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President Trump Signs FY17 Spending Bill

May 18, 2017    

President Trump recently signed a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through September. The bill cleared both houses of Congress and Trump signed it into law just ahead of a midnight deadline after which some government operations would’ve had to begin shutting down...

HUD Highlights $4 Billion RAD Milestone

May 18, 2017    

Congress authorized the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) to create a new tool for public housing agencies to address the backlog of capital repairs in the nation’s public housing stock and to stem the loss of affordable units. Recently, just four years after HUD made its first awards...

President Trump Nominates HUD Personnel

May 18, 2017    

The White House recently announced that President Trump intends to nominate Pamela Patenaude to serve as Deputy Secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Neal Rackleff of Texas to be an Assistant Secretary of HUD, Community Planning and Development.

HUD Secretary Carson Expects to Release Policy Agenda in Next Few Months

May 18, 2017    

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said he expects to release a policy agenda within the next few months that delivers “bang for the buck,” partly by encouraging more private sector collaboration. He said he expects to advance public-private...

Latest Developments in Westchester County AFFH Court Settlement

May 18, 2017    

In 2009, Westchester County in New York State entered into a landmark desegregation agreement with the federal government. In April 2013, the United States Justice Department sent Westchester officials a letter saying that the county had failed to enact legislation prohibiting housing...

Secretary Carson Says Future Infrastructure Spending Bill to Include Housing Funding

April 17, 2017    

At a recent conference of the National Low-Income Housing Council, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said the Trump administration will seek to include housing funding in a future infrastructure spending bill. Secretary Carson said this to alleviate worry about the Trump administration’s proposed...

President Trump Orders OMB to Make Recommendations to Eliminate or Streamline Agencies

April 17, 2017    

President Trump recently issued Executive Order 13781 requiring the director of the Office of Management and Budget to propose a plan to eliminate unnecessary federal agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs, and to merge functions for greater efficiency.

Federal Judge Rules Fair Housing Law Protects LGBT Couples

April 17, 2017    

For the first time, a federal judge in Colorado ruled that the federal law barring housing discrimination protects LGBT people. The married couple who brought the case were denied a rental home along with their two children by a landlord who gave as a reason their “unique relationship,...

Study Compares Health of HUD-Assisted Renters to the General Adult Population

April 17, 2017    

HUD recently released a report that compared the health of HUD-assisted adults to the general adult population. The report is called “A Health Picture of HUD-Assisted Adults.” In 2011, HUD and the National Center for Health Statistics agreed to link administrative records for...

Dr. Ben Carson Sworn in as HUD Secretary

March 10, 2017    

On March 2, Dr. Ben S. Carson, Sr. was sworn in as the 17th Secretary of HUD. Secretary Carson will now lead a cabinet agency of approximately 8,000 employees who oversee most of the nation’s affordable housing programs and will manage a nearly $50 billion budget. Sheila Greenwood,...

Report Finds Some Moving to Work PHAs Promote Mobility

March 10, 2017    

The Urban Institute recently released a report entitled Moving to Work and Neighborhood Opportunity. This report explored how public housing authorities (PHAs) granted Moving to Work (MTW) status by HUD use their unique policy and fiscal flexibility to help low-income households move to...

Bill Would Provide Legal Assistance to Low-Income Tenants

March 10, 2017    

Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) recently introduced the “Equal Opportunity for Residential Representation Act of 2017.” The bill is designed to help provide legal and supportive services to lower income families. 

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