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Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Payment Standards

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Payment Standards below are effective as of October 1, 2022 and apply to all voucher programs: HCV, Project-based vouchers, VASH, Family Unification, NED, and Mainstream.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published final Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for 2022 for the HCV program effective October 1, 2022. Fresno Housing was approved through an expedited waiver to set payment standards between 111 and 120 percent of the published Fair Market Rents.

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Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Fact Sheet

The housing choice voucher (HCV) program is the federal government’s primary program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the HCV tenant, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

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Notification Of Your Rights And Obligations Under The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

VAWA provides protections for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) applicants, tenants, and participants from being denied assistance on the basis or as a direct result of being a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

The purpose of this notice (herein called “Notice”) is to explain your rights and obligations under VAWA, as an owner of housing assisted through FH HCV program. Each component of this Notice also provides citations to HUD’s applicable regulations.

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DFEH – Source of Income Fact Sheet

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects people from housing discrimination based on categories including race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, familial status, sexual orientation, and some sources of income. The latest amendment adds people using housing subsidies to the list of protected groups, meaning landlords cannot refuse to rent to someone or discriminate against them because they have a housing subsidy.

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SAFMRs (Small Area Fair Market Rents)

(Update effective 04/01/2023) SAFMRs represent average rents by bedroom size in specific zip code areas and are used by the housing authority to determine our Payment Standards. Fresno Housing (FH) has identified 16 zip codes within our county that would benefit from using the SAFMRs (see chart below). FH will use traditional FMRs (Fair Market Rents) for all other zip code areas.

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CARES Act Update Regarding Notices to Pay or Quit

(May 5, 2023) The CARES Act has been interpreted to require a 30-Day Notice to Pay in addition to 30 days to quit by a Washington State Court. Until a California court rules, calculation of the notice period is subject to differing opinions. The California Apartment Association (CAA) believes that the CARES Act requires 30 court days for the tenant to pay, instead of the lesser 30 calendar days, which I believe is required by the CARES Act. As explained below, I recommend using a NEW 30-Day Notice to Pay or Quit. This memorandum addresses Properties subject to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, commonly known as the CARES Act. These are residential rental properties that are financed by federally backed loans, or that participate in federal affordable housing programs. There is a NEW perspective on required Notices to Pay or Quit, which may differ from what you already understand.

This memorandum addresses Properties subject to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, commonly known as the CARES Act. These are residential rental properties that are financed by federally backed loans, or that participate in federal affordable housing programs. There is a NEW perspective on required Notices to Pay or Quit, which may differ from what you already understand.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Protect Renters and Promote Rental Affordability

(Jan 25, 2023) Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing new actions to increase fairness in the rental market and further principles of fair housing. These actions align with a new Blueprint for a Renter’s Bill of Rights that the Administration is also releasing today. The Blueprint lays out a set of principles to drive action by the federal government, state, and local partners, and the private sector to strengthen tenant protections and encourage rental affordability.

These new announcements are part of a broader set of federal actions that exemplify the principles laid out in the Blueprint for a Renter’s Bill of Rights, which underscores key protections every renter deserves including:

  • Safe, Quality, Accessible, and Affordable Housing
  • Clear and Fair Leases
  • Education, Enforcement, and Enhancement of Renter Rights
  • The Right to Organize
  • Eviction Prevention, Diversion, and Relief

The Administration has been making progress in advancing a long-term goal of providing housing vouchers to all eligible households: the 2022 and 2023 President’s Budgets proposed to expand rental assistance to an additional 200,000 households – and the Administration has secured rental assistance to more than 100,000 households through the 2022 and 2033 appropriations bills and the American Rescue Plan. And last week, HUD published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on its efforts to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing.

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