Friday news roundup 7/25/14

Affordable Housing Finance: New Jersey project becomes first Mod Rehab RAD deal

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: A view from the National Healthy Homes Conference

Next City: “Housing First” helps keep ex-inmates off the streets (and out of prison)

Next City: In San Diego, the number of homeless families more than tripled between 2010 and 2013

Next City: The “poor door”: Segregation of people based on how much rent they can pay

NHC: Fair housing and the data paradox

Off the Charts: Fewer poor children under welfare law, but more very poor children

PBS (via Planetizen): Since 2001, the U.S. has lost nearly 13 percent of its low-income housing

Rooflines: The specific stumbling blocks getting in the way of vouchers fulfilling their promise of mobility

Rooflines: Subsidizing the upper middle class?

HUD publishes new RAD notice, updates FAQs

Late yesterday the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted new guidance for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) in Notice PIH 2014-17. The new notice, which fills 31 pages, provides guidance on resident relocation requirements and procedures, including:

  • Recommended elements of a relocation plan
  • Suggested sequencing of relocation planning activities
  • Residents’ right to return to the project after conversion
  • Required relocation assistance and resident notification
  • Fair housing and civil right requirements
  • Public housing program compliance
  • Evictions for cause

In an email, HUD announced that it will be hosting a question-and-answer (Q&A) session in the coming weeks on Notice PIH 2014-17. The Q&A has not yet been scheduled; we’ll let you know when more details are available.

HUD also posted two new frequently asked questions (FAQs) about RAD. The new questions cover the following topics:

You can access the RAD FAQs in two different ways from the RAD home page. One way will take you directly to the full collection of FAQs, categorized by topic. The other will take you to the RAD Resource Desk, where you’ll find a searchable database of the FAQs.

RAD: How It’s Really Working

NMA vice president of professional services Carrol Vaughan, presenting a session on RAD at last year's NMA Housing Conference

NMA vice president of professional services Carrol Vaughan, presenting a session on RAD at last year’s NMA Housing Conference

Carrol Vaughan, NMA’s vice president of professional services, is our resident expert on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Other subjects she’s written about for the NMA blog include proposed voucher reform legislation and project-based vouchers. Carrol will be moderating the following session at the 2014 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

RAD: How It’s Really Working
Moderator, Carrol Vaughan
Joe Carmen, Rockhall Funding
Fred Lamont, County of Santa Barbara
Herb Brown, Trenton Housing Authority
Lisa Kemmis, Michigan State Housing and Development Authority

Ignored at first and now recognized as having the potential to effect significant change, the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program has completed its first year in operation, and many more agencies have applications pending. This panel will look at the process required to close the RAD deals and provide ideas on what to do — and not do!

Register online or email for more information. Don’t delay, less than a week left for early bird discounts! Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to reserve a free, one-hour consulting session with one of our NMA experts before they’re all gone.

Update on progress of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

HUD has updated the web page that provides information on the progress of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). Under the first component of RAD, HUD has so far awarded a commitment to enter into a housing assistance payments contract, or CHAP, to:

  • 361 public housing projects with 59,212 units
  • 8 Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) projects with 1,053 units

The page provides a link to a full list of the recipients of the CHAP awards.

As you may recall, the current limit on conversions under the first component of RAD, for both the public housing and Mod Rehab programs, is 60,000 units. So the updated total of 60,265 units has exceeded the cap. Accordingly, HUD announces on the updated page that it has created a waiting list for the first component of RAD in the order in which applications were received. You can view the current waiting list in both PDF and Excel versions.

HUD also alerts us on the updated page that it expects to shortly issue guidance on how to submit new second component conversion requests. The second component of RAD had been set to expire last year, but was extended through the end of this year by the 2014 appropriations act. Under the second component of RAD, HUD has so far provided approval to 75 projects with more than 8,300 units.

Update on 2015 HUD appropriations bill

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4745, the bill that provides funding for HUD in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015. The vote was 229 to 192. The U.S. Senate has yet to schedule a vote on its version of the bill (S. 2438).

On June 5, when the Senate Appropriations Committee approved S. 2438, the text of the bill was not available. Now that it is, we can provide you with a more comprehensive summary of what the bill contains.

  • For the HCV program, the Senate bill recommends $19.562 billion in total funding (as compared to $19.177 billion available for this year and $19.357 billion recommended in the House bill), with:

o    $17.719 billion for voucher renewal funding (as compared to $17.366 billion available for this year and $17.693 billion in the House bill)

o    $130 million for tenant protection vouchers (as compared to the same amount available for this year and in the House bill)

o    $1.555 billion for administrative fees (as compared to $1.5 billion available for this year and $1.35 billion in the House bill)

o    $83.16 million for the renewal of Mainstream 5 vouchers (as compared to $106.691 million available for this year and $108.45 million in the House bill)

o    $75 million for incremental HUD–Veterans Affairs supportive housing (VASH) vouchers (as compared to the same amount available for this year and in the House bill)

  • For the public housing program, the Senate bill recommends:

o    $1.9 billion for the capital fund (as compared to $1.875 provided for this year and $1.775 billion in the House bill), with a $45 million set-aside for “supportive services, service coordinator, and congregate services” (as compared to the same amount available for this year and in the House bill) and a $15 million set-aside for a Jobs-Plus pilot (also the same amount available for this year and in the House bill)

o    $4.475 billion for the operating fund (as compared to $4.4 billion provided for this year and $4.4 billion in the House bill)

o    $10 million for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) (as compared to no funding provided for this year and no funding in the House bill)

o    $90 million for Choice Neighborhoods (as compared to the same amount provided for this year and $25 million in the House bill)

  • For a consolidated family self-sufficiency (FSS) program, the draft recommends $75 million (as compared to the same funding level available for this year and recommended in the House bill). As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) points out in its “Off the Chartsblog post, the bill would also broaden the program’s reach by allowing private owners of HUD-assisted properties to offer FSS to their tenants. (Owners would have to pay for the case management services.)

There is no mention of the new flat rent requirements in the general provisions. You can read the committee report here.

HUD posts preliminary RAD rents for 2014

Today on its RAD Tools website, HUD posted a spreadsheet showing preliminary 2014 rent levels for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). The spreadsheet contains HUD’s preliminary calculation of RAD rents for each public housing property based on 2014 appropriations levels.

As part of its budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2015, HUD has requested an increase in the cap on RAD conversions from the current limit of 60,000 units. As stated in today’s announcement:

Upon an increase in the RAD cap, the Department will use the FY 2014 funding levels to set RAD rents for all pending, active applications above RAD’s current 60,000 unit threshold that are currently in hand or received in 2014. After further revision, HUD will update the data in the application, inventory assessment tool, and maximum first mortgage summary tool.

To stay updated, follow the #RAD tag to keep up with all related blog posts, or subscribe to the PIH Alert and receive a daily email with breaking news and analysis for PHAs and housing professionals.

Friday news roundup 3/28/14

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) has posted the slide presentation shown during last week’s webcast on 2014 funding for the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. You’ll find a link to the presentation at the top of the HCV home page. The webcast itself is available for viewing on demand in HUD’s webcast archive or on YouTube.

Homelessness Law Blog: U.N. Human Rights Committee condemns the criminalization of homelessness in the United States as “cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment”

The HUDdle: So far nearly 400 PHAs have applied for RAD authority to improve more than 1,000 public housing properties including 180,000 units

MetroTrends: Solving the MTO puzzle: Why girls benefit and boys struggle

NLIHC: Out of Reach 2014 finds American renters still cannot afford rent nationwide

Off the Charts: Don’t let affordable housing programs go begging

Rooflines: Here’s how HUD’s housing choice voucher program could be better

White House: Sec. Donovan explains how HUD helps place women and girls in transitional housing, public housing and rental housing

Friday news roundup 3/14/14

Today on its “News-to-Use” web page, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) announced a webcast scheduled for this Monday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. eastern time.

Hosted by the Office of Multifamily Housing, the webcast will discuss occupancy related requirements associated with the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. It will closely mirror the RAD PBRA Quick Reference Guide and there will be a session for questions and answers. In other news:

The HUDdle: Making a house a home for one veteran

NCSHA: Additional analysis of the the FY 2015 budget

Next City: 40% reduction in poverty has nothing to do with a more robust workforce or equitable economy and everything to do with government programs like SNAP and tax credits like EITC

NLIHC: President’s budget request supports ELI programs

Off the Charts: 5 proven benefits of housing vouchers

Rooflines: No, minimum rents do not “encourage financial responsibility”

As always, thanks for reading!  We hope you have a wonderful weekend full of good luck.

Friday news roundup 3/7/14

Daylight saving time begins this Sunday — don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour!

The HUDdle: National Deaf History Month celebrates deaf history and promotes awareness and appreciation of deaf culture, heritage and American Sign Language

MetroTrends: America’s rental housing crisis, mapped

NCSHA: Administration releases fiscal year 2015 budget

Next City: Drastic changes to Earned Income Tax Credit in Obama budget proposal

NHC: President’s budget shows sequestration’s restraints mean housing advocates must unite

NLIHC: President releases FY15 budget request for HUD and rural housing service

Off the Charts: Emergency jobless benefits cutoff has hit nearly 200,000 veterans and counting

Rooflines: Keeping rural seniors in their homes

SF Gate: San Francisco Housing Authority joins RAD program

Friday news roundup 2/28/14

The most important post we read this week was on CBPP‘s Off the Charts blog, where Douglas Rice shared a dismaying projection: 70,000 fewer low-income families have housing vouchers as a result of the across-the-board sequestration cuts that started last March. In other news:

Bipartisan Policy Center (via NCSHA): The percentage of low-income families facing “moderate” and “severe” rental housing cost burdens has reached crisis levels

Brookings: Cities and metro areas are tackling the economic gap through affordable housing initiatives

NCSHA: Small improvements, state differences in housing affordability

NLIHC: A quarter of public housing authorities prioritize serving people who are homeless

Rooflines: The myths about poverty are keeping people poor

Finally, late last week HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan advised executive directors of the current status of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) first component. The letter details HUD’s plans for processing RAD applications under 2014 appropriations. The letter was posted to the RAD home page and was attached to a “RADBlast!” e-mail. Click here to join the “RADBlast!” mailing list.


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