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August 23
HUD Solicits Comments on the AFH Tool for Local Governments for 30 Days
On August 23, HUD published a notice that it would accept comments concerning its AFH tool for 30 days. The deadline for comments is September 22, 2016, and comments may be submitted through This notice follows on a March 23 notice opening this tool for comments for 60 days. In response to that notice, the department received 18 public comments. Read more

August 22
GAO Report: HUD Management Deficiencies Limit Effectiveness and Efficiency of Operations
“The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has struggled to resolve persistent management challenges, in part because it has not consistently incorporated requirements and key practices identified by GAO to help ensure effective management into its operations.” This is the conclusion of a report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which lists five management functions – performance planning and reporting; IT management; human capital management; financial management; and acquisition management – and rates how well HUD met requirements or followed key practices in those areas. GAO then makes eight new recommendations designed to “improve HUDís strategic and human capital planning, governance, and program oversight and evaluation.” Read more

August 19
HUD Issues Tenant-Protection Voucher NOFA
On August 18, HUD issued a notice announcing $5 million for Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPV) for certain at-risk households in low-vacancy areas which was set-aside by Congress in the FY 2016 omnibus FY í16 Appropriation Act. Read more

August 16
PHADA Files Comments and Analyses on HUDís Proposed SAFMR Rule
On August 15, PHADA filed comments on HUD’s proposed rule to replace 50th percentile Fair Market Rent (FMR) areas with its Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) for voucher programs. SAFMRs are rents set at individual ZIP codes rather than based on a metro-wide area. In proposing broader use of SAFMRs in 31 metropolitan areas, the Department’s goal is to address high levels of voucher concentration and to provide voucher holders with a greater ability to move into areas where jobs, transportation, and educational opportunities exist. As is often the case with HUD’s various initiatives, the Department’s goals are laudable but its execution, in this case SAFMR rent values, falls far short of its intended goal. At the most basic level, HUD’s execution of SAFMR rents contradict how local rental housing values trend historically. Read more

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Issues and PHADA Resources

The drop-down menu below lists a number of important issues and topics relating to public housing. Use it as a resource to read up on past and present articles specific to those topics.

SHARP Toolkit

SHARP ToolkitSmall PHA Reform Toolkit
Get the latest information on Small PHA Reform.

H.R. 4816 (Palazzo bill)
Download a PDF of the House SHARP (Palazzo) bill.

SHARP Publication
Download the PDF information booklet (4 pages) that outlines how SHARP can help small agencies with smart streamlining.

VIDEO: Rep. Palazzo (R-MS) Introducing The Small Public Housing Agency Opportunity Act of 2016 (H.R. 4816)
Watch the webcast of bipartisan legislation addressing the administrative burdens facing small and rural housing authorities across the country.

HUD Budget

FY 2017 Proposed HUD Budget
Get the latest information on the FY '17 budget.

FY 2017 Public Housing and Section 8 Program Funding Needs

HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Website
Provides background materials, authorizing legislation, and examples of resources.

Industry Group's Proposal to Address Budget Crisis

Preserving Public Housing
(PDF download)

Realistic Options to Increase Revenue,
Reduce Costs and Provide Program Flexibility

PHADA's Position Papers

PHADA's Issue Briefs



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This section allows you to get in touch with elected officials, including the president, members of Congress, governors, state legislators, and more. There is also a very useful media section that helps you find and contact national and local media.
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