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Trump Administration's Budget Proposal Seeks Deep Housing Program Cuts

March 15, 2018    

The Trump administration recently released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2019, which begins next Oct. 1. Traditionally, presidential budgets are mostly symbolic and merely indicate an administration’s priorities. This is because while the president can make suggestions,...

Senate Democrats' Infrastructure Plan Includes Money for Housing, Community Revitalization

March 15, 2018    

In response to President Trump’s infrastructure plan released in February, Senate Democrats recently released “Jobs & Infrastructure Plan for America’s Workers.” The new plan proposes $1 trillion in total federal spending, compared to Trump’s $200 billion. To...

Draft of HUD Mission Statement Removes Anti-Discrimination Language

March 15, 2018    

A recent HUD Memo announced Secretary Ben Carson’s consideration of revising the agency’s mission statement and removing anti-discrimination language and promises of inclusive communities. The modified mission statement reads: “HUD’s mission is to ensure Americans have...

HUD May Impose New Work Requirements for Public Housing Residents

February 15, 2018    

According to a draft budget document obtained by CityLab, HUD may institute work requirements for public housing residents and raise rents for about 4 million recipients of federal housing assistance. According to CityLab, HUD would not confirm or deny the draft amendment. The document sets...

Report Shows Promising Results for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program

February 15, 2018    

In 2014, Congress extended authority for HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program to owners of Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) properties. Originally, Congress created the FSS program in 1990 to help housing assistance recipients increase their incomes and build their...

HUD Settles with California PHA Over Disability Discrimination Complaint

February 15, 2018    

HUD recently announced that it has reached a conciliation agreement with the Richmond Housing Authority (RHA) in Richmond, Calif., settling allegations that it discriminated against a resident with disabilities.

HUD Suspends Assessment of Fair Housing Submissions

January 19, 2018    

HUD recently issued a notice extending until after Oct. 31, 2020, the deadline for cities and other participating jurisdictions to submit assessments of fair housing (AFH), the new reporting and assessment tool required by HUD’s 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule. Based...

Preliminary Injunction Orders HUD to Proceed with Small Area Fair Market Rents

January 19, 2018    

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently granted a preliminary injunction against HUD. The court ruled that that HUD didn’t have the authority or compelling reasons to suspend implementation of the use of Small Area Fair Market Rents (Small Area FMRs or SAFMRs) for two...

HUD Withdraws Five Proposed Rules

January 19, 2018    

As part of the efforts of HUD’s Regulatory Reform Task Force, HUD recently announced that it would not pursue five proposed rules published in the Federal Register and, as a result, is withdrawing the rules from HUD’s Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.