Sending Office: Honorable Mike Coffman
Sent By:
steve.linton-smith@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Dear Colleague:
 
We invite you to join our bipartisan letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) asking the Secretary provide more support for those of our nation’s Public Housing Authorities (PHA) whose costs and work volume are heavily impacted by high
levels of incoming portable Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV).
 
As you may know, under HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, recipients may use their voucher at a location of their choosing. However, the HCVs are administered by local PHAs. So, when a voucher recipient moves to a region that is administered by a different
PHA, a significant additional administrative burden falls disproportionately on the receiving PHAs.
 
When a voucher is transferred from one PHA to another, the receiving PHA receives a pro-rated amount of the administrative fee associated with that “port in” voucher from the sending PHA. While this is helpful for those local PHAs whose case-load of “port-in”
vouchers exceeds 33% of their total workload, it is also particularly burdensome, as they simply cannot obtain sufficient fee revenue to offset the increased administrative work they must perform. The local PHAs in our communities, in fact, note that the costs
tied to an in-ported voucher typically exceeds those of a voucher from within the PHA’s own service area while generating lower administrative fee income.
 
While HUD has taken some greatly appreciated short-term measures to ease the burden on receiving PHAs, we ask that it move to permanently address the lack of financial support associated with the higher level of work that these PHAs must bear.
 
If you would like to cosign the attached letter, please contact Steve Linton-Smith at steve.linton-smith@mail.house.gov in Rep. Coffman’s office or Billy Black at billy.black@mail.house.gov in Rep. Nolan’s office by COB Friday, October 19th.

Sincerely,

Mike Coffman                  Richard M. Nolan
Member of Congress        Member of Congress

 

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October 8, 2018

The Honorable Benjamin S. Carson
Secretary
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20410

Dear Secretary Carson:

We write to you today on behalf of our nation’s Public Housing Authorities (PHA) whose costs and work volume are heavily impacted by high levels of incoming portable Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV).  Portability is a statutory component of the HCV program
and we do not dispute its value as a component of the program. We do, however, believe that those PHAs that must manage substantial numbers of “port-in” vouchers should receive adequate compensation for the work they are required to perform.

Currently, PHAs that receive incoming vouchers are authorized to retain 80% of the administrative fee associated with voucher. However, the pro ration associated with this fee reduces that amount to 64%. This is in spite of the fact that the administrative
costs tied to an in-ported voucher normally exceeds those for a voucher within the PHA’s own service area. Port-ins incur additional costs because they require the billing of multiple agencies and the need to process administrative paperwork between the two
PHAs and the client during the lease up process in a new jurisdiction.  For the approximately 83 PHAs that receive more than 30% of their HCVs from port-ins, this financial burden is significant.

We ask you to consider revising your administrative fee structure to address the concerns of these PHAs that must process large volumes of port-in vouchers. We acknowledge and appreciate HUD’s efforts to address this situation with PIH Notices 2018-5 and
2018-09, however, we request you devise a more permanent solution to this issue.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss the issue further with you and appreciate your attention to the matter.

Sincerely,

 

Mike Coffman                  Richard M. Nolan
Member of Congress        Member of Congress

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