1. I am trying to find out
HUD’s definition of low-and moderate-income and to
determine if I will qualify for the Section 8
program. Can you either tell me how HUD determines
if someone’s income is low enough or give me some
guidance as to where I can find that information?
Income limits are shown on the HUD
USER website (http://www.huduser.org)
broken down by year and by county. To view the
income limits for a particular county, click on the
datasets/il.html . Once open, select the year
for which you would like to see the Income Limit,
and on the following page, scroll down to the U.S.
map and select the state in which you want a Section
8 voucher. You will see an alphabetical listing of
counties by state and their income limits.
2. What is the approval
procedure for a multi-unit residential property that
wishes to participate in the Section 8 program /
accept Section 8 tenants?
The Section 8 program is managed by
your local public housing authority. You need to
contact them directly to inquire about their process
for becoming a Section 8-qualified property. In
addition, the following link will provide more
detailed information about the Section 8 program:
3. I am trying to find
median family incomes for my state. Can you help me?
To obtain information on median
family incomes, please go to
datasets/il.html. After opening this link,
select the year, and click on the PDF file link
located at the first bulleted item that starts with
4. I would like to know
what the income limit is for my county for one
The income limit for one person in a
particular county can be found at the following
5. We are in the process
of preparing a rent survey for an affordable housing
complex in our area. Please provide HUD’s guidelines
for a rent comparison analysis.
The link listed below should provide
you with the information you’ve requested.
6. I need the Federal
Register notice regarding the public comment period
for proposed changes to multifamily housing
You can find the Federal Register on
Once you’re on one of those sites, you can perform a
search for your particular topic.
7. I need to get a copy of
HUD form X-XXX (form number).
You can find HUD forms on
http://www.hud.gov/hudclips. Once you’re at the
site, you can search for the particular form number
you’re looking for.
8. When I try to find the
Valuation Analysis for Home Mortgage 41.50.2
Handbook on the HUD USER Website no titles come
up when I enter "evaluation analysis".
HUD handbooks and notices can be
accessed through HUD Clips, HUD’s online document
library. The HUD Clips link is
I was wondering if you could
provide me with a list of
low-income housing in my
area, and possibly within a
45-mile radius of where I
local offices around the
country and they are a good
source of information about
HUD’s programs and local
efforts. Each state has a
least one office, and some
states have more than one.
Please contact your state’s
field office to obtain the
information you need. You
can find the contact
information on the HUD
Once you’ve arrived at this
page, Click the link for
"Local Info" on the
right-hand side. Then select
your state and field office.
10. Can you tell me what
types of housing your program allows for a single,
58-year old disabled woman? I would like to locate a
small 1-bedroom with a small yard.
The link below will provide more
detailed information about the Section 8 program:
Another resource you may find useful
is your local housing counseling agency. You can
locate your local counseling agency by visiting
or calling toll-free, 1-800-569-4287. These are
HUD-approved organizations that can give you advice
on buying, renting, defaults and foreclosures,
reverse mortgages, etc.
11. I am a single parent
with two young children, and am currently renting in
a low-income apartment with two bedrooms and with
electric heat. The rent is very high and the
apartment is too small for the three of us. I’m
interested in buying a home, something that would be
cheaper and that belongs to me. Can you help me?
To assist people in finding homes,
HUD funds housing counseling agencies throughout the
country. You can locate a counseling agency near you
by looking at the following website:
or by calling toll-free 1-888-569-4287. You can also
try contacting the FHA Resource Center at
1-800-225-5342 or on the web at
12. Is there a website
that lists foreclosed HUD property? How can I get
The following website will provide
you with the information you are looking for:
http://www.hud.gov/homes/index.cfm. Simply click
on the state in which you are located or want to buy
a HUD foreclosed property.
13. Does the U.S. Census
use the same data as the U.S. Housing Market
Yes, the Census uses the same data,
but they revise the monthly information on a
quarterly basis. Census’ monthly data, therefore, is
preliminary and often changes as they revisit and
refine their data. Once a year, they make a final
revision to their data in an annual report.
14. Does the US
Housing Market Conditions have homeownership
rates before 1994 based on ethnicity?
No, 1994 is the first year for which
that information is available.
15. I am looking for data
on minority homeownership rates by state and by
city. Can you refer me to a source?
We recommend you review the Housing
Vacancies and Homeownership statistics, available
from the U.S. Census Bureau at
16. Is there a list of
future Comprehensive Housing Market Analysis
available? Is there a method for requesting such an
Currently, there is no Comprehensive
Marketing Analysis Report list or timeframe for
completing any reports. These reports are generated
when funding is available, on an as-needed basis.
You can submit a request for an analysis to HUD USER
firstname.lastname@example.org. We will forward your
request to the appropriate office within HUD.
17. I am a mortgage
broker, licensed in Illinois, and I want to be an
approved FHA broker in all 50 states. Is that
Mortgage brokers, once certified as
FHA-approved, must do business within a radius of
250 miles from their headquarters or office. You can
also try contacting the FHA Resource Center at
1-800-225-5342 or on the web at
18. I am a mortgage lender
and am looking for your FHA Standards book and
underwriting guidelines for FHA loans. Can you
please help me find one or tell me where I can order
To obtain the information you are
seeking, please use the link below and contact the
FHA Resource Center.
19. I have found a
document that’s listed on the HUD website as a
publication, but cannot find it listed on HUD USER.
How can I obtain a printed copy?
To order a publication or to inquire
if one is available from HUD USER, please contact
the HUD USER Clearinghouse at 1 (800) 245-2691.
There may be a fee for the publication to cover
shipping and handling, which you can securely pay
using your Visa or MasterCard.
Is there a link or printed
material available showing
the minimum foundation
manufactured homes? We are
looking for something to
illustrate the requirements
(or processes) to Realtors.
HUD USER has
a publication, Permanent
Foundations Guide to
available that may provide
you with the information you
seek. To order that
publication, please contact
our Clearinghouse toll-free
at 1(800) 245-2691. There
will be a nominal fee for
the publication to cover
shipping and production,
which you can pay using your
Visa or MasterCard. You may
also order this publication
For additional information,
please contact HUD's
Manufactured Housing and
Standards Division at
21. I am looking for some
rules and regulations that govern the actions of HUD
The following links should provide
answers to many of your questions regarding HUD
renters, their rights, and regulations they need to
22. I am a for-profit
property owner and would like to have a document on
the “Best Practices for Rental Properties." I want
to give it to my property managers and tenants.
Where can I find such a document?
The agency no longer publishes such
information. However, you can contact the Institute
of Real Estate Management, which may have documents
similar to the one(s) you seek. Their website is
23. Our bank is interested
in learning about any programs that provide benefits
for persons with disabilities who are beneficiaries
of a Special Needs Trust. We have learned of
possible HUD benefits (mainly rental assistance)
when the beneficiary “rents” the residential
property owned by the Special Needs Trust. Can you
please direct me to any available programs?
HUD has local offices around the
country that are a good source of information about
HUD’s programs and local efforts. Each state has at
least one office and some states have more than one.
We suggest that you contact your state’s office to
obtain the information you’re looking for. You can
get the contact information on the Web at
Once you have arrived at the page, click the link
for “Local Information” on the right-hand side. Then
select your state and field office.
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printing pages from the browser.
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the right side of the page will be cut off.