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(NEW) Revised PHA Plans Notice

PIH has posted the new PHA Plans notice and it can be found here.

What Is the PHA Plan?

The PHA Plan is a comprehensive guide to public housing agency (PHA) policies, programs, operations, and strategies for meeting local housing needs and goals. There are two parts to the PHA Plan: the 5-Year Plan, which each PHA submits to HUD once every 5th PHA fiscal year, and the Annual Plan, which is submitted to HUD every year by non-qualified agencies.


The PHA Plan process was established by section 5A of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437 et seq.). Section 5A(b) of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437c-1(b)) was amended by the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA), Sections 2701 and 2702, Small Public Housing Authorities Paperwork Reduction Act. This amendment provided an exemption of certain qualified PHAs from the annual plan requirement.

Qualified PHAs

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA), Title VII, Small Public Housing Authorities Paperwork Reduction Act exempted qualified PHAs from the annual plan requirement. 

A qualified PHA is a PHA that:

  1. has a combined unit total of 550 or less public housing units and section 8 vouchers; and
  2. is not designated troubled under section 6(j)(2) of the 1937 Act, the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS), as a troubled public housing agency during the prior 12 months; and
  3. does not have a failing score under the Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) during the prior 12 months.

Non-Qualified PHAs

PHAs that do not meet the definition of a qualified PHA are required to fully comply with all provisions of the PHA Plan including the submission a five year plan and annual plan.

PHA Plan Submission Requirements

PHAs should submit the PHA Plan to their Public Housing Director and  PHA Plan Point of Contact in the local field office via e-mail(s). The e-mail(s) should specify which documents are attached.  Ideally, PHAs should zip the files to reduce the size of the PHA Plan attachment.  If a PHA is submitting multiple e-mails, though, it should specify that there are multiple e-mails in each e-mail submission. Additional information about submitting your PHA Plan can be found here. HUD will review the plans according the statutory review requirements.

Available Templates

Select your template from the following files. 

*NOTE: These templates have an expiration date that has passed, but they are the latest. Continue to use these until they are superseded at which time the new versions will be put here.

The Annual Plan Templates should be submitted by Standard, Troubled, Small, High Performing, and Section 8 only PHAs each year. Refer to instructions on how to complete the form.

Available Certifications

*NOTE: Like the Templates above, these too are the latest despite their expiration dates.

  • PHA Certifications of Compliance with PHA Plans and Related Regulations (HUD-50077-CRT-SM, HUD-50077-ST-HCV-HP) (Fillable PDF form) (HUD-50077-CRT-SM, HUD-50077-ST-HCV-HP) (MS Word). These certifications are the standard certification PHAs submit indicating their compliance with PHA Plan, Civil Rights Certification, and related regulations.
  • Civil Rights Certifications (HUD-50077-CR(Fillable PDF form)  (HUD-50077-CR) (MS Word)
    Annually, qualified public housing agenciesare required to make a Civil Rights certification of the public housing program in accordance with 5A of the Act, as amended by HERA, on form HUD-50077-CR, Civil Rights Certification.
  • Certification by State or Local Office of PHA Consistency with the Consolidated Plan (HUD-50077-SL) (Fillable PDF form) (HUD-50077-SL) (MS Word) HUD-50077-SL, Certification by State or Local Office of PHA Plans Consistency with the Consolidated Plan. The State or Local certification of consistency must be made by the appropriate state or local officials that the PHA Plan is consistent with the Consolidate Plan(s). If the PHA is located in more than one jurisdiction, it must include a certification from each appropriate official.

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