Information when family is selected.
(a) PHA briefing of family.
When the PHA selects a family to participate in a tenant-based program, the PHA must give the family an oral briefing. The briefing must include information on the following subjects:
A description of how the program works;
Family and owner responsibilities; and
Where the family may lease a unit, including renting a dwelling unit inside or outside the PHA jurisdiction.
For a family that qualifies to lease a unit outside the PHA jurisdiction under portability procedures, the briefing must include an explanation of how portability works. The PHA may not discourage the family from choosing to live anywhere in the PHA jurisdiction, or outside the PHA jurisdiction under portability procedures.
If the family is currently living in a high poverty census tract in the PHA's jurisdiction, the briefing must also explain the advantages of moving to an area that does not have a high concentration of poor families.
In briefing a family that includes any disabled person, the PHA must take appropriate steps to ensure effective communication in accordance with 24 CFR 8.6.
In briefing a welfare-to-work family, the PHA must include specification of any local obligations of a welfare-to-work family and an explanation that failure to meet these obligations is grounds for PHA denial of admission or termination of assistance.
(b) Information packet.
When a family is selected to participate in the program, the PHA must give the family a packet that includes information on the following subjects:
The term of the voucher, and PHA policy on any extensions or suspensions of the term. If the PHA allows extensions, the packet must explain how the family can request an extension;
How the PHA determines the amount of the housing assistance payment for a family, including:
How the PHA determines the payment standard for a family; and
How the PHA determines the total tenant payment for a family.
How the PHA determines the maximum rent for an assisted unit;
Where the family may lease a unit. For a family that qualifies to lease a unit outside the PHA jurisdiction under portability procedures, the information packet must include an explanation of how portability works;
The HUD-required “tenancy addendum” that must be included in the lease;
The form that the family uses to request PHA approval of the assisted tenancy, and an explanation of how to request such approval;
A statement of the PHA policy on providing information about a family to prospective owners;
PHA subsidy standards, including when the PHA will consider granting exceptions to the standards;
The HUD brochure on how to select a unit;
Information on federal, State and local equal opportunity laws, and a copy of the housing discrimination complaint form;
A list of landlords or other parties known to the PHA who may be willing to lease a unit to the family, or help the family find a unit;
Notice that if the family includes a disabled person, the family may request a current listing of accessible units known to the PHA that may be available;
Family obligations under the program;
Family obligations under the program, including any obligations of a welfare-to-work family.
PHA informal hearing procedures. This information must describe when the PHA is required to give a participant family the opportunity for an informal hearing, and how to request a hearing.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 2577-0169)
[60 FR 34695, July 3, 1995, as amended at 60 FR 45661, Sept. 1, 1995; 61 FR 27163, May 30, 1996; 64 FR 26644, May 14, 1999; 64 FR 50229, Sept. 15, 1999; 64 FR 56912, Oct. 21, 1999]