Federal Register notice supplements RAD revisions

On Friday in the Federal Register, HUD solicited comments on regulatory and other changes to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). Friday’s notice follows the June 15 publication of Notice PIH 2012-32, REV-2, which announced revisions and alternative requirements for the program. This notice announces further revisions to RAD and solicits public comment on changed eligibility and selection criteria.

As further explained in the notice, items subject to notice and comment will be effective July 27, 2015. The due date for comments is also July 27.

If HUD receives adverse comment that leads to reconsideration, HUD will notify the public in a new notice immediately upon the expiration of the comment period.

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HUD issues revised RAD notice

In a press release Monday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced to the public the online publication of revised program instructions for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) in Notice PIH 2012-32, REV-2.

The revised notice, which fills 235 pages, includes the following key revisions:

  • Increases the cap on public housing conversions from 60,000 to 185,000 units (approximately 15 percent of the public housing stock)
  • Expands the program’s eligibility to include Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy (Mod Rehab SRO) properties funded under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Strengthens key rights and protections for residents
    • Requires owners/mangers to notify and consult with residents
    • Gives residents the a right to remain or return to the property
    • Prohibits re-screening of current residents
    • Provides an option for a tenant-based voucher, if a resident chooses to leave the assisted property following conversion
    • Continues the essential rights and protections provided under the public housing program, including funding to support resident organizations
  • Offers multifamily property owners participating in HUD’s legacy Rent Supplement (Rent Supp) and Rental Assistance Payment (RAP) programs full participation in the RAD program
  • Strengthens the requirement that PHAs maintain control of any new entity formed as part of a RAD conversion

In a related “RADblast” emailed yesterday, HUD added two live question-and-answer (Q&A) sessions to its schedule of RAD training events:

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HUD publishes guide comparing PBV and PBRA conversions

Today on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) website, HUD posted a guide to choosing between project-based vouchers (PBV) and project-based rental assistance (PBRA) for RAD conversions.

The seven-page comparison guide was published by the Office of Multifamily Housing and the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH). According to the guide’s introduction:

Under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, a public housing authority (PHA) may convert assistance under the public housing program to long-term, project-based Section 8 assistance. A PHA must choose between two forms of project-based Section 8 assistance: project-based vouchers (PBVs) and project-based rental assistance (PBRA). To assist PHAs in making this decision, this guide compares key requirements between these two forms of project-based Section 8 assistance.

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Friday news roundup 2/6/15

Center for the Study of Social Policy: Aligning resources and results: FY 2016 budget

Housing Finance: 2016 budget proposal seeks $4 billion boost for HUD

Housing Finance: Looking to the future with RAD

MetroTrends: Could the president’s budget put us on an optimistic path for long-term growth?

NCSHA: Preliminary analysis of the administration’s proposed FY 2016 budget

NHC: How to save your housing program during budget battles

NHC: The Obama administration’s vision for housing: A look at the FY 2016 budget request

NLIHC: Federal budget and appropriations

NLIHC: Increasing rent assistance could lift 2.3 million children out of poverty

Off the Charts: President Obama is proposing a surprisingly ambitious budget

Off the Charts: Obama budget restores lost housing vouchers

Obama administration releases proposed budget for FFY 2016

Yesterday the Obama administration released its proposed budget for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016. As part of the budget rollout, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a summary of its portion of the 2016 budget and discussed the budget in a town hall meeting broadcast yesterday.

In a news release, HUD Secretary Julián Castro praised the HUD portion of the budget for its focus on securing quality housing for Americans, ending homelessness, making communities more resilient, protecting people from housing discrimination, and providing critical rental assistance:

HUD is the Department of Opportunity, and the president’s budget proposal is a blueprint for greater opportunity for all Americans. By increasing our department’s funding level by nearly $4 billion over current levels, the president’s budget helps us continue our progress toward achieving our mission to promote homeownership, support community development, and expand access to affordable housing for all.

What does the Obama administration propose for the housing choice voucher (HCV) and public housing programs in 2016? The proposed budget for HUD requests a total of $21.1 billion for the HCV program, or 5.4 percent more than it requested for 2015. The total breaks down this way:

  • $18.3 billion for voucher renewals, or almost 2 percent more than was requested for 2015
  • $150 million for tenant protection activities, the same amount requested for 2015
  • $2 billion for administrative fees, or 18 percent more
  • $108 million for renewal of vouchers for persons with disabilities under Section 811 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, or not quite 1 percent less
  • $75 million for the supportive housing program for homeless veterans, the same amount provided the past several years
  • $178 million for new vouchers for families, veterans, and tribal families who are experiencing homelessness, as well as victims of domestic and dating violence
  • $38 million for new vouchers for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking who require an emergency transfer
  • $20 million for new Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers

The budget document explains that the new funding “restores the approximately 67,000 vouchers that were lost as a result of sequestration cuts in 2013.” It also proposes expanding the Moving to Work (MTW) program, allowing fixed-income families to recertify their incomes every three years, and increasing the threshold used to determine deductions for unreimbursed medical expenses from 3 to 10 percent of family income.

As for the public housing program, the HUD portion of the proposed 2016 budget includes these requests:

  • $1.97 billion for the capital fund, or about 2 percent more than requested for 2015
  • $4.6 billion for the operating fund, the same amount requested for 2015
  • $250 million for Choice Neighborhoods, or 108 percent more

The proposed budget also requests $50 million, a 400 percent increase, for “a targeted expansion of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) to public housing properties that cannot feasibly convert at existing funding levels and are located in high-poverty neighborhoods, including designated Promise Zones, where the administration is supporting comprehensive revitalization efforts.”

For the consolidated family self-sufficiency (FSS) program, the proposed budget includes $85 million for family self-sufficiency coordinators, 13 percent more than requested for 2015.

You will find the president’s message to Congress here, a slide presentation of the proposed HUD budget here, a brief summary of it here, a press release about it here, links to the congressional justifications for the various parts of it here, and the appropriations language submitted to Congress here.

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Friday news roundup 1/30/15

On Monday the Obama administration will be releasing its detailed proposed budget for next year. In a one-hour webcast scheduled for Monday afternoon, HUD Secretary Julián Castro will provide a briefing on the HUD portion of the budget. The webcast will begin at 4 p.m. eastern time (1 p.m. Pacific time). If you wish to watch the webcast live, you will find the link you need on this page shortly before it starts. In other news:

Housing Finance: Community Development Trust commits $100 million to assist RAD projects

Next City: Restoring payments to the National Housing Trust Fund, and Sec. Castro on The Daily Show

NLIHC: Appropriation levels for HUD programs in FY16 could be the worst in several years

Rooflines: Supreme Court argument reaffirms the case for disparate impact

HUD updates RAD application process

Today in the Federal Register, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) described its application review process for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). The cap on RAD conversions was increased from 60,000 units to 185,000 units under the fiscal year 2015 appropriations act.

As described in today’s notice, HUD will now process existing applications from the RAD waiting list. HUD will issue a commitment to enter into a housing assistance payments contract (CHAP) for any eligible application that falls below the 185,000-unit cap.

According to the notice, if additional or updated information is needed to complete an application, the application will be held until the information is provided. HUD will review applications “in the manner it deems most expedient”:

HUD may consider deal-specific factors including program financing requirements in determining the order with which it processes applications. Applications that require a CHAP by a certain deadline in order to secure project financing may be reviewed prior to other applications in order to maximize resources and support the successful conversion of all transactions.

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