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Property Compliance News Briefs - August 2011

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) issued a memo last month in response to inquiries regarding upcoming deadlines for the agency's experience and capacity review. The submission window for experience and capacity applications for the 2011 Housing Development Gap Financing (HDGF) program opened on July 11 and will close on August 12. OHFA said it had intended to accept experience and capacity applications for the 2012 low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) during the same window, but has moved the submission window to a later date. The agency said it will determine the new date after the board approves the 2012 qualified allocation plan. More information is available on OHFA's web site at www.ohiohome.org.

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In a separate memo, OHFA outlined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) requirements that LIHTC property owners and managers must meet to verify child support payments for the purposes of calculating tenant income. Owners cannot meet this verification requirement simply by submitting a verification request to the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA); however, a copy of a benefits statement or a completed verification is sufficient to fulfill the requirement. According to HUD, residents with a child support order must be making reasonable attempts to collect the child support, including filing with CSEA a court order for child support. If the resident is not attempting to collect child support, the full amount of the child support order should be included in the income calculation. The memo is available for download from www.ohiohome.org.

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HUD has awarded the Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) the administration of four project-based contract administration (PBCA) contracts. IHFA said it performed PBCA monitoring last year on nearly 3,400 units, and this year with the additional contracts will oversee more than 18,600 units. HUD has also engaged IHFA to perform administration work for the Section 8 program, including conducting audits and inspections of rental housing communities and ensuring compliance with HUD requirements. As a result of the newly awarded contracts, IHFA said it will immediately begin recruiting for 28 housing compliance employment positions. The agency said that effective October 1 its compliance team will work with Section 8 property owners and managers to ensure that all qualifying households are provided with safe, decent and sanitary housing, in accordance with HUD's standards.

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Carlos Jimenez has joined The Duncan Group as the property management firm's portfolio manager. Jimenez previously worked for the Santa Barbara County Housing and Community Development Department as the housing development and grants administration division chief and as a senior program specialist. He also worked as a homeless assistance program coordinator for the city of Oxnard Housing Department. Jimenez holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Duncan Group manages more than 1,350 residential units in 30 communities.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Aging recognized UCP/CLASS for helping people with disabilities find appropriate housing and services. The Pittsburgh-area organization, formerly known as United Cerebral Palsy/Community Living and Support Services, was honored with the state's Supportive Housing Award, granted to recipients that have taken a leading role in creating quality housing opportunities in Pennsylvania. The agency said it selected UCP/CLASS for its ongoing work to assist community members living with disabilities. The organization provides services to 59 people living in Allegheny County.

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