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Community Development and Housing News: August 2, 2021

HUD makes funds available to fight housing discrimination and help families affected by HIV/AIDS, a new NLIHC report examines ERA program practices, and more.

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HUD Makes Over $19 Million Available to Fight Housing Discrimination

$19.4 million in funds will be available to help HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program agencies address discriminatory housing practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds, provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will both allow private fair housing enforcement organizations to respond to inquiries and complaints, and also be used to address issues affecting individuals and families experiencing housing instability. Read article


New NLIHC Report Examines How ERA Programs Implement Direct-to-Tenant Payments

A new NLIHC report outlines why direct-to-tenant payments are needed in emergency rental assistance (ERA) programs and how program administrators can implement this feature. Among other things, the report recommends that programs implement low-barrier, direct-to-tenant assistance with minimal additional documentation requirements. Read article


HUD Awards More Than $27 Million to Local HIV/AIDS Housing Programs

HUD announced more than $27 million to assist thousands of low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families over a three-year period. The funding announced today is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD's support of 31 local programs. These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population. Read article


Maine Passes Eviction Prevention and Affordable Housing Legislation

The Maine Legislation allocated American Rescue Plan Act funding for affordable housing and passed key legislation to create a commission to address zoning and land-use barriers to housing development, help reduce evictions, and allocate federal funds for a variety of affordable housing initiatives. Read article


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