Friday news roundup 11/21/14

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: Housing cost burdens continue to strain renters

MetroTrends: 3 trends that signal hard times for renters

Next City: Tying housing vouchers to public schools

NLIHC: AFFH assessment tool comments due Tuesday

NLIHC: Hold put on PIH assistant secretary

NLIHC: HUD submits fair housing report to Congress

Rooflines: A RADical change for public housing?

Our offices will be closed next Thursday and Friday to celebrate Thanksgiving, so we won’t be publishing the weekly news roundup. Check back on Friday, December 5 for the next installment. In the meantime, enjoy your holiday!

Midweek news roundup 11/11/14

In honor of Veterans Day, we’re publishing a midweek roundup. News of note this week:

Dallas News (via HUD): Every veteran deserves a home

Housing Finance: Julián Castro’s priorities for 2015

Next City: Tens of thousands of veterans have no place to call home

NLIHC: Washington advocates propose using Medicaid to help end chronic homelessness

Off the Charts: Progress against veterans’ homelessness shows value of rental assistance

Off the Charts: Rental assistance helps more than 340,000 veterans and their families afford housing

Off the Charts: Why expanding RAD makes sense

Veterans Affairs (via HUD): Veterans Day 2014

Friday news roundup 11/7/14

Housing Finance: IRS announces 2015 LIHTC, bond caps

The HUDdle: Survivors of domestic violence need fair housing, not eviction

NCSHA: HUD reports further decline in homelessness

NCSHA: Judge rejects HUD’s disparate impact rule

New York Times: Free broadband for public housing in New York sought as condition in Comcast deal

Next City: NYCHA is revisiting its policy of barring many formerly incarcerated people from public housing

Next City: Using Wall Street tactics to preserve affordable housing

NLIHC: 40 years ago: Public housing changes in Housing and Community Development Act of 1974

Off the Charts: Neighborhoods do matter to kids’ success

Off the Charts: Tens of thousands apply for scarce housing vouchers

PD&R Edge: Why did Pruitt-Igoe fail?

Rooflines: HUD’s perspective on the Rental Assistance Demonstration

Shelterforce: Lifting the fog on Section 3

Washington Post (via Planetizen): These five charts show the progress made in fighting homelessness

Friday news roundup 10/24/14

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NLIHC: Advocates have spent much of the past 40 years striving to gain the resources necessary to provide housing and supportive services to all low-income people with mental illness

Off the Charts: Housing choice vouchers help families live in better neighborhoods—but they can do more

Off the Charts: 4 ways to help more families use vouchers to live in low-poverty neighborhoods

Off the Charts: 2 programs could boost opportunity for families with project-based rental assistance

Off the Charts: 2 changes to RAD that could help public housing families

Spotlight on Poverty (via CBPP): Helping more kids live in better neighborhoods

Friday news roundup 10/10/14

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: The 1968 HUD act forever changed the politics and policy of low-income housing in this country

Next City: Inside HUD’s favorite new program, the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Rooflines: The vast majority of people making less than 60 percent of AMI are working at essential jobs that make our economies function

Friday news roundup 10/3/14

Even if your agency is not participating in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, you may be interested in the inaugural issue of the monthly “RAD Newsletter” launched today. The two-page issue includes recent RAD news, highlights key program statistics, and lists recently closed projects. You’ll find a link to the newsletter on the RAD news page.

In other RAD news, last week HUD posted a “case studies” document spotlighting four agencies participating in the demonstration program. The eight-page document focuses on the differing issues faced by the participating housing authorities, including:

  • Combining RAD and Moving to Work (Cambridge, MA)
  • A small PHA leveraging private financing (Ilion, NY)
  • Financing substantial rehabilitation (Lexington, NC)
  • Effective resident engagement (Broward County, FL)

Notable articles this week in the affordable housing blogosphere:

NCSHA: Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas disparate impact fair housing case regarding tax credits

New Yorker: Over time, Housing First has saved the government money

Next City: Making the renters vs. homeowners competition a thing of the past

Friday news roundup 8/29/14

In last week’s roundup, we shared HUD’s revised addendum for the 2015 proposed FMRs. This week, HUD officially announced the correction to the 2015 proposed fair market rents (FMRs) published on August 15 in a Federal Register notice. The new notice includes a corrected version of the Schedule B addendum, which contains proposed small area FMRs for the five demonstration participants. According to the notice:

Unfortunately, the Schedule B addendum published on August 15, 2014 inadvertently excluded the small area FMRs for Dallas, Texas. This notice provides the corrected Schedule B addendum.

You can review the 2015 proposed FMRs on HUD’s Policy Development and Research (PD&R) FMR page. In other news:

GoSection8: Upgraded map feature for RentWatch4

HUD: Veteran homelessness has declined by 33 percent since 2010

The HUDdle: How the collaboration between agencies helps bridge gaps between organizations

NCSHA: NLIHC report describes growing affordable rental housing gap

Next City: 4 public housing lessons the U.S. could learn from the rest of the world

NHC: RAD isn’t as radical as it sounds

NLIHC: Nationwide, there are only 31 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely low-income renters

Rooflines: Going beyond the discussion of concentrated poverty and environmental influences of bad neighborhoods


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