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Community Development and Housing News: May 23, 2022

Posted by NMA on May 23, 2022 7:29:00 AM

HUD updates NSPIRE standards, clarifies details of the Affordable Connectivity Program, issues guidance on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and more.

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HUD Publishes Updates to Seven NSPIRE Standards

REAC has published updates to seven inspection standards under the new physical inspection model, NSPIRE, related to call-for-aid systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire-labeled doors, exit signs, fire extinguishers, HVAC, and mold. The NSPIRE standards webpage includes a summary of changes. These standards may be updated again before HUD implements a final rule. Read article

 

HUD Takes Action to Expand Broadband to Low-Income Households

HUD has clarified that receiving benefits from the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) associated with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law does not count as income for determining family rent and does not impact a household’s eligibility for HUD assistance. Read article

 

HUD’s Office of Fair Housing Issues Guidance Regarding Marketing, Application, and Waitlist Processes for HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing

New guidance from FHEO explains how Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to processes in HUD-assisted multifamily properties, included PBRA housing. The document outlines how certain practices can perpetuate segregation and other issues of discrimination, and provides suggestions for implementing more inclusive practices. NLIHC summarizes the guidance. Read article

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Topics: Fair Housing, Inspections, Industry News, Multifamily, NSPIRE, Housing Choice Voucher

Community Development and Housing News: May 9, 2022

Posted by NMA on May 9, 2022 9:45:00 AM

PIH opens applications for Moving to Work, Illinois renters with nonwage income can look forward to Fair Housing protections, and a unique Bronx housing cooperative receives loan refinancing.

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PIH Issues Fourth MTW Cohort Notice

Notice PIH 2022-11 addresses the application process of the fourth cohort—asset building—of the Moving to Work (MTW) expansion. The asset building cohort will include 30 high performing PHAs, selected from eligible applicants, with under 6,000 HCV and public housing units combined. Read notice

 

Illinois General Assembly Passes Source-of-Income Fair Housing Protections

With the passage of HB 2775, Illinois becomes the twentieth US state to provide legal protection against discrimination for people seeking housing with nonwage income. This amendment to the Illinois Human Rights act will benefit, among others, families and veterans with Housing Choice Vouchers. NLIHC reports on the new legislation. Read article

 

The Bronx’s Co-op City to Receive $124 Million for Repairs and Upgrades for 45,000 Residents

HUD, NYC Housing Development Corporation, and other involved parties have closed on the refinancing of Co-op City’s HUD loan, which will maintain long-term housing quality and affordability for residents of the unique affordable housing cooperative in the Bronx. Read article

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Topics: Fair Housing, MTW, PIH notices, Industry News

Community Development and Housing News: April 25, 2022

Posted by NMA on Apr 25, 2022 8:35:00 AM

HUD publishes new materials for HCV and public housing, and more.

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HUD Publishes Complete HCV Landlord Strategies Guidebook

HUD’s 196-page PDF compiles all chapters and materials previously released, sharing strategies (with a range of cost and complexity) PHAs can use to improve landlord participation in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Read handbook

 

HUD Publishes New PH Data Dashboard

The new Public Housing Data Dashboard shares information relevant to public housing across the US. The dashboard shows resident characteristics; unit occupancy trends; scores from the Public Housing Assessment program; and information about funding, eligibility, and energy use. Viewers can sort and filter data by region, PHA, and more. See dashboard

 

HUD Issues New Civil Rights Guidance on Marketing and Application Requirements for Subsidized Multifamily Properties 

HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity has released marketing guidance and an implementation sheet on compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act in marketing and application processing. Read article

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Topics: Fair Housing, Public Housing Conversion, RAD, Industry News, Multifamily, Housing Choice Voucher

Nominations are Open for 2022 Housing Awards

Posted by NMA on Apr 19, 2022 7:30:00 AM

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We are pleased to announce this year's NMA Housing Awards, which recognize the excellence of individual agencies in the affordable housing industry!

Nominations are open through August 19.

NMA Housing Award Categories

  • NMA Development Award
    • Large Agency (2,500 or more units)
    • Small Agency (2,499 or fewer units)
  • NMA Resident Service Award
    • Large Agency (2,500 or more units)
    • Small Agency (2,499 or fewer units)

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Topics: NMA Housing Awards, Company

Community Development and Housing News: April 11, 2022

Posted by NMA on Apr 11, 2022 7:50:00 AM

The DOJ weighs in on website accessibility issues that break from ADA requirements, HUD plans for 2023 and beyond, and more. Today, April 11, also marks the 54th anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act in 1968.

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Justice Department Issues Web Accessibility Guidance Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

New guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers examples of common web accessibility barriers; why government services offered online are subject to ADA requirements; and tips, information, and resources for making your web content fully accessible to all people. Read article

 

HUD Issues FFY 2023 Plans and FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

Following the release of its annual performance report for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021, HUD has released its annual performance plan for FFY 2023, which describes how HUD will measure progress toward achieving its mission, including objectives tied to HUD’s 2022-2026 strategic plan. Read document

 

Statement by HUD Secretary Fudge on the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget

Secretary Marcia Fudge responds to the Biden-Harris Administration’s recently submitted budget, which includes increasing supply and access to affordable housing (as well as promoting homeownership), supporting equitable community development, and advancing sustainability. Read article

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Topics: Equal Access, Fair Housing, Persons With Disabilities, CDBG-DR, Industry News, Disaster Recovery

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