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Community Development and Housing News: September 14, 2021

Posted by NMA on Sep 14, 2021 8:00:00 AM

HUD responds to Hurricane Ida and other disasters, EDA-ARPA funding opportunities are now available, and more.

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HUD Cuts Red Tape to Help Communities Respond to Hurricane

With a package of 27 regulatory and administrative waivers—one of the largest collections of such waivers ever administered at once—HUD aims to help communities accelerate their recovery from Hurricane Ida. New flexibilities allow HUD’s state and local partners to expedite the use of CDBG, HOME, HOPWA, and ESG program funds. Read article

 

HUD Announces Cross-Agency Efforts to Increase Affordable Housing Supply

This month’s actions mark a renewed focus on supporting construction and development of affordable housing units across the country. According to HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, the actions “will expand access to critical capital for state Housing Finance Agencies, empower local communities to build more affordable housing using the historic investments contained in the American Rescue Plan, and advance equitable housing policies such as inclusionary zoning practices.” Read article

 

2021-2022 EDA-ARPA Funding Opportunities Now Available

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has $3 billion in supplemental funding, allocated under the American Rescue Plan, to ensure support for previously underserved communities impacted by COVID-19. Read article

Looking for more on ARPA? Join NMA and BB&K for our upcoming webinar, “American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: Key Implementation, Compliance and Reporting Guidelines.”

HUD Approves Disaster Mitigation Plan to Build Resilience to Future Wildfires in California

HUD has signed off on California’s second CDBG Program Action Plan, approving the state’s proposed uses of previously allocated disaster mitigation funds. Potential projects include funding for local governments and non-profit organizations to inform the public on related activities. Read article

 

ERA Programs Increase Flexibilities

The National Low Income Housing Coalition shares advice on ERAP implementation best practices, including possible modifications regarding eligibility criteria, direct-to-tenant payments, and other housing-related expenses. Read article

 

Disaster Assistance

HUD has issued press releases announcing disaster assistance for the following states:

 

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