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Dr. Ben Carson Sworn in as HUD Secretary

March 10, 2017    

On March 2, Dr. Ben S. Carson, Sr. was sworn in as the 17th Secretary of HUD. Secretary Carson will now lead a cabinet agency of approximately 8,000 employees who oversee most of the nation’s affordable housing programs and will manage a nearly $50 billion budget. Sheila Greenwood,...

Report Finds Some Moving to Work PHAs Promote Mobility

March 10, 2017    

The Urban Institute recently released a report entitled Moving to Work and Neighborhood Opportunity. This report explored how public housing authorities (PHAs) granted Moving to Work (MTW) status by HUD use their unique policy and fiscal flexibility to help low-income households move to...

Bill Would Provide Legal Assistance to Low-Income Tenants

March 10, 2017    

Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) recently introduced the “Equal Opportunity for Residential Representation Act of 2017.” The bill is designed to help provide legal and supportive services to lower income families. 

Report: Education Increases Chances of Exiting Rental Assistance

March 10, 2017    

A report by the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC), The Education Boost: Lifting Families Out of Poverty, estimates the value that improvements in education can have on positive exits from rental assistance, describes the barriers low-income individuals face attending...

HUD Approves 41 HTF Allocations Plans to Date

March 10, 2017    

The Housing Trust Fund (HTF) is an affordable housing production program that complements existing federal, state, and local efforts to increase and preserve the affordable housing supply for extremely low- and very low-income households, including homeless families. The HTF was established...

Trump Administration Sends Preliminary FY 2018 Budget Framework to Agencies

March 10, 2017    

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently sent federal agencies a preliminary FY 2018 budget framework. The framework identifies its top-line funding amounts for the agencies and asks them for feedback on how they will achieve these targets. OMB officials said the budget...

Legislation Introduced to Neutralize HUD's AFFH Rule

March 10, 2017    

Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) recently introduced H.R. 482, as Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced S. 103, an identical piece of companion legislation in the Senate. While the Fair Housing Act has been in place since 1968, it wasn’t until the Obama administration when a rule was put in...

HUD Issues Final Rule to Help Children Exposed to Lead Paint Hazards

February 10, 2017    

In an effort to respond quickly when young children living in federally assisted housing experience elevated levels of lead in their blood, HUD published a new rule lowering the department’s threshold of lead in the child’s blood to match the more protective guidance of the Centers...

HUD Posts Interim AFFH Guidance for States

February 10, 2017    

HUD recently posted interim guidance for states regarding their statutory obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). The guidance tells how states should comply with the rule until HUD finalizes the state Assessment of Fair Housing Tool.

HUD Issues HOTMA Implementation Provisions for Voucher Programs

February 10, 2017    

HUD published a notice in the Federal Register on Jan. 18 that implements many provisions of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) that pertain to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) tenant-based and project-based voucher (PBV) programs.

HUD Secretary Castro Releases Cabinet Exit Memo

January 13, 2017    

Outgoing HUD Secretary Julian Castro recently issued his cabinet exit memo titled “Housing as a Platform for Opportunity.” The memo highlights initiatives, issues, and accomplishments from his tenure in the Obama administration. The memo also points out upcoming challenges for HUD...

HUD: Certain Noncitizen Victims of Domestic Violence Are Eligible for Housing Assistance

January 13, 2017    

A recent memorandum issued by Acting General Counsel Tonya Robinson clarified that certain noncitizens who are “battered or subject to extreme cruelty” by a spouse or parent who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) has the right to apply for and receive housing...

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