HUD finalized a momentous policy yesterday, banning the smoking of tobacco and the use of tobacco-related products on all Public Housing premises nationwide. As we covered in our previous article about the rule proposal, the new final rule has been created to protect tenants from secondhand smoke, limit injuries and deaths caused by smoking-related incidents, and reduce the costs of … Continue reading Public Housing Smoking Ban Finalized


Last week, six New York residents were charged by the US Department of Justice for withholding income information to receive more than $100,000 in government benefits intended for low-income persons, including Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. These individuals defrauded the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other federal offices for more than … Continue reading Section 8 Fraud Reports Lead To Offenders In Jail


  Update: Since the writing of this blog post, the bill has been officially introduced to Congress. The challenge Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher holders face in finding a landlord that will accept their voucher may soon be significantly lessened. A landmark bill, titled The Landlord Accountability Act of 2016, was proposed last month by Congresswoman Nydia … Continue reading National Section 8 Anti-Discrimination Bill Proposed in House


  Millions of Americans are searching for a decent, affordable home, yet they face an uphill battle. The private market is too expensive for households with limited resources, and housing assistance is scarce. According to Out of Reach 2016, a full-time worker working 40 hours a week for all 52 weeks of the year needs to earn $20.30 … Continue reading Let Your Voice Be Heard for Affordable Housing

Section 8 Scam

    While looking for available affordable housing units, it is important to be aware of two similar housing scams that prey on renters who are looking to move into a unit as soon as possible. Both schemes offer immediate housing options, but require payment up front. And once the payment is made, the contact offering assistance disappears. … Continue reading Rental Deposit Scams and Voucher Purchase Scams Prey On Renters