Affordable Housing News

Affordable housing news 4/29/16

Posted by NMA on Apr 29, 2016 1:00:20 PM

This week HUD announced that it will establish a federal advisory committee for the Moving to Work (MTW) program. The committee will advise HUD on specific policy proposals and methods of research and evaluation for expansion of the MTW demonstration. HUD published a request for policy proposals and evaluation methods for the expansion on April 4.

Establishment of the advisory committee is required under the 2016 appropriations bill, which authorizes HUD to expand the MTW demonstration by an additional 100 public housing authorities over seven years. According to today’s notice, the committee will have up to 14 members appointed by the HUD Secretary.

Comments on the notice are due by May 26, 2016. In other news:

Brookings: Examining multidimensional poverty Residents of New York City public housing speak out about how important affordable housing is for them

NLIHC: People with criminal records should get a fair chance at housing

Urban Institute: Lessons from Memphis's collaborative campaign against blight

Topics: appropriations, criminal records, MTW, Program News and Notices, reclaiming vacant properties

Affordable housing news 4/22/16

Posted by NMA on Apr 22, 2016 3:15:57 PM

Bloomberg View: What makes housing too expensive

CBPP: Congress should act to reduce child homelessness in 2017

HUD: Moving to Work (MTW) agreements extended until 2028

Next City: Julián Castro talks about implementing a new urban agenda

NLIHC: Senate Appropriations Committee passes FY17 THUD spending bill

Topics: appropriations, MTW, Program News and Notices

Affordable housing news 3/25/16

Posted by NMA on Mar 25, 2016 4:05:20 PM

CBPP: Obama’s 2017 budget includes $15 million for a new housing choice voucher mobility demonstration

NCSHA: Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announces her intention to introduce legislation to expand Low Income Housing Tax Credit authority by 50% and to make other changes to strengthen the program

NLIHC: 75% of extremely low-income renter households spend more than half of their income for housing

Planetizen: Evaluating affordable housing development strategies

Rooflines: High-density public housing may seem like an idea whose time has come and gone, but Toronto could be proving that wrong

Topics: appropriations, LIHTC, Program News and Notices

Affordable housing news 3/18/16

Posted by NMA on Mar 18, 2016 4:37:45 PM

If you're interested in the status of voucher utilization and funding, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) announced earlier this week that it will be hosting a free webinar next Wednesday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. eastern time (11:30 a.m. Pacific time):

As of the end of 2015, state and local housing agencies had restored about half of the nearly 100,000 housing vouchers that they had cut after sequestration in 2013, and many were poised to restore additional vouchers in 2016. Some agencies that could be assisting additional families are instead leaving funds on the table unspent, however. Webinar panelists will provide a status update on voucher utilization and funding, discuss steps that housing agencies can take to improve utilization, and briefly assess the funding outlook for 2017.

Click here to register for the webinar. In other news:

NeighborWorks: More than 20 cities and states across the country have declared an end to veteran homelessness

NLIHC: Senate subcommittee holds hearing on FY17 HUD budget request

It's the first weekend of daylight saving time—enjoy the sunshine! We'll be back next week with more affordable housing news and analysis.

Topics: appropriations, HCV utilization, Program News and Notices, sequestration, VASH, veterans

HUD posts bulletin on Moving to Work expansion

Posted by NMA on Mar 16, 2016 10:54:30 AM

Today on the Moving to Work (MTW) home page, HUD posted an update on the planned expansion of the demonstration program under the 2016 appropriations bill.

The 2016 omnibus appropriations bill signed by the president in December 2015 authorizes HUD to expand the MTW demonstration by an additional 100 public housing authorities over seven years. Agencies selected as part of the MTW expansion must be high performers, meet certain site selection requirements as described below, and represent geographic diversity across the country. HUD is working to operationalize the omnibus language and develop a means by which to select new PHAs. At this time, HUD is not accepting applications to the MTW demonstration. As new information is made available, it will be posted on this webpage.

The 100 PHAs will also be selected based on program size, with 50 of the slots reserved for agencies administering 1,000 or fewer aggregate public housing and voucher units. HUD is considering additional criteria to ensure the selection of creative and high-capacity PHAs.

To receive more updates like this on the latest HUD news, subscribe to NMA’s PIH Alert and receive a daily email with breaking stories, regulatory analysis, and other important information for PHAs and housing professionals. Have you entered our contest to win a free year’s subscription to the PIH Alert? Don’t delay, the contest ends next week!

Topics: appropriations, MTW, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices

Affordable housing news 3/11/16

Posted by NMA on Mar 11, 2016 2:28:04 PM

CBPP: New book calls for better targeting of federal housing money

CBPP: Low TANF benefits cover only fraction of housing costs

CityLab: Historic neighborhoods provide benefits to everyone, not just homeowners

CityLab: Mapping the most distressed communities in the U.S.

New York Times (via Planetizen): To fix poverty, make housing fair for everyone

NLIHC: Millions of families on voucher and public housing waiting lists

NLIHC: House budget resolution woes continue

NLIHC: Study finds affordable housing reduces health care costs

Topics: appropriations, Program News and Notices

NMA classes now updated for streamlining final rule

Posted by NMA on Mar 7, 2016 10:01:48 AM

govt-columns.jpgIn a press release last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a prepublication copy of the final rule streamlining administrative regulations for the housing choice voucher (HCV), project-based voucher (PBV), public housing, HOME, and multifamily (PBRA) housing programs. The streamlining final rule combines changes in the 2014 and 2015 appropriations acts, elements of HUD’s 2013 temporary compliance options, and other streamlining changes. It will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

In response to the publication of the 99-page final rule, which includes regulatory changes in 14 different topic areas, Nan McKay & Associates (NMA) is pleased to announce we have reviewed all our seminars and updated them with new guidance as needed.

HCV seminars updated for the streamlining final rule:

Public housing seminars updated for the streamlining final rule:

Multifamily seminars updated for the streamlining final rule:

The streamlining final rule also includes several new policy options. Our technical writers and subject matter experts are in the process of revising our model ACOP and model administrative plan to include language and guidance for these new options. We are expediting those revisions for our subscribers and will be issuing them as quickly as possible.

Finally, the rule includes significant changes to the earned income disallowance. Due to those changes, the NMA Earned Income Disallowance (EID) Kit is being pulled from our classes and online store as we update it to comply with the new regulations.

We recognize that this is all a lot of new information to absorb. Remember, we're here to help! If you have any questions, you can get in touch with our team by emailing or calling us at (800) 783-3100.

Senior trainer Samantha Sowards has been a part of the NMA team since 2008. As NMA’s manager of curriculum development, Samantha oversees publications from concept and creation through the ongoing revision process, including NMA Master Books, model policies, and handbooks.

Topics: appropriations, blended occupancy, books and revision services, EID, eligibility, fair housing, final rule, hearing officer, HQS, MHS, Notice PIH 2013-03, occupancy, PBRA, PBV, program management, Program News and Notices, RAD, rent calculation, streamlining

Affordable housing news 3/4/16

Posted by NMA on Mar 4, 2016 2:52:43 PM

East Bay Express: Oakland tenant advocates file ballot initiative to strengthen rent control and eviction protections

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: Evicted: Confronting some uncomfortable truths

The HUDdle: A Day in the Life: Office of Housing, Jackson, Mississippi

NCSHA: Sign-on letter urges Congress to raise the cap on housing credit authority

NLIHC: Colorado legislators address important housing issues

Next City: Why cities need to stop the eviction cycle

Planetizen: Affordability crisis dwarfs affordability policies

Rooflines: Using the wrong tools to build affordable housing

Washington Examiner (via NHC): The big issue candidates are ignoring in 2016

Washington Post: Why losing a home means losing everything

Topics: appropriations, Program News and Notices

HUD publishes final rule on streamlining admin regs

Posted by NMA on Mar 1, 2016 2:10:52 PM

In a press release this morning, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it will soon be publishing a final rule streamlining administrative regulations for the public housing (PH), housing choice voucher (HCV), and multifamily housing programs.

The streamlining final rule combines changes in the 2014 and 2015 appropriations acts, elements of HUD’s 2013 temporary compliance options, and other streamlining changes. As you may recall, PIH published the proposed streamlining rule last year on January 6, 2015, and an interim rule on flat rents September 8, 2015.

Today's 99-page final rule includes revisions to the proposed rule and finalizes the regulations contained in the interim rule. Among numerous other changes, the streamlining final rule:

  • Adopts two separate “dates of admission” for the HCV program, specifically the date of voucher issuance and the date of lease-up, for the purposes of verification of social security numbers.
  • Does not allow for the use of actual past income that was included in the proposed rule, based on public comments that suggested it would have minimal streamlining benefits.
  • Provides for a streamlined income determination for any fixed source of income, even if a person or family with a fixed source of income also has a non-fixed source of income, and requires that a full reexamination and redetermination of income must be performed every three years.
  • Revises the earned income disallowance (EID) so that the benefit now applies for a straight 24-month period and PHAs are no longer obligated to track the number of months due to employment starts and stops. For families currently enrolled and participating in EID, the previous requirements will continue to apply. HUD will publish a separate notice with more information about the new administrative requirements.
  • Authorizes PHAs to obtain third-party documentation of assets under $5,000 every three years.
  • Provides PHAs with the option of making quarterly utility payments for reimbursements totaling $45 or less per quarter. If the PHA opts to do so, it must institute a hardship policy for tenants.
  • Includes some but not all of the proposed changes to public housing grievance procedures. PHAs are no longer required to consult resident organizations before appointing a hearing officer, nor must they retain a redacted copy of each hearing decision to be made available to prospective complainants. In place of that requirement, they must maintain a log of hearing officer decisions. However, PHAs must still prepare a summary of any informal settlement, and either party to a grievance may request, at their own expense, that a transcript of a grievance hearing be prepared.
  • Clarifies that if an alternative inspection method is used in the HCV program that employs sampling, PHAs may rely on that method only if HCV units are included in the population of units forming the basis of the sample.
  • Specifies that PHAs may charge a reasonable housing quality standards (HQS) reinspection fee only if an owner states that a deficiency has been fixed and the deficiency is found during reinspection to persist, or if a reinspection conducted after the expiration of the timeframe for repairs reveals that the deficiency persists. It also specifies that any such fees collected must be used only for activities related to the provision of tenant-based assistance.

A prepublication copy of the final rule is posted here. It will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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Topics: appropriations, EID, final rule, flat rent, hearing officer, HQS, inspections, Notice PIH 2013-03, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, rent calculation, streamlining, utilities

Affordable housing news 2/26/16

Posted by NMA on Feb 26, 2016 11:34:35 AM

American Conservative: Affordable housing starts from the bottom up

Denver Post (via Planetizen): Boulder and Denver face steady loss of affordable housing

DNA Info New York (via Planetizen): De Blasio eyes underused church property for affordable housing

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: Presidential budget prioritizes economic mobility and rental assistance

NCSHA: Report finds housing cost burdens widespread among working households

New York Times: A Harvard sociologist on watching families lose their homes

Next City: New design guide offers advice to affordable housing developers

Next City: HUD announces finalists in affordable housing innovation competition

NLIHC: Deadline extended to Feb. 29 to sign letter supporting THUD funding

NLIHC: Hillary Clinton releases plan to address affordable rental housing

NLIHC: Luxury apartments and housing vouchers: Not enough for nation's poorest renters

Topics: appropriations, Program News and Notices

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