September 26 House Members Raise Questions, Concerns on HUD’s Criminal Records Policy Fourteen Members of the House of Representatives including housing subcommittee chairman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) wrote to Secretary Julian Castro last Friday, expressing concerns about HUD’s recent guidance on criminal records. The House letter is available here.
Among other issues, the Representatives said that the guidance leaves “unanswered questions” concerning compliance. They also said the rule does not appear to be “in step with recent judicial decisions” including a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court case. They asked the Secretary to provide them with the legal research, analysis, and data that went into composing the guidance.Read more
September 21 RAD Evaluation Interim Report Released On September 20, HUD released an interim report that examines how its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program is performing. HUD states that the new research “provides evidence that the program is on track to accomplish its primary goal of attracting substantial new capital to stabilize the physical and financial conditions of public housing properties significantly improving housing conditions for low-income residents.Read more
September 20 HUD Publishes a Revised AFH Tool for HAs On September 20, 2016, HUD published a notice announcing a revised AFH tool for use by HAs to comply with HUD’s new AFFH rule. The notice announced that HUD will accept comments concerning the revised form for 30 days (through October 19, 2016) and it described HUD’s responses to the comments it received in response to its first notice concerning this AFH tool published on March 23, 2016.Read more
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