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.

Friday news roundup 11/22/13

50 years later, we remember the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Here President Kennedy meets with Dr. Robert Weaver in the Oval Office. In 1961, President Kennedy appointed Dr. Weaver as Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency. After the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 established HUD as a Cabinet-level agency, he was sworn in as HUD’s first Secretary. (From HUD's Facebook page)

50 years later, we remember the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Here President Kennedy meets with Dr. Robert Weaver in the Oval Office. In 1961, President Kennedy appointed Dr. Weaver as Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency. After the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 established HUD as a Cabinet-level agency, he was sworn in as HUD’s first Secretary.
(Credit: HUD’s Facebook page)

CNN Money: Government reports drop in number of homeless

Journal of Housing and Community Development (via HUD’s RAD page): Bright spots during the past year for preservation or replacement of the $100 billion public housing stock (PDF)

NLIHC: New reports on the effects of sequestration

Off the Charts: Replacing sequestration with equivalent ten-year savings makes sense

Orange County Register (via MetroTrends): There is not enough affordable rental housing

Rooflines: Housing recovery, but not for all

USA Today: Big drops in veteran, chronic homelessness

HUD provides update on RAD, schedules Q&A for this Thursday

In an email today, HUD announced that, as of October 25, it had received 459 applications to convert more than 76,000 public housing and Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) units to long-term project-based Section 8 contracts under the first component of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). HUD has awarded initial approval to 21,097 of these units and is still reviewing applications for another 55,000 units.

Although the cap on conversions under the first component of RAD is still 60,000 units, HUD has asked Congress to raise the cap to 150,000 units and will continue accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis until further notice.

To answer any questions PHAs may have about the continuing application process, HUD has planned a question-and-answer (Q&A) session for this Thursday, November 7, from 3 to 4 p.m. eastern time. HUD will begin the session with a progress report on applications received so far and a discussion of issues related to the 60,000-unit cap on conversions under the first component of RAD. It will then open the floor to questions. If you wish to participate in the session, click here to register.

To stay updated, follow the #RAD tag to keep up with all related blog posts or subscribe to the PIH Alert and Housing Resource Newsletter.

Midweek news roundup 10/2/13

A U.S. Park Police officer waves people away from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)

A U.S. Park Police officer waves people away from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)

As this is an exceptionally newsworthy week, we’re publishing a midweek update.

We invite our readers to join the conversation about the #government-shutdown by leaving a comment on yesterday’s blog post. How will the shutdown affect your agency? Do you have any questions you’d like to ask, or tips to share?

News of note this week:

Affordable Housing Finance: Six lessons we learned during our participation in the RAD program

Brookings: Invest but reform: Streamline administration of the HCV program

Forefront: The subdividing of Pruitt-Igoe

GoSection8: Affordable housing and public school choice

MetroTrends: Housing vouchers can work better for families

NCSHA: All reports have indicated that Republican and Democratic leaders are not close to reaching an agreement

Next City: Pittsburgh HA doubles down on redevelopment

NHC: The government shuts down…what does it mean for housing?

NLIHC: What does the shutdown mean for HUD’s programs?

Off the Charts: Don’t reward the politics of blackmail

Government shutdown: What you need to know

Many PHAs are asking, “What does the shutdown mean to our agency and the families we serve?” Yesterday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted a 67-page contingency plan which provides some guidance to PHAs on the impacts of a lapse in appropriations due to the federal government shutdown.

According to the contingency plan, PHAs will continue to be able to access HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) secure systems, such as the Voucher Management System (VMS), the PIH Information Center (PIC) system, the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system, and the Line of Credit Control Systems (LOCCS), among others. However, although HUD’s PIH systems will be largely available, PIH staff and contractors will not be available to answer questions regarding the systems. RAD applications will continue to be accepted, but they will not be reviewed until after the shutdown.

HCV housing assistance payments and administrative fee funding for the month of October are scheduled to be disbursed to PHAs according to the regular schedule, but any November funding is contingent upon the outcome of the government shutdown. Any public housing operating subsidy or capital funds that have already been obligated through LOCCS can be drawn down, but additional funding is also contingent on the shutdown. As a result of the funding uncertainty, PHAs should carefully monitor their financial situations throughout the government shutdown.

  • PIH staff will not be attending any meetings or conducting monitoring or technical assistance visits at PHAs
  • REAC inspections will not be conducted
  • PIH staff will not be available to answer any non-emergency questions from PHAs, residents, or others
  • Contact information for PIH emergency operations during the government shutdown will be posted on the HUD website

For further details on the portion of the contingency plan that concerns programs administered by PIH, see pages 7 and 57–63. NMA will continue to update the blog as more information on the government shutdown becomes available.

Friday news roundup 9/6/13

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has uploaded to the HUD channel on YouTube two of its recent question-and-answer (Q&A) Webinars on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).

You’ll find links to the Webinars under “Technical Assistance” on the RAD “Application and Closing Materials” page, but you can also follow the direct links below.

  • July 25 Q&A Webinar, which focuses on “how PHAs can expand their capacity, including through the procurement of partners, in order to assess their portfolios and submit applications for RAD in this calendar year”
  • August 1 Q&A Webinar, which begins with a presentation entitled “RAD 101: Public Housing Conversions”

In other news:

New York Times: Corrective policy is needed when industries pay wages on which adults cannot support a family

Next City: Thinking creatively about how to finance the needed improvements to public housing

Washington Post: Why $270 billion in housing aid hasn’t solved homelessness

Last but not least, we’re loading up the boxes and heading out for the first-ever NMA Housing Conference! Have a great weekend, and we’ll be back next week with photos and a full report from the conference, including the winners of the 2013 NMA Housing Awards.

New NMA conference sessions and one-on-one consulting

One week left to register for the 2013 NMA Housing Conference and GoSection8 User Conference! New track sessions and signups for one-on-one consulting have just been announced. To read the full list of sessions, go here.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Don’t Waste Strategy Time on Goal Setting!
Presenter, Eric Kaufmann, President, Sagatica LLC

Most strategy sessions are merely operational — a missed leadership opportunity. Eric Kaufmann guides leadership teams across the country and coaches corporate CEOs. He will present the way to prepare a strategic action plan that becomes a useful resource to accomplish your agency’s goals within limited funding. You will discover the six deadly mistakes of strategy planning. Ask the right questions, set the right measurements, and get to work!

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

Why Your Agency Should Be Taking a Second Look at RAD
Presenter, Carrol Vaughan

The RAD demonstration program is a unique opportunity for housing authorities to convert their at-risk public housing to long-term Section 8 rental assistance contracts. In this session, we’ll cover the latest information on the program and discuss why your housing authority should take a serious look at whether RAD would work for your agency. We’ll also hear from staff at a large housing authority on why their agency is considering submitting an application, and review the thought process involved in making the decision to apply.

Fair Housing/Civil Rights Reviews: Are You Prepared?
Presenter, Annie Stevenson

Using HUD’s civil rights review checklist, we’ll discuss fair housing requirements for the public housing and HCV programs. Topics will include limited English proficiency (LEP), reasonable accommodations, alternative communication methods, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare for civil rights monitoring.

Free One-on-One NMA Consulting

Reserve your free session with an NMA industry expert! These consulting sessions are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. In fact, some are already full, so we encourage you to sign up now.

Nan McKayNan McKay, President and Founder
Expertise: HCV program management

John McKayJohn McKay, CEO
Expertise: Performance management, applying Baldrige principles to affordable housing

Carrol VaughanCarrol Vaughan, VP of Professional Services
Expertise: Procurement, organizational development

Dorian JenkinsDorian Jenkins, VP of Program Management
Expertise: HCV program, public housing leasing, tenant relations, rent collection, REAC prep, cost controls

Cydney JonesCydney Jones, Director of Program Management
Expertise: General HCV topics and issues

Sheryl PutnamSheryl Putnam, Professional Development Manager
Expertise: LIHTC compliance, HOME, PBRA

Samantha PratterSamantha Pratter, Writing Supervisor
Expertise: HCV and public housing eligibility, occupancy, and rent calculation

Annie StevensonAnnie Stevenson, Senior Trainer
Expertise: Fair housing, hearings, EIV, general HCV and public housing topics

Terry ProvanceTerry Provance, Senior Trainer
Expertise: Fair housing, PHAS, public housing property management, general asset management issues

Sammie SzaboSammie Szabo, Associate Trainer
Expertise: General HCV and public housing, PBV, blended occupancy

Jay OrtenzoJay Ortenzo, Property Services Manager
Expertise: HCV inspections and standards, public housing maintenance management

Teri RobertsonTeri Robertson, Senior Consultant
Expertise: SEMAP, quality control, HCV program utilization

Betty TurnerBetty Turner, Senior Associate Trainer
Expertise: Transition to asset management, supervision, working with commissioners

Please note that you must be a registered conference attendee or new registrant in order to take advantage of free consulting sessions. Non-registrants without an accompanying registration are not eligible. Register online or email for more information. Winners of the 2013 NMA Housing Awards will be announced at the conference — don’t miss it!


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