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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...

HUD Proposes Changes for Calculating Fair Market Rents

July 19, 2022    

HUD is seeking comments on proposed changes for calculating Fair Market Rents (FMRs). HUD published a notice in the Federal Register titled, “Proposed Changes to the Methodology Used for Calculating Fair Market Rents.”

Section 8 Owner Enters into a Racial Equity Agreement with HUD

May 11, 2022    

HUD recently announced that it has entered into a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with a New York City-based site. The site provides affordable subsidized units though the Section 8 Housing Assistance...

HUD Supports D.C.’s “Solar for All” Program

April 27, 2022    

HUD recently announced its support for Washington, D.C.’s “Solar for All” program to ensure that residents of HUD-assisted properties in the District are able to access the program without experiencing an increase in their housing costs. HUD's announcement came soon after...

Owner Pays $15,000 to Resolve Allegations It Collected Excess Rent

April 13, 2022    

The U.S. Attorney's Office from the Western District of Texas recently announced that an owner agreed to pay the United States $15,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733, by collecting excess rent from a tenant in the Housing Choice...

HUD on Target to Replace REAC Physical Inspection Standards

March 23, 2022    

HUD recently announced that its National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate and Associated Protocols (NSPIRE) Demonstration program is on track to meet its goal for inspections by the end of May 2022. The program is seeking to complete over 900 advisory inspections by that time...

Lowest-Income Renters Received 80% of Delivered ERA Funds

March 9, 2022    

The Treasury Department recently released quarterly data on the use of funds in the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs in calendar year 2021. The data shows the program's success in reaching households most in need given the challenges of implementing a brand-new program that...

Senators Introduce Bipartisan VAWA Reauthorization Bill

February 24, 2022    

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The bill would reauthorize VAWA through 2027. The House passed its VAWA reauthorization bill, HR1620, in 2021.

Report: How Renters Met Household Needs During Pandemic

February 10, 2022    

To keep up with housing payments during the pandemic, renters have had to tap a wide range of financial resources, reports Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS)  in “Making the Rent: Household Spending Strategies During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The...

Congress Seeks Answers from HUD on Deadly Philadelphia and Bronx Fires

January 26, 2022    

In early January, a tragic rowhouse fire broke out and killed 12 people, including nine children. The rowhouse was one of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s “scattered site” properties. These are units throughout the city that are owned and managed by the authority but are...

Treasury Redistributes Emergency Rental Assistance Money

January 12, 2022    

November 2021 was a record-breaking month for providing Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) assistance, according to a recent announcement from the Treasury Department. State and local governments provided assistance to approximately 665,000 renters and owners. And the $2.9 billion in ERA...