Affordable Housing News

House releases omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2017

Posted by NMA on May 2, 2017 11:46:13 AM

appropriations

The House Appropriations Committee yesterday released the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which would provide discretionary funding for the federal government for the remainder of the current fiscal year. Congress is expected to vote on the bill later this week, in time to avoid a government shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires on Friday.

Proposed funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is described in a summary prepared by the House committee. The legislation includes a net total of $38.8 billion for HUD, a $513 million increase above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level, and $824 million below the requested funding level. Highlights include:

  • Section 8 and Public Housing – Included in the bill is $27.5 billion for Public and Indian Housing. This is an increase of $623 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $760 million below the requested level.
  • Office of Housing – Other housing programs are funded at $11.5 billion – an increase of $259 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. Project-Based Rental Assistance is funded at $10.8 billion; Housing for the Elderly is provided with $502 million; and Housing for Persons with Disabilities receives $146 million.
  • The bill cuts HUD’s administrative payments to public housing agencies by $427 million below the previous administration’s request. It also includes a provision prohibiting HUD from guaranteeing mortgages seized by eminent domain.
  • Community Planning and Development – The bill contains $6.8 billion for Community Planning and Development programs – $152 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level.
  • Community Development Block Grants are funded at $3 billion – the same as the fiscal year 2016 level. The HOME Investment Partnerships Program is funded at $950 million – the same as the current year. Grants for homeless assistance are funded at $2.4 billion, an increase of $133 million over current level.
  • Emergency Funding for Disaster Relief – In addition to regular appropriations, the legislation includes an additional $948 million in disaster relief. Of this amount, $528 million is for the Emergency Relief Program for qualifying emergency road and bridge repair expenses, and $400 million is for Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery assistance.

The full 92-page committee report is available here.

Topics: appropriations, CDBG, disaster programs, government shutdown, HOME, PBRA, Program News and Notices

Register now for free Q&As at The Housing Conference

Posted by NMA on Apr 11, 2017 12:39:24 PM

The Housing Conference in Boston

Signups for Q&A sessions at The Housing Conference are now open!

We’re thrilled to be taking our fifth annual national housing conference to Boston this August. Included with every conference registration is the opportunity to reserve a free, one-hour Q&A session with one of our NMA experts, including Nan herself!

If you’re registered for the conference and want to sign up for a session, click here and reserve your time now. The Q&A sessions are limited to registered attendees and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tentative agenda has just been updated, and when you register now you'll receive early bird pricing!

Join us August 21-22, 2017, for two fantastic days of networking, learning, and exploring the beautiful and historic city of Boston, Massachusetts. Industry experts will present sessions and panels on the latest topics in affordable housing, including:

  • An update on UPCS-V, the proposed inspections protocol to replace HQS
  • How to deal with generational differences in the workplace
  • What you need to know if you're a new executive director
  • Nan McKay's annual legislative update, including new rules and notices
  • Best practices in PBV and RAD PBV
  • Public/private partnerships and grant funds
  • What you need to know before applying for MTW
  • Understanding tax credits and RAD finance
  • Best practices in managing FSS, plus how to start a new FSS program in PBRA
  • What's new in capital fund finance
  • Best practices in PBRA and RAD PBRA
  • Effective waitlist management
  • What's new in fair housing
  • Best practices in SEMAP
  • CDBG-DR and resilience
  • Roundtable panel session with NMA Housing Awards winners
  • And more!

Visit our website to register!

Topics: capital fund, CDBG, fair housing, financial management, FSS, HQS, inspections, LIHTC, MTW, NMA Housing Awards, PBRA, PBV, Program News and Notices, RAD, SEMAP, The Housing Conference, UPCS-V

Affordable housing news 3/17/17

Posted by NMA on Mar 17, 2017 4:13:56 PM

CBPP: 3 out of 4 at-risk renters don't get housing assistance

The HUDdle: New study shows why all public housing should be smoke-free

NCSHA: FY 2018 budget blueprint proposes deep cuts to HUD, elimination of HOME

Next City: Investment in affordable housing has ripple effect

NHC: Digging deep into who struggles to afford housing in your region

NLIHC: Register for March 20 webinar on opposing HUD funding cuts

Urban Wire: Improving the lives of kids in public housing

Topics: budget cuts, CDBG, HOME, indoor air quality, LIHTC, Program News and Notices

Agenda now available for 2017 national conference

Posted by NMA on Mar 13, 2017 11:39:22 AM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MAThe tentative agenda for our fifth annual national housing conference is now available, and when you register now you'll receive early bird pricing!

Join us August 21-22, 2017, for two fantastic days of networking, learning,
and exploring the beautiful and historic city of Boston, Massachusetts. Industry experts will present sessions and panels on the latest topics in affordable housing, including:

  • An update on UPCS-V, the proposed inspections protocol to replace HQS (panel session)
  • Best practices in managing FSS, plus how to start a new FSS program in PBRA (panel session)
  • Best practices in PBRA and RAD PBRA (panel session)
  • Best practices in PBV and RAD PBV
  • Best practices in SEMAP (hands-on session)
  • CDBG-DR and resilience
  • Effective waitlist management
  • How to deal with generational differences in the workplace
  • Nan McKay's annual legislative update, including new rules and notices
  • Public/private partnerships and grant funds (panel session)
  • Quality control
  • Rent reasonableness
  • Roundtable panel session with NMA Housing Awards winners
  • Succession planning
  • Understanding tax credits and RAD finance
  • What you need to know before applying for MTW
  • What you need to know if you're a new executive director
  • What's new in capital fund finance
  • What's new in fair housing

Visit our website to register!

Topics: capital fund, CDBG, fair housing, FSS, HQS, inspections, LIHTC, MTW, NMA Housing Awards, PBRA, PBV, Program News and Notices, quality control, RAD, rent reasonableness, SEMAP, The Housing Conference, UPCS-V

Registration now open for 2017 national conference

Posted by NMA on Feb 2, 2017 4:11:45 PM

The Housing Conference in Boston, 2017Registration for The Housing Conference is now open! All of us at Nan McKay & Associates are thrilled to be taking our fifth annual national housing conference to Boston, MA.

We have a fantastic schedule of sessions underway, including topics like how to manage your PBV and PBRA programs, streamlining your HCV program, multigenerational workplaces and succession planning, what's new in RAD, applying to be an MTW agency, CDBG-DR and resilience, best practices for wait lists, and much, much more. As in previous years, we'll also be announcing the winners of the 2017 NMA Housing Awards. Stay tuned for the agenda, which will be available very soon. 

The Housing Conference

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Topics: CDBG, MTW, NMA Housing Awards, Partnerships, PBRA, PBV, Program News and Notices, RAD, streamlining, The Housing Conference

Affordable Housing and CDBG-DR

Posted by NMA on Sep 1, 2016 9:26:23 AM

As NMA's director of consulting, Catherine Ures brings significant expertise in HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, with the unique qualifications of having worked in a management capacity in both the public and private sectors. Her public service encompasses over a decade in municipal government in both the housing and redevelopment fields, with extensive experience managing the full lifecycle project development of multiple five-year strategic plans, housing elements, and several other assessments for planning purposes.

With over a decade of experience working in the affordable housing industry, NMA senior consultant Nathan Paufve has done everything from supervising a team of housing specialists to developing OIG responses, overseeing a document management team, serving as an internal auditor for PBCA operations in multiple states nationwide, and strategic planning related to Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab), project-based voucher, and housing choice voucher programs. Catherine and Nate will be presenting the following session on CDBG-DR at The Housing Conference.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Affordable Housing and CDBG-DR
Presenters, Catherine Ures and Nathan Paufve

CDBG-DR is a HUD program that provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and states recover from disasters, especially in low-income areas. In response to disasters, Congress may devote additional funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as disaster recovery grants to rebuild the affected areas and provide money to start the recovery process. Through CDBG disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) assistance, HUD helps communities and neighborhoods that otherwise might not recover due to limited resources.

Catherine Ures and Nathan Paufve head up a team that is currently running one of the most successful CDBG-DR home buyer assistance programs in the country. Since NMA began administering the program in Joplin, Missouri, in early 2014, their team has implemented highly successful operational efficiencies and enabled the City of Joplin to provide more than $12 million of assistance for nearly 500 closings. In this session, Catherine and Nate will provide an in-depth look at how the CDBG program works, including:

  • An overview of CDBG and CDBG-DR grants
  • How those grants are used in the creation of affordable housing
  • An overview of the types of housing programs that are allowable under those grants
  • Case study: Joplin, Missouri home buyer assistance program

The Housing Conference, presented by NMA and HAI Group, will spotlight three tracks: an executive track, a regulatory track, and a best practices track. Go here to view a list of the session descriptions that have been published so far.

Topics: CDBG, disaster programs, Partnerships, The Housing Conference

Agenda now available for 2016 national conference

Posted by NMA on Jun 22, 2016 11:23:46 AM

Just one week left for early bird pricing! Register by June 30 to receive the best rates for The Housing Conference.

The updated agenda is now available here. Industry experts will present sessions and panels on the latest topics in affordable housing, including:

  • Affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) final rule
  • Community partnerships
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
  • Creating an ongoing leasing plan
  • Family self-sufficiency and resident opportunities
  • Insurance for development projects
  • Rent reasonableness
  • Technology strategies
  • Strategies for success in HCV audits
  • Upcoming legislation
  • New inspection protocol for the voucher program
  • Best practices in managing portability
  • Best practices in managing VASH vouchers
  • Best practices in preventing shortfall
  • Best practices in public housing unit turnover and vacancy tracking
  • RAD post-closing operational transition for PBRA and PBV
  • What to consider before applying for the MTW program

Presented by NMA and HAI Group, this year's conference in San Antonio, Texas, will also feature a roundtable panel session with NMA Housing Awards winners.

The Housing Conference

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Topics: CDBG, fair housing, FSS, HAI Group, inspections, MTW, NMA Housing Awards, Partnerships, PBRA, PBV, portability, Program News and Notices, RAD, rent reasonableness, ROSS, The Housing Conference, UPCS-V, VASH

Affordable housing news 6/10/16

Posted by NMA on Jun 10, 2016 4:06:40 PM

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) has posted an updated version of Form HUD-52665, Family Portability Information. The form has a new revision date (6/2016) and expiration date (4/30/2018), and also includes revisions to account for changes brought about by the Streamlining Portability Final Rule, including:

  • A new field has been added in Part II-A to indicate the receiving PHA’s administrative fee rate.
  • Instructions in Part II-B of the form have been revised to state that this part must be completed by the receiving PHA and received by the initial PHA within 90 days following the expiration date of the initial PHA’s voucher, and that for changes in the family status or billing amount, Part II-B must be completed and sent within 10 working days of the effective date of the change.
  • What was previously section 5 of Part II-B has now been broken out into two separate entries numbered 5 and 6. Subsequent sections have been renumbered.
  • Section 9 of Part II-B (formerly 8) now includes a note that the form must be submitted again once the outcome of the family’s search is known.
  • Section 10 (formerly 9) covering billing information now contains fields to account for ongoing administrative fee-related revisions in the final rule.
  • A comments section is now included on the last page.

The updated form is available in on HUDCLIPS. In other news this week:

CBPP: Federal housing spending is poorly matched to need

NCSHA: HUD proposes broadband infrastructure requirement for multifamily housing

Topics: capital fund, CDBG, Choice Neighborhoods, PBV, portability, Program News and Notices

Affordable housing news 5/20/16

Posted by NMA on May 20, 2016 4:38:29 PM

Bipartisan Policy Center: Can Congress deliver appropriations bills on time?

CBPP: Helping ex-offenders get housing and health care

City Observatory (via Planetizen): Is supply finally coming to rescue the rental market?

CityLab: Which neighborhoods win by building affordable housing?

CSSP: Lessons from the intersection of housing, child welfare, and vulnerable families

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: Housing inadequacy remains a problem for the lowest-income renters

The HUDdle: Transforming lives with summer youth job opportunities

Los Angeles Times (via Planetizen): California's governor wants to make it easier to build affordable housing

NCSHA: Senate passes FY 2017 housing appropriations bill

New York Daily News (via CSSP): Gentrification is eroding the stability provided by housing choice vouchers

Next City: From a high of $4.4 billion in 1995, CDBGs for 2016 are budgeted at $3 billion

NHC: House appropriators release draft FY2017 THUD bill

NLIHC: 75% of extremely low-income renter households pay more than 50% of their income on rent and utilities

NLIHC: House panel advances FY17 THUD spending bill

NLIHC: Senate passes THUD bill, as advocates mobilize to defeat amendment attacking fair housing

Topics: appropriations, CDBG, criminal records, fair housing, Program News and Notices

HUD publishes fair housing assessment tool

Posted by NMA on Jan 4, 2016 12:29:22 PM

On Thursday in the Federal Register, HUD announced that it had published the final version of a fair housing assessment tool for use by certain governmental entities.

An assessment of fair housing (AFH) is required under the affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) final rule published July 16. The requirement for a fair housing assessment replaces the former requirement for an “analysis of impediments” to fair housing.

The assessment tool published last week is for use by local governments that receive Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) formula funding. The tool will also be used for AFHs conducted by joint and regional collaborations between: (1) such local governments; (2) one or more such local governments with one or more PHA partners; and (3) other collaborations in which such a local government is designed as the lead for the collaboration. These local governments and consortia are required to submit consolidated plans under 24 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

However, the assessment tool will not be used for fair housing assessments by PHAs. HUD will issue separate assessment tools for use by states, insular areas, and PHAs. These tools will be used for PHAs: (1) participating in assessments with units of general local government or state governmental agencies; (2) participating with one or more PHAs in the planning and preparation of the AFH; and (3) preparing their own AFH. Submission deadlines for fair housing assessments will be staggered and will be at least nine months after publication of the applicable assessment tool.

Resources posted to a new AFH tool website include PDF and Word versions of the tool, as well as a comparison of the final tool to the sample tool published in September 2014. Click here for a PDF version of the comparison; click here for a Word version. HUD’s AFFH website has been updated with links to a new 222-page AFFH rule guidebook, an updated data and mapping tool, and a new user guide for the data and mapping tool.

Nan McKay and Associates can bring standard or customized fair housing training to your agency onsite. Email sales@nanmckay.com for details.

Topics: CDBG, fair housing, final rule, Program News and Notices

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