NHLP to Host Webinar Overviewing Recent HOTMA Changes Affecting Income Calculation and Recertification

The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) will hold a webinar on May 18 to review three new sets of regulation changes arising from the “Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act of 2016” (HOTMA). Changes to Section 102 of the act affect how assisted households’ income and assets are calculated in order for them to gain admission to and remain in assisted housing. Changes to Section 103 of the act incorporate a new rule for public housing households whose income exceeds the maximum allowed (the “over-income” provision). Changes to Section 104 provide guidance regarding recertifying a household’s income. Most of the changes will take effect on January 1, 2024. NHLP’s free webinar will take place on May 18 at 2 pm ET. The session will be close-captioned and recorded. Register here.

The changes affect residents assisted through the following HUD programs: the Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA), Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly, Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) programs.

For a preview of the provisions, see Memo, 2/27. The final rule implementing all but one of the remaining provisions of HOTMA was published in the Federal Register on February 14. This followed the posting by HUD of a preview version on January 31 (see Memo, 2/6). While other HOTMA provisions were previously implemented (see Memo, 10/13/20), Sections 102, 103, and 104 still required formal public review and comment prior to implementation. A proposed rule to implement these provisions was published on September 17, 2019 (see Memo, 9/23/19).

Read the formal Federal Register version of the final HOTMA rule at: https://bit.ly/3IvkcGG

Read an easier-to-read HUD preview version of the final HOTMA rule at: https://bit.ly/3WZjK7k

Find HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing HOTMA webpage at: https://bit.ly/3XTanHv

Find HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing HOTMA webpage at: https://bit.ly/3wJI9Dp

More information about HUD programs affected by the proposed rule is available in Chapter 4 of NLIHC’s 2023 Advocates’ Guide.