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Community Development and Housing News: September 12, 2022

HUD publishes FY 2023 FMRs and announces funding for addressing high-priority environmental hazards as well as housing and community development research; California passes the “Affordable Housing and High Road Jobs Act”; Gainesville, FL will reform zoning laws to allow for additional multi-family housing.

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HUD Publishes FY 2023 Fair Market Rents

Nationally, Fair Market Rents (FMRs) will increase by an average of about 10 percent, effectively opening up more rental units to housing voucher holders. For FY23, HUD is using private sector data to estimate changes, addressing a temporary data availability challenge; the basic method HUD uses to estimate FMRs remains the same. Read article


HUD Announces $40 Million Funding Opportunity to Protect Families from Home Health and Safety Hazards

Applications for the grant program funds are due Tuesday, Oct. 18. The funds, made available through the Healthy Homes Protection Grant Program, will allow local governments to fix older housing, preserve affordable housing, and improve the health of children and families in their communities. Read article


California Passes Bill to Streamline Affordable Housing Production in Commercial Zones

The California State Senate and Assembly have approved the “Affordable Housing and High Road Jobs Act,” which will establish by-right approval for affordable housing development on commercially zoned land, unlocking new areas for building homes and reducing delays in beginning construction. NLIHC reports on the bill’s potential impact. Read article


Gainesville City Council Acts to End Single-Family Zoning in College Town

In Florida, the Gainesville City Council has voted to create zoning reforms to change single-family zoned land to multi-family zoning, allowing the construction of duplexes and similar housing on lots currently reserved for single-family homes. NLIHC reports on the decision. Read article


HUD Announces $5.5 Million Funding Opportunity for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Conduct Housing and Community Development Research

Funding will allow historically black colleges and universities—commonly economic anchors for their communities—establish or bolster Centers of Excellent that conduct housing and community development research. Research projects will initiate an ongoing series of reports that can serve as benchmarks and influence policy at the local, state, and national levels. Read article


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