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Report Examines First-Year Implementation of SAFMRs

October 9, 2019    

HUD issued its final rule for the implementation of Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) in November 2016. In August of 2017, HUD attempted to suspend the SAFMR rule, but in December of 2017 a U.S. District Court judge ordered it to be reinstated. The new rule became effective in January of...

Trump Nominates FHA Commissioner as HUD Deputy Secretary

October 9, 2019    

President Donald Trump has nominated Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Brian D. Montgomery to fill the Deputy Secretary position at HUD. As HUD’s second-most senior official, Montgomery would manage the agency’s day-to-day operations and advise and assist HUD Secretary Ben...

Legislation Introduced to Address Public Housing Capital-Needs Backlog

October 9, 2019    

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a Democrat from New York, recently introduced the “Public Housing Emergency Response Act.” If enacted, the bill would authorize an additional $70 billion for HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund, including $32 billion for the New York City Housing Authority (...

Senators Introduce Bill to Help Prevent Small-Dollar Evictions

September 25, 2019    

Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) recently introduced the “Prevent Evictions Act” (S. 2486). While some evictions involve a tenant who owes thousands of dollars to his or her landlord, the legislation is directed to address the significant...

White House Council of Economic Advisors Publishes Homelessness Report

September 25, 2019    

The White House Council of Economic Advisors recently issued a report titled “The State of Homelessness in America.” It argues that overregulation of the housing market and failed policies have led to increases in the number of persons experiencing homelessness in certain parts of...

CO Detector Bill for HUD Housing Passes House

September 25, 2019    

In April, HUD issued Notice H 2019-05 to “strongly encourage owners, managers, and agents of housing covered by the HUD assistance programs above, located in areas where state or local law, code or other regulations do not require CO detectors, to have operational CO detectors (1) in units...

HUD Awards $28M to Clean Up Lead Hazards in Public Housing

August 21, 2019    

HUD recently awarded $27.8 million to 38 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 25 states to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards in thousands of older public housing units. Provided through HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund, these grants will be targeted to approximately 2,800 public...

HUD Awards $6M to Provide Technical Assistance to Distressed Communities

August 21, 2019    

HUD recently announced that it’s awarding $6 million to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to provide critically needed technical assistance to distressed communities with populations under 40,000, including those located in Opportunity Zones and communities struggling to...

HUD Releases NSPIRE Standards for Review and Comment

August 21, 2019    

HUD recently announced the release of the first set of National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) standards, presented to allow stakeholders an opportunity to provide HUD with feedback while it’s testing the standards with demonstration volunteer properties.

House Committee Advances Disaster Recovery Act

July 24, 2019    

The House Financial Services Committee recently voted unanimously to approve H.R. 3702, the “Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019.” Representative Al Green (D-TX-9) is the bill's sponsor, and Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO-2) is an original co-sponsor. H.R. 3702 will now go...

HUD Opens Pre-Registration for NSPIRE Demonstration

July 24, 2019    

HUD recently opened a pre-registration for agencies interested in participating in the NSPIRE Demonstration. NSPIRE is a new physical housing inspection model, and HUD wants to test the adjustments to standards, protocols, and processes prior to nationwide implementation. The department is...

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Against CO Poisoning

July 24, 2019    

Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) recently introduced the “Carbon Monoxide Alarms Leading Every Resident to Safety Act” to help protect residents of federally assisted housing from carbon monoxide poisoning. The bill was introduced in response to the deaths of 13...