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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

Community development and housing news: June 22, 2021

Posted by NMA on Jun 22, 2021 7:45:00 AM

HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman sworn in, HUD restores AFFH requirement, HUD awards $1.1 billion for EHVs, and the University of Chicago releases new research on homelessness.

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Adrianne Todman Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

On June 14, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued the oath of office to Deputy Secretary Todman, who most recently served as the CEO of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). Read article

 

HUD Publishes Interim Final Rule to Restore Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Requirement

The publication provides a robust definition of the duty to affirmatively further fair housing. Under the restored AFFH regulatory definition, HUD funding recipients must commit to taking steps to remedy their unique fair housing issues. The interim final rule will go into effect on July 31. Read article

 

HUD Awards $1.1 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funds for Emergency Housing Vouchers

70,000 vouchers are being awarded for 626 public housing authorities administering HCV programs. The awarded funds are part of the $5 billion the American Rescue Plan Act enabled HUD to allocate. These vouchers went to communities with the greatest need for EHVs, where local housing authorities demonstrated their capacity to administer assistance. Read article

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Topics: Fair Housing, Industry News, Housing Choice Voucher

Community development and housing news: June 7, 2021

Posted by NMA on Jun 7, 2021 7:45:00 AM

HUD PIH updates CDC Eviction Moratorium FAQs, CDBG-CV Toolkit is now available, State CDBG-CV Implementation Quick Guide is now available, and more.

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HUD PIH updates CDC Eviction Moratorium FAQs

On May 26, 2021, HUD posted updates to its "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Eviction Moratorium FAQs for HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)." The updated document includes changes to nine Frequently Asked Questions along with a new section addressing “PHA Round 5 COVID FAQs.” Read more

 

CDBG-CV Toolkit is now available

HUD Exchange posted the CDBG-CV Toolkit to assist grantees’ ongoing identification and implementation of CDBG-CV program activities that best serve their communities. The toolkit will be continually updated as more CDBG-CV resources and webinar recordings are published. Read more

 

State CDBG-CV Implementation Quick Guide is now available

This user-friendly tool summarizes key components of the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act as they relate to State CDBG-CV program implementation and gives grantees an overview of the overall alternative requirements and flexibilities granted in Federal Register Notice F.R. 6218-N-01. Read more

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Topics: Fair Housing, Industry News, Housing Choice Voucher

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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Community development and housing news: May 10, 2021

Posted by NMA on May 10, 2021 7:15:00 AM

HUD will resume public multifamily inspections in June, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs posted updates to COVID Q&A guides, over $20 million is available to fight housing discrimination, and more.

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HUD will resume public multifamily inspections in June

Starting on June 1, 2021, HUD will substantially increase housing inspections after steps were taken to protect HUD-assisted households from exposure to COVID-19. HUD has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement additional protocols and associated safety measures for inspections. Read more

 

HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing Programs posted updates to COVID Q&A guides

Both Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Eviction Moratorium Order documents were updated on April 26. Read more

 

HUD is making over $20 million available to fight housing discrimination

Fair housing organizations can apply to receive grants to help fight housing discrimination. These funds will support a variety of activities, including fair housing testing, education and outreach, and capacity building. Applicants can apply through www.grants.gov before June 14, 2021. Read more

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Topics: Fair Housing, Industry News, Housing Choice Voucher

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