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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

House approves bipartisan budget agreement

Posted by BEMuser on Oct 29, 2015 10:25:08 AM

bipartisan budget agreementBy a vote of 266 to 167 yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the budget agreement reached this week by the White House and leaders in Congress. Dubbed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, the agreement would increase the debt ceiling and lift spending caps mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, restoring 90 percent of the sequestration budget cuts for non-defense discretionary programs. The Senate has not acted on the bill yet, but it is expected to do so before November 3, when the government would begin to default on its obligations if the debt ceiling is not raised.

The spending levels for each federal agency will have to be determined before amounts can be allocated to particular programs and activities. So it will be some time before HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) will be able to provide you with anything more than an estimate of how much funding you can expect for your programs in calendar year (CY) 2016.

Topics: appropriations, Program News and Notices, sequestration

Friday news roundup 7/17/15

Posted by BEMuser on Jul 17, 2015 11:26:06 AM

NCSHA: HUD publishes AFFH final rule and revised assessment tool

NeighborWorks: Key lesson from Supreme Court fair housing ruling

NHC: Climate resilience and equity in low-income communities

NHC: House subcommittee discusses strengths and challenges of PIH

NLIHC: Take action to stop sequestration now

NLIHC: OMB sends letter to Senate Appropriations Chair on THUD bill

Rooflines: A clear SCOTUS statement on disparate impact and AFFH

White House: Making our communities stronger through fair housing

Topics: appropriations, disaster programs, fair housing, Program News and Notices, sequestration

House passes 2016 HUD funding bill

Posted by BEMuser on Jun 11, 2015 3:41:32 PM

govt-congress.jpgOn Tuesday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2016 Transportation-HUD (T-HUD) appropriations bill H.R. 2577 on an extremely close, party-line vote. According to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) news blast sent out today, the bill remains largely unchanged from its original form. As CBPP notes, while the bill gives priority to renewing rental assistance for current families, spending limits set forth in the Budget Control Act of 2011 has required the House to make further cuts in both public housing and HOME, in addition to preventing any new investments to restore vouchers cut by sequestration or to quell homelessness. Still, CBPP contends that H.R. 2577 does show significant support for housing choice vouchers, increasing funding for voucher renewals by $665 million.

Not everyone agrees with CBPP’s sunnier outlook on the situation, however, with many such as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) formally expressing dissent and criticizing the bill for freezing or cutting critical investments for assisting vulnerable populations.

H.R. 2577 was introduced in the Senate yesterday, where it is currently under review.

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

Friday news roundup 3/27/15

Posted by BEMuser on Mar 27, 2015 10:38:15 AM

The HUDdle: Battling housing discrimination: Victories start with a few brave women

NCSHA: House and Senate budget committees approve FY 2016 budget plans

Next City: Developers and cities are navigating the affordable housing sea in a leaky boat

NHC: New data on housing affordability points the way for housing policy

Off the Charts: Fixing sequestration is key to restoring housing vouchers

Topics: appropriations, fair housing, Program News and Notices, sequestration

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