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Section 8 Updates

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Section 8 Occupancy Hot Topics are posted monthly. Check out the current issue

Important Updates

Changes to TRACS Effective August 1, 2016

The Tenant Rental Assistance Certification System [TRACS] has implemented new protocol for web services using WSDL (Web Services Description Language) under TRACS’ integrated Multifamily Access eXchange (iMAX) system effective August 1, 2016.

iMAX is the web-based communication system that provides Contract Administrators (CAs), Owners, Management Agents, and Service Bureaus who have subsidy contracts with HUD to transmit electronic tenant and voucher data to HUD and to other Owners, Management Agents, and Service Bureaus and CAs registered with iMAX.

Software vendors should have already updated their software for this change but we encourage you to check with your vendor. Without this update, your TRACS files may not be transmitted properly.


HUD Guidance Regarding Use of Arrest Records in Housing Decisions

HUD issued new guidance on the exclusion of arrest records in housing decisions. HUD Notice H2015-10 - Guidance for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and Owners of Federally-Assisted Housing on Excluding the Use of Arrest Records in Housing Decisions informs owner/agents of federally-assisted housing that arrest records must not be the sole basis for rejecting an applicant or terminating a resident's assistance or tenancy.

For a comprehensive breakdown of this notice and its implications, see RBD’s November 2015 HUDBlast.


Upcoming Occupancy and Management Review Trainings

We’re pleased to share that an industry training organization is offering occupancy and management review training. Register today!

October 25-26, 2016

Ross Business Development (RBD) HUD Management & Occupancy Challenge

St. Paul, MN

Designed for property staff, regional staff, and management company compliance staff, this two-day training is a review of best practices designed to help you identify common MOR mistakes. Each session starts with a review of HH 4350.3 requirements and includes a real-life review of how those requirements affect residents and their files.

For more information and to register, visit