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Community Development and Housing News: October 25, 2021

HUD publishes 2021 limits for HOME, Notice PIH 2021-29 offers language for informing tenants of emergency rental assistance, a study reports positive tenant experiences with RAD, and more.

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HUD Publishes New 2021 Limits for HOME Maximum Per-Unit Subsidies

HUD has adjusted the basic statutory mortgage limits for Multifamily Housing Programs for 2021. These limits are effective for the HOME Program from September 9 until HUD publishes the basic statutory limits for 2022 in the Federal Register. Read article


Notice PIH 2021-29 Provides Supplemental Guidance to the Interim Final Rule “Extension of Time and Required Disclosures for Notification of Nonpayment of Rent”

Following up on the recent requirement that HUD-subsidized properties provide 30 days’ notice with information about emergency rental assistance before evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent, HUD has provided further information for multifamily and public housing programs, as well as sample language for informing tenants of their rental assistance options. Read article


Study Examines Impact of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration on Tenants

An article in Cityscape examines short-term tenant outcomes in HUD’s RAD program, finding that overall, tenants reported either a positive or neutral experience and were generally satisfied with PHA communication and management. The National Low Income Housing Coalition summarizes the study’s findings. Read article


HUD Awards Over $15 Million in Research Grants to Reduce Housing-Related Health Hazards and Improve Energy Efficiency

HUD awarded $15.7 million, provided through their Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, to 18 universities, public health organizations, and housing organizations. The grants are intended to help research institutions identify and improve methods for detecting and controlling lead and other hazards. Read article


New Resource on Family Homelessness Available from Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response

A new resource from the Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response spotlights nine programs that have adapted their crisis response systems using a racial justice and equity focus. The resource, developed in consultation with experts who have experienced homelessness, is meant to help other communities adapt their own crisis response systems. Read article


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