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HOMEfires is the Official Policy newsletter of the HOME Program. Each HOMEfires answers a specific policy question. 

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2013

HOMEfires Vol. 11 No. 1: Guidance on the Impact of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 on HOME-Funded Projects

Does the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 impact HOME-funded projects?

Date Published: December 2013

2009

  

HOMEfires Vol. 10, No. 2: Guidance on the Impact of the

HUD has withdrawn this guidance.

Does the recently issued final rule on "Refinement of Income and Rent Determination Requirements in Public and Assisted Housing Programs" affect the way that PJs determine income-eligibility of HOME participants?

Date Published: February 2009

HOMEfires Vol. 10, No. 1: Guidance on the HOME Maximum Purchase Price or After-Rehabilitation Value Limits

This guidance supersedes HOMEfires Vol. 9, No. 3.

What limits must PJs use as the maximum purchase price or after-rehabilitation value limits for their HOME-assisted homeownership housing, now that the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-185) has expired and the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-289) has established a new procedure for determining Section 203(b) mortgage limits?

Date Published: February 2009

2008

  

HOMEfires Vol. 9, No. 4: Guidance on the HOME Maximum HOME Per-Unit Subsidy Limits: Higher Statutory Exceptions to the Maximum Section 221(D)(3) Mortgage Amounts (Revised)

Can PJs use the higher statutory exceptions to the maximum Section 221(d)(3) mortgage amounts, authorized by Section 221 of the General Provisions of Title II, Division K of the FY 2008 Appropriations Act, to determine their maximum HOME per-unit subsidy limits? HUD has issued a revised HOMEfires to provide more clarity on the procedures for establishing the maximum HOME per-unit subsidy limits.

Date Published: August 2008

HOMEfires Vol. 9, No. 3: Guidance on the HOME Maximum Purchase Price or After Rehabilitation Loan Value Limits: Temporary Section 203(b) Limits Authorized by the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008

Policy Superseded by HOMEfires Vol. 10, No. 1

Can PJs use the temporary Section 203(b) limits authorized by the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-185) as the maximum purchase price or after rehabilitation loan value limits for their HOME-assisted homeownership housing?

Date Published: March 2008

HOMEfires Vol. 9, No. 2: Guidance on Documentation of Commitments that a PJ Made Before the 24-Month Commitment Deadline for Projects or Agreements not Set Up in IDIS

What constitutes acceptable documentation of commitments that a PJ made before the 24-month commitment deadline for projects or agreements not set up in IDIS?

Date Published: March 2008

HOMEfires Vol. 9, No. 1: Guidance on using HOME to Help Existing Homeowners Who Are Having Difficulty Paying Their Private Mortgages Because of Unfavorable Financing Terms

How can PJs help existing homeowners who are having difficulty paying their private mortgages because of unfavorable financing terms?

Date Published: January 2008

2007

  

HOMEfires Vol. 8, No. 1: Guidance on Using HOME Funds Outside of a PJ's Boundaries

Can a PJ use its HOME funds for projects outside its boundaries?

Date Published: October 2007

2006

  

HOMEfires Vol. 7, No. 2: Guidance on Property Standards When HOME Funds Are Used for Rehabilitation

When HOME funds are used to rehabilitate a unit, must the entire unit meet the applicable property standards?

Date Published: October 2006

HOMEfires Vol. 7, No. 1: Guidance on PJ Affirmative Marketing Responsibilities

What are PJs responsibilities for developing, disseminating, and implementing affirmative marketing procedures?

Date Published: January 2006

2005

  

HOMEfires Vol. 6, No. 2: Guidance on PJ Property Standards Inspection Responsibilities

What are the participating jurisdictions responsibilities for performing inspections of units purchased with HOME or ADDI assistance? Can PJs rely on inspections performed by third parties (such as consumer inspections) to determine compliance of HOME or ADDI units with applicable property standards?

Date Published: October 2005

HOMEfires Vol. 6, No. 1: Guidance on Rules and Expectations for Entering Home Project Completion Information and Beneficiary Data Into IDIS

What are the rules and expectations for entering HOME project completion information and beneficiary data into the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS)?

Date Published: August 2005

2003

  

HOMEfires Vol. 5, No. 5: Guidance on Resale and Recapture Requirements in a HOME Written Agreement

Can a PJ include both resale and recapture requirements in a written agreement on the same HOME-assisted homebuyer unit and choose the option to be imposed at the time of resale?

Date Published: November 2003

HOMEfires Vol. 5, No. 4: Guidance on Calculating the Period of Affordability for Homebuyer Projects Under the Resale and Recapture Provisions

Are the periods of affordability for homebuyer projects calculated in the same manner for projects under the resale and recapture provisions?

Date Published: October 2003

HOMEfires Vol. 5, No. 3: Guidance on the Impact of Amendments to the Regulations for Calculating Income for Disabled Individuals and Households on HOME Income and Rent Calculations

What is the impact of the regulations amending the calculation of annual income and adjusted income for disabled families and for families with members who are persons with disabilities on income and rent calculations for the HOME Program?

Date Published: July 2003

HOMEfires Vol. 5, No. 2: Termination of the Affordability Restrictions on a HOME-assisted Project Due to Foreclosure or Transfer in Lieu of Foreclosure

This HOMEfires is out of date and is being updated by HUD

Does the termination of the affordability restrictions on a HOME-assisted project due to foreclosure or transfer in lieu of foreclosure relieve the PJ of the requirement to repay the HOME investment in projects in which the affordability requirements are not met for the full affordability period?

Date Published: May 2003

HOMEfires Vol. 5, No. 1: Guidance on Allowing Nonprofit Organizations that Are Removed from the FHA Nonprofit Organization Roster to Participate in the HOME Program

Can nonprofit organizations removed from the FHA Nonprofit Organization Roster participate in the HOME Program?

Date Published: April 2003

2002

  

HOMEfires Vol. 4, No. 4: Guidance on PJ Responsibilities for Monitoring with Respect to Entities Using Its HOME Funds

What are a PJ's responsibilities for monitoring with respect to entities using its HOME funds?

Date Published: September 2002

HOMEfires Vol. 4, No. 3: Amenities that are Suitable to Include in HOME Assisted Projects

How should a Participating Jurisdiction (PJ) determine which amenities are suitable to include in HOME assisted projects?

Date Published: July 2002

HOMEfires Vol. 4, No. 2: Timing of Environmental Review Completion

Must the environmental review process be completed before any HOME funds are committed or actions undertaken? What steps must participating jurisdictions take when dealing with third-party partners?

Date Published: June 2002

HOMEfires Vol. 4, No. 1: Frequency of Recertification for CHDOs

How often must a PJ requalify a nonprofit organization as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO)?

Date Published: April 2002

2001

  

HOMEfires Vol. 3, No. 10: Considering Enhanced Section 8 Vouchers as Project-based Rental Assistance or Tenant-Based Rental Assistance for Determining the Rent Applicable to a HOME Unit

For the purpose of determining the rent applicable to a HOME unit, are enhanced Section 8 vouchers, sometimes referred to as "sticky" vouchers, considered project-based rental assistance or tenant-based rental assistance?

Date Published: November 2001

HOMEfires Vol. 3, No. 9: Community Land Trusts (CLTs) and CHDO Certification

HUD has withdrawn this guidance.

Are Community Land Trusts (CLTs) automatically considered to be CHDOs?

Date Published: October 2001

HOMEfires Vol. 3, No. 8: Impact of Changes to the Section 8 Income Calculation Methodology on Calculating HOME Income Limits

What changes have been made to the methodology for calculating Section 8 income limits? What impact will these changes have on the calculation of HOME income limits?

Date Published: June 2001

HOMEfires Vol. 3, No. 7: Using HOME in Conjunction with the Homeownership Option of the Housing Choice Voucher

Can HOME funds be used in conjunction with the homeownership option of the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

Date Published: May 2001

HOMEfires Vol. 3, No. 6: HOME Match Obligations Deadline

Why must HOME PJs, which are permitted to determine the start date of the program year for their HOME and other CPD programs, meet their HOME match obligations based upon the Federal fiscal year (October 1-September 30)?

Date Published: May 2001

HOMEfires Vol. 3, No. 5: Twelve Month Construction Deadline and Six Month Transfer Deadlines

The definition of "commitment" in the HOME Final Rule states that, when a PJ commits funds to a specific project, there must be a reasonable expectation that construction will begin within twelve months for rehabilitation or, for acquisition only projects, be transferred within six months. Does this mean that projects that do not meet this requirement are ineligible and must be canceled?

Date Published: April 2001

HOMEfires Vol. 3, No. 4: Eligibility of Back Taxes, Fees or Charges as HOME Project Soft Cost

Are back taxes, fees or charges an eligible project soft cost for a project being acquired or rehabilitated with HOME funds?

Date Published: March 2001

HOMEfires Vol. 3, No. 3: Section 8 "Exception Rent Limits" and HOME Rent Exceptions

May Participating Jurisdictions use Section 8 "exception rent limits" as the basis for determining HOME program rents? What is the difference between "exception rent limits and HOME rent exceptions"?

Date Published: March 2001

HOMEfires Vol. 3, No. 2: Frequency and Number of Units Required for On-Site Inspections of HOME-Assisted Rental Housing

The HOME Final Rule states that each Participating Jurisdiction must perform on-site inspections of HOME-assisted rental housing. How frequently should these inspections be performed? How should each PJ determine the number of units that must be inspected?

Date Published: February 2001

HOMEfires Vol. 3 No. 1: Purpose of HOME Written Rehabilitation Standards

What are written rehabilitation standards and what is their function in the HOME Program? How do they differ from property standards?

Date Published: January 2001

2000

   

HOMEfires Vol. 2 No. 5: IDIS HOME Data Cleanup

I have heard a great deal about the IDIS HOME data cleanup effort. Why is this endeavor such a priority for HUD? What is quality data and how can I assist HUD in its effort to improve the reliability of HOME program information in IDIS?

Date Published: April 2000

1999

HOMEfires Vol. 2 No. 4: HOME Income, Rent, Per-Unit Subsidy and Purchase Price/After Rehab Value Limits

HUD is updating this policy.

What are the HOME income, rent, per-unit subsidy and purchase price/after rehab value limits that apply to my community? Where can I find the latest limits?

Date Published: September 1999

HOMEfires Vol. 2 No. 3: Wards of the State and Wards of the Court as Eligible Beneficiaries of HOME-Assisted Transitional Housing

HUD has withdrawn this guidance.

Are wards of the State and wards of the Court eligible beneficiaries of HOME-assisted transitional housing?

Date Published: May 1999

HOMEfires Vol. 2 No. 2: Conflict of Interest Provisions that Apply to Board Members of CHDOs and Other Nonprofit Organizations that Receive Home Funding

Occasionally members of PJ, State recipient and subrecipient staffs serve as board members of CHDOs and other nonprofit organizations that receive HOME funding for the provision of low-income housing. What are the HOME conflict of interest provisions that apply to persons serving on these boards?

Date Published: April 1999

HOMEfires Vol. 2, No. 1: Eligible CHDO Activities in the HOME program

HUD is updating this policy.

What are eligible CHDO activities in the HOME program?

Date Published: March 1999

1998

  

HOMEfires Vol. 1 No. 10: Impact of Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 on Income Eligibility Requirements for Participants in HOME-Funded Lease-Purchase Programs

How will the recently passed Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 affect income eligibility requirements for participants in HOME-funded lease-purchase housing programs?

Date Published: December 1998

HOMEfires Vol. 1 No. 9: HOME and other Federal requirements that Apply to Property Receiving HOME Downpayment Assistance

What are the HOME and other Federal requirements that apply to property receiving HOME downpayment assistance?

Date Published: August 1998

HOMEfires Vol. 1 No. 8: HOME and Individual Development Accounts

What is an Individual Development Account? Can HOME funds be used for them when buying a home is the goal?

Date Published: July 1998

HOMEfires Vol. 1 No. 7: Lead-Based Paint Requirements

Note: This policy has been superseded by the issuance of new Part 35 regulations.

What are the lead-based paint (LBP) requirements applicable to HOME-assisted projects?

Date Published: April 1998

HOMEfires Vol. 1 No. 6: Setting up an Activity and Committing Funds in IDIS under HOME to Purchase, Rehabilitate, and Rent Homes at Different Locations

How should I set up an activity and commit funds in IDIS under HOME to purchase, rehabilitate, and rent out homes at different locations? Is there a way to set up and fund this activity without knowing the addresses of the properties? Can one activity have more than one property address? Would the same process work for a first-time homebuyer program which provided HOME assistance at different locations?

Date Published: February 1998

HOMEfires Vol. 1 No. 5: Applicability of Section 504 Requirements to the HOME Program

What are the Section 504 requirements for handicapped accessibility to federally assisted housing activities and programs in general, and the HOME Program in specific?

Date Published: February 1998

1997

  

HOMEfires Vol. 1, No. 4: HOME Assistance to a Project That Will Serve Only a Certain Special Needs Group

HUD has withdrawn this guidance.

Can a PJ provide HOME assistance to a project that will serve only a certain special needs group (i.e., elderly, homeless, physically disabled, etc.)? How would the HOME affirmative marketing requirements apply to such a project?

Date Published: October 1997

HOMEfires Vol. 1, No. 3: Use of HOME Funds to Construct Replacement Units for Demolished Public Housing Owned by a Public PHA

Note: This policy has been superseded by changes made by the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998.

May HOME funds be used to construct replacement units for demolished public housing which would be owned by a Public Housing Authority (PHA) and receive operating subsidies under an annual contributions contract?
 

Date Published: September 1997

HOMEfires Vol. 1 No. 2: Applicability of HOME Program Requirements to Purchasers of 2-4 unit Owner-Occupied Projects

The City of Hartford, Connecticut, in an effort to address its low homeownership rate and lack of affordable rental housing designed a HOME Program funded Homebuyer Downpayment Assistance Program for purchasers of 2-4 unit properties whose incomes may exceed low-income limits. Can HOME assistance to the purchasers under this downpayment assistance program be structured to avoid triggering the income requirement and affordability and resale/recapture restrictions contained in 92.254 of the HOME regulations for the owner-occupant?

Date Published: July 1997

HOMEfires Vol. 1 No. 1: Using HOME Funds for Housing Counseling

What are the constraints on using HOME funds for housing counseling?

Date Published: June 1997

Archive

  

HOMEfires Vol. 1, No. 1 - HOMEfires Vol. 3, No. 8: HOMEfires Archive

This large (6.5 Megabyte) PDF document begins with a topical listing of older HOMEfires issues, followed by the issues themselves.

Date Published: June 2001