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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...

Final Rule Requires Broadband Infrastructure for New Construction and Substantial Rehab

January 13, 2017    

HUD recently published a final rule requiring installation of broadband infrastructure at the time of new construction or substantial rehabilitation of multifamily housing that has more than four rental units funded or supported by HUD.

Families with Vouchers Are Underrepresented in Low-Distress Neighborhoods

January 13, 2017    

A recent study published in Cityscape titled “Vouchers and Neighborhood Distress” finds that Housing Choice Vouchers utilized by female-headed families are underrepresented in neighborhoods with low levels of distress and overrepresented in neighborhoods with high levels. The...

New HUD Capital Needs Assessment Tool Available

January 13, 2017    

A Capital Needs Assessment (CNA) is a plan for a site to address existing deferred maintenance, to modernize and rehabilitate, and to ensure that all the needs of a site are addressed well into the future. The assessments are used for applications for funding, planning for rehabs, corrections...

HUD Issues CY 2017 140 Percent Thresholds for Rent Comparability Studies

January 13, 2017    

In August 2015, HUD issued a new Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide. Section 9-23 of the Guide provides instructions for comparing the median rents as derived by the appraiser in a rent comparability study (RCS) with Census Bureau estimates of the median rents in the project’s ZIP code. Should...

HUD Releases 2015 American Housing Survey

January 13, 2017    

HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of the 2015 American Housing Survey focusing on 25 metropolitan areas across the country. The data includes detailed information on everything from monthly housing costs to hunger and neighborhood characteristics including crime and the...

Ben Carson Accepts President-Elect Trump’s Nomination as HUD Secretary

December 13, 2016    

President-elect Trump recently announced that he’ll nominate Dr. Ben Carson as the new secretary of HUD. As HUD secretary, Carson would oversee a budget of nearly $50 billion that provides rental assistance for more than 5 million households.

President-Elect Trump May Tap Rarely Used Law to Overturn Regulatory Rules

December 13, 2016    

President-elect Trump will have an opportunity to reverse a number of the Obama administration’s regulatory rules through a rarely used law called the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA was passed as part of the Contract With America Advancement Act by Congress in 1996 when Newt...

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