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Posted by NMA on Apr 2, 2019 12:51:20 PM

Community development and housing news for April 2, 2019

Landmark decision in Connecticut fair housing case, new UPCS requirements for inspecting carbon monoxide detectors, VAWA reauthorization bill, and other stories we're following this week.

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In a landmark civil rights decision, the Connecticut federal District Court established for the first time that consumer reporting agencies must comply with the Fair Housing Act when conducting tenant-screening services for landlords.

The decision in Connecticut Fair Housing Center et al. v. CoreLogic Rental Property Solutions, LLC, which the Center filed with the National Housing Law Project after CoreLogic’s tenant screening product, CrimSAFE, disqualified a disabled Latino man with no criminal convictions from moving in with his mother. CrimSAFE provides landlords with an accept or decline decision based on CoreLogic’s assessment of an applicant’s criminal record. The lawsuit alleges CrimSAFE discriminates on the basis of race, national origin, and disability in violation of the Fair Housing Act. Read more

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Topics: Fair Housing, Indoor Air Quality, LIHTC, UPCS, VASH, VAWA, Persons With Disabilities, Disaster Recovery, Climate and Disaster Resilience

HUD approves disaster recovery plans for Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Texas

Posted by Annie Stevenson on Mar 13, 2019 2:21:09 PM

Last week the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has approved the latest disaster recovery action plans for Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Both plans include tight fiscal controls.

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Topics: CDBG-DR, Industry News, Disaster Recovery

HUD announces disaster recovery waivers

Posted by Annie Stevenson on Jan 10, 2019 9:31:46 AM

Today in the Federal Register, HUD published a notice waiving timing requirements for disaster recovery action plans and action plan amendments. The waivers for grants under the Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery (CDBG–DR) program are necessary due to the government shutdown “and the resultant inability to satisfactorily complete the review and approval process consistent with (HUD’s) customary timeline.”

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Topics: Government Shutdown, CDBG-DR, Disaster Recovery

HUD eases requirements in disaster areas

Posted by Marné Cales on Sep 12, 2018 1:31:56 PM

Today in the Federal Register, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) published a notice announcing the availability of relief from HUD requirements for public housing authorities (PHAs) to assist with recovery and relief efforts for families affected by recent disasters. Specifically, PHAs in areas that currently have presidentially declared major disaster declarations (MDDs) may request waivers of HUD requirements and will receive expedited review of their requests.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Regulatory Flexibilities

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