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Noteworthy HCV policy changes related to the disabled

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing released notices which may be of interest to members who participate in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

Notice PIH 2013-18 (HA), “Revision for Requests for Exception Payment Standards for Persons with Disabilities as a Reasonable Accommodation,” was issued August 1, 2013, and it remains in effect until amended, superseded, or rescinded. HUD describes the purpose of the notice as follows:

“This notice supersedes Notice PIH 2011-19 (which extended Notice PIH 2010-11). Prior to this revision, public housing agencies (PHA) were informed that an exception payment standard may remain in effect until or unless a higher exception payment standard was warranted, requested, and subsequently approved. With this notice, PHAs must maintain the approved exception payment standard until or unless a higher exception payment standard is warranted, requested, and subsequently approved (see Section 5). Section 6 of the prior notice has also been revised to explain the expedition of the review process and allow for advanced copies of waiver requests to be sent to HUD Headquarters directly.”

Notice PIH 2013-19, “Revised Policies and Procedures for Special Purpose Housing Choice Vouchers for

Non-Elderly Disabled Families and Other Special Populations,” was also issued August 1, 2013 and remains effective until amended, superseded, or rescinded. HUD describes the purpose of the notice as follows:

“The purpose of Notice PIH 2011-32 (which is superseded by this notice) was to establish policies and procedures for issuing, tracking and monitoring Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) that were awarded under a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to provide rental assistance specifically for non-elderly disabled (NED) families. These policies and procedures addressed initial issuance, re-issuance and maintenance of these NED HCVs, tracking them in the Public and Indian Housing Information Center (PIC) and Voucher Management System (VMS) and issues related to reasonable accommodation. The Family Unification Program (FUP) and HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) programs were addressed in section 5.f. only as they relate to shortfalls in HCV funding.


This notice updates Section 5.b. of the original notice to: (1) remove the deadline for coding NED families; and (2) provide that sanctions may be applied if a PHA does not achieve the required leasing rate. Section 5.h. has been amended to clarify VMS reporting requirements for Moving to Work (MTW) agencies. A new section 5.j. has been added to address the issue of “aging out” of NED eligibility. A new section 6 has been added to address Five-Year Mainstream vouchers (MS5).”

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