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Community Development and Housing News: August 30, 2021

Posted by NMA on Aug 30, 2021 2:08:40 PM

The US Department of the Treasury updates Emergency Rental Assistance policies, Damon Smith is sworn in as General Counsel of HUD, and HUD announces $2.7 billion in funds for organizations working to support people experiencing homelessness.

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Treasury Announces Seven Additional Policies to Encourage State and Local Governments to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance

To help ERA grantees continue to expedite assistance to eligible households, the United States Department of the Treasury has announced additional policies and clarifications. The updates are based on feedback collected through site visits and meetings with rental assistance administrators, tenant advocates, landlords, and other stakeholders. Read article

 

Damon Smith Sworn in as General Counsel of Housing and Urban Development

HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman issued the oath of office to General Counsel Smith during a ceremony at HUD headquarters. General Counsel Smith was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent on August 11. Read article

 

HUD Announces $2.7 Billion Funding Opportunity to Help People Experiencing Homelessness

In a recent Notice of Funding Opportunity, HUD made $2.656 billion in FY 2021 Continuum of Care Program competitive funding available for supportive services and housing programs for people who are unsheltered. Homeless services organizations across the country will have the opportunity to renew existing projects, apply for new projects, and reallocate resources from lower performing projects. Applications are due to HUD on November 16, 2021. Read article

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Community Development and Housing News: August 16, 2021

Posted by NMA on Aug 16, 2021 4:45:00 AM

HUD announces a Fair Housing collaboration with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), publishes FY22 Fair Market Rents (FMRs), and joins the Department of the Treasury in releasing coronavirus and ERAP updates and resources.

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HUD and FHFA Announce Collaboration to Advance Fair Housing and Fair Lending Enforcement

On Thursday, HUD and the Federal Housing Finance Agency entered into a collaborative agreement to enhance the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, as well as oversight of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Read article

 

HUD Publishes FY22 Fair Market Rents (FMRs)

HUD has published FY22 FMRs based on the most recent American Community Survey data, trended through 2022. PHAs and other interested parties my comment on the FMRs and request a re-evaluation through Thursday, September 30, 2021. Read article

 

HUD Multifamily Office Posts Update to Coronavirus Questions and Answers

The Office of Multifamily Housing Programs issued its 11th update to “Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), primarily updating dates from the previous Q&A. Eight new Q&As address the Emergency Rental Assistance program. NLIHC highlights two updated and one new Q&A. Read article

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Topics: Fair Housing, FMR, Industry News, Emergency Rental Assistance

Community Development and Housing News: August 2, 2021

Posted by NMA on Aug 2, 2021 5:15:00 AM

HUD makes funds available to fight housing discrimination and help families affected by HIV/AIDS, a new NLIHC report examines ERA program practices, and more.

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HUD Makes Over $19 Million Available to Fight Housing Discrimination

$19.4 million in funds will be available to help HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program agencies address discriminatory housing practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds, provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will both allow private fair housing enforcement organizations to respond to inquiries and complaints, and also be used to address issues affecting individuals and families experiencing housing instability. Read article

 

New NLIHC Report Examines How ERA Programs Implement Direct-to-Tenant Payments

A new NLIHC report outlines why direct-to-tenant payments are needed in emergency rental assistance (ERA) programs and how program administrators can implement this feature. Among other things, the report recommends that programs implement low-barrier, direct-to-tenant assistance with minimal additional documentation requirements. Read article

 

HUD Awards More Than $27 Million to Local HIV/AIDS Housing Programs

HUD announced more than $27 million to assist thousands of low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families over a three-year period. The funding announced today is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD's support of 31 local programs. These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population. Read article

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Community development and housing news: July 6, 2021

Posted by NMA on Jul 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands get disaster recovery funds, HUD addresses reentry housing needs, FHA takes steps to remove student loan debt barriers to homeownership, and more.

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HUD Takes Additional Steps to Free Up Long Awaited Disaster Recovery Funds for Puerto Rico and USVI

A Federal Register notice published June 21 governs the use of $2 billion in CDBG-DR funds for electric power system enhancements and improvements for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The funds provide a significant opportunity for these territories to mitigate disaster risks to their power systems and simultaneously improve their reliability. Read article

 

Secretary Fudge Outlines HUD Actions to Address Reentry Housing Needs and Increase Public Safety

In a letter to public housing authorities and other agencies, Secretary Fudge discusses the steps HUD is taking to improve housing access for citizens exiting prisons and jails, as well as others with criminal records. These steps include the clarification that returning citizens at risk of homelessness are eligible for emergency housing vouchers funded by the American Rescue Plan. Read article

 

HUD PIH Extends Date for PHAs to Apply For Landlord-Incentive MTW Cohort

The notice extends the deadline for PHAs to apply to participate until Friday, October 15. The cohort will evaluate landlord incentives and their effect on landlord participate ion the Housing Choice Voucher program. Read article

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Topics: MTW, CDBG-DR, Industry News, Emergency Rental Assistance, COVID-19

Community development and housing news: May 24, 2021

Posted by NMA on May 24, 2021 7:51:47 AM

HUD PIH announced Emergency Housing Voucher allocation amounts, US Department of Treasury updated three documents, HUD awarded $51 million to clean up lead hazards in public housing, and more.

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HUD PIH announced Emergency Housing Voucher allocation amounts

On May 10, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing informed 696 PHAs on how many Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) each is eligible to receive. EHVs are intended to assist individuals or families experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness. They can also be used for those fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking. Read more

 

US Department of Treasury updated documents

On May 7, the Treasury posted an ERA Fact Sheet titled, "The Biden-Harris Administration Announces Enhanced Efforts to Prevent Evictions and Provide Emergency Assistance to Renters." The Treasury also updated its ERA FAQs and Grantee Award Terms for ERA 2. Read more

 

HUD awarded $51 million to clean up lead hazards in public housing

On May 11, HUD awarded nearly $51.4 million to 25 PHAs in 19 states. The funds will be used to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards in thousands of older public housing units currently occupied by families with young children. Read more

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Topics: HOME, CDBG-DR, Industry News, Emergency Rental Assistance, COVID-19

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