Are families in your area struggling to use their Housing Choice Vouchers because local rents are rising faster than HUD’s Fair Market Rents?
An FMR survey can help your organization by increasing the subsidy amounts that HUD provides to your eligible residents, which helps your community by giving residents access to homes in areas with more opportunity.
- Partner with other PHAs in the same FMR area to pay for the survey.
- Partner with property owners who would benefit from higher FMRs.
- Apply for grants/assistance from local community organizations or nonprofits.
- We completed 50% of all successful FMR reevaluations in the U.S. in 2022, achieving up to a 24% increase in FMRs.
- We will help you navigate the entire process and comply with all HUD requirements.
- We can complete your FMR survey efficiently because we have already developed tools and processes that have proven successful.
HUD allows public housing authorities (PHAs) and other organizations that operate the Section 8 program to request a reevaluation of their FMRs by conducting a HUD-prescribed local rental housing survey and submitting the data to HUD for review and approval.
Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, North Carolina
In 2018, the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, North Carolina, (HACA) sought to examine its annual FMRs, which often fluctuated from year to year and caused rents to be uncompetitive in the local rental market, making it more difficult for program participants to find housing for their families. HACA engaged Econometrica to complete a rental housing survey in its area and produce an FMR survey report.
HACA then used our report and survey data to successfully appeal its FMRs to HUD, which led HUD to increase Asheville’s FY 2020 FMRs by 21 percent. As a result, HACA was able to provide rental subsidies that were competitive in the local market, making it easier for program participants to obtain housing in their community. Perhaps most importantly, participants were now able to find affordable housing in neighborhoods of greater opportunity, instead of only having options in areas with higher concentrations of poverty.
Based on this success and Asheville’s ongoing rental market boom—HACA returned to Econometrica to complete another local rental survey. We completed this second survey in December 2021, finding a 16.6-percent increase in rents over the HUD-estimated FMR.
What is the process?
- HUD posts the FMRs each August in the Federal Register (FR)
- PHAs must submit a request to appeal within 30 days in the FR (or requests, bids, or proposals)
- The PHA issues an RFP/or requests bids for an FMR survey and awards a contract
- Studies can begin between July 1 and Oct. 1
- Studies must be completed by Dec. 31
We’re interested in learning more. What do we do?
To learn more or to begin the FMR Survey process, contact Econometrica at HUDFMR@econometricainc.com. We will run a quick analysis to determine whether you’re a good candidate and guide you through the next steps.
In order to complete the survey by the deadline at the end of the year, we must have a contract in place by the end of September. Please note that our capacity to complete these studies does fill up, so we encourage you to start this process as soon as possible.
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