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NAHMA HUD Update: Enroll in the Emergency Broadband, Income Limits HUD 50059, AFS, Radon Webinars

Please see the announcements below from HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing regarding: Ways to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program...

Enroll in the Emergency Broadband, Income Limits HUD 50059, AFS, Radon Webinars

Please see the announcements below from HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing regarding:
 
1)      Ways to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program
 
2)      A reminder regarding the timing of determinations of income eligibility (Form HUD–50059)
 
3)      Annual financial statement (AFS) submissions
 
4)      Three new HUD webinars about the dangers of radon and how to manage risks associated
 
For more information, please view the announcement below.
 
 

 Multifamily Asset Management Update

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Multifamily assisted households are eligible to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a Federal Communications Commission subsidy program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
EBB provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households may also be able to receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 toward the purchase price.  
A household is eligible for EBB if a member of the household meets one of these criteria:
  • Income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating Internet Service Provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Here are three ways you can encourage eligible households in your community to enroll: Resources you can use to promote the EBB in your community: Please check the EBB website, www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, for the latest information. Please send questions to broadbandbenefit@fcc.gov.
See if you qualify for benefits
 

Reminder – Income Limits on HUD-50059

This is a reminder regarding the timing of determinations of income eligibility.  As explained in HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1, paragraph 3-6.C.1, and in RHIIP Listserv #293, an applicant is eligible to be housed from the waiting list if the applicant has been determined to be eligible based on the prior year's income limits and both the applicant and the owner have signed Form HUD–50059, even if revised (lower) limits are published prior to the applicant being housed.  In addition, there is no need to revise Form HUD–50059 at the point of admission to reflect the updated income limits.
 
Owners determine income eligibility prior to approving applicants for tenancy.  At the time the determination is made, the income limits in effect are identified on lines 87, 88, and 89 of Form HUD–50059, and this form is printed and signed by the applicant and the owner.  If the income limits are revised just prior to the applicant being housed, the determination of eligibility based on the prior year's income limits remains in effect.
 
Within 45 days of publication of the revised income limits, owner software must reflect such limits.

AFS Submissions

HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing does not plan to offer a further blanket extension for annual financial statement (AFS) submissions for properties beyond the current extension through June 30, 2021. Properties must submit an AFS by June 30 or 90 days after the fiscal year end - whichever is later - unless the property submits an individual request for a further extension that is approved by HUD.

WebinaAssessing Radon Risk in Existing Buildings

May 26, 2021 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET 
The first in a series of three webinars about the dangers of radon and how to manage risks associated with it. These sessions are targeted at HUD grantees, Housing Authority staff and Multifamily property owners/managers. We will focus on the risks and remediation practices in the context of multifamily buildings. The two presenters have a wealth of knowledge and experience and will provide valuable information about radon.
 
Registration link for the radon webinar

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