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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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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

Community Development and Housing News: June 7, 2022

Posted by NMA on Jun 7, 2022 11:35:37 AM

HUD provides new Family Self-Sufficiency materials, Vermont invests in affordable housing and renter rights, PAHRC reports on housing assistance program numbers, and more.

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HUD Posts FSS Final Rule Materials

Following the May 17 publication of a new final rule announcing changes to the Family Self-Sufficiency program, HUD has posted new materials on the FSS webpage. These include a summary of the changes and a list of further resources you can expect to see as they become available. See resources

 

Vermont Increases Funding for Affordable Housing and Passes Bills to Protect Renters and Address Systemic Racism in Housing

The state of Vermont recently passed important pieces of legislation increasing funding for the Vermont Housing and Conservation board as well as the Vermont Housing Improvement Program. Additionally, the Rental Housing Safety Bill provides improved ways to address unsafe building conditions, and a Housing Omnibus bill aims to reduce discrimination in housing programs. NLIHC reports on the changes. Read article

 

Beyond Public Housing: How Public Housing Authorities are Transforming the Way They Preserve and Expand Their Housing Stock

This report from the Public and Affordable Housing Corporation (PAHRC) examines the numbers surrounding alternate sources of funding used by public housing authorities to provide assistance. The document concludes with recommendations for Congress to take to support PHA development efforts. Read report

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Topics: Fair Housing, Final Rule, FSS, Industry News

3 Housing Authorities whose Resident Services Astounded us in 2020

Posted by NMA on Oct 7, 2021 12:29:29 PM

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We would like to highlight two more winners of the 2021 NMA Housing Awards—our Resident Service awardees—as well as one other agency whose work impressed us.

East Baton Rouge Parish, LA steps up

For one southern city, last year, during the height of the pandemic, necessity was the mother of invention.

The idea for the Beds for Babies/Beds for Kids program began when a member of the E. Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority maintenance team noticed children’s bedrooms without beds and asked if he could purchase the wood and supplies to build a bed for these children. This problem of infants and young children sleeping on the floor or co-sleeping with parents and siblings was elevated to Director J. Daniels and the entire staff of the EBRPHA. Turns out under the financial stress of COVID-19 some new parents were struggling to buy these pricey items.

Director Daniels and his team found that 50 children had been sleeping with their parents, on sofas or pallets.

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Topics: Community Service, Customer Service, FSS, Maintenance, NMA Housing Awards, Multifamily, Housing Choice Voucher, COVID-19

Keys to running a successful FSS program

Posted by NMA on May 17, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Adam Ensalaco, one of NMA’s experts on FSS program management, shares his thoughts on maintaining a successful program.

iStock-1217050720_edited_BLOGWhat is FSS?

FSS is the most powerful mechanism in the HUD world for moving a family out of poverty, bar none.

The FSS—Family Self-Sufficiency—program enables HUD-assisted families to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on government assistance. A roof over their head and rent relief are not enough; FSS provides the momentum families need to become self-sufficient.

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Topics: FSS, Knowledge Base

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