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Community Development and Housing News: October 24, 2022

Posted by NMA on Oct 24, 2022 9:16:26 AM

HUD releases updated FSS FAQ and EHV fact sheet  and Tucson, AZ passes a new source-of-income ordinance to protect voucher users.

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HUD Updates FSS Final Rule Implementation FAQs

New questions and responses have been added to HUD’s FSS Final Rule Implementation Frequently Asked Questions, available on their FSS webpage. The added questions and responses are marked as “New". See FSS page

 

HUD Marks Important New Milestone in American Rescue Plan’s Emergency Housing Voucher Program

It’s official: 50 percent of the total number of EHVs provided through the American Rescue Plan have been leased up. HUD has released a fact sheet including more data on EHV use. Read article

 

Tucson, Arizona Passes New Source-of-Income Ordinance

Tucson City Council recently passed an ordinance making it unlawful for property managers to reject a rental application based on the applicant’s source of income, including housing assistance such as the HCV program. The ordinance is part of a broader plan in the city to reduce the barriers encountered by housing choice voucher users seeking homes to rent. NLIHC reports on the policy. Read article

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Topics: FSS, Industry News, Housing Choice Voucher

Community Development and Housing News: October 10, 2022

Posted by NMA on Oct 10, 2022 2:44:39 PM

HUD issues PIH Notices on funding for mainstream vouchers and regulatory waivers for HCV, releases the latest issue of Evidence Matters, extends the FSS NOFA deadline for applicants affected by disasters, and selects 18 PHAs for the new asset building MTW Demonstration cohort.

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PIH Issues Notice on Extension of Certain Regulatory Waivers and Streamlined Review Process

Notice PIH 2022-30 provides for the extension of currently approved regulatory waivers for two purposes: increasing the payment standard during the HAP contract term, and new payment standard amounts through December 31, 2023. The specific regulatory waivers included relate to assisting PHAs in responding to ongoing fluctuations and disruptions in the rental market by providing more flexibility with establishing and applying payment standards. Read notice

 

PIH Issues Notice on Increased Funding for New Mainstream Vouchers

With Notice PIH 2022-31, HUD has increased the total amount of funding available for new Mainstream vouchers from $40 million to $48 million. No new applications for Mainstream vouchers are being received through the notice. Read notice

 

Evidence Matters: Climate and Housing (Summer 2022)

HUD’s Office of PD&R has published the Summer 2022 issue of Evidence Matters, their quarterly publication on research relevant to HUD policymaking. This issue’s theme is climate change and housing. Read article

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Topics: FSS, MTW, PIH notices, Industry News, Disaster Recovery, Housing Choice Voucher

Community Development and Housing News: August 29, 2022

Posted by NMA on Aug 29, 2022 9:15:00 AM

This week’s blog rounds up four recent PIH Notices on HUD-VASH vouchers, Stability Vouchers, and Emergency Housing Vouchers. Additionally, HUD extends the deadline to apply for FSS NOFA and updates FAQs.

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Notice PIH 2022-26: Registration of Interest (ROI) for HUD-VASH Vouchers

This notice describes the requirements for PHAs interested in requesting Veterans Affairs supporting housing vouchers under the 2022 appropriations act. Revisions from the 2021 ROI process include an exception for PHAs with a documented plan to project-base these vouchers (see Section 6.a.) and a new online ROI form. Read notice

 

Notice PIH 2022-25: Voluntary Reallocation or Recapture of HUD-VASH Vouchers

This notice establishes the processes under which a PHA can be approved to voluntarily reallocate HUD-VASH vouchers and associated funding to another PHA in the same Veteran Affairs Medical Center catchment area. Read notice

 

Notice PIH 2022-24: Stability Voucher Program

This notice explains HUD’s noncompetitive allocation strategy and program requirements for the new Stability Voucher program. HUD is awarding funds to support about 4,000 new incremental vouchers to assist households experiencing or at risk of homelessness, or fleeing domestic violence, human trafficking, and related situations. To be eligible for an allocation, PHAs must currently administer an HCV program. Read notice

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Topics: FSS, PIH notices, VASH, Industry News, Housing Choice Voucher, COVID-19

Community Development and Housing News: August 15, 2022

Posted by NMA on Aug 15, 2022 10:22:05 AM

HUD PIH issues a notice describing CARES Act funding procedures and posts the 2022 NOFA for HCV and FSS programs; NHLP and PRRAC detail new options for PHAs to make the HCV program more affordable for tenants.

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PIH Issues Notice on CARES Act Funding Reconciliation and Closeout Procedures

Notice PIH-2022-21 describes closeout

 procedures for funds awarded to PHAs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 through the HCV program, Mainstream Vouchers, and the Moderate Rehabilitation program, including MTW. Read notice

 

PIH Publishes 2022 NOFA for HCV and PH FSS Programs

The NOFA makes available renewal funding for FSS coordinator salaries to recipients of 2019-2021 grants; PHAs who have not received FSS grants in that time period, as well as PBRA owners, are eligible for funding after renewals have been funded. Read article

 

New Options to Increase Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

The National Housing Law Project and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council have issued a resource providing tips for increasing voucher payment standards by making the voucher program more affordable to households. Read article

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Topics: FSS, PIH notices, Industry News, Housing Choice Voucher, COVID-19

Community Development and Housing News: July 29, 2022

Posted by NMA on Aug 1, 2022 8:45:00 AM

HUD issues a Family Self-Sufficiency accounting brief and provides vouchers for people with disabilities and foster youth; the US Senate Committee on Finance discusses LIHTC; and Rhode Island dedicates a substantial percentage of ARPA funds to affordable housing and homeless assistance.

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PIH-REAC Issues Accounting Brief on FSS Program Financial Reporting

The PIH Real Estate Assessment Center has issued Accounting Brief #26, which provides information on properly reporting Family Self-Sufficiency program transactions in your PHA’s Financial Assessment Subsystem submission, including FSS Program Coordinator Grant Reporting; FSS Program Coordinator Grant Expense reporting; and FSS escrow activity reporting, including new reporting requirements and eligible uses of FSS escrow forfeitures, but not including the calculation of the FSS escrow. Read brief

 

Recap of Senate Finance Committee Hearing on the Role of Tax Incentives in Affordable Housing

NLIHC recaps a recent hearing held by the US Senate Committee on Finance, “The Role of Tax Incentives in Affordable Housing.” Senators discussed the impact of LIHTC, the affordable housing shortage, funding from ARPA, and the proposed “Eviction Crisis Act." Read article

 

Rhode Island Dedicates 23% of ARPA Funds to Affordable Housing and Homeless Assistance, Passes 10 Bills to Address Housing Crisis

Rhode Island’s 2023 budget allots $221 million to affordable housing and homeless prevention, building on an allocation of $29 million approved in January. NLIHC reports on budget details and the advocacy by Homes RI and Housing Network of Rhode Island that led to the investment in housing. Read article

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Topics: Foster Children, FSS, LIHTC, Industry News

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