76 Federal Register 15, Proposed HUD Rule: Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs–Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity, pp. 4194 – 4198 (January 24, 2011)

There is still time to comment on this groundbreaking proposed rule that has come to be referred to as the “LGBT HUD proposed rule”.   The proposed rule cites to studies establishing significant unequal housing access for and housing discrimination against LGBT persons and families and describes its purpose as ensuring that HUD’s core programs are open to all individuals and families regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The proposed rule contains provisions that would, among other things, clarify that the term “family” as used in regulations governing HUD’s programs is intended to include LGBT individuals and households.  The rule would also prohibit owners and operators of HUD-assisted or HUD-insured housing from making inquiries of occupants or applicants for housing regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity, but would not preclude voluntary disclosure of such information.   Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted to HUD by March 25, 2011. Contact Maya Rupert of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (MRupert@nclrights.org) or Navneet Grewal of the National Housing Law Project (ngrewal@nhlp.org) to join in the comment letters their respective organizations are preparing.  [Download]

HUD Guidance: Housing Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals and Families (July 1, 2010)

This guidance provides that while the federal Fair Housing Act does not specifically include sexual orientation or gender identity as prohibited bases for housing discrimination, an LGBT person’s experience with housing discrimination may still be prohibited by the Act. The guidance provides illustrative examples and a link to file a housing discrimination complaint on line. [Download.]

H 2010-02: Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) & You Brochure – Requirements for Distribution and Use (1/11/10)

This HUD notice clarifies that owners and management agents of federally-subsidized or assisted multifamily developments must provide the HUD EIV & You brochure and HUD Fact Sheet entitled “How Your Rent is Determined” to each tenant household as well as to applicant households that have been selected from the waiting list for screening and final application processing. The EIV system is the central database from which housing authorities and the aforementioned owners/managements agents may obtain the income data of tenants and applicants. Through a matching agreement between HUD and HHS and SSA, EIV gathers and maintains wage, income and benefit information. Among other things, the brochure is intended to inform tenants and applicants that owners and managements agents have access to certain of their personal and income information. [To download, click here, and then click on the text next to Notice 2010-02.]

74 FR 66548 – SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act: HUD Responsibilities Under the SAFE Act [Proposed Rule] [12/15/09]

The Secure and Fair Mortgage Licensing Act (SAFE Act) was enacted on July 30, 2008 as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The SAFE Act, among other things, requires states to adopt licensing and registration requirements for loan originators within certain minimum standards. If HUD determines that a state fails to establish such minimum standards consistent with the SAFE Act, HUD must then establish and implement a licensing system in that state. This proposed rule sets forth the SAFE Act’s minimum licensing requirements for loan originators and delineates the HUD procedure for determining a state’s compliance therewith and procedures for taking over the licensing system in the event of a state’s non-compliance. Comments on this proposed rule are due on February 16, 2010. [Download.]

HUD Notice H 9-20 – Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System [12/07/09]

Related to the most recent federal housing related posting, we post a link to the above-entitled HUD Housing Notice that may be of use to advocates. A primary purpose of this Notice is to provide updated guidance to owners and management agents of HUD assisted housing regarding the use of data in EIV for verifying employment and income at recertification of individuals participating in HUD rental assistance programs. [Click here to get to the HUDCLIPS page and then click on the link to H 9-20.]

74 FR 68924 amending 24 CFR Parts 5 and 908 – Refinement of Income and Rent Determination Requirements in Public and Assisted Housing Programs; Implementation and Enterprise Income Verification System – Amendments [12/29/09]

This final rule, which takes effect on January 31, 2010, relates to the requirement that public housing agencies and multifamily HUD housing owners and managers use the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system for program applicants and participants. This rule follows the proposed rule published on October 15, 2009 on which HUD received numerous comments, including comments from housing advocates and organizations. As was required in the proposed rule, this final rule requires all applicants and program participants to submit a social security number to verify income except for any current program participants who have previously submitted a valid SSN and current participants 62 years of age or older as of January 31, 2010. New households members 6 years and older and those younger than 6 who have been issued a SSN must also submit their SSN.

Accepted forms of SSN documentation under the rule are (1) a valid social security card issued by the Social Security Administration; 2) an original document issued by federal or state government agency with the SSN and name of the applicant or participant plus other identifying information; or 3) “such other evidence of the SSN that HUD may prescribe in administrative instructions.”

The three technical changes from the October 15 propose rule are clarifications that 1) new household members under 6 years old who already have an SSN must submit the requisite info regarding the SSN; 2) that an entire household could lose its tenancy if one member fails to comply with the SSN disclosure requirements, subject to HUD exemptions provided HUD regulations; and 3) that the senior exemption applies for all future income examinations, including if the senior moves to a new HUD-assisted property. [Download.]