Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Home Forward Increases Payment Standards in Some Zip Codes; Excludes High Poverty Census Tracts.

In advance of proposed changes (prior post HERE) to encourage landlords in low poverty neighborhoods to rent to voucher tenants, Home Forward has implemented other changes to expand housing choice in the HUD voucher program.  

Their announcement is HERE

The announcement indicates that some zip codes will receive higher 1 and 2 bedroom payment standards; however units leased in some census tracts with higher poverty rates in those zip codes will not qualify for the higher payment standards. A map of those census tracts where higher payment standard DO apply is HERE; the announcement also includes a listing of Census Tracts that do not qualify within the otherwise eligible zip codes receiving payment standard increases.

In addition 6 month leases at initial lease up, instead of 12 month leases, will now be permitted. 

Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.

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