Friday news roundup 4/18/14

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Last week HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan testified at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing on the proposed 2015 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

If you wish to watch or listen to the hearing, you’ll find a link to audio and video coverage on this Web page.

You can read a summary of the hearing from the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) here or from National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) here. In other news:

Atlantic Cities: The number of Americans living in high-poverty neighborhoods is still on the rise

Food Politics: Washington Post wins Pulitzer for food stamp series

Homelessness Law: Sharing a model for domestic human rights implementation

The HUDdle: Benefits of solar energy in affordable housing

KCET: The evolution of low-income housing in Los Angeles

Medium: “Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor,” James Baldwin famously wrote

New York Times: Nationally, half of all renters are now spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing

NHC: Concentrated poverty—what can be done to reverse the trend?

NLIHC: New report examines state rental assistance for persons with disabilities

Off The Charts: Tax-credit bill would help low-income families facing higher rents

ProPublica: How the government betrayed a landmark civil rights law

Friday news roundup 4/11/14

This week HUD announced the award of nearly $1.6 billion in grants to renew support for 7,100 local homeless housing and service programs across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. HUD will award additional grant funding to support hundreds of other local programs in the coming weeks. The funding was awarded under HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) program competition for fiscal year (FY) 2013.

Due to funding shortages, CoCs were required to prioritize homeless projects into two tiers to communicate to HUD which projects were of the highest priority for the FY 2013 funding process. The Tier 1 awards announced this week represent annual renewal amounts for existing programs, minus 5 percent. The grants were also reduced in part due to last year’s automatic across-the-board budget cuts under sequestration.

Also provided are a press release describing the 2013 grants, an interactive map showing award amounts by state, and a 436-page document showing amounts awarded to individual local programs. HUD plans to issue a second award announcement later in the year for all new (Tier 1 and Tier 2) and remaining renewal (Tier 2) projects. In other news:

TheHUDdle: Individuals living with HIV/AIDS fight back against housing discrimination

Off the Charts: Obama plan to raise rents on rural poor is the wrong way to save money

Planetizen: Housing is the key to family-friendly cities

Rooflines: Our four largest low-income housing assistance programs continue to replicate patterns of poverty concentration and segregation in the segregated metropolitan areas where most units are located

Washington Post: The most important fact we rarely admit in talking about segregation and poverty

Friday news roundup 4/4/14

On Wednesday HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan testified at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing on the proposed 2015 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). If you wish to watch or listen to the hearing, you’ll find a link to audio and video coverage on this Web page. You can read a summary of the hearing from the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) here.

HUD: Fair Housing Month to mark the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act

The HUDdle: How the Affordable Care Act is helping HUD combat homelessness

MetroTrends: What would it take to end family homelessness?

NeighborWorks: Dorothy Richardson legacy extends to next generation

NCSHA: There is no state in the nation where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford a one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment renting for HUD’s FMR

Next City: The demolition of the Calliope, which housed more than 4,000 people before Hurricane Katrina, was part of a highly controversial effort after the storm to redevelop all of the city’s traditional housing projects

NLIHC: How Utah advocates used Out of Reach data to support legislation for raising the state minimum wage

Off the Charts: Ryan budget mischaracterizes housing vouchers, then sets the stage to cut them

Planetizen: A new paper published in the Urban Studies journal finds a weak, negative relationship between vouchers and violent crime rates

Rooflines: How affordable housing developers deal with community opposition

Urban Institute: In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Department of Housing and Urban Development sponsored two major experiments to test whether housing choice vouchers propelled low-income households into greater economic security

Register early for our national housing conference in Chicago

Registration for the 2014 NMA Housing Conference is now open, and the session track names and tentative agenda have been released! The conference will spotlight four tracks this year: an executive track, a regulatory track, a finance and compliance track, and a new hands-on track.

2014 NMA Housing Conference in Chicago, IL

August 18–19 at the Marriott Chicago Downtown

540 North Michigan Avenue

Register now and save $50 on each registration

Visit our website to register!

We’re thrilled to be taking the NMA Housing Conference to the Windy City this year, and hope to see you there. In addition to informative and insightful sessions and panels, we’ll be announcing the 2014 NMA Housing Awards winners, and Eric Kaufmann, president and founder of Sagatica LLC, will be giving the keynote address. Stay tuned for more details very soon.

Visit our website for more information, and register now for the best rates!

Don’t miss our upcoming GoSection8 webinar!

Go8We’re hosting a free webinar later this month focusing on how‘s rent reasonableness software, customized reports, and free housing locator can be cost-saving resources for PHAs.

The webinar will include a live technical demonstration, a how-to presentation, and a question-and-answer session. webinar

  • Friday, April 25, 2014
  • 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. eastern time (11:00 a.m. to noon Pacific time)
  • To register for the webinar, e-mail with your name, your agency’s name, and your e-mail address. You’ll receive an e-mail confirmation with instructions.

Email to register!

Nan McKay and Associates is a proud partner of GoSection8, the largest rental listing service for the Section 8 housing program, serving tenants, landlords, and public housing agencies across the United States since 2004. To learn more about how you can bring Go8 to your agency, email

Friday news roundup 3/28/14

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) has posted the slide presentation shown during last week’s webcast on 2014 funding for the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. You’ll find a link to the presentation at the top of the HCV home page. The webcast itself is available for viewing on demand in HUD’s webcast archive or on YouTube.

Homelessness Law Blog: U.N. Human Rights Committee condemns the criminalization of homelessness in the United States as “cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment”

The HUDdle: So far nearly 400 PHAs have applied for RAD authority to improve more than 1,000 public housing properties including 180,000 units

MetroTrends: Solving the MTO puzzle: Why girls benefit and boys struggle

NLIHC: Out of Reach 2014 finds American renters still cannot afford rent nationwide

Off the Charts: Don’t let affordable housing programs go begging

Rooflines: Here’s how HUD’s housing choice voucher program could be better

White House: Sec. Donovan explains how HUD helps place women and girls in transitional housing, public housing and rental housing

Friday news roundup 3/21/14

If you missed Tuesday’s live broadcast on 2014 funding for the housing choice voucher (HCV) program, a video recording of it is now available for viewing on demand in HUD’s Webcast archive. You can also watch the recording here on YouTube. In other news:

The HUDdle: National Poison Prevention Week

Next City: Victories small and large against housing discrimination post-Katrina

NLCHP: The rise of tent cities in the United States

NLIHC: GAO reports sequestration impacts for HUD

Off the Charts: Why and how Congress should restore lost housing vouchers

Finally, are you headed to CLPHA‘s Spring Executive Directors Meeting in Washington, D.C., next week? Join NMA as we sponsor breakfast — John McKay and Carrol Vaughan will be attending, and look forward to seeing you there!


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