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Report: Funding Boost Needed to Renew 2017 Housing Vouchers

February 23, 2017    

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) recently estimated the cost of renewing all housing vouchers in 2017 at $18.86 billion. Rents are rising at over 3 percent per year while the 2017 cost-of-living adjustments for seniors and people with disabilities with fixed incomes, who make up...

Study Finds HUD Inadequately Meets the Needs of Disabled Households

February 23, 2017    

A study published in Housing Policy Debate entitled “The Characteristics and Unmet Housing Program Needs of Disabled HUD-Assisted Households” finds a mismatch between the housing needs of people with a disability and HUD programs. According to the study, 70 percent of extremely low-...

Senators Introduce Tenant Survey Legislation for HAP Contract Sites

February 23, 2017    

Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently reintroduced legislation requiring tenant surveys by HUD in response to what they call “deplorable living conditions at several subsidized-housing properties in Florida.”

The bill would require HUD Project-Based...

Results of the Insider’s ‘3-Minute’ 2017 Assisted Housing Survey

February 23, 2017    

Earlier this month the Insider conducted an informal reader survey to find out what changes assisted housing professionals expect with the new administration. We received 188 responses. A PDF showing the full results in chart and table form is available...

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Dr. Ben Carson’s Nomination as HUD Secretary

January 18, 2017    

The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee recently held a hearing to consider the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson to serve as HUD secretary. In his testimony, Dr. Carson spoke about his experience living in poverty in Detroit and Boston. “I grew up in inner city Detroit with a...

Bills Introduced to Invalidate HUD’s AFFH Regulation

January 18, 2017    

On the same day as Dr. Ben Carson’s confirmation hearings, Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) introduced H.R. 482 and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a companion bill, S. 103. Both bills are titled the “Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017.” The bills would nullify...

NYC Landlords Charged with Refusing to Accept Housing Vouchers

January 18, 2017    

The New York City Commission on Human Rights kicked off the New Year by charging five large landlords and brokerage firms with repeatedly discriminating against prospects based on their lawful source of income, a violation of the city’s Human Rights Law. Together, the landlords and...

Congress Passes FY 2017 Stopgap Funding Bill

December 15, 2016    

The Senate recently approved a House-passed continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government funded through April 28, 2017, and sent it to President Obama’s desk for signature. The CR was approved by a vote of 63 to 36 in the Senate and 326 to 96 in the House.

HUD Releases Community Assessment Reporting Tool

December 15, 2016    

HUD recently released the Community Assessment Reporting Tool (CART). CART is a reference and mapping tool created to help answer the question, "How is HUD investing in my community?" CART uses geospatial technology to show the wide variety of HUD investments by city, state, county,...

HUD Awards $2.5M to Help Youth Living in Public Housing Continue Education

December 15, 2016    

To help low-income youth and their families apply for federal student aid for college and other post-secondary educational opportunities, HUD recently awarded approximately $2.5 million to nine public housing authorities (PHAs) to hire "Education Navigators" to guide them through the...

HUD Announces Homeless Preference Management Fees

November 16, 2016    

HUD recently issued a memorandum to promote the use of homeless preferences at HUD-assisted sites. Multifamily Regional Centers or Satellite Offices may now approve both a special and an add-on management fee to cover eligible staff time expenses incurred by owners when establishing and managing...

HUD Announces New Approach to Expand Options for Voucher Holders

November 16, 2016    

HUD recently finalized a new method to establish the Fair Market Rents (FMRs) upon which rental subsidies are based in a manner that would expand neighborhood options for households living in particularly challenging housing markets. This was done to address the limited choices for suitable...