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The Housing Authority of Temple administers
both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 4 projects which contain 326 affordable rental units. It also administers 60 Section 8 housing vouchers.
According to HUD, Housing Authority of Temple is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.
Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of Temple between Public Housing Units (84%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (16%) to that of all housing authorities in Texas, Housing Authority of Temple has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Texas.
Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)
Public housing authorities provide several affordable housing assistance programs to renters and sometimes homeowners. Most of these programs are funded by the Federal government through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The two primary housing programs administered by housing authorities are the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Low Rent Housing Program, also known as Public Housing.
Section 8 vouchers provide a rental subsidy to renters that absorbs housing costs that exceed 30% of their income. Renters can use the voucher to rent private housing in apartment communities or privately owned homes. The rent is capped based on a Payment Standard that is determined by the housing authority based on market rents in the target area. Section 8 assistance is very limited across the country and typically waiting lists for the assistance can stretch out for a decade.
Public housing is rental housing owned and managed by housing authorities. Renters pay only 30% of their adjusted income. Typically, public housing consists of apartment developments but sometimes can be scattered single family homes in some suburban or rural housing authorities. Public housing was the first form of affordable housing provided to low income Americans. It is one of the oldest housing assistance programs in the country.
Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.
Housing Authority of Temple manages 3 rental properties which have an average
inspection score of 95. The scores for properties managed by
Housing Authority of Temple range from a high of 98 to a low of 89.
The highest scoring property in the Housing Authority of Temple portfolio is
Al/rat/ Wb Eld and the lowest scoring property is Frances Graham Hall.
To be a passing score a public
housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100%
of properties managed by Housing Authority of Temple have a passing score.
Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)
All public housing projects and privately owned rental properties with project-based Section 8 contracts are inspected every 1 to 3 years by HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC). The mission of REAC is to insure that HUD’s multifamily portfolio is well maintained, free of health and safety risks for tenants and to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in HUD’s multifamily programs.
The highest REAC score possible is 100 points. Points are awarded in five inspectable areas: site, building exteriors, common areas, systems and units. Points may be weighted differently for different property types. For example, an urban property with little to no grounds might have a score weighted more on the building exteriors and less on the site whereas a suburban property with acres of land will be weighted more on the site review.
The frequency of REAC inspections is determined by the last REAC score a property received. If a property receives a REAC score of 90 or higher, the next REAC inspection will be scheduled in 3 years. Scores of 80 to 89 require re-inspection in 2 years and scores of 60 to 79 require re-inspection in a year.
A score of less than 60 is considered failing. Scores of 31 to 59 require re-inspection in 60 days and scores of 30 or lower are referred to a HUD Enforcement Center for corrective action.
Score are often followed by a letter or asterisk. A score followed by the letter “a” signifies that no health and safety concerns were noted. A score followed by the letter “b” denote non life threatening health and safety issues were discovered in the inspection. Scores followed by the letter “c” had at least one life threatening health and safety issue. If the score is followed by an asterisk (*) this means that there was at least one non-functioning smoke detector discovered in the inspection.
The REAC score of a property is a good reflection of the overall quality of the property and the experience residents will have. Prospective renters should use the REAC score as an overall reading of how the property is maintained and the quality of management. Properties with lower scores should be avoided.
Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans
Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD,
are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of
both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies,
strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.
The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real
estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of
public housing projects and other major administrative changes.
Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Housing Authority of Temple.