Friday news roundup 12/19/14

Today in the Federal Register, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published an interim final rule implementing new procurement standards for all federal agencies. The notice provides the following summary:

Implementation of this guidance will reduce administrative burden and risk of waste, fraud, and abuse for the approximately $600 billion per year awarded in federal financial assistance.

The result will be more federal dollars reprogrammed to support the mission, new entities able to compete and win awards, and ultimately a stronger framework to provide key services to American citizens and support the basic research that underpins the United States economy.

The parts of the rule that apply specifically to Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) programs are located on page 212. If you wish to submit comments on the interim final rule, you will find information following the “Addresses” heading in today’s notice. Comments are due by February 17. The rule will become effective on December 26, 2014.

Other big news this week was the passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for 2015, which President Obama signed on Tuesday. You can read more about the funding bill here and here.

Housing Finance: Top stories of 2014

HUD: Julián Castro’s statement on FY15 budget

To all our blog readers, a very happy holiday! This is the final news roundup of 2014, and we’ll be back in 2015 to bring you up to speed on what’s ahead in the new year.

Congratulations to Mia Dummermuth, winner of the PIH Alert contest!

Congratulations to the winner of our PIH Alert contest! Mia Dummermuth at the Sioux Falls Housing & Redevelopment Commission will receive a free one-year subscription to the PIH Alert.

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PIH posts HUD-52723 Excel tools for 2015, extends submission deadline

On the calendar year (CY) 2015 subsidy processing page, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) has posted the form HUD-52723 Excel tools for 2015 operating subsidy eligibility submissions. Below are direct links to two files containing the tools and to the accompanying user guide:

The PIH office has also posted a new version 1.3 of the operating subsidy submission schedule for 2015, which indicates that completed forms HUD-52723 and HUD-52722 are now due to HUD field offices by January 16, 2015, with an interim eligibility report expected to be published on February 27, 2015.

The HUD-52722 Excel tools have not been posted yet. You’ll find other materials related to operating subsidy submissions for next year on the 2015 subsidy processing page at the operating fund website.

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Senate passes omnibus appropriations act

Late Saturday the U.S. Senate voted to close debate on the 2015 omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 83) and then passed the bill by a voice vote. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on December 11. President Obama is expected to sign the bill early this week.

In brief, the bill provides the following amounts for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

  • Public housing operating fund: $4.4 billion, $40 million over the 2014 amount
  • Public housing capital fund: $1.9 billion, no change from the 2014 amount
  • Section 8 tenant-based vouchers: $19.3 billion, $127 million over the 2014 amount (This total includes funding for voucher renewals, tenant protection vouchers, administrative fees, and new vouchers for homeless veterans, nonelderly disabled families, and the family unification program.)

For more details, you can read summaries of the bill here and here.

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The top 10 blog posts of 2014

Once again, as we head towards the end of the year, we look back to see which blog posts were the most popular. In 2014, the hot topic was the appropriations act and its related notices, which included the implementation of biennial inspections and new flat rent requirements.

10. Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 NMA Housing Awards!

9. PIH updates VAWA certification form

8. How will the new flat rent regulations impact PHAs?

7. HUD publishes HERA final rule

6. PIH raises estimate of 2014 admin fee proration to 79%

5. PIH issues guidance on new flat rent requirements

4. HUD issues implementation notice for appropriations act changes

3. Getting EID right

2. NMA managing HCV program for Miami-Dade County

And the most-read blog post of the year:

1. What does the deregulation of HQS inspections mean for our industry?

What topics would you like us to write about in 2015? Comment here with your ideas!

Previously: The top 10 blog posts of 2013

Friday news roundup 12/12/14

Architects designed a five-story structure and an overhaul of a 1926 YMCA building in Los Angeles to provide 49 affordable housing units for youths leaving foster care. (Courtesy of Eric Staudenmaier)

Architects designed a five-story structure and an overhaul of a 1926 YMCA building in Los Angeles to provide 49 affordable housing units for youths leaving foster care. (Courtesy of Eric Staudenmaier)

Last night the U.S. House of Representatives passed an omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 83) that will provide funding for HUD and several other departments of the federal government through September 30, 2015. The Senate began consideration of the bill today and is expected to approve it by tomorrow, when the current continuing resolution expires.

Late yesterday HUD posted a contingency plan to provide guidance for PHAs in the event of a lapse in appropriations. You can download it as a Word document or a PDF, but it’s not likely that the plan will be needed now.

Jacobin: An inadequate estimate of the scope of homelessness

NHC: Progress in ending veterans homelessness

NLHA: Scholarship program for residents of federally assisted rental housing or HCV recipients

NLIHC: Report shows child homelessness at an all-time high

Rooflines: Vouchers are helping children avoid concentrated poverty

Rooflines: Moving from debate to productive dialogue

Washington Post: Affordable housing design doesn’t have to be boring

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