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HUD Proposes Fair Housing Rule Changes

January 15, 2020    

HUD recently published an 84-page proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule regarding how state and municipal governments address affordable housing opportunities. The rule pertains to the 1968 Fair Housing Act’s requirement that HUD grantees “affirmatively further...

Online Certifications for Assistance Animals: What You Should Know

January 15, 2020    

HUD has recently focused its attention on websites that sell assistance animal certifications. HUD Secretary Ben Carson has asked the chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection to investigate these websites for compliance with federal laws...

HUD Sets Operating Cost Adjustment Factors for 2020

December 18, 2019    

HUD recently published the Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAFs) for fiscal year 2020. These factors are used for adjusting or establishing Section 8 rents under the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 (MAHRA), as amended, for projects assisted with Section 8...

Senate Committee Confirms Montgomery Nomination

December 18, 2019    

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs recently confirmed Brian Montgomery’s nomination to become Deputy Secretary of HUD. The committee approved Montgomery, who is HUD Assistant Secretary for Housing and FHA Commissioner and currently also serving as Acting Deputy...

Senator Warren to Address Public Housing Capital-Needs Backlog

December 18, 2019    

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently announced that she will introduce a Senate companion bill to Representative Nydia Velazquez’s (D-NY) “Public Housing Emergency Response Act,” which was introduced in the House in September. The bill would create a one-time, $70 billion...

HUD Seeks Info on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing

December 18, 2019    

HUD recently published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on federal, state, local, and tribal laws, regulations, land use requirements, and administrative practices that artificially raise the costs of affordable housing development and contribute to shortages in America...

HUD Awards $131M to Provide Affordable Housing to People with Disabilities

November 20, 2019    

HUD recently awarded $131.3 million to 325 local public housing authorities across the country to provide affordable housing to approximately 15,363 additional non-elderly persons with disabilities.

Sen. Sanders, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Public Housing Legislation

November 20, 2019    

Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently introduced the “Green New Deal for Public Housing Act.” The legislation aims to retrofit, rehabilitate, and decarbonize the entire nation’s public housing stock. It would invest up to $180 billion over...

Democratic Presidential Hopeful Mayor Buttigieg Releases Housing Plan

November 20, 2019    

Democratic presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg from South Bend, Ind., recently released An Economic Agenda for American Families, which includes spending $430 billion on affordable housing measures.

Dealing with Proof of Identity and Second Last Names

November 20, 2019    

Q Some of our applicants, especially those from Puerto Rico, have a second last name on their birth certificate that isn’t on their Social Security card. How should this scenario be...

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...