Affordable Housing Connections
January 2020 Newsletter
IMPORTANT DATE: HTC & HOME Program Reporting Deadline 2/18/2020
January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 HTC & HOME completed submission package must be uploaded to your secure folder within Egnyte by Tuesday February 18, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Documents for submission can be located within your secure folder
*Instructional email sent to Owner's and Management Agent Contact on 1/14/2020*
Required Documents located within Secured Folders
Submission Package Requirements:
1. Owner 2019 CHART Authorization for each project
2. Signed HTC12, HTC12(Y15) and HOME program Owner's Certification including any applicable supporting documentation
3. PY2019 completed HTC and/or HOME CHART Report
4. All completed UA schedules effective during the reporting period
- For project with allocated credits, but not yet Placed in Service, use the owner certification form found in the HTC 12 only CHART on tab HTC 12. Complete the top portion of the HTC12 form, check the box indicating “No buildings have been Placed in Service”. Skip all other items and have the owner representative sign and date the form.
- NEW for PY2019, HOME projects located in Dakota, Hennepin and St. Louis Counties will be using HOME CHART.
New Year - New Monitoring Regulations
Please note the final regulations reduce the BLD notice from 30 days to 15 days and prohibit including a list of units selected for review. If there are dates that you know WILL NOT work for a site visit in 2020, please let us know ASAP. Because of this reduced notice, it is crucial that a site visit occur once it is scheduled. Site visits that need to be rescheduled due to lack of preparation will be considered noncompliance and will incur an additional fee.
AHC Names Aubrey (Austin) Albrecht as new Board Member
Aubrey joined MHA in September 2019. Before starting at MHA, Aubrey worked for the Urban Land Institute Minnesota (ULI MN) as their Senior Director focused on organizational operations, education development, and diversity and inclusion efforts. Outside of MHA, Aubrey serves on the Bloomington Planning Commission and the steering committee for Leadership Twin Cities, a nine-month series that examines critical issues facing the MSP region. She volunteers regularly for NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota as a clinic escort.
Aubrey has her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Policy. She is a 2011 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with her bachelor’s degree in honors geography and a minor in gender, women and sexuality studies. When she is not working, you can find Aubrey gardening, watching all the Netflix she can, spending time with her friends and family, and working out. Aubrey currently resides in Bloomington, MN with her husband Jake and their two dogs Levon and Jack.
Aubrey used her education and leadership background while working as an intern at Affordable Housing Connections during the Summer of 2011.
IMPORTANT WARNING - Write Full Date in 2020
For 2020, don't take a shortcut. Writing just “20” on checks or contracts could leave you open for fraud, experts say. Auditors and lawyers around the country are advising people to write the full year out when writing the date. When the year 2020 is abbreviated on official forms and documents, those looking to exploit unsuspecting people can easily manipulate those numbers and leave people potentially vulnerable to fraud.
For example, a document dated 1/4/20 can easily be changed to 1/4/2021 by adding two numbers at the end.
AHC advises the use of the full four digit year on all legal documents not only in the professional world we work in but wants to remind you to add the additional digits in all your daily activies.
Data Source: CNN
Training Date Set for Wednesday February 19, 2020
This course is designed to train individuals involved in Preparing for the Site Visit. Topics such as the physical inspection of building exteriors, building systems, commons areas, and residential units. Discussion of health and safety findings and correction period expectations will be outlined to avoid non-compliance.
Details will be posted to the AHC website so stay tuned!
Be A Census Taker
The U.S. Census Bureau is currently recruiting people for temporary jobs in advance of the 2020 Census. This Census employment is considered temporary, nonrecurring and sporadic income and is not included when determining a family’s annual income.
For more information or help applying, please call 1-855-877-8339 TTY/ASCII www.gsa.gov/fedrelay.
Affordable Housing Connections
We deliver monitoring, training and technical assistance to property owners and managers to protect the investment of private equity and tax dollars and to ensure continued quality affordable rental housing.