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HUD Releases FY2020 Fair Market Rents

October 1, 2019    

HUD has published the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) Fair Market Rents (FMRs), which are now released only on huduser.gov. The FMRs are effective Oct. 1. In general, the FMR for an area is the amount that would be needed to pay the gross rent (shelter rent plus utilities) of privately owned, decent,...

Senate Appropriations Committee Advances FY2020 HUD Bill

October 1, 2019    

The budget agreement signed into law on Aug. 2 by President Trump raised defense and nondefense discretionary spending caps for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The deal allows for, but doesn’t accomplish on its own, enactment of this year's FY20 appropriations bills. Before the new...

HUD Expands Housing Preservation Program to Include Senior Housing

October 1, 2019    

In an effort to preserve and improve critically needed affordable housing for low-income seniors, HUD recently announced a significant expansion of its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) to facilitate capital investment in senior housing developments assisted through HUD's Section 202...

HUD Offers Technical Assistance to Launch Family Self-Sufficiency Program

October 1, 2019    

HUD is seeking assisted housing owners and management agents interested in receiving technical assistance (TA) to support their establishment of a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program in one or more of the properties they own or manage. The TA will help owners/agents get ready to successfully...

HUD REAC Seeks Feedback on Expanded Property Inspection Standards

September 10, 2019    

HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) has expanded the number of inspection items open for feedback from five items to 65 items before REAC fully implements HUD’s National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) model demonstration. This is part of HUD...

New Tenant Protection Vouchers Available for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

August 15, 2019    

HUD recently announced a new Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative that will offer housing vouchers to local public housing authorities to prevent or end homelessness among young adults under the age of 25 who are leaving, or have recently left, the foster care system without a home to...

HUD to Propose Changes to Disparate Impact Regs

August 15, 2019    

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently cleared HUD’s proposed changes to the disparate impact regulations. The update to HUD’s 2013 disparate impact rule would require plaintiffs to meet a five-step threshold to...

Two-Year Budget Deal Allows HUD Appropriations Process to Advance

August 15, 2019    

President Trump recently signed a budget deal that increases federal spending and lifts the nation’s borrowing limit. The new law suspends the debt ceiling through July 2021, removing the threat of a default during the 2020 elections, and raises domestic and military spending by more than...

Senate Confirms Two HUD Assistant Secretaries

July 17, 2019    

The Senate recently confirmed Hunter Kurtz to be HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing (PIH) and Seth Appleton to be HUD Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research (PD&R). Prior to the Senate confirmations, neither PIH nor PD&R had assistant secretaries...

HUD Secretary to Chair White House Council on Affordable Housing

July 17, 2019    

President Trump recently signed an Executive Order to establish the White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing Development. The council is headed by HUD Secretary Ben Carson and consists of members across eight federal agencies. They will engage with state, local, and...

JCHS Report Sheds Light on Lack of Affordable Housing Production

July 17, 2019    

Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) recently released its annual report, “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2019.” The report examines the state of the housing market in 2018, finding that, while the housing market improved in many respects over...

HUD Offers $150M to Provide Affordable Housing to People with Disabilities

July 17, 2019    

HUD is offering $150 million in grants to provide affordable housing to approximately 18,000 non-elderly persons living with disabilities. HUD anticipates awarding 300 grants ranging from $20,000 up to $3 million to eligible public housing agencies. HUD’s Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher...