Brief Guide Helps Advocates Influence Small Area FMR Implementation

The National Housing Law Project and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council have prepared a brief paper summarizing key issues for advocates to address with their public housing agencies (PHAs) regarding implementing Small Area Fair Market Rents (Small Area FMRs or SAFMRs). The two-page guide explains what Small Area FMRs are and lists the 24 metropolitan areas that are required to start using SAFMRs instead of metro-wide FMRs. It also discusses possible changes to voucher households’ rents, potential new housing opportunities in neighborhoods that were once not affordable, and actions advocates can take to protect voucher households.