On January 27, 2009, HUD published a final rule that requires public housing authorities (PHAs) and owners and management agents of HUD-assisted multifamily housing, such as project-based Section 8 (Multifamily O/As), to use HUD's Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system to verify the employment and income of program participants. This requirement applies to PHAs effective March 30, 2009, but implementation for Multifamily O/As is delayed until September 30, 2009.  In the introduction to the final rule, HUD states that as long as the PHA or Multifamily O/A obtains and maintains documentation of EIV consultation/usage, tenant-provided documentation will meet HUD's requirement for obtaining third-party verification of employment and income. Importantly, separate written verification will not be required.

Also, effective March 30, 2009, the final rule:

  • Requires all household members applying for public housing or HUD-assisted multifamily housing, including children, to provide Social Security numbers and verifying documentation before being admitted to the program, with the exception of applicants to the Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation SRO Program for Homeless Individuals, who have up to 180 days after admission to provide documentation

  • Modifies verification of citizenship requirements

  • Revises methods for calculating annual income

  • Specifies PHA retention requirements for form HUD-50058

For more information, contact Amy Glassman at glassmana@ballardspahr.com or 202.661.7680.


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