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Community development and housing news: August 31, 2020

Posted by NMA on Aug 31, 2020 8:45:00 AM

HUD approved new uses and provided guidance and flexibility for coronavirus relief funds, Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for the Housing Choice Voucher were published, and more.

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson approved new uses for communities' coronavirus relief funds

On Friday, August 14, Secretary Ben Carson announced new flexibilities for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) program to allow for the best utilization of funds by state and local governments. HUD is also allowing flexibility to use non-CARES Act funds for coronavirus recovery. Read more


HUD provided guidance and flexibility to state and local governments for coronavirus relief funds

The issue will allow governments to use existing federal disaster recovery funds to support low- and moderate-income households for disasters occurring in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 during the coronavirus outbreak. Also provided were extensions and clarification on submission deadlines for Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR). Read more


HUD published the Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for the Housing Choice Voucher and other programs for FY21

HUD is accepting comments and requests for reevaluations on the FMRs until September 30. A list of areas requesting reevaluations will be posted around October 2. Read more


San Diego Housing Commission transforms former hotel into 82 affordable apartments

The apartments will house San Diegans who previously experienced homelessness, with 25 units going to individuals with serious mental illnesses. Each apartment will receive a housing voucher to help cover rent. Read more


Phoenix announces plans to incentivize Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) landlords

Starting September 1, the program will award Phoenix landlords a $500 signing bonus for any HCV Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract signed. The bonus will be subsidized with funding from the Federal CARES Act. Read more



5 Suffolk Public Housing Authorities received a total of $1.2 million in CARES Act funding from HUD

Suffolk Public Housing Authorities will use the funds to support their Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. Recipients of the funds include Town of Huntington Housing Authority, Town of Islip Housing Authority, Riverhead Housing Development Corporation, Village of Patchogue CDA, and Town of Babylon. Read more


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

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