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Feds Assess Background Screening’s Impact on Housing Access

March 8, 2023    

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are requesting public comment on background screening issues affecting individuals who seek rental housing in the United States, including how the use of criminal and eviction records and algorithms affect...

Section 202 Sites Can Order Free COVID Test Kits from HUD Webpage

February 15, 2023    

In the February issue of the Insider, we covered a HUD and Department of Health and Human Services initiative to expand the available COVID-19 diagnostic testing supply for at-risk individuals. With this initiative, Section 202 elderly sites can order no-cost over the counter (OTC)...

HUD Announces Change to Inspections for NSPIRE Pilot Sites

February 1, 2023    

HUD is in the process of transitioning to a new housing inspection program.

Lawmakers Urge President to Take Executive Actions on Renter Protections

January 18, 2023    

Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) of the U.S. Senate recently sent a ...

White House Seeks Renters’ Bill of Rights, Property Management Best Practices

January 4, 2023    

The White House is leading an initiative on resident-centered property management solutions and is soliciting best practices. In addition, President Biden, in the past, has expressed support to expand protections for renters through a “Bill of Rights.”

HUD to Delay 2023 Income Limits

December 14, 2022    

HUD normally publishes income limits on April 1. However, HUD recently announced that it intends to release the FY23 median family income and income limits on or about May 15, 2023, which is...

Decline in Veteran Homelessness Biggest in 5 Years

November 10, 2022    

HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) recently announced preliminary results of the 2022 Point-in-Time Count showing an 11 percent decline in veteran homelessness since early 2020, the last time a full count was conducted....

D.C. Real Estate Firms to Pay Landmark Civil Penalty for Voucher Discrimination

October 26, 2022    

Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine recently announced a settlement requiring three real estate firms and its executives to pay a landmark $10 million in penalties for illegally discriminating against renters in the District who use Section 8 housing vouchers and other forms of...

HUD Assists Florida Victims of Hurricane Ian

October 12, 2022    

HUD recently announced a package of 29 regulatory and administrative waivers aimed at helping Florida communities accelerate their recovery from Hurricane Ian. According to Corelogic data, the hurricane has left an estimated $22 billion and $32 billion in wind losses for residential and...

HUD Seeks Input on Green and Resilient Retrofit Program

September 28, 2022    

HUD recently released a Request for Information in the Federal Register to obtain public input regarding the development of its Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP). When implemented, the GRRP...

DHS Formally Rescinds Trump Era “Public Charge” Rule

September 15, 2022    

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued its final rule to rescind a Trump-era immigration policy that sought to limit immigration benefits for those likely to rely on government aid such as housing vouchers, food assistance, Medicaid, or other public benefit.

Treasury Announces New Steps to Increase Affordable Housing Supply

August 17, 2022    

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced new guidance to increase the ability of state, local, and tribal governments to use American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to boost the supply of affordable housing in their communities.

The context: The updated Treasury...