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Important Updates

HUD Transition from TRACS 202D to 203A
You have likely heard by now that HUD is transitioning from TRACS 202D to 203A. The transition will begin on August 1, 2017 and will end on October 31, 2017.
Important Dates and What You Should Know:
  • If you have not transitioned to TRACS 203A by November 1, 2017, your TRACS files will not be received.
  • The tracking of Repayment Agreements in TRACS 203A is an important change. To make the transition easier, Minnesota Housing TRACS data analysts will work with properties that have repayment agreements to reconcile them before the transition to TRACS 203A. Starting in June for the July 2017 voucher, you will receive documentation by email showing all repayment agreements Minnesota Housing has on record for your property. You will be asked to verify this information with Minnesota Housing before transitioning to TRACS 203A.
  • Repayment agreement information must be verified before submitting your first TRACS 203A files. Questions about when your software will be ready to transition to 203A should be directed to your software vendor.
  • More information about TRACS 203A can be found on HUD's TRACS web page.

HUD Final Rule on Violence Against Women

On November 16, 2016, HUD issued its final rule implementing housing protections authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). One of the key elements of VAWA 2013's housing protections implemented in the rule is the emergency transfer plan which allows survivors to move to another safe and available unit if they fear for their life and safety.

Emergency transfer plans must be developed and implemented by June 14, 2017. They must show recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Minnesota Housing has started monitoring the new VAWA 2013 requirements so it's important for you to know what is expected. Review the guidance on complying with VAWA 2013 and contact your HMO with any questions.