Affordable housing news 1/13/17

Bloomberg: Wall Street, America’s new landlord, kicks tenants to the curb

Brookings: 3 opportunities for Ben Carson as the next HUD secretary

Chicago Business: What Chicago learned from privatizing some affordable housing

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: Housing policy in the next administration

Homelessness Law: The top 5 threats to people experiencing homelessness

NCSHA: Senate banking committee holds nomination hearing for Carson

Next City: Ben Carson on 5 big issues facing U.S. cities

Next City: NYC releases design guidelines for public housing

NHC: Placing housing costs in context

NLIHC: 115th Congress begins 2017 term with flurry of legislative activity

NLIHC: Families with vouchers are underrepresented in low-distress neighborhoods

New York Times: D.C. homelessness doubles national average as living costs soar

Rooflines: Carson tries to please everyone in confirmation hearing, mostly succeeds

Rooflines: Take the best of public housing, and make more

Urban Wire: What is the Obama administration’s legacy on housing?

Urban Wire: Is Ben Carson ready to handle America’s rental housing crisis?

Urban Wire: How a voucher program sparked interest in housing homeless veterans

Urban Wire: The role of housing in stabilizing children’s lives

Washington Post: America’s concern for the poor is about to be tested

NMA’s seminar calendar for Q2 2017 is now available!

affordable housing trainingWe’re pleased to announce the release of NMA’s seminar calendar for the second quarter of 2017. You can view a list of the affordable housing training that Nan McKay and Associates is offering from now through June on this page at our website.

Start planning your spring 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.)

All Nan McKay classes have been updated for the latest HUD rules and notices. Our Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodation class, the most comprehensive training on fair housing regulations available, has been updated for the recent notices on LEP, sexual harassment, and nuisance ordinances. All of our HCV classes have been updated for the new payment standard rules from HOTMA and the recent Federal Register notice for the student rule.

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

2017 NMA Housing Awards now open for entries

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 NMA Housing Awards. Entries are due Friday, April 28, 2017.

The NMA Housing Awards is an annual event created to honor excellence in the affordable housing industry and recognize individual agency performance. Award winners will be presented with an engraved trophy at The Housing Conference this August in Boston, Massachusetts.

2017 NMA Development Award

NMA honors the outstanding achievement of housing authorities or associations in affordable housing with the NMA Development Award. One award will be given to an agency with 1250 or more units and one to an agency with 1249 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

Eligibility: Housing authorities or associations that administer affordable housing programs will be eligible. Each entry must be limited to one specific development initiative. Examples of such initiatives are new development or construction, green initiatives, property improvements, or out-of-the-box financing.

Criteria: To apply for the 2017 NMA Development Award, all applicants must respond to the following in 1500 words or less.

  • Describe the housing authority’s / association’s most significant accomplishment in development over the past 12 months.
  • Describe the individual achievement by your employees that helped your agency reach your goal.
  • Describe the lasting impact of such development on the community served.

2017 NMA Resident Service Award

The NMA Resident Service Award is sponsored by NMA to recognize housing authorities who are leaders in the affordable housing industry through their community outreach and efforts to improve the future of the families they serve. One award will be given to an agency with 1250 or more units and one to an agency with 1249 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

Eligibility: Housing authorities or associations that administer affordable housing programs will be eligible. Each entry must be limited to one specific service initiative. Examples of such initiatives are self-sufficiency programs, community projects, education, or other resident or participant initiatives.

Criteria: To apply for the 2017 NMA Resident Service Award, all applicants must respond to the following in 1500 words or less.

  • Describe the housing authority’s / association’s most significant accomplishment in service over the past 12 months.
  • Describe the individual achievement by your employees that helped your agency reach your goal.
  • Describe the lasting impact of such social achievements on the community served.

You can download the entry form on our website. Go here to read about last year’s winners. If you have any questions, email us at marketing@nanmckay.com. We look forward to reading your entries!

Affordable housing news 12/9/16

CityLab: What’s at stake in Trump’s pick to lead HUD

HUD: HUD awards $2.5 million to help youth living in public housing afford college

Illinois RealEstateRama: CHA proposes a pilot program on voucher time limits

NCSHA: Trump picks Ben Carson to head HUD

Next City: 5 housing experts weigh in on HUD secretary nominee Ben Carson

ProPublica: How the government betrayed a landmark civil rights law

Rooflines: No, housing policy really could get done next year

Affordable housing news 12/2/16

Affordable Housing Finance: Historic furniture factory transformed into affordable housing

CBPP: More than 100,000 families could be frozen out of housing vouchers for 2017

FiveThirtyEight: Stop treating HUD like a second-tier department

The HUDdle: Creating healthier communities with smoke-free public housing

NHC: How to counter community opposition to affordable housing

NLIHC: House Republicans opt for stopgap spending bill through March

Rooflines: Stop subsidizing bad landlords

San Jose Mercury News: Facebook commits $20 million for affordable housing

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce: Affordable housing is getting bigger and better

Trulia: Low-income housing has no impact on nearby home values

NMA announces 2017 national housing conference

National housing conference in BostonExciting news — The Housing Conference is headed to the Eastern seaboard! Join us August 21–22, 2017, for two fantastic days of networking, learning, and exploring the beautiful and historic city of Boston, Massachusetts.

Registration will open February 2017, and a discount will be given to early registrants. Keep your eye on the blog for updates… more details, including track and session information, are on the way.

HUD previews final rule on smoke-free public housing

Today on the Public and Indian Housing (PIH) home page, HUD posted an advance copy of its final rule on smoke-free public housing. The rule is pending publication in the Federal Register.

The final rule requires all PHAs to ban the use of prohibited tobacco products in living units, indoor common areas, and administrative offices. PHAs will have 18 months from the effective date of the final rule to implement smoke-free policies applicable to all indoor areas and to outdoor areas within 25 feet of buildings. PHAs may establish designated smoking areas or may ban smoking completely.

In the final version of the rule, HUD has clarified that the rule prohibits use of waterpipes (“hookahs”). Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes are not prohibited under the rule, but PHAs may adopt policies banning them. PHAs that have already implemented voluntary smoke-free policies will need to update them only if their existing policies are not consistent with the minimum requirements of the final rule.

In a press release posted this morning, HUD Secretary Julián Castro commented on the final rule. Of the 1.2 million public housing units nationwide, 228,000 are currently smoke free. Once fully implemented, the smoke-free rule announced today would expand the impact to more than 940,000 public housing units, including more than 500,000 units inhabited by elderly residents and 760,000 children living in public housing.

In what appears to be a related development, HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) yesterday announced that it has scheduled a national stakeholder call with Secretary Castro. The call, which was announced in an email to the Healthy Homes mailing list, concerns “a major new step to protect the health and safety of our nation’s public housing residents.” It is scheduled for tomorrow, December 1, at 4 p.m. eastern time. Click here to RSVP for the call (use confirmation number 407550).

Model policies for RAD PBV coming soon!

RAD PBV

Is your agency participating in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and transitioning from public housing operating subsidy to project-based vouchers (PBV)?

If so, you’ll need additional policies in your administrative plan to cover the unique requirements of the PBV program under RAD. 

Our technical writers and subject matter experts have just completed a new chapter of our model administrative plan which includes all required policies under PBV regulations and the RAD program. It will be made available electronically in January to all current revision service customers free of charge as part of your annual revision service.

If you are a current subscriber who would like to receive these files, please email Kaynisha Dawson at kdawson@nanmckay.com with your name and your agency’s name. If you don’t currently have the model administrative plan, email sales@nanmckay.com or call (800) 783-3100 for more information.

Thank you to all our subscribers. If you have any questions about your revision services subscriptions, please contact Laurie Durrett in our accounting department and she’ll be happy to assist you.

Looking for further guidance on RAD PBV or other program areas? Don’t miss our annual year-end sale! Now through December 31, save 20 percent on January–March 2017 seminars, including the upcoming session of RAD Project-Based Voucher Specialist in Atlanta this February. (The discount does not apply to seminars hosted by housing authorities or associations.)

Affordable housing news 11/18/16

CBPP: Housing voucher reform will boost efficiency and opportunity

CBPP: Veterans’ homelessness cut in half since 2010

Chicago Business: CHA tests new timer on housing vouchers

Chicago Tribune (via Planetizen): Chicago to co-locate libraries and public housing

CityLab: Fighting loneliness with public living rooms

CMHA: [VIDEO] VASH vouchers: How veterans and their families are housed

Curbed: Low-income housing doesn’t hurt property values, says report

Curbed: The affordable housing crisis is a rural issue, too

Delaware Public Media: Delaware becomes third state to end veteran homelessness

Fast Company: In cities across the country, voters passed affordable housing measures

HUD: Renters more likely to be food insecure than homeowners

HUD: HUD and VA announce additional VASH funding

Next City: D.C. mayor says city’s taking affordable housing to “next level”

Rooflines: 74% of U.S. households who are eligible do not receive Section 8 assistance

HUD publishes final rule on small area FMRs

small area FMRs

Yesterday the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published in the Federal Register a final rule on the use of small area fair market rents (SAFMRs) in the housing choice voucher (HCV) program.

The rule, which is intended to help reduce the number of assisted families that reside in areas of high poverty concentration, requires the use of SAFMRs in certain metropolitan areas if the area meets a specific set of criteria. It changes the geography used to calculate FMRs in certain areas from a metropolitan area-wide approach to the zip code level, expanding the options of families to live in lower poverty neighborhoods.

In a notice published today in conjunction with the rule, HUD lists the 24 areas required to implement SAFMRs, and discusses several key changes made from the rule proposed in June of this year. These changes include:

  • The addition of three payment standard reduction protections
  • Additional criteria for selecting SAFMR areas
  • The exemption of project-based vouchers (PBVs) except in certain conditions
  • Additional changes to reduce the administrative burden on PHAs and simplify the transition

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) established a website earlier this year containing tools and information on the use of SAFMRs in the HCV program. To accompany the final rule, HUD has posted links to several supplementary documents on this website, including today’s press release on the rule, the key aspects notice mentioned above, and second Federal Register notice on SAFMRs, also published this morning, which sets the values for the selection criteria used to determine areas subject to small area FMRs, and lists the areas meeting these requirements. The rule becomes effective on January 17, 2017.