Income Exclusion – Temporary Income Payments Received from the U.S. Census Bureau 

In 2009, HUD issued Housing Notice 09-16 Exclusion from Annual Income of Temporary Employment from the U.S. Census Bureau to provide instruction regarding exclusion of temporary income received, by residents, from the U.S. Census Bureau. This Notice applies to administrators of the following programs:

  • Project-based Section 8
  • New Construction
  • State Agency Financed
  • Substantial Rehabilitation
  • Section 202/8
  • Rural Housing Services Section 515/8
  • Loan Management Set-Aside (LMSA)
  • Property Disposition Set-Aside (PDSA)
  • Rent Supplement
  • Rental Assistance Payment (RAP)
  • Section 202/162 Project Assistance Contract (PAC)
  • Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC)
  • Section 811 PRAC
  • Section 236
  • Section 221(d)(3) Below Market Interest Rate (BMIR)

The Constitution of the United States calls for an actual enumeration of the people, every ten years, to be used for appointment of seats in the House of Representatives among the states. Many individuals are hired, temporarily, by the U.S. Census Bureau, to assist in counting the population. As one of the Census partners, HUD is committed to supporting such employment that will help to ensure the validity and accuracy of the census counts. Previously, recipients of rental assistance have declined employment due to the perceived impact to rental and other public assistance benefits.   

Owners/management agents are to exclude any temporary income payments received from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Temporary is defined as employment lasting no longer than 180 days and not culminating in permanent employment. Employer verification of both the employment dates and income amount must be maintained in the resident’s file.

Also keep in mind that, if the resident earns more than $600 in a quarter or more than $2400 in a 12-month period, this will cause EIV to generate an EIV Income Discrepancy. You will need to document the tenant file to explain that the income was not included on the 50059 because it was excluded by regulation.