Friday news roundup 7/31/15

NCSHA: GAO recommends joint oversight of the LIHTC program

Next City: L.A. and Philly form first Promise Zones partnership

NHC: Four ideas for moving beyond the poor door

NLIHC: Nearly 46,000 units of project-based Section 8 housing lost since 2005

Rooflines: Fair housing’s giant two steps forward

NMA announces compliance monitoring for 200 PA municipalities

House with checkmarkNMA, working with KPMG, is pleased to announce that we will be performing compliance monitoring for over 200 municipalities in Pennsylvania on their CDBG, HOME and NSP efforts.

NMA’s senior consultants will be leading teams in the state to ensure that these communities are spending their federal dollars correctly and offering technical assistance to help make the best decisions for these locations.

As part of this work, NMA is also developing training materials for the KPMG team and handling quality assurance of the monitoring resources.

Finding a partner that understands the complexities and realities of today’s housing programs is essential. NMA is recognized as one of the most effective, strategic, and knowledgeable professional service companies in the affordable housing industry. For more information, email

Friday news roundup 7/24/15

Renter GrowthCBPP: Major study finds housing vouchers most effective tool to end family homelessness

The HUDdle: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The HUDdle: Powering a brighter future in public housing

NLIHC: Study foresees significant growth in renter households in coming decades

Washington Post: How railroads, highways, and other man-made lines racially divide America’s cities

NMA’s seminar calendar for Q4 2015 is now available!

We’re pleased to announce the release of NMA’s seminar calendar for the fourth quarter of 2015. You can view a list of the training opportunities that Nan McKay and Associates is offering from now through the end of the year on this page at our website. Start planning your autumn training now and save! If you register at least 45 days in advance for most seminars, you’ll receive a 10 percent discount. (The discount does not apply to seminars hosted by housing authorities or associations.)

Our website has been newly redesigned to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Here are some pages you might be interested in:

We’re also excited to announce the debut of a new class, RAD Project-Based Voucher Specialist. This class is designed for agencies transitioning their public units to the project-based voucher (PBV) program under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. You can sign up for upcoming sessions in Anaheim, CA and Charlotte, NC, as well as in Miami, FL at the third annual NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference. Register for the conference and save 20 percent off the seminar price!

If you’re attending the NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference, you’ll also receive 20 percent off the HCV Financial Management class that follows the conference. Look for a coupon code in your confirmation email that can be used for either seminar.

Having trouble finding the class you want? We can bring the seminar to you. Email for more information about our affordable onsite training options.

Friday news roundup 7/17/15

NCSHA: HUD publishes AFFH final rule and revised assessment tool

NeighborWorks: Key lesson from Supreme Court fair housing ruling

NHC: Climate resilience and equity in low-income communities

NHC: House subcommittee discusses strengths and challenges of PIH

NLIHC: Take action to stop sequestration now

NLIHC: OMB sends letter to Senate Appropriations Chair on THUD bill

Rooflines: A clear SCOTUS statement on disparate impact and AFFH

White House: Making our communities stronger through fair housing

Friday news roundup 7/10/15

The Atlantic (via Shriver Center): Can better data help solve America’s housing problems?

CBPP: Benefits of housing subsidies based on local rents

CityLab: The “Jengaform” look of recovery-era multifamily architecture is everywhere

New York Times (via Planetizen): Obama unveils stricter rules against segregation in housing

Next City: Boston affordable housing project adds food trucks into the mix

Next City: Cities must now “show their work” on fair housing

Next City: How implicit bias creates inequitable outcomes in housing

Urban Institute: Evidence on housing discrimination against people with disabilities

Washington Post: Obama administration to unveil major new rules targeting segregation across U.S.

HUD announces final rule on affirmatively furthering fair housing

In a press release posted this morning, HUD announced the release of the final rule on affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH). The 377-page rule is pending publication in the Federal Register.

Today’s release of the final rule follows publication of the AFFH proposed rule in July 2013. Goals of the proposed rule included replacing the required “analysis of impediments” (AI) with a new “assessment of fair housing” (AFH). A draft template for AFH analysis was released in September 2014. The assessment tool is a document that HUD grantees would use to analyze barriers to fair housing choice and set goals to address them. HUD provided maps and data tables for use with the assessment tool on a dedicated website.

A second AFFH website provides links to the final rule, today’s press release, a one-page fact sheet, and a two-page executive summary. The website describes the final rule as follows:

HUD’s rule clarifies and simplifies existing fair housing obligations for HUD grantees to analyze their fair housing landscape and set locally-determined fair housing priorities and goals through an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). To aid communities in this work, HUD will provide open data to grantees and the public on patterns of integration and segregation, racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, disproportionate housing needs, and disparities in access to opportunity. This improved approach provides a better mechanism for HUD grantees to build fair housing goals into their existing community development and housing planning processes. In addition to providing data and maps, HUD will also provide technical assistance to aid grantees as they adopt this approach.

A summary of major provisions of the final rule begins on page 4 of the PDF document:

  1. Replace the AI with a more effective and standardized Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) through which program participants identify and evaluate fair housing issues, and factors contributing to fair housing issues (contributing factors);
  2. Improve fair housing assessment, planning, and decision making by HUD providing data that program participants must consider in their assessments of fair housing — designed to aid program participants in establishing fair housing goals to address these issues and contributing factors;
  3. Incorporate, explicitly, fair housing planning into existing planning processes, the consolidated plan and PHA Plan, which, in turn, incorporate fair housing priorities and goals more effectively into housing, and community development decision making;
  4. Encourage and facilitate regional approaches to address fair housing issues, including collaboration across jurisdictions and PHAs; and
  5. Provide an opportunity for the public, including individuals historically excluded because of characteristics protected by the Fair Housing Act, to provide input about fair housing issues, goals, priorities, and the most appropriate uses of HUD funds and other investments, through a requirement to conduct community participation as an integral part of the new assessment of fair housing process.

Nan McKay and Associates can bring standard or customized fair housing training to your agency onsite. Email for details.


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