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Community Development and Housing News: August 16, 2021

Posted by NMA on Aug 16, 2021 4:45:00 AM

HUD announces a Fair Housing collaboration with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), publishes FY22 Fair Market Rents (FMRs), and joins the Department of the Treasury in releasing coronavirus and ERAP updates and resources.

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HUD and FHFA Announce Collaboration to Advance Fair Housing and Fair Lending Enforcement

On Thursday, HUD and the Federal Housing Finance Agency entered into a collaborative agreement to enhance the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, as well as oversight of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Read article

 

HUD Publishes FY22 Fair Market Rents (FMRs)

HUD has published FY22 FMRs based on the most recent American Community Survey data, trended through 2022. PHAs and other interested parties my comment on the FMRs and request a re-evaluation through Thursday, September 30, 2021. Read article

 

HUD Multifamily Office Posts Update to Coronavirus Questions and Answers

The Office of Multifamily Housing Programs issued its 11th update to “Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), primarily updating dates from the previous Q&A. Eight new Q&As address the Emergency Rental Assistance program. NLIHC highlights two updated and one new Q&A. Read article

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Topics: Fair Housing, FMR, Industry News, Emergency Rental Assistance

Community development and housing news: June 22, 2021

Posted by NMA on Jun 22, 2021 7:45:00 AM

HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman sworn in, HUD restores AFFH requirement, HUD awards $1.1 billion for EHVs, and the University of Chicago releases new research on homelessness.

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Adrianne Todman Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

On June 14, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued the oath of office to Deputy Secretary Todman, who most recently served as the CEO of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). Read article

 

HUD Publishes Interim Final Rule to Restore Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Requirement

The publication provides a robust definition of the duty to affirmatively further fair housing. Under the restored AFFH regulatory definition, HUD funding recipients must commit to taking steps to remedy their unique fair housing issues. The interim final rule will go into effect on July 31. Read article

 

HUD Awards $1.1 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funds for Emergency Housing Vouchers

70,000 vouchers are being awarded for 626 public housing authorities administering HCV programs. The awarded funds are part of the $5 billion the American Rescue Plan Act enabled HUD to allocate. These vouchers went to communities with the greatest need for EHVs, where local housing authorities demonstrated their capacity to administer assistance. Read article

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Topics: Fair Housing, Industry News, Housing Choice Voucher

Community development and housing news: May 10, 2021

Posted by NMA on May 10, 2021 7:15:00 AM

HUD will resume public multifamily inspections in June, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs posted updates to COVID Q&A guides, over $20 million is available to fight housing discrimination, and more.

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HUD will resume public multifamily inspections in June

Starting on June 1, 2021, HUD will substantially increase housing inspections after steps were taken to protect HUD-assisted households from exposure to COVID-19. HUD has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement additional protocols and associated safety measures for inspections. Read more

 

HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing Programs posted updates to COVID Q&A guides

Both Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Eviction Moratorium Order documents were updated on April 26. Read more

 

HUD is making over $20 million available to fight housing discrimination

Fair housing organizations can apply to receive grants to help fight housing discrimination. These funds will support a variety of activities, including fair housing testing, education and outreach, and capacity building. Applicants can apply through www.grants.gov before June 14, 2021. Read more

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Topics: Fair Housing, Industry News, COVID-19

Community development and housing news: April 13, 2021

Posted by NMA on Apr 13, 2021 11:37:01 AM

HUD released FY21 Income Limits, RAD office issued brief Section 3 guidance for PHAs converting Public Housing under RAD, and HUD allocated nearly $700 million through Housing Trust Fund for affordable housing.

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HUD released FY21 Income Limits

Used to determine eligibility for assisted housing programs including public housing, Section 8 project-based rental assistance, Housing Choice Vouchers, and other special-needs housing programs, this query tool allows users to obtain the income limits for their area. Read more

 

HUD’s RAD office issued brief Section 3 guidance for PHAs converting Public Housing under RAD

The two-page document provides guidance on how the new Section 3 regulations apply to RAD conversions of public housing to Project-Based Vouchers (PBVs) or Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA). The new final Section 3 rule and how it applies in RAD conversions will be provided by HUD on April 20, 2021. Read more

 

HUD allocated nearly $700 million through Housing Trust Fund for affordable housing

The funds will produce more affordable housing for extremely low- and very low-income households, including families experiencing homelessness. This year’s allocation increased from last year's allocation by around $365 million. Read more

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Topics: Fair Housing, RAD, ROSS, Industry News, Housing Choice Voucher

Community development and housing news: February 16, 2021

Posted by NMA on Feb 16, 2021 7:45:00 AM

HUD renews funding for thousands of local homeless programs, the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) issued a memorandum to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and more.

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HUD renewed funding for thousands of local homeless programs

On Friday, January 29, HUD awarded $2.5 billion in Continuum of Care (CoC) grants to more than 6,500 community-based housing and service providers. The funding renews grants for existing programs and the process will be dramatically streamlined due to the pandemic. Read more

 

HUD will enforce Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) issued a memorandum that will implement the policy set forth in Biden's Executive Order 13988 on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual OrientationRead more

 

Public Housing Repositioning webinar series

HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) is hosting two webinars on February 17 and March 17 about common issues in the repositioning process. PHAs looking to develop and execute a repositioning strategy should consider attending. Read more

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Topics: Fair Housing, Industry News

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