency Solutions Grants (“ESG”) Program, HOME Investment Partnerships (“HOME”) Program, and National Housing Trust Fund (“NHTF”) by TDHCA.

The Plan reflects intended uses of funds received by the State of Texas from HUD for Program Year 2017. The Program Year begins on Feb. 1, 2017, and ends on Jan. 31, 2018. The Plan also illustrates the State’s strategies in addressing the priority needs and specific goals and objectives identified in the 2015-2019 State of Texas Consolidated Plan.

The Plan may be accessed from TDHCA’s Public Comment web page at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm. The public comment period for the Plan will be open from May 12, 2017, through June 12, 2017. 
Written comments concerning the Plan may be submitted by mail to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Housing Resource Center, P.O. Box 13941, Austin, TX 78711-3941, by email to info@tdhca.state.tx.us, or by fax to 512-475-0070 anytime during the public comment period. Comments must be received no later than June 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. Austin local time.

 

5/3/17

CORRECTION: 2017 Project Income and Rent Tool

The 2017 Project Income and Rent Tool that was posted to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) website April 20, 2017, contained an error that resulted in incorrect rent limits. The 2017 Project Income and Rent Tool has been corrected and reposted with an “As of” date of 5/2/2017 at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/pmcomp/irl/index.htm.

If you pulled any income or rent limits using the tool that has an “As of” date of 4/20/2017, please disregard immediately.

If you have any questions about income and rent limits or believe there is an error in the data, please contact TDHCA Director of Multifamily Compliance Stephanie Naquin at 512-475-2330 or stephanie.naquin@tdhca.state.tx.us.

 

5/1/17

TDHCA: 2017 Competitive Housing Tax Credit Application Cycle

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) has posted to its website the transcripts of public hearings held to receive comment on the 2017 Competitive Housing Tax Credit Applications.  Transcripts of each of the hearings can be found at http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm under the heading “Items Open for Public Comment”.   Questions regarding the transcripts may be addressed to Sharon Gamble at sharon.gamble@tdhca.state.tx.us

5/1/17

HUD Guidance, Nuisance and Crime-Free Ordinances

On September 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) released Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Enforcement of Local Nuisance and Crime-Free Housing Ordinances Against Victims of Domestic Violence, Other Crime Victims, and Others Who Require Police or Emergency Services at: https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=FinalNuisanceOrdGdnce.pdf.

Local governments may enact a variety of nuisance ordinances that can affect housing in potentially discriminatory ways. These ordinances often label various types of conduct a “nuisance” and require abatement under the threat of penalty. Examples of nuisance and crime-free ordinances include disrupting the quite use and enjoyment of neighboring properties, criminal conduct occurring on or near the property, and excessive number of calls for emergency or ambulance services.

These local ordinances may have a practice of being used to evict domestic violence survivors and others who seek police or emergency assistance. Eighty percent of domestic violence victims are women, and in some communities, racial or ethnic minorities are disproportionately victimized by crime.

Where the enforcement of a nuisance or crime-free ordinance penalizes individuals for use of emergency services or for being a victim of domestic violence or other crime, a local government bears the burden of proving that any discriminatory effect caused by such policy or practice is supported by a legally sufficient justification.

According to the HUD guidance: “Repealing ordinances that deny access to housing by requiring or encouraging evictions or that create disparities in access to emergency services because of a protected characteristic is one step local governments can take to avoid Fair Housing Act violations and as part of a strategy to affirmatively further fair housing.”

The Texas Workforce Commission (“TWC”) is responsible for enforcing the state and federal Fair Housing Acts in the State of Texas. For more information, or to file a discrimination complaint, please contact TWC’s Civil Rights Division (“TWCCRD”) at 888-452-4778/512-463-2642 or visit them online at: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/partners/civil-rights-discrimination.

 

4/28/17

Public Comment Period for the Proposed 2017 HOME Program Rules

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) announces the posting of the Proposed Single Family HOME Rules (“Proposed 2017 HOME Rules”) on the HOME webpage at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division/announcements.htm. The Proposed 2017 HOME Rules were approved by the TDHCA Governing Board on April 27, 2017, for publication in the Texas Register at: http://www.sos.texas.gov/texreg/index.shtml.

The posted version of the Proposed 2017 HOME Rules include all changes to the current effective HOME Rules at 10 TAC Chapter 23. The public comment period will be held May 12, 2017, to June 12, 2017. Written comments may be submitted by mail to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Abigail Versyp, Rule Comments, P.O. Box 13941, Austin, Texas 78711-3941; by email to HOME@tdhca.state.tx.us; or by fax to 512-475-0220. All comments must be received by June 12, 2017, at 5 p.m. Austin local time.

Additionally, the TDHCA governing board approved proposed amendments to Title 10, Chapter 20, “Single Family Umbrella Rule” (also known as the “Umbrella Rule”). The Umbrella Rule, with proposed amendments and information about the public comment period, is available in the TDHCA Board Book for the Board meeting of  April 27, 2017, at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/board/docs/books/170427-book-170420.pdf.


4/27/17

Fixes for TDHCA Annual Owner’s Financial Certification reporting system on HOME and HOME Layered Properties

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) has released two software promotions that should resolve many of the wide-scale errors in entry and submission of the Annual Owner’s Financial Certification (“AOFC”) on HOME only and HOME layered properties. Please try entering into the AOFC and/or submitting your report again if you were receiving errors during entry and submission over the last few days.

If you continue to receive error messages, please take a screenshot of the error message and send it to TDHCA Asset Manager Laura DeBellas at laura.debellas@tdhca.state.tx.us, along with the property name, CMTS ID and a brief description of when the error occurred. You may also contact your Asset Manager with any remaining questions or concerns. The Asset Management region assignments and contact list are located at:  http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/asset-management/contacts.htm.

We appreciate your patience while these errors were being corrected by our Information Systems Division.


4/26/17

Errors in the TDHCA Annual Owner’s Financial Certification reporting system

TDHCA Annual Owner’s Financial Certification Errors on HOME and HOME Layered Properties

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) has been made aware of an Annual Owner’s Financial Certification (“AOFC”) reporting submission error affecting HOME only and HOME layered property submissions in the CMTS system. Please be advised that our Information Systems team is working diligently on a fix for this issue and a Listserv will be sent out once the system is again allowing submission of the reports for these affected properties. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We appreciate your patience as steps are taken to resolve this error.

Please contact TDHCA Asset Manager Laura DeBellas at 512-475-0577 or laura.debellas@tdhca.state.tx.us with any questions about this issue. You may also contact your development’s Asset Manager with any questions related to other issues/questions about the AOFC reporting process. The Asset Management Contact List can be found here: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/asset-management/contacts.htm


4/23/17

HUD Guidance, Protections for Persons with Limited English Proficiency

On September 15, 2016, HUD’s Office of General Council released guidance on Fair Housing Act Protections for Persons with Limited English Proficiency at: https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=lepmemo091516.pdf.

Limited English Proficiency (“LEP”) refers to a person’s limitations on their ability to read, write, speak, or understand English. Housing decisions that are based on LEP generally relate to race or national origin, protected classes under the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing providers from using LEP selectively based on a protected class or as a pretext for discrimination because of a protected class.

Housing providers are therefore prohibited from using limited English proficiency selectively or as an excuse for intentional housing discrimination. The law also prohibits landlords from using limited English proficiency in a way that causes an unjustified discriminatory effect. Discriminatory practices, for example, could include applying a language-related requirement to people of certain races or nationalities; posting advertisements that contain blanket statements, such as “all tenants must speak English;” or immediately turning away applicants who are not fluent in English. Targeting racial or national origin groups for scams related to housing also constitutes intentional discrimination.

In addition to the new LEP guidance, which is limited to the Fair Housing Act, HUD published a “Notice of Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons” in 2007.

The Texas Workforce Commission (“TWC”) is responsible for enforcing the state and federal Fair Housing Acts in the State of Texas. For more information, or to file a discrimination complaint, please contact TWC’s Civil Rights Division (“TWCCRD”) at 888-452-4778 or 512-463-2642 or at: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/partners/civil-rights-discrimination.


4/20/17

Clarifying SOS website listing of TDHCA 4/27 meeting

This note is to clarify that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) governing board meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2017, has not been cancelled. Earlier today an agenda listing on the Secretary of State’s Open Meetings section of its website incorrectly lists the meeting’s status as “cancelled.” (This incorrect posting has since been removed.) That listing preceded the correct agenda listing which was posted in the appropriate statutorily mandated time frame. For more information please see TDHCA’s Board webpage at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/board/meetings.htm.


4/20/2017

CORRECTION- 2017 Project Income and Rent Tool

The 2017 Project Income and Rent Tool that was posted to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) website April 17, 2017, contained an error that resulted in incorrect rent limits. The 2017 Project Income and Rent Tool at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/pmcomp/irl/index.htm has been corrected and reposted with an “As of” date of 4/20/2017.

If you pulled any income or rent limits using the tool that has an “As of” date of 4/17/2017, please disregard immediately.

If you have any questions about income and rent limits or believe there is an error in the data, please contact TDHCA Director of Multifamily Compliance Stephanie Naquin at 512-475-2330 or stephanie.naquin@tdhca.state.tx.us.


4/19/2017

2017 Income and Rent Limits

On April 14, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) released the 2017 Multifamily Tax Subsidy Program (“MTSP”) and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (“NSP”) income limits. These limits have been incorporated into the Project Income and Rent Tool. This tool also reflects the changes made to income limits through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (rural limits, hold harmless etc.).

Please review the 2017 Project Income and Rent Tool at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/pmcomp/irl/index.htm. This will identify new maximum income and rent limits for most TDHCA administered properties participating in the Housing Tax Credit, Tax Exempt Bond, Housing Trust Fund and NSP rental programs. Note that not all areas of the State had an increase in Area Median Income, therefore some properties will have no change in their income and rent limits. However, no project that is already placed in service should have a decrease in their income and rent limits.

The Community Planning and Development section of HUD has not released new limits for the HOME Program.  When that data is available, it will be incorporated into the Project Income and Rent Limit Tool. Please follow the instructions in the worksheet. Failure to do so will produce incorrect results.

If you have any questions about income and rent limits or believe there is an error in the data, please contact TDHCA Director of Multifamily Compliance Stephanie Naquin at 512-475-2330 or stephanie.naquin@tdhca.state.tx.us.


4/17/17

Withdraw Proposed Information Collection on Energy Benchmarking for HUD Multifamily

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4/17/17

HUD Guidance, Use of Criminal History in Housing Transactions

Fair Housing Fact: HUD’s Office of General Counsel released guidance on April 4, 2016, concerning the application of the Fair Housing Act to the use of criminal history by providers or operators of housing and real-estate related transactions (https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=HUD_OGCGuidAppFHAStandCR.pdf).

–One in three US adults has a criminal record of some sort.

–According to HUD’s guidance, policies or practices that restrict access to housing on the basis of criminal history have been shown to have a disparate impact on certain protected classes and may be unlawful.

–Arrest records are not proof of criminal activity and should not be used alone to deny housing.

–Housing providers should tailor policies to serve a substantial, legitimate, nondiscriminatory interest.

–Policies should take into consideration factors such as the type of crime and length of time since conviction.

Guidance addresses:

  1. Unreasonable look back periods
  2. Failure to consider mitigating circumstances
  3. Tendency to equate arrest information with conviction
  4. The use of vague or overly broad categories of criminal activity

Access to safe, secure, and affordable housing is critical to successful reentry into society.

The Texas Workforce Commission (“TWC”) is responsible for enforcing the state and federal Fair Housing Acts in the State of Texas. For more information, or to file a discrimination complaint, please contact TWC’s Civil Rights Division (“TWCCRD”) at 888-452-4778 or 512-463-2642 or online at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/partners/civil-rights-discrimination.


4/10/17

Fair Housing: Avoid Pitfalls in Land Use and Zoning Practices

The Fair Housing Act prohibits a broad range of actions that discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability. It’s good to know what pitfalls may occur and what guidance has been issued relating to fair housing at the local level. In November 2016, HUD and the Department of Justice released a Joint Statement on “State and Local Land Use Laws and Practices and the Application of the Fair Housing Act.” That guidance is available here: https://www.justice.gov/crt/page/file/909956/download.

The guidance is helpful reading for local decision-makers to keep them apprised of how HUD and DOJ consider certain local actions.

The Texas Workforce Commission (“TWC”) is responsible for enforcing the state and federal Fair Housing Acts in the State of Texas. For more information, or to file a discrimination complaint, please contact TWC’s Civil Rights Division (“TWCCRD”) at 888-452-4778 or 512-463-2642 or at: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/partners/civil-rights-discrimination

Join us for the fair housing month webinar series. Topics, schedule, and registration information is available at: https://goo.gl/bpIF5Q


4/3/17

Public Comment Period for the Draft 2017 State of Texas Consolidated Plan Annual Performance Report – Reporting On Program Year 2016

Announcement of the Public Comment Period for the Draft 2017 State of Texas Consolidated Plan Annual Performance Report – Reporting On Program Year 2016

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (the “Department”) announces the opening of a 15-day public comment period for the State of Texas Draft 2017 Consolidated Plan Annual Performance Report – Reporting on Program Year 2016 (“CAPER” or “the Report”) as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”). The Report is required as part of the overall requirements governing the State’s consolidated planning process. The Report is submitted in compliance with 24 CFR 91.520, Consolidated Plan Submissions for Community Planning and Development Programs. The 15-day public comment period begins Monday, April 3, 2017, and continues until 6 p.m. Austin local time, Monday, April 17, 2017.

The Report gives the public an opportunity to evaluate the performance of the past program year for four HUD programs: the Community Development Block Grant Program (“CDBG”) administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Emergency Solutions Grants (“ESG”) and HOME Investment Partnerships programs administered by the Department, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The following information is provided for each of the four programs covered in the Report: A summary of program resources and programmatic accomplishments; a series of narrative statements on program performance over the past year; a qualitative analysis of program actions and experiences; and a discussion of program successes in meeting program goals and objectives.

Beginning Monday, April 3, 2017, the Report will be available on the Department’s website at http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm. A hard copy can be requested by contacting the Housing Resource Center at P.O. Box 13941, Austin, TX 78711-3941 or by calling 512-475-3976. Written comment should be sent by mail to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Housing Resource Center, P.O. Box 13941, Austin, TX 78711-3941, by email to info@tdhca.state.tx.us, or by fax to 512-475-0070.


Fair Housing: Reasonable accommodations 

Help Ensure Equal Access for Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities may need reasonable accommodation in rules, policies, practices, or services in order to access and enjoy a dwelling. In some cases, treating a person with a disability exactly the same as others may not ensure they have equal access, and treating them “differently” may be the accommodation they need.

Requests for reasonable accommodations are addressed in 24 C.F.R. § 100.204 – Reasonable accommodations. Information provided by the US Government Publishing Office includes examples for parking spaces and service animals as illustrations of applications of the Code. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2004-title24-vol1/xml/CFR-2004-title24-vol1-sec100-204.xml

More detailed information on the range of reasonable accommodations covered by this Code is provided in the “Joint Statement of The Department of Housing and Urban Development and The Department of Justice’s Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act,” available at http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/library/huddojstatement.pdf

The Texas Workforce Commission (“TWC”) is responsible for enforcing the state and federal Fair Housing Acts in the State of Texas. For more information, or to file a discrimination complaint, please contact TWC’s Civil Rights Division (“TWCCRD”) at 888-452-4778 or 512-463-2642 or at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/partners/civil-rights-discrimination.

Join us for the fair housing month webinar series. Topics, schedule, and registration can be found at https://goo.gl/bpIF5Q


3/31/17

Competitive Housing Tax Credit Application Market Study Submission

The 2017 Qualified Allocation Plan (“QAP”) indicates that Market Analysis Reports for Competitive Housing Tax Credit Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2017.  As stated in 10 TAC §11.1(f) regarding Deadlines, where a specific date or deadline is identified in this chapter, the information or documentation subject to the deadline must be submitted on or before 5:00 p.m., Austin local time, on the day of the deadline. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next day which is not a weekend or holiday and on which the Department is open for general operation.

During the 2017 application cycle, April 1 occurs on a Saturday. Pursuant to the rule, the Market Analysis Report must be received by the Department prior to 5:00 p.m., Austin local time, on Monday, April 3, 2017.


3/30/2017

REMINDER: 2016 Annual Reports Due April 30, 2017 [HTC][HTF][MFB][MFC][MFDL]

The 2016 Annual Owner’s Compliance Report (“AOCR”) and Annual Owner’s Financial Certification (“AOFC”) are due April 30, 2017. To access the reports, log into the Compliance Monitoring and Tracking System (“CMTS”) found on the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) webpage at: https://pox.tdhca.state.tx.us/aims2/pox

As a reminder, the first report is due the second year after an award. Therefore, if you received an award in 2015, even if your property is still under construction, this report is due by April 30, 2017.

If you have TDHCA-issued Tax Exempt Bonds, Part D must also be submitted by uploading the filed Form 8703 for the preceding calendar year to the Property’s CMTS account. Be sure to select “IRS Form 8703” as the document type to the attention of Cody Campbell.

Please visit: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/pmcomp/reports.htm for updated resources.

For issues with CMTS contact: cmts.requests@tdhca.state.tx.us.

For questions regarding AOFC contact your property’s Asset Manager. The Asset Management Contact List can be found here: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/asset-management/contacts.htm

For questions regarding Parts A, B or C contact Stephanie Naquin at 512-475-2330 or stephanie.naquin@tdhca.state.tx.us.

For questions regarding Part D contact Cody Campbell at 512-475-4603 or cody.campbell@tdhca.state.tx.us.


2/1/17

TRACs 203A Update

Get a Better Understanding of TRACS 203A and the Modifications Required for Compliance.

TRACs 203A Update—All You Need to Know By: Paul Flogstad

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2017| 1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT | 11:00 am MT | 10:00 am PT

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In 2013, HUD published HUD 4350.3 REV-1, CHG-4 making additional changes. HUD’s multifamily housing business partners are required to demonstrate compliance with these requirements through the data they submit to HUD by way of TRACS. The requirements in this document modify TRACS to permit HUD’s business partners to comply with the regulations, and to enable TRACS to validate the submitted data within the limits of the legacy data model. Contract uncertainties and funding issues have compromised TRACS’ ability to promptly respond to the Handbook revisions.

Implementation of TRACS Release 2.0.3.A will require a three-month, minimum, transition period during which TRACS and CAs will receive data under both the Release 2.0.2.D and Release 2.0.3.A formats. System modifications will be required to facilitate the Release 2.0.3.A transition, and database table conversions will be required to provide a stable platform for continued operations.

Comparison with the TRACS 2.0.2.D requirements: The scope of work outlined below is less than that needed for TRACS 2.0.2.D. The big difference between TRACS 2.0.2.D and 2.0.3.A is on the level of risk involved. 2.0.3A is its much lower risk. With 2.0.2.D, among other things, major changes were made to the voucher system of records with the addition of new Section 3, Section 4 and Section 7 records. There is nothing comparable to these changes in 2.0.3.A.

Join expert speaker Paul Flogstad to discuss more on these new changes, as well as the TRACS Operating Tips and more. The program will also cover all of the updates to the 202D program with the new 203A program. Associated implementation dates will also be discussed during this session.

In this program, you will learn:

  • TRACS Operating Tips
  • MAT Tenant System Record Formats & Definitions
  • MAT Voucher/Payment Record Formats & Definitions
  • The old Chapter 9 from the 4350.3
  • Calculation Guidelines
  • MAT15 Address Record Specification
  • Baseline Requirements
  • New Subsidy Types
  • Updated and New Calculations

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1/27/16

Unit Status Report (“USR”) UPDATE

Property owners/managers now have the ability to submit USRs through the Compliance Monitoring and Tracking System (“CMTS”).  The “Submit” column of the Unit Status Reports screen will state [Cannot submit USR]** until tenant-level data has been entered or uploaded for all units. Below that message all units with incomplete tenant-level data are listed. Once all household records are updated with complete tenant data, a [Submit] link will appear instead.

For those properties that upload unit data directly from their property management systems:  TDHCA is currently working with the three property management software vendors that include UsrRemote capabilities in their systems on a new unit and tenant data upload feature named CMTS Unit Upload that will replace UsrRemote.  Testing has begun for the new CMTS Unit Upload Feature, and we have requested that vendors implement the ability to use the feature in their systems by April 1, 2017.

As a reminder, the requirement to submit Quarterly USRs on January 10, 2017, and April 10, 2017, as described in §10.607(f), has been suspended. However, any development selected for an onsite monitoring review must submit a pre-onsite USR. All parts of the Annual Owner’s Compliance Report (“AOCR”) described in §10.607(c), including the USR, are due April 30, 2017.

For questions, please contact cmts.requets@tdhca.state.tx.us.

 

 

 

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