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American Jobs Plan Encompasses Affordable Housing Infrastructure

April 9, 2021    

On March 31, the White House released an outline of a $2 trillion plan to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, with a focus on stimulating the long-term recovery of the American economy, combating climate change, and addressing persistent racial injustice. The framework, called the American Jobs Plan,...

Research Supports a Flexible Emergency Rental Assistance Program

March 11, 2021    

A recent study sought to glean lessons from the state and local rental assistance programs launched in 2020 before the emergency rental assistance programs funded by the coronavirus relief package signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, ramps up. The difficult task of administering these funds will...

Landlord Incentives in the HCV Program: Do They Work?

February 11, 2021    

HUD’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a report on a limited review conducted to determine the use of landlord incentives in the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program to increase landlord participation and retention in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The...

Nomination for HUD Secretary Advances to Full Senate

February 11, 2021    

The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee recently advanced the nomination of HUD Secretary-designate Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to the full Senate on a 17-7 bipartisan vote. If confirmed, Representative Fudge will be the first woman in 40 years, and the second Black woman, ever to lead...

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...