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Community Development and Housing News: May 23, 2022

Posted by NMA on May 23, 2022 7:29:00 AM

HUD updates NSPIRE standards, clarifies details of the Affordable Connectivity Program, issues guidance on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and more.

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HUD Publishes Updates to Seven NSPIRE Standards

REAC has published updates to seven inspection standards under the new physical inspection model, NSPIRE, related to call-for-aid systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire-labeled doors, exit signs, fire extinguishers, HVAC, and mold. The NSPIRE standards webpage includes a summary of changes. These standards may be updated again before HUD implements a final rule. Read article

 

HUD Takes Action to Expand Broadband to Low-Income Households

HUD has clarified that receiving benefits from the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) associated with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law does not count as income for determining family rent and does not impact a household’s eligibility for HUD assistance. Read article

 

HUD’s Office of Fair Housing Issues Guidance Regarding Marketing, Application, and Waitlist Processes for HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing

New guidance from FHEO explains how Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to processes in HUD-assisted multifamily properties, included PBRA housing. The document outlines how certain practices can perpetuate segregation and other issues of discrimination, and provides suggestions for implementing more inclusive practices. NLIHC summarizes the guidance. Read article

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Topics: Fair Housing, Inspections, Industry News, Multifamily, NSPIRE, Housing Choice Voucher

Community Development and Housing News: April 25, 2022

Posted by NMA on Apr 25, 2022 8:35:00 AM

HUD publishes new materials for HCV and public housing, and more.

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HUD Publishes Complete HCV Landlord Strategies Guidebook

HUD’s 196-page PDF compiles all chapters and materials previously released, sharing strategies (with a range of cost and complexity) PHAs can use to improve landlord participation in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Read handbook

 

HUD Publishes New PH Data Dashboard

The new Public Housing Data Dashboard shares information relevant to public housing across the US. The dashboard shows resident characteristics; unit occupancy trends; scores from the Public Housing Assessment program; and information about funding, eligibility, and energy use. Viewers can sort and filter data by region, PHA, and more. See dashboard

 

HUD Issues New Civil Rights Guidance on Marketing and Application Requirements for Subsidized Multifamily Properties 

HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity has released marketing guidance and an implementation sheet on compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act in marketing and application processing. Read article

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Topics: Fair Housing, Public Housing Conversion, RAD, Industry News, Multifamily, Housing Choice Voucher

Community Development and Housing News: January 31, 2022

Posted by NMA on Jan 31, 2022 8:30:00 AM

Guidance from HUD and the Treasury on HCV budgeting, Section 3, commitment letters for prospective renters, and more.

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HUD Letter on 2022 HCV Program Renewal Awards

In a letter to PHA executive directors on January 18, HUD provided important information and guidance about planning 2022 budgets for the Housing Choice Voucher program. Read article

 

HUD Publishes Section 3 Guidebook

This new resource is intended to help HUD grant recipients, subrecipients, contractors, and Section 3 business that manage or implement the Section 3 provisions. In addition to the latest tools and resources for applying these provisions to HUD-funded projects and activities, the guidebook includes information on implementing the requirements of the Section 3 final rule that went into effect November 30, 2020. Read article

 

HUD Publishes Notice to Extend Length of Housing Support to Foster Youth

In a notice in the Federal Register, HUD implements and provides guidance on the provisions of the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities (FSHO) amendments to the Family Unification Program. Under FSHO, former foster youth may receive up to 60 months of voucher assistance. Eligible youth include those participating in family self-sufficiency programs, and those in specific situations precluding their participation in such programs. HUD seeks public comment on certain provisions. Read article

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Topics: Foster Children, Section 3, Industry News, Housing Choice Voucher, COVID-19

Community Development and Housing News: December 20, 2021

Posted by NMA on Dec 20, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Last day for all PHAs to submit information to the CARES Act Waiver Report Tool, expedited regulatory waivers now available for public housing and HCV programs, and more.

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Today, Dec. 20, Is the Deadline to Submit CARES Act Waiver Adoption Information

Per HUD’s Notice PIH 2021-33, all PHAs must enter information to the CARES Act Waiver Reporting Tool (CAWRT) no later than today, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. This includes those that did not adopt the discretionary COVID-19 waivers, although there is an expedited reporting process in place for these PHAs. Read article

 

PHAs May Apply for Expedited Regulatory Waivers for Public Housing and HCV Programs

In Notice PIH 2021-32, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing advises PHAs that they may apply for certain regulatory waivers originally offered as part of the CARES Act. As long as a PHA follows the process set out by the notice, HUD will expeditiously respond to the request for these waivers. Read article

 

HHS and HUD Announce Expanded Partnership, New Housing and Services Resource Center

The US departments of Health and Human Services and of Housing and Urban Development are launching a national Housing and Services Resource Center (HSRC) as the hub of a coordinated federal effort to improve access to affordable housing and community-based supportive services. Goals include advancing equity for people with disabilities, older adults, and people experiencing homelessness. Read article

 

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

Community Development and Housing News: November 8, 2021

Posted by NMA on Nov 8, 2021 8:45:00 AM

New public housing and HCV resources are available on the HUD Exchange, the Department of the Treasury releases resources and information for Emergency Rental Assistance reallocation, and more.

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New Public Housing Resources and Training Available

New resources and training are available on the HUD Exchange to support PHAs and their partners in developing and administering their public housing and voucher programs. Recent additions include the Public Housing Resident Organizing and Participation Toolkit in English and Spanish, NSPIRE Online Training, and a guidebook and webinar on strategies for assisting people experiencing homelessness. Read article

 

Treasury Releases ERA1 Reallocation Resources

NLIHC summarizes a letter published by U.S. Department of the Treasury Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo, announcing timelines and priorities for the Emergency Rental Assistance reallocation process. The letter also includes links to relevant forms and instructions for submitting them. Read article

 

HUD PIH Posts Updated Emergency Housing Voucher FAQs

In the sixth update to the EHV FAQs, HUD PIH adds 14 new questions and answers. NLIHC highlights five additions regarding voucher administration, the EHV services fee, and portability. Read article

 

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Topics: HCV utilization, CDBG-DR, Industry News, Housing Choice Voucher, Emergency Rental Assistance, COVID-19

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