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Community Development and Housing News: September 14, 2021

Posted by NMA on Sep 14, 2021 8:00:00 AM

HUD responds to Hurricane Ida and other disasters, EDA-ARPA funding opportunities are now available, and more.

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HUD Cuts Red Tape to Help Communities Respond to Hurricane

With a package of 27 regulatory and administrative waivers—one of the largest collections of such waivers ever administered at once—HUD aims to help communities accelerate their recovery from Hurricane Ida. New flexibilities allow HUD’s state and local partners to expedite the use of CDBG, HOME, HOPWA, and ESG program funds. Read article

 

HUD Announces Cross-Agency Efforts to Increase Affordable Housing Supply

This month’s actions mark a renewed focus on supporting construction and development of affordable housing units across the country. According to HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, the actions “will expand access to critical capital for state Housing Finance Agencies, empower local communities to build more affordable housing using the historic investments contained in the American Rescue Plan, and advance equitable housing policies such as inclusionary zoning practices.” Read article

 

2021-2022 EDA-ARPA Funding Opportunities Now Available

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has $3 billion in supplemental funding, allocated under the American Rescue Plan, to ensure support for previously underserved communities impacted by COVID-19. Read article

Looking for more on ARPA? Join NMA and BB&K for our upcoming webinar, “American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: Key Implementation, Compliance and Reporting Guidelines.”

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Community Development and Housing News: August 30, 2021

Posted by NMA on Aug 30, 2021 2:08:40 PM

The US Department of the Treasury updates Emergency Rental Assistance policies, Damon Smith is sworn in as General Counsel of HUD, and HUD announces $2.7 billion in funds for organizations working to support people experiencing homelessness.

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Treasury Announces Seven Additional Policies to Encourage State and Local Governments to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance

To help ERA grantees continue to expedite assistance to eligible households, the United States Department of the Treasury has announced additional policies and clarifications. The updates are based on feedback collected through site visits and meetings with rental assistance administrators, tenant advocates, landlords, and other stakeholders. Read article

 

Damon Smith Sworn in as General Counsel of Housing and Urban Development

HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman issued the oath of office to General Counsel Smith during a ceremony at HUD headquarters. General Counsel Smith was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent on August 11. Read article

 

HUD Announces $2.7 Billion Funding Opportunity to Help People Experiencing Homelessness

In a recent Notice of Funding Opportunity, HUD made $2.656 billion in FY 2021 Continuum of Care Program competitive funding available for supportive services and housing programs for people who are unsheltered. Homeless services organizations across the country will have the opportunity to renew existing projects, apply for new projects, and reallocate resources from lower performing projects. Applications are due to HUD on November 16, 2021. Read article

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Community Development and Housing News: August 16, 2021

Posted by NMA on Aug 16, 2021 4:45:00 AM

HUD announces a Fair Housing collaboration with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), publishes FY22 Fair Market Rents (FMRs), and joins the Department of the Treasury in releasing coronavirus and ERAP updates and resources.

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HUD and FHFA Announce Collaboration to Advance Fair Housing and Fair Lending Enforcement

On Thursday, HUD and the Federal Housing Finance Agency entered into a collaborative agreement to enhance the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, as well as oversight of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Read article

 

HUD Publishes FY22 Fair Market Rents (FMRs)

HUD has published FY22 FMRs based on the most recent American Community Survey data, trended through 2022. PHAs and other interested parties my comment on the FMRs and request a re-evaluation through Thursday, September 30, 2021. Read article

 

HUD Multifamily Office Posts Update to Coronavirus Questions and Answers

The Office of Multifamily Housing Programs issued its 11th update to “Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), primarily updating dates from the previous Q&A. Eight new Q&As address the Emergency Rental Assistance program. NLIHC highlights two updated and one new Q&A. Read article

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Community Development and Housing News: August 2, 2021

Posted by NMA on Aug 2, 2021 5:15:00 AM

HUD makes funds available to fight housing discrimination and help families affected by HIV/AIDS, a new NLIHC report examines ERA program practices, and more.

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HUD Makes Over $19 Million Available to Fight Housing Discrimination

$19.4 million in funds will be available to help HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program agencies address discriminatory housing practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds, provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will both allow private fair housing enforcement organizations to respond to inquiries and complaints, and also be used to address issues affecting individuals and families experiencing housing instability. Read article

 

New NLIHC Report Examines How ERA Programs Implement Direct-to-Tenant Payments

A new NLIHC report outlines why direct-to-tenant payments are needed in emergency rental assistance (ERA) programs and how program administrators can implement this feature. Among other things, the report recommends that programs implement low-barrier, direct-to-tenant assistance with minimal additional documentation requirements. Read article

 

HUD Awards More Than $27 Million to Local HIV/AIDS Housing Programs

HUD announced more than $27 million to assist thousands of low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families over a three-year period. The funding announced today is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD's support of 31 local programs. These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population. Read article

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Community Development and Housing News: July 19, 2021

Posted by NMA on Jul 19, 2021 9:30:00 AM

The White House hosts a virtual Eviction Prevention Summit, Oregon passes several affordable housing bills, HUD announces key staff appointments, and more.

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White House Hosts Virtual Summit on Eviction Prevention

The White House's virtual Eviction Prevention Summit featured a panel of administration officials and private breakout sessions on the subject of designing and administering accessible emergency rental assistance programs that reach people with the greatest risk of eviction. Read article

 

Oregon Legislature Passes Bills to Expand Renter Protections and Increase Affordable Housing Supply

During its 2021 legislative session, Oregon passed several bills to build and maintain affordable housing, protect renters, and address homelessness. Throughout the session, the Oregon Housing Alliance and Housing Oregon mobilized affordable housing advocates from across the state to share why a safe, stable, affordable, and accessible home is critical. Read article

 

HUD Announces Key Staff Appointments

HUD has announced several key additions to its staff—a talented and diverse group of individuals ready to tackle the nation's housing challenges. Read article

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