By Dawn Anastasi, RPA Board Member
In our previous blog article, we mentioned how HACM is now starting to hold Virtual Sessions with its housing providers.
Here are some notes from the first session.
- Last month, HACM issued 250 vouchers to first-time voucher holders.
- In the last 2 months, HACM hired 2 new inspectors.
- Vouchers last 120 days from the date they are issued. This means that once a tenant obtains a voucher, they have 4 months to find housing with that voucher that meets their needs.
- If a rental property owner fills out the voucher, but for whatever reason the lease doesn't move forward, the tenant can get the voucher paperwork re-issued.
- Why is HACM limited to only 12 month leases and won't support month-to-month? HUD says that the 12 month lease provides housing stability for the landlord and tenant.
- Rental property owners who have Rent Assistance tenants should make sure they are signed up for the HACM portal. No rent ledgers will be emailed anymore. The information can only be downloaded on the portal.
- If you didn't get your registration email for the new HACM portal (you need it to become registered on the site), email Steven Fendt and he will make sure it gets to you.
- All leases are set to automatically renew unless:
- A 60 day notice is received from either the landlord or tenant saying a party wants out of the lease at its end date
- The unit required an annual inspection, failed the annual inspection, and then failed the re-inspection
- The tenant failed to recertify in a timely manner -- all section 8 tenants have to prove their eligibility each year
Link to HACM's Housing Portal
RPA's previous blog article on How to Sign up for the HACM Portal
The process for a voucher household:
- Applies to the program
- Selected off the waiting list
- Passed the background check
- Provided income and household membership documentation
- Attended briefing
- Given voucher
- Searches for housing that meets their needs that fits the voucher
- Applies to a rental
- Rental property owner and applicant fill out voucher paperwork
- Voucher paperwork is sent into HACM
- HACM performs a "Rent Reasonableness" check based on the rental unit
- HACM collects documentation from the rental property owner if they are new to the program (ownership verification / W9)
- HACM inspects the property (expect a call from HACM within 2 days of submitting the RFTA -- blue form)
- The tenant signs the lease with the rental property owner and moves in