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Community development and housing news: August 3, 2020

Posted by NMA on Aug 3, 2020 8:53:30 AM

HUD announces Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration and commemorates the first anniversary of the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative. NYCHA program helps woman launch her own business. Affordable housing complexes coming to ID and NYC, and more.

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Secretary Ben Carson announces HUD’s new Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration

On Tuesday, July 21, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration. The demonstration allows participating PHAs to implement housing mobility programs by offering mobility-related services to increase the number of voucher families with children living in opportunity areas. PHAs will also be able to adopt administrative policies that further enable housing mobility, increase landlord participation, and reduce barriers for families to move across PHA jurisdictions through portability. Read more


HUD Secretary Ben Carson commemorates the first anniversary of the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative

On July 24, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Secretary Ben Carson commemorated the one year anniversary of the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative by meeting with voucher recipients and holding a roundtable with local leaders. Read more


New York City Housing Authority resident starts her own business and credits NYCHA's program with helping her

Sandra Mathis participated in NYCHA's Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES) program where she learned how to start a business from scratch. After completing the 13-week program, Mathis launched her online cupcake company and is now "busier than ever." Read more


New affordable housing apartment complex coming to Idaho Falls, ID

The apartment complex will consist of 72 units in total with each residential building housing 18 units. 90% of the 18 units will be slated as affordable housing with a few market-rate units. As of today, the complex is still in the early phases. Read more


New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces plans for a 291-unit affordable housing project in Brooklyn

The development not only provides housing for families and individuals but 146 units—half of the apartments—will house youth aging out of foster care, formerly incarcerated individuals, and formerly homeless young adults. A facility center called the HUB will provide community resources such as childcare services, health screening center, small business services incubator and workforce training, violence prevention and mediation center, and more. Read more


What we're reading


How Albuquerque showed resilience to COVID-19

"The city took the lead on providing meals to older residents who were now limited in their interactions. The city provided more than 200,000 meals. The city’s response has been astounding. One hundred thousand hours of childcare for its essential workers, 80 vehicles stationed around the city to provide wifi to its youngest residents now learning virtually, and using the site of its popular Balloon Blue Festival as a testing site." Read more


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Topics: Fair Housing, Industry News, Housing Choice Voucher, COVID-19

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