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The PIH Alert: a daily summary with the latest news on affordable housing

Posted by NMA on Jul 18, 2019 7:24:00 AM

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We know time is valuable, and we will save you tons! NMA’s PIH Alert, one of our most helpful services for the affordable housing industry, allows public housing agencies (PHAs) and housing professionals to stay current with HUD’s new regulations, notices, and guidance—without having to worry about finding it yourself.

In this constantly changing industry, it is crucial that PHAs are always up to date and adhere to rules and standards, but this is not an easy task. There are so many HUD websites that are hard to navigate and very difficult to understand. That is why we do the job for you! Every day, we search through several housing industry websites and resources to provide you with all the information you need, saving you many hours of research.

When you subscribe to NMA's PIH Alert, you will receive a daily email with a brief summary of each new regulation, notice, guidance, tool, webcast statement, act of Congress, and everything else that involves the public housing and HCV programs as they are released. This summary also provides you the links to the relevant information for each item. Additionally, every Friday, you will receive “FAQ Friday,” a PIH Alert section that includes one frequently asked question (FAQ) regarding PIH program administration submitted by our subscribers.

Another great and very popular feature of our PIH Alert is a monthly email that summarizes the most important articles of the past four weeks, so we make sure you don’t miss anything. You will also have access to the PIH Alert archives when you need to refer to a past article.

Our customers, staff, trainers, and consultants go over the PIH Alert every day to get the latest housing industry updates as well. If you work in the affordable housing industry, you can’t miss out on the PIH Alert. Use your time wisely; we will do the hard work for you.

 

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Topics: fair housing, LIHTC, Industry News, multifamily, housing choice voucher

Community development and housing news: June 13, 2019

Posted by NMA on Jun 13, 2019 11:12:57 AM

Community development and housing news for June 13, 2019

President Trump signs package to deliver disaster relief funds, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019 bill is proposed, Cities of Service Awards $150,000 to six cities for New Experience Matters Program, and other stories we're following this week.

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President Donald Trump signed a package on June 6 that would deliver $19.1 billion in disaster relief.

The bill includes $600 million in nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico, $3 billion for farmers to help cover crop losses, $1.6 billion to help repair damaged highways, $720 million for the U.S. Forest Service to help cover wildfire suppression efforts, and $120 million to help the National Park Service repair damaged public lands. Read more

A bipartisan group of Senate and House legislators have proposed a sweeping bill to help solve the affordable housing issue.

Called the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019, this bill seeks to close the gap in affordable rental units across the nation by expanding and strengthening the Affordable Housing Tax Credit. If passed, the bill expects to create 1.9 million additional affordable units over the next decade. Read more

Cities of Service announced that six U.S. cities will participate in its new Cities of Service Experience Matters program.

With support from AARP, Cities of Service will work with the cities to develop volunteering initiatives that address public problems related to the drivers of poverty. The winning cities will receive $25,000, technical assistance, and two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members based in city hall who will build capacity and raise awareness for the initiatives. Read more

 

What we're readingConstruction hats on wall

A new cooperative initiative is working with homeowners in the Bay Area to design and construct accessory dwelling, or in-law, units in their backyard.

The cooperative, called Roots and Returns, is aimed at developing and maintaining affordable housing for Bay Area residents who were pushed out of town due to high housing costs. The coop will give priority to people in the service industry, whether they work in food service, as school teachers, firefighters, EMTs, or other types of service work. Read more

 

Articles to bookmarkBirds eye view of housing

Renters who have disabilities are often unable to meet the kinds of admission criteria that landlords establish for their properties.

Renters with disabilities may fail to meet the minimum income policies or may have past financial pressures that led to bankruptcies, a blemished credit history, or evictions for example. Read more

 

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Topics: fair housing, LIHTC, persons with disabilities, disaster recovery

Community development and housing news: June 6, 2019

Posted by NMA on Jun 6, 2019 1:32:12 PM

Community development and housing news for June 6, 2019

House Appropriations Committee approves 2020 HUD funding bill, Congress passes disaster relief package including $900 million for Puerto Rico, HUD announces new PIH inspection protocol, and other stories we're following this week.

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The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday advanced a $137.1 billion spending bill covering transportation and housing, about $6 billion above current levels.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development would receive most of the increase, bringing its funding to $50.1 billion. The bill would also block a public housing rule on undocumented immigrants from the administration that Democrats say would “threaten the housing tenure of 55,000 children who are citizens or legal residents.” Read more

A long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill is headed to the president for his expected signature, overcoming months of Congressional infighting.

Lawmakers gave the measure final congressional approval on Monday by 354-58 in the House’s first significant action after returning from a 10-day recess. It was backed by all 222 voting Democrats and 132 Republicans, including the GOP’s top leaders and many of its legislators from areas hit by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires. Read more

Last week HUD requested comments on a planned two-year continuation of the UPCS-V demonstration.

According to the notice, the extension is necessary in order to meet congressional instructions to implement a single inspection protocol for public housing and voucher units. This new physical inspection model will be NSPIRE, intended to improve upon the current UPCS protocol by prioritizing health, safety, and functional defects. Read more

Landlords participating in a new Virgin Islands disaster relief program could receive up to $50,000 per unit to repair their damaged apartments.

One of the most daunting problems facing locals looking for permanent housing is the cost of rent in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which shot up following the 2017 storms when rental units became short in supply and demand increased. To help with the situation, the local government is unveiling in July a new program using CDBG-DR funds to provide up to $50,000 per apartment to landlords to repair damaged rental property. Read more 

FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Kansas to supplement state and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by flooding beginning on May 9, 2019.

The assistance will be provided to Anderson, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Harvey, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Reno, Sumner, Wilson, and Woodson counties. Read more

In California, PG&E received approval to set up a $105 million wildfire assistance fund.

PG&E Corp may set up a $105 million housing fund for victims of 2017 and 2018 wildfires in California, which were blamed on the utility’s equipment. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali approved a motion by PG&E seeking permission to establish the fund for people who lost homes in the fires and were uninsured or have used up or will exhaust their insurance. Read more

Communities in the Greater Miami area banded together to create a regional resilience strategy.

The plan contains more than 50 actions focused on issues such as the environment, infrastructure and economic prosperity. Some of the measures address mobility, housing options, energy efficiencies, financial stability and advancing public health priorities. Read more

 

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Topics: appropriations, UPCS-V, CDBG-DR, disaster recovery, climate and disaster resilience, NSPIRE

Community development and housing news: May 30, 2019

Posted by NMA on May 30, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Community development and housing news for May 30, 2019

Disaster relief package proceeds to the House for a final vote, THUD appropriations bill continues to move forward, and other stories we're following this week.

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Last week the Senate passed a long-delayed disaster relief package that includes $900 million for Puerto Rico.

The vote represents a step toward ending a impasse that had prevented the release of billions of dollars in aid for farmers and communities struggling to recover from an onslaught of natural disasters over the last two years. House leaders hope to pass the emergency spending bill when the full chamber returns from a weeklong Memorial Day recess. Read more

The House THUD subcommittee has approved its FY 2020 appropriations bill.

The proposed funding bill would provide $50.1 billion for HUD programs, $5.9 billion more than the FY 2019 enacted level. It would also prohibit HUD from implementing the “mixed-status” immigrant family proposed rule or any final rule substantially based upon and would prohibit HUD from implementing, administering, or enforcing a proposed rule, announced as part of HUD’s upcoming regulations list, that would repeal the equal access rule for LGBTQ persons utilizing housing resources. Read more

Officials broke ground on a 39-unit building for homeless veterans in Nashville last week.

The project is the first of its kind in Nashville to provide permanent affordable housing to formerly homeless veterans. Read more

 

What we're readingneighborhood

Relaxing rules on “Accessory Dwelling Units” drastically increased affordable housing stock in the small city of Durango, Colorado.

From 2009 to 2013, confronting development pressures and concerned about housing, Durango overhauled its Land Use and Development Code, which called out Accessory Dwelling Units as an acceptable component of housing stock. Read more

The idea of combining public libraries with affordable-housing projects is starting to catch on.

“There are some cities that have done library and housing projects around the country, but combining them in just the way that the Chicago Housing Authority and the library and the City of Chicago did is fairly novel,” says David Block, director of development at Evergreen Real Estate Group, which was selected to develop two of the three projects in Chicago, including Northtown. Read more

 

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Topics: appropriations, veterans, disaster recovery

Community development and housing news: May 23, 2019

Posted by NMA on May 23, 2019 4:13:05 PM

Community development and housing news for May 23, 2019

FY20 funding starts moving forward, how cities are encouraging owners to accept vouchers, and other stories we're following this week.

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Yesterday the House THUD subcommittee released the text of their bill prior to today's markup.

Overall, the bill would raise HUD program funding by $3.8 billion (or 7 percent) over the nominal (not inflation-adjusted) 2019 level and increase funding for the HCV program by $1.9 billion. Read more

The bill also proposes a $25 million grant program for installing carbon monoxide detectors and remediating other health hazards in public housing.

Under the newly proposed program, local public housing authorities will be able to apply for federal grants to install carbon monoxide detectors, combat mold and remove asbestos, among other environmental health hazards Read more

The Atlantic Council and Rockefeller Foundation announced the launch of a new initiative to enhance the resilience of 1 billion people worldwide by 2030.

It is the successor of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), the Rockefeller Foundation’s former resilience effort. The news came on the day that the city of Washington, DC unveiled its first resiliency strategy, built in partnership with 100RC with an emphasis on fostering inclusive growth, fighting climate change and transforming technology. Read more

 

What we're readingapartments

Portland is trying to help its low-income residents with a renewed push toward a type of housing that fell out of favor decades ago.

Single-room-occupancy hotels, or SROs, were once ubiquitous in the central city, an affordable haven for people who otherwise would land on the street. Read more

There is no federal law requiring landlords to accept vouchers, but almost a dozen states and more than 50 cities and counties have enacted legislation to prevent "source of income" discrimination.

Proponents of income anti-discrimination legislation such as a proposed measure in St. Louis say these laws can increase the likelihood that voucher-holders will find housing in stable, safe neighborhoods instead of in neighborhoods with concentrated poverty. Read more

However, fair-housing advocates in Baltimore are worried that an amendment attached to a similar bill introduced last year could set a dangerous precedent.

Under the amendment, buildings would be exempt from the ban if at least 20 percent of their units are already rented to tenants using vouchers. Read more

And in Los Angeles, a new project aims to finance backyard homes for Section 8 tenants.

After California enacted amendments making it easier to build accessory dwelling units, applications skyrocketed. Now a new partnership in Los Angeles is looking to maximize the impact of the more permissive rules for ADUs by offering financing, design and construction services for homeowners who agree to rent their new units to voucher holders. Read more

 

Articles to bookmarkconversation

Core strategies for having conversations on homelessness.

When having a conversation about homelessness, there are several techniques that can help steer the conversation in a productive way. Read more

 

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Topics: fair housing, indoor air quality, climate and disaster resilience

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