Feature

Government Steps Up Enforcement of CDC Eviction Moratorium

April 9, 2021    
Owners who violate the moratorium, now extended through June, face stiff penalties for violations.  
Compliance

HUD Nixes 'Mixed Immigration Status' Proposed Rule

April 9, 2021    
On April 2, HUD formally withdrew a Trump era proposed rule that would’ve adjusted how rental assistance is prorated to households with mixed immigration status. Instead of continuing to allow mixed-status households to live in HUD-assisted housing and prorating the amount of their assistance...
Compliance

Income Limits Rise for FY 2021

April 9, 2021    
On April 1, HUD issued the fiscal year 2021 income limits that determine eligibility for various HUD-assisted housing programs including the Public Housing, Section 8 Project-Based, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, and Section 811 Housing for Persons with...
In the News

American Jobs Plan Encompasses Affordable Housing Infrastructure

April 9, 2021    
On March 31, the White House released an outline of a $2 trillion plan to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, with a focus on stimulating the long-term recovery of the American economy, combating climate change, and addressing persistent racial injustice. The framework, called the American Jobs Plan,...
Dealing with Households

Emergency Rental Assistance Program: 2020 Act vs. 2021 Act

April 9, 2021    
On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, which passed in the U.S. Senate by a narrow 50-49 vote on March 6 and in the U.S. House of Representatives by a 220-211 vote on March 10, signifies the Biden...
Feature

HUD to Fight Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

March 11, 2021    
We’ll explain why and how—and what you can do to avoid discrimination claims.   On Feb. 11, HUD announced in a memo that its Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) will fully enforce the Fair Housing Act to ban discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender...
Dealing with Households

Treasury Department Issues New Emergency Rental Assistance Guidance

March 11, 2021    
New guidance lowers barriers to emergency rental relief.   On Feb. 22, the Department of the Treasury released an updated FAQ to help states and communities quickly distribute more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance to renters financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $25...
Dealing with Households

Are Your Residents Eligible for the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit?

March 11, 2021    
High-speed Internet at home has become essential for school, work, and many other areas of life during the pandemic. Some of your households may be struggling to afford an Internet connection. In an April Pew Research survey of American parents with children attending school remotely, 36 percent of...
Recent Court Rulings

Texas Federal Judge Rules Eviction Moratorium Is Unconstitutional

March 11, 2021    
So why is the moratorium still in effect?   On Feb. 25, an Eastern District of Texas federal judge ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) national eviction moratorium is unconstitutional. The moratorium was implemented by the CDC in September 2020 and...
In the News

Research Supports a Flexible Emergency Rental Assistance Program

March 11, 2021    
A recent study sought to glean lessons from the state and local rental assistance programs launched in 2020 before the emergency rental assistance programs funded by the coronavirus relief package signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, ramps up. The difficult task of administering these funds will fall...