Here is the latest news on HUD’s implementation of the statute signed into law by the President in July. Apparently, HUD decided it did not have to go through “Rulemaking” - so they will not draft new regulations that are published for comment in the Federal Register, but will issue an “Implementation Notice.” This information and Initial Guidance is currently posted,but dated October 24, 2016 (tomorrow), on the HUD website:
Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016: Initial Guidance
A Rule by the Housing and Urban Development Department on 10/24/2016
Section 112. Use of Vouchers for Manufactured Housing
Section 112(b) of HOTMA extends the definition of “rent” for vouchers to include monthly payments for purchasing a manufactured home, tenant-paid utilities, and monthly rent for real property.
Implementation action: These statutory changes are only effective upon issuance by HUD of an implementing notice. The statutory amendments are not effective until HUD issues that implementation notice.
So what does this mean? It means that Section 8 vouchers will not be available for purchase of manufactured housing (and utilities) until HUD publishes the Implementation Notice.