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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Provide $100B in Emergency Rental Assistance

May 13, 2020    

House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Representative Denny Heck (D-WA) recently announced the introduction of the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020, which would create a $100 billion emergency rental assistance fund to ensure that lower-...

HUD Issues Fact Sheet on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment

May 13, 2020    

HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) recently released a fact sheet, “Preventing and Addressing Harassment in Housing for Property Owners and Managers.” The document primarily focuses on sexual harassment, but also includes information on harassment based...

HUD Expands Funds for PHAs to Fight COVID-19

May 13, 2020    

HUD recently announced the allocation of $380 million in supplemental administrative fee funding to all public housing authorities (PHA), including Moving to Work (MTW) PHAs. The two months of additional funding may be used for traditional administrative fees as well as for new costs related to...

HUD Implements CARES Multifamily Mortgage Payment Relief

April 22, 2020    

HUD recently announced it’s issuing new mortgage payment relief guidance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for borrowers with multifamily mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or borrowers participating in other HUD Multifamily...

Federal CARES Act’s Eviction Moratorium Applies to Most Federal Housing Programs

April 8, 2020    

On March 27, 2020, the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law. The law includes important, immediate protections for tenants. Specifically, it mandates a 120-day eviction moratorium for tenants living in certain types of properties. The...

HUD Makes $3 Billion of COVID-19 Relief Funding Available

April 8, 2020    

After the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law on March 27, HUD Secretary Ben Carson directed HUD to immediately begin allocating $3.064 billion to help America’s low-income families and most vulnerable citizens. These funds will be...

Vice President Biden Releases Affordable Housing Plan

March 5, 2020    

Former Vice President Joe Biden recently released his plans to address the nation’s affordable housing crisis. His plan would invest $640 billion over 10 years “so every American has access to housing that is affordable, stable, safe and healthy, accessible, energy efficient and...

A Support Animal Can’t Be Just Any Animal

March 2, 2020    

HUD’s recent Assistance Animals Notice makes a significant distinction in the types of animals that residents may have as support animals. If the animal is commonly kept in households—such as a “dog, cat, small bird, rabbit, hamster, gerbil, other rodent, fish, turtle, or other...

Impact of Racism on Public Housing Explored in New PBS Documentary

March 2, 2020    

A new documentary entitled “East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story” takes a close look at a public housing project opened by the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1970 and demolished a generation later. The documentary, which was executive produced by filmmaker Ken Burns, looks at the...

Trump Administration Proposes FY 2021 HUD Budget

February 12, 2020    

President Trump recently unveiled his administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget, “A Budget for America’s Future,” which would provide HUD with $47.9 billion in funding. This figure represents a cut of $8.6 billion, or 15 percent below 2020 enacted levels.

Don't Give Away Rejected Applicant's Spot Until Appeal Process Ends

February 12, 2020    

HUD rules require you to give every applicant you reject an opportunity to appeal the rejection. A written rejection notice must include the specifically stated reason(s) for the rejection, notice of the applicant’s right to respond to the owner in writing or request a meeting within 14...

Senator Warren to Introduce Companion Bill to Preserve Public Housing

January 31, 2020    

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently announced she will introduce the Senate companion bill to the Public Housing Emergency Response Act. First introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), the bill would create a one-time, $70 billion appropriation...