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Top Management Challenges Facing HUD in 2021

January 14, 2021    

Each year, HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issues a report summarizing what it considers the most serious management challenges facing the department. In turn, HUD is required to include this report in its annual agency financial report.

U.S. District Court Halts HUD’s Revisions to Disparate Impact Rule

November 12, 2020    

A federal judge recently issued a preliminary injunction to stop HUD from implementing a rule that would have made it harder to bring discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act. The rule would have required plaintiffs to meet a higher threshold to prove unintentional discrimination, known...

NLHA: Expenses Rise, Rent Revenues Fall, for Affordable Housing Providers

October 15, 2020    

COVID-19 has increased costs and reduced revenue for housing providers, making it harder for them to operate and invest in future housing projects, according to a survey by the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) and ndp analytics. Conducted in August, the survey asked low- and moderate-...

HUD Will Resume REAC Physical Inspections

August 11, 2020    

HUD recently announced the resumption of Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspections of HUD Multifamily and Public Housing properties and units under strict safety protocols during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. REAC inspections are the assessment tool that ensures HUD-...

Federal District Court Judge Blocks Public Charge Rules for Immigrants

August 11, 2020    

A federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently issued two nationwide injunctions temporarily blocking the Trump administration’s “public charge” rules. The measures, which are now on hold, had broadened the grounds under which...

HUD Terminates Obama-Era AFFH Rule

August 11, 2020    

HUD Secretary Carson recently announced that HUD will terminate the Obama-era rule regarding the implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) provision of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. In a press release, Carson claimed that the provision has proven “to be complicated,...

DOJ Sues Section 8 Owner for Sexually Harassing Tenants

August 11, 2020    

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that the owner of rental properties in Elizabeth, N.J., violated the Fair Housing Act by subjecting tenants to sexual harassment. The complaint alleges that the owner, who owns hundreds of rental units in and...

HUD's Fourth Wave of CARES Funds to Help People with Disabilities

May 29, 2020    

HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently announced nearly $77 million in a fourth wave of CARES Act funding, supporting up to 8,300 additional vouchers. Provided through HUD’s Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, this wave of relief funds is intended to provide affordable...

GAO Issues Additional Priority Recommendations for HUD

May 29, 2020    

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report with priority recommendations to HUD, outlining 17 “priority open” recommendations. These are GAO recommendations that warrant priority attention from heads of key departments or agencies because their...

HUD Posts FAQs about Increased Rent Payments for RAD Projects in Opportunity Zones

November 22, 2019    

Congress created the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) in fiscal year 2012 to test whether public housing agencies (PHAs) could leverage Section 8 rental assistance contracts to raise private debt and equity to make public housing capital improvements and thereby preserve low-income housing...

Senate Passes FY20 Spending Package with Increases for Affordable Housing

November 22, 2019    

By a vote of 84-9, the Senate recently approved its fiscal year 2020 (FY20) HUD appropriations bill. The House passed its HUD FY20 appropriations bill in June. And now, with the passage of the Senate bill, the two bills must be reconciled before a final spending bill to ensure continued funding...

HUD Announces $1.5M Settlement with Bridgeport Housing

November 22, 2019    

HUD recently announced that the Department of Justice negotiated a settlement with the Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport (HACB) settling allegations that HACB discriminated against persons with disabilities by failing to provide accessible units and ignoring their requests for...