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HUD Publishes Preservation Workbook and Recapitalization Spreadsheet

October 13, 2017    

HUD’s Office of Recapitalization recently published two documents designed to support the exploration and decision-making that you’ll undertake to preserve your site. HUD’s Office of Recapitalization defines “preservation” in terms of three major goals—...

Legislation Introduced to Protect Children from Lead Poisoning

October 13, 2017    

Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) along with Tim Scott (R-SC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Todd Young (R-IN), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) recently introduced the “Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2017” (S. 1854) to protect children living in federally assisted housing from...

Study Shows Share of Rent-Burdened Households Declining

October 13, 2017    

A recent report by the NYU Furman Center entitled “2017 National Rental Housing Landscape: Renting in the Nation’s Largest Metros” examined rental housing trends from 2006 to 2015 in the 53 metropolitan areas with populations over one million in 2015, with a particular focus on...

HUD Considers Regulatory and Administrative Waivers for PHAs in Disaster Areas

October 13, 2017    

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently published a notice in the Federal Register listing regulatory and administrative waivers it will consider if requested by public housing agencies (PHAs) in areas officially designated by the Major Disaster Declarations (MDD)...

HUD Publishes 2018 Fair Market Rents, Adopts New FMR Methodology

September 27, 2017    

HUD recently released its fair market rents (FMRs) for Fiscal Year 2018. An FMR is a gross rent estimate that includes the base rent, as well as any essential utilities that the tenant would be responsible for paying, such as gas or electric. It does not include nonessential utilities such as...

House Passes FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill

September 27, 2017    

The House of Representatives recently passed a $1.23 trillion Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 omnibus spending bill that includes funding for HUD. The Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act for FY 2018, H.R. 3354, is now headed to the Senate. However, the bill is not expected to be brought...

Senate Confirms Pam Patenaude as HUD Deputy Secretary

September 27, 2017    

The Senate recently confirmed Pamela Patenaude as Deputy Secretary of HUD by an 80-17 vote. In her role as deputy secretary, Patenaude will coordinate much of the day-to-day operations of HUD, working closely with the assistant secretaries and other leaders of 16 programs and support offices...

HUD Announces Disaster Assistance for Hurricane Harvey Victims

September 7, 2017    

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, HUD has announced that it will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Texas and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to the hurricane. The original disaster declaration has been amended four times to expand...

House Passes $7.85 Billion in Hurricane Harvey Relief

September 7, 2017    

On Sept. 6, the House of Representatives approved nearly $8 billion in Hurricane Harvey relief funds Wednesday in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, the first of several expected installments to aid recovery in areas devastated by the massive storm.

Trump Administration Reconsiders Rollback of Obama-Era Flood Rules

September 7, 2017    

In August, President Trump signed an executive order that he said would streamline the approval process for building infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and offices by eliminating a planning step related to climate change and flood dangers. The executive order revokes an earlier executive...

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2018 Housing Spending Bill

August 11, 2017    

On July 25, the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Appropriations Subcommittee advanced its FY 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) spending bill. The committee voted to approve the bill by a vote of 31 to 0. The bill includes a $1.4 billion...

Secretary Carson Says HUD Will ‘Reinterpret’ AFFH Rule

August 11, 2017    

On July 14, a group of Senate Republicans led by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to Secretary Carson asking him to rescind HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. The rule requires cities and towns that receive federal funding to examine their local housing patterns...

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