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HUD Offers Rule Waivers in 2018 Disaster Areas

September 24, 2018    

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently published a Federal Register notice informing public housing agencies about waivers of HUD requirements they may request in the aftermath of a presidentially declared Major Disaster Declaration (MDD) during calendar year 2018. To...

HUD Awards Over $12M to Help Tribal Communities Make Housing Safer

September 24, 2018    

HUD recently awarded more than $12 million in Healthy Homes Production grants to 13 Tribes and Tribal agencies to protect children and families from home health and safety hazards. The grant funding will assist and protect families by targeting health hazards in 1,300 low-income homes with...

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Affordable Housing Development Regulatory Burdens

September 24, 2018    

The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance recently held a hearing to review “The Cost of Regulation on Affordable Multifamily Development.” At the hearing, expert witnesses identified specific regulations at the federal, state, and local levels that can...

HUD Publishes FY 2019 Fair Market Rents

September 12, 2018    

HUD recently announced in the Federal Register the publication of FY19 Fair Market Rents (FMRs). FMRs are used to determine payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based Section 8 contracts, initial rents in the Moderate...

HUD Awards $99M to Provide Affordable Housing to People with Disabilities

September 12, 2018    

HUD recently awarded $98.5 million to 285 local public housing authorities across the country to provide permanent affordable housing to nearly 12,000 additional non-elderly persons with disabilities. The housing assistance is provided through HUD’s Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice...

HUD and Census Bureau Release New American Housing Survey

September 12, 2018    

According to the new 2017 American Housing Survey recently released by HUD, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), renters are three times more likely to need financial assistance to evacuate during a major disaster than those who own their own homes. The new...

HUD Launches Campaign to Boost Landlord Acceptance of Housing Vouchers

September 12, 2018    

HUD recently announced a new task force aimed at boosting landlord participation in the Housing Choice Voucher program. HUD’s HCV program is the nation’s largest rental subsidy program, assisting more than two million low-income households each year. The announcement comes on the...

Federal Court Dismisses AFFH Lawsuit Against HUD

September 12, 2018    

A judge for the D.C. district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by fair housing advocacy groups for a preliminary injunction against HUD for withdrawing the Local Government Assessment Tool, which communities have been required to use in completing the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) that...

HUD Releases Notice on Executive Compensation for 2017

September 12, 2018    

HUD recently issued Notice PIH-2018-13 providing additional information on calendar year (CY) 2017 executive compensation reporting. The notice specifically instructs PHAs on how to use the HUD-52725 Form that reports executive compensation for CY 2017. PHAs must report compensation for the top...

Senate Passes FY19 HUD Funding Bill

August 14, 2018    

The Senate recently passed its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Transportation-HUD spending bill with a 92-6 vote. The $154.2 billion package combined four separate spending bills for FY19, appropriating funding for the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD),...

HUD Sends AFFH Streamlining Pre-Rule to OMB

August 14, 2018    

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) is a legal requirement that federal agencies and federal grantees further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act. Currently, as provided in the rule, AFFH means:

Smoking Ban in Public Housing in Effect

August 14, 2018    

Public housing agencies (PHAs) were required to implement smoke-free policies by July 31. The no-smoking policy applies to all public housing units, interior areas (including but not limited to hallways, rental and administrative offices, community centers, day care centers, laundry centers, and...