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The PIH Alert: a daily summary with the latest news on affordable housing

Posted by NMA on Jul 18, 2019 7:24:00 AM

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We know time is valuable, and we will save you tons! NMA’s PIH Alert, one of our most helpful services for the affordable housing industry, allows public housing agencies (PHAs) and housing professionals to stay current with HUD’s new regulations, notices, and guidance—without having to worry about finding it yourself.

In this constantly changing industry, it is crucial that PHAs are always up to date and adhere to rules and standards, but this is not an easy task. There are so many HUD websites that are hard to navigate and very difficult to understand. That is why we do the job for you! Every day, we search through several housing industry websites and resources to provide you with all the information you need, saving you many hours of research.

When you subscribe to NMA's PIH Alert, you will receive a daily email with a brief summary of each new regulation, notice, guidance, tool, webcast statement, act of Congress, and everything else that involves the public housing and HCV programs as they are released. This summary also provides you the links to the relevant information for each item. Additionally, every Friday, you will receive “FAQ Friday,” a PIH Alert section that includes one frequently asked question (FAQ) regarding PIH program administration submitted by our subscribers.

Another great and very popular feature of our PIH Alert is a monthly email that summarizes the most important articles of the past four weeks, so we make sure you don’t miss anything. You will also have access to the PIH Alert archives when you need to refer to a past article.

Our customers, staff, trainers, and consultants go over the PIH Alert every day to get the latest housing industry updates as well. If you work in the affordable housing industry, you can’t miss out on the PIH Alert. Use your time wisely; we will do the hard work for you.

 

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Topics: fair housing, LIHTC, Industry News, multifamily, housing choice voucher

Community development and housing news: June 13, 2019

Posted by NMA on Jun 13, 2019 11:12:57 AM

Community development and housing news for June 13, 2019

President Trump signs package to deliver disaster relief funds, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019 bill is proposed, Cities of Service Awards $150,000 to six cities for New Experience Matters Program, and other stories we're following this week.

Breaking newsBuildings with Puerto Rico flag hanging

President Donald Trump signed a package on June 6 that would deliver $19.1 billion in disaster relief.

The bill includes $600 million in nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico, $3 billion for farmers to help cover crop losses, $1.6 billion to help repair damaged highways, $720 million for the U.S. Forest Service to help cover wildfire suppression efforts, and $120 million to help the National Park Service repair damaged public lands. Read more

A bipartisan group of Senate and House legislators have proposed a sweeping bill to help solve the affordable housing issue.

Called the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019, this bill seeks to close the gap in affordable rental units across the nation by expanding and strengthening the Affordable Housing Tax Credit. If passed, the bill expects to create 1.9 million additional affordable units over the next decade. Read more

Cities of Service announced that six U.S. cities will participate in its new Cities of Service Experience Matters program.

With support from AARP, Cities of Service will work with the cities to develop volunteering initiatives that address public problems related to the drivers of poverty. The winning cities will receive $25,000, technical assistance, and two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members based in city hall who will build capacity and raise awareness for the initiatives. Read more

 

What we're readingConstruction hats on wall

A new cooperative initiative is working with homeowners in the Bay Area to design and construct accessory dwelling, or in-law, units in their backyard.

The cooperative, called Roots and Returns, is aimed at developing and maintaining affordable housing for Bay Area residents who were pushed out of town due to high housing costs. The coop will give priority to people in the service industry, whether they work in food service, as school teachers, firefighters, EMTs, or other types of service work. Read more

 

Articles to bookmarkBirds eye view of housing

Renters who have disabilities are often unable to meet the kinds of admission criteria that landlords establish for their properties.

Renters with disabilities may fail to meet the minimum income policies or may have past financial pressures that led to bankruptcies, a blemished credit history, or evictions for example. Read more

 

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Topics: fair housing, LIHTC, persons with disabilities, disaster recovery

Community development and housing news

Posted by NMA on Apr 2, 2019 12:51:20 PM

Community development and housing news for April 2, 2019

Landmark decision in Connecticut fair housing case, new UPCS requirements for inspecting carbon monoxide detectors, VAWA reauthorization bill, and other stories we're following this week.

Breaking news

In a landmark civil rights decision, the Connecticut federal District Court established for the first time that consumer reporting agencies must comply with the Fair Housing Act when conducting tenant-screening services for landlords.

The decision in Connecticut Fair Housing Center et al. v. CoreLogic Rental Property Solutions, LLC, which the Center filed with the National Housing Law Project after CoreLogic’s tenant screening product, CrimSAFE, disqualified a disabled Latino man with no criminal convictions from moving in with his mother. CrimSAFE provides landlords with an accept or decline decision based on CoreLogic’s assessment of an applicant’s criminal record. The lawsuit alleges CrimSAFE discriminates on the basis of race, national origin, and disability in violation of the Fair Housing Act. Read more

HUD will begin requiring federal inspectors to check public housing apartments for carbon monoxide detectors.

Under the new requirements, which took effect yesterday, federal inspectors must check for the detectors in any public housing units that contain fuel-fired appliances or have an attached garage, and determine if they are working, according to a HUD notice issued last week. The new requirements will apply to properties owned and operated by public housing authorities, as well as privately owned developments under contract with HUD, according to HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan. But they will not apply to privately owned apartments rented to people with Section 8 housing choice vouchers. Read more

U.S. Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) have introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), H.R. 1585.

The bill is expected to be considered by the full House of Representatives this week. It retains the baseline housing protections in VAWA 2013 and includes amendments that would strengthen VAWA’s emergency transfer and lease bifurcation remedies; address the need for proper VAWA implementation and compliance; as well as protect VAWA survivors’ right to report crime and support effective law enforcement.

Importantly, VAWA 2013’s housing protections continue to be in effect. These safeguards did not expire when Congress failed to reauthorize VAWA last year. Therefore, VAWA 2013’s statutory housing provisions and related implementing regulations and guidances by HUD and RD are still in force. Read more

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has published their annual analysis of recent data, and the results are stark.

Nationally, there is a shortage of 7 million homes affordable and available to the lowest-income renters. Rents have risen faster than renters’ incomes over the last two decades, and while more people are renting than ever, the supply of housing has lagged. Fewer than four affordable and available rental homes exist for every 10 deeply poor renter households nationwide. As a result, record-breaking numbers of families cannot afford decent homes. Read more

HUD announced that the Federal Housing Administration is expanding its low-income housing tax credit financing program for multifamily properties.

Back in 2012, the FHA rolled out a LIHTC pilot program that dealt specifically with applications to refinance mortgage debt under FHA's Section 223(f) program. Under the new expansion, FHA will begin to support "new construction and substantial rehabilitation" under its Section 221(d)(4) and Section 220 programs. Read more

What we're reading

In a study that raises alarms about an increasingly tattered safety net for low-income seniors in America, researchers have found that just short of half—44 percent—of all homeless people older than 50 years old hit the streets for the first time after they were 50.

The study’s finding speaks to the danger of a shrinking ability of people to adequately save money and make other arrangements for retirement and indicates that there is too little help in place to catch them before they fall into homelessness when hard times hit. Perhaps most disturbingly, it reflects society’s ambivalence toward the plight of the elderly. Read more

A number of housing groups and state representatives are making another push to reform the scoring process for federal LIHTC applications in Texas.

If those pushing to change that process are successful, they say, the credits will be allocated more fairly and with less political influence, racist NIMBYism will lose some of its leverage, and affordable housing developers will have a better chance of serving residents who are the most in need. Read more

Climate change is getting harder to ignore, from alarming new reports about its impacts to debates around a Green New Deal.

Yet for all this attention, individual places—from the biggest cities to the smallest towns—are still struggling to do something about it. An unpredictable climate should serve as a strong motivator for every community to better maintain its man-made and natural stormwater infrastructure to be more flexible and responsive. Read more

When Sonoma County’s pilot project to build tiny homes for more than a dozen homeless veterans ran into one, then two, then three major roadblocks, it was fitting that the response was to just work around it and get the job done.

After all, the county's veterans have demonstrated their resilience throughout their lives, during their service and after. Thanks to the HUD-VASH (VA Supportive Housing) program, 15 formerly homeless veterans, including one couple, will have rental assistance and case management on a plot of county-owned land. Read more

How New Orleans reduced its homeless population by 90 percent.

New Orleans faced a major crisis in homelessness following Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, two years after the storm, there were more than 11,600 homeless people in the city. The strategy to tackle the "unprecedented explosion" of homelessness in the city following Katrina was threefold. Read more

Housing policy is on the presidential campaign agenda for the first time in decades.

The rising cost of housing has become an issue on the presidential campaign trail for one of the first times in living memory, thrilling advocates who are hopeful that tackling housing affordability can merit inclusion on a crowded 2020 Democratic policy agenda. Read more

Elizabeth Warren took aim last week at another pillar of Wall Street's empire: the rental housing market.

In a portion of her updated version of her ambitious 2018 housing bill, Warren proposed a check on the unregulated takeover of rental housing by the country's biggest investment firms. Instead of allowing Wall Street-backed developers to flip any distressed and foreclosed mortgage into a single-family rental unit, her bill would require the government to help keep the majority of these homes in the possession of individuals, community groups, and affordable-housing developers by setting aside a supply of mortgages that Wall Street can't touch. Read more

Articles to bookmark for later reference

Five ways to prepare your city for next year's census.

Now is the time for cities to lay the groundwork for a successful census. Small steps your community takes today can go a long way in ensuring it is accurately counted next year. Read more

How state and local governments can assume a greater role in disaster recovery.

State and local government leaders are increasingly responsible for shouldering the disaster recovery burden. FEMA’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan says recovery should be "federally supported, state managed, and locally executed." Read more

Local tools to address housing affordability.

The fifth annual research collaboration between NLC and the State Municipal Leagues examines interactions between cities and states on tools to improve housing affordability, including inclusionary housing, rent control, housing vouchers, housing trust funds, and tax incentive programs. Read more

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Topics: fair housing, indoor air quality, LIHTC, UPCS, VASH, VAWA, persons with disabilities, disaster recovery, climate and disaster resilience

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, 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

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