Office of Multifamily Housing Programs Policy on Emergency Call Systems in Elderly Properties

On October 31, 2014 Benjamin Metcalf issued a memorandum to clarify HUD’s policy related to emergency call systems in elderly properties by describing the functional requirements of an emergency call system and explaining how those functional requirements can be met using a variety of manual, electronic, and wireless emergency alert systems.  nPer HUD Handbook 4910.1 Minimum Property Standards for Housing, 1994 Edition:  nIn elderly properties with 20 or more living units, each bathroom and one bed location in each living unit must be furnished with one of the following emergency call systems: an emergency call system which registers a call (annunciator & alarm) at one or more central supervised locations; an intercommunicating telephone system connected to a switchboard which is monitored 24 hours a day; or an emergency call system which sounds an alarm (not fire alarm) in the immediate corridor and automatically actuates a visual signal in the corridor at the unit entrance.nSee the full notice below for additional clarification. n nn