HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued Notice PIH 2012-11 regarding the process by which two or more public housing agencies (PHAs) can consolidate their housing choice voucher (HCV) programs. It also discusses how one PHA can transfer HCVs to another PHA.
A consolidation or transfer must be between PHAs within the same metropolitan area, within the same non-metropolitan county, or within the same state where the HCV program administration is shifted from a city or county PHA to its state PHA or from a state PHA to one or more of its county or city PHAs. All consolidations and transfers will be permanent.
HUD will consider partial transfers only if the transfer is for the purpose of developing project-based voucher units in an area of low poverty concentration, or if the transfer is to a state or regional PHA.
Special purpose vouchers must be maintained and accounted for as such by the consolidated PHA or by the PHA receiving transferred vouchers. Special purpose vouchers include HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Family Unification Program (FUP), Non-Elderly Disabled (NED), and Five-Year Mainstream (MS5) vouchers.
At the time of a family’s next annual recertification, the consolidated or receiving PHA may apply its occupancy and subsidy standards and any other applicable administrative policies. However, if the payment standard of the consolidated or receiving PHA is lower than those of the divesting PHA(s), the consolidated or receiving PHA must maintain the higher payment standard for the family until its second annual reexamination. In addition, the consolidated or receiving PHA must honor all reasonable accommodation waivers and exceptions.
PIH Notice 2012-11 is available at: http://nlihc.org/doc/PIH_Notice_2012-11.pdf