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Latest on the Shutdown’s Impact on Project-Based Rental Assistance

January 24, 2019    

As of Jan. 22, more than 700 rental assistance contracts have expired since the government shutdown began. The number of expiring contracts will increase as the shutdown continues. HUD anticipates approximately 500 additional contracts will expire and be up for renewal in January and 550 in...

Warner, Veasey Lead 170 Congress Members in Letter on Shutdown Housing Crisis

January 24, 2019    

Members of Congress recently sent a letter to President Trump on the direct and immediate consequences of the shutdown on housing security for more than 4 million households across the country. Both the short-term operations and long-term viability of affordable housing programs are dependent on...

HUD Suffers from Repeated Staff Turnover

January 24, 2019    

HUD, already hurt by the government shutdown, is also facing management challenges from an exodus of top talent that’s causing performance and accountability issues. The recent departures of HUD Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude and Ginnie Mae Acting President Michael Bright are just the...

HUD Secretary Carson to Lead New ‘Opportunity and Revitalization Council’

December 20, 2018    

President Trump recently signed an executive order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. The council will be chaired by HUD Secretary Ben Carson. It consists of representatives from 13 federal member agencies. And the council will consider legislative proposals and...

OIG Issues Annual Report on HUD’s Top Management Challenges for 2019

December 20, 2018    

Earlier this fall, HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its annual report on the top management challenges facing HUD in 2019. It identified six specific issues that, according to the report, “impact HUD’s ability to meet the needs of its beneficiaries and protect...

HUD Finds Homelessness Largely Unchanged in U.S. for 2018

December 20, 2018    

According to the latest national estimate by HUD, homelessness in the U.S. remained largely unchanged in 2018. HUD’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 552,830 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018, an increase of 0.3 percent since last year...

HUD Announces Disaster Assistance for California Fire Victims

November 14, 2018    

HUD recently announced it will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of California and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes in areas affected by wildfires. President Trump issued a major disaster declaration for Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura...

JCHS Releases Housing for Older Adults Report

November 14, 2018    

Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) recently released a report called Housing America’s Older Adults 2018. It says that more than half of the nation's households are now headed by someone...

Trump Administration Announces Decline in Veteran Homelessness

November 14, 2018    

HUD recently announced that veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline. HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report finds the total number of reported veterans experiencing homelessness in 2018 decreased 5.4 percent since last year, falling to nearly half of the number of homeless...

DHS Formally Publishes ‘Public Charge’ Rule

October 17, 2018    

On Oct. 10, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally published a proposed rule that would add Section 8 rental assistance, public housing, and other programs to a list of public benefits DHS considers when it attempts to ensure that those seeking to enter and remain in the United...

California Enacts Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Law

October 17, 2018    

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a fair housing bill (AB 686) that will require California cities and counties to affirmatively further fair housing. This law came about as a reaction to HUD’s rollback of the Obama administration’s affirmatively furthering fair housing...

Social Security Announces 2.8% Benefit Increase for 2019

October 17, 2018    

The Social Security Administration recently announced that the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 2.8 percent in 2019. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security...