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Property Compliance News Briefs - April 2010

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has updated the fiscal year 2010 fair market rents (FMRs) for the Reno-Sparks, Nev. metropolitan statistical area (MSA), and Ward County, N.D. HUD says that as the result of comments submitted in response to the notice of proposed FMRs published on August 4, 2009, it conducted Random Digit Dialing (RDD) surveys for the two areas; the RDD surveys indicated a significant decline in FMRs for Reno-Sparks and a significant increase for Ward County. In the March 11 Federal Register notice, HUD says both areas were having significant problems administering the Housing Choice Voucher program at the then current FY 2009 FMRs, and anticipated continued difficulty under the proposed FY 2010 FMRs. As a result, HUD revised the FMRs for the two areas effective March 11, 2010. A copy of the notice, which includes the new FMRs, can be found online at www.taxcredithousing.com.

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The offices of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA) relocated in February. ADFA's new address is 900 West Capitol, Suite 310, Little Rock, AR 72201. ADFA's mailing address will remain the same: P.O. Box 8023, Little Rock, AR 72201-8203.

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A 2009 HUD campaign to enforce annual reporting requirements for local and state government agencies resulted in more than 3,100 agency responses. HUD reports that this is the largest number of responses it has ever received since making Section 3 employment assistance and job creation reporting mandatory. Last October, HUD contacted more than 3,500 agencies to remind them of their legal obligation to report how they used HUD funds to support hiring and contracting efforts for low- and very low-income persons, and for those living in affordable housing. HUD said that the mandatory reporting is the first phase of a two-year plan to increase hiring and training opportunities, and that part of assisting agencies with implementation and reporting is holding agencies accountable when they fail to follow through. More information about HUD's Section 3 programs is available at www.hud.gov/section3.

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A law that requires carbon monoxide alarms in all New York residences went into effect on February 22. Named after a 16-year-old who died due to a carbon monoxide leak while sleeping over at a friend's house, Amanda's Law supplanted the previous law regarding carbon monoxide alarms, which required them installed only in homes built or purchased after July 30, 2002. Specific requirements of the law vary depending on the type and age of residence. More information about Amanda's Law is online at www.dos.state.ny.us.

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Massachusetts will spend more than $7 million in federal weatherization recovery funds to replace inefficient heating systems with new units for 19 public housing authorities, according to Gov. Deval Patrick. Weatherization improvements can include air sealing and weather stripping; repairs or replacement of expired heating systems; attic, wall and floor insulation; and storm or replacement windows. The funding is part of $25 million set aside for public housing energy upgrades taken from the $122 million in stimulus funds the state received to weatherize low-income homes. The upgrades will lead to lower energy bills for tenants of developments in Bedford, Belmont, Brockton, Clinton, Dedham, Easthampton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Greenfield, Marblehead, Mattapoisett, Medford, Methuen, North Andover, North Attleborough, Stoneham, Stoughton, Uxbridge and Westfield.

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New Hampshire Housing is looking for qualified candidates to fill its vacant asset manager and rental assistance manager positions. The asset manager oversees projects funded by Section 8, affordable housing and general fund programs, among others the authority administers. The rental assistance manager position is based in the Bedford office. Duties include determining eligibility of program participants, briefing property owners and clients on program administration, calculating rents, performing unit inspections and administering the Section 8 housing choice voucher program to the public. Details on how to apply for the positions are available at www.nhhfa.org.

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