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White House Releases Fact Sheet on Increasing Affordable Housing

September 15, 2021    

On Sept. 1, the White House released a fact sheet on the Biden administration’s efforts to increase the affordable housing supply. The plan is to create 100,000 additional affordable homes for homeowners and renters over the next three years, with an emphasis on the lower and middle...

HUD Announces Disaster Assistance, Regulatory Waivers for Ida Survivors

September 15, 2021    

HUD announced the implementation of federal disaster assistance for areas of Louisiana affected by Hurricane Ida. The president’s declaration of these places as disaster areas allows HUD to aid impacted families living in identified parishes. As part of the assistance, HUD has issued a...

HUD Releases FY 2022 Fair Market Rents

August 12, 2021    

HUD has published the fiscal year 2022 Fair Market Rents (FMRs). The FMRs are effective Oct. 1. FMRs are used to determine payment standards for HUD’s various housing programs. In general, the FMR for an area is the amount that a tenant would need to pay the gross rent (shelter rent plus...

Emergency Broadband Benefit Enrollment Exceeds 4M Households

August 12, 2021    

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel recently announced that over four million households have enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, the nation’s largest broadband affordability program to date. The $3.2 billion subsidy program initiated by Congress provides a temporary...

GAO Urges More Comprehensive REAC Changes

July 15, 2021    

Recommendations include processes to address lead paint hazards.

 

On July 6, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) updated its April 2020 list of priority recommendations for HUD. The earlier list outlined 17 “priority open” recommendations—those...

GAO Reports on Adopting Stricter Lead Testing in Voucher Program

June 10, 2021    

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on a review the office made on HUD’s efforts to address lead paint hazards. HUD has primary responsibility for identifying lead paint hazards in housing receiving HUD assistance, including private rental units in the...

HUD Secretary Testifies on Importance of the American Jobs Plan

June 10, 2021    

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently testified in a joint hearing on the American Jobs Plan for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The infrastructure plan seeks to expand affordable housing, and the joint hearing...

HUD and HHS to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations

May 11, 2021    

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra recently announced a joint-agency effort to increase access to COVID-19 prevention and treatment services, including testing and vaccines, among disproportionately affected communities, including among...

Federal Judge Vacates CDC Eviction Moratorium

May 11, 2021    

The Justice Department is appealing the decision.

 

On May 5, 2021, a federal judge in the District of Columbia set aside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nationwide moratorium on residential evictions, which the CDC had recently extended beyond its...

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...