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July 06, 2020

HUD Releases New Guidance on Evictions and Waivers

Without further action from Congress, on July 24, 2020 the federal eviction moratorium will end. To assist housing authorities (HAs), tenants, and voucher landlords in advance of the transition, the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) published the  Eviction Prevention and Stability Toolkit . 

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June 17, 2020

HUD FSS Get Ready Letter Issued for 2020 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Coordinator Funding

HUD has notified PHAs of the upcoming FY 20 Family Self-Sufficiency Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) competition in order that PHAs be prepared when the NOFA is issued.  

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June 11, 2020

HUD Releases PBV FAQ for non-RAD Conversions

On May 27, HUD posted on its website a document titled  Project Based Vouchers (PBVs) FAQs .  In fact, the document only addresses “questions (FAQs) pertaining to project-basing as a repositioning tool.” This document only applies to PBVs when used as part of a conversion of a public housing property approved by the Special Applications Center (SAC) via “a Section 18 demolition/disposition (Notice PIH 2018-04); a Section 22 Streamlined Voluntary Conversion (SVC) (Notice PIH 2019-05); a Section ...

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June 10, 2020

HUD News Release: HUD Provides Remaining $2.96 Billion in CARES Act Funding for Homeless Populations Amid Coronavirus Recovery

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the allocation of $2.96 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funding to support homeless Americans and individuals at risk of becoming homeless because of hardships such as job loss, wage reduction, or illness due to COVID-19. This funding is in addition to $1 billion of ESG grants announced  within a week  of President Trump signing the CARES Act. 

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May 29, 2020

HUD Issues Latest Update to FAQs for Public Housing Agencies

On Friday, May 29, HUD released Version 4 of its “COVID-19 FAQs for Public Housing Agencies” document. PHADA will provide further analysis in the near future. 

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May 14, 2020

HUD Alters CARES Act Funding Availability Dates

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, HUD sent an email to all public housing authorities clarifying and updating previously provided information regarding the first date of eligible use of CARES Act Funding. According to the email, HUD is now allowing expenses incurred beginning on March 27, 2020, the date of passage of the CARES Act. This is a significant improvement over previous guidance, which had disallowed expenses incurred prior to April 29 or May 1. PHADA sent a letter to HUD and to Congress on ...

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May 12, 2020

Fourth COVID Response Bill Introduced in the House

On May 12, Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee introduced the  Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions  (HEROES) Act. The bill, if enacted, would be the fourth major legislative response from Congress to the COVID-19 emergency and contains $3 trillion in stimulus and emergency spending for federal programs, public health, and to support state and local governments.

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May 11, 2020

PIH “Wednesday Webinar” Series: Repositioning

PIH is hosting a new “Wednesday Webinar” series intended to explain and discuss common issues related to public housing repositioning. The webinars will be held on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST beginning this Wednesday, May 13 . PIH encourages PHA directors, staff, residents, board members, and others working with PHAs to develop and execute a repositioning strategy to participate.

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May 08, 2020

PHADA Writes to Congress on HUD’s Flawed CARES Act Interpretation

PHADA contacted Congress today to express its serious concerns regarding how HUD is interpreting the recent CARES Act provision on the Operating Fund and HCV administrative fee. To date, HUD has taken an overly narrow interpretation of the CARES Act, disallowing significant costs HAs have incurred prior to May 1, 2020, “…to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus … during the period that the program is impacted by coronavirus.” One PHADA member wrote to the association’s staff and aptl...

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April 29, 2020

HUD Releases Guidance on CARES Act Funding

On April 28, 2020, HUD published two PIH Notices,  2020-07  and  2020-08 , which provide guidance on the use of supplemental public housing operating and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) administrative funds, respectively. The Notices were published in advance of the funds being made available to housing authorities to assist with planning and response to the effects of COVID-19. 

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April 28, 2020

HUD Posts CY 20 Administrative Fee Rate Schedule for the Voucher Program

HUD has posted the Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Administrative Fee Rate Schedule for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, including instructions for calculating administrative fee rates under portability. The estimated national proration rate from January to May 2020 was a grossly inadequate 79 percent. The estimated national proration rate from June to October 2020 will be a little better, 81 percent. The proration factor is not applied to the MOD Rehab programs. The Administrative Fees rates are ...

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April 22, 2020

HUD Releases Guidance on Eviction Moratorium

On April 21, 2020 HUD released  guidelines for housing authorities  (HAs) regarding the temporary eviction moratorium (Section 4024 of CARES Act) which began March 27, 2020. 

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April 20, 2020

HUD FHEO Updates FAQ, Extends Section 3 Reporting Deadline to July 31

In response to follow-up correspondence from PHADA, HUD’s office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) has updated its COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and extended the deadline to submit reports in SPEARS until July 31. Last week, FHEO had responded to a PHADA inquiry requesting an automatic extension of deadlines for Section 3 reporting with an email indicating that all reporting had been extended until June 1. PHADA followed up on that correspondence, raising concerns that this was...

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April 15, 2020

At PHADA’s Request, HUD Grants Blanket Extension of Section 3 Reporting Due Date to June 1

In response to a PHADA email request on April 10, HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) has clarified that the deadline for Section 3 reporting in SPEARS is delayed until June 1 for agencies unable to report due to COVID-19.

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April 15, 2020

HUD Releases May/June Operating Subsidy

HUD has made May and June 2020 operating subsidy available in eLOCCS. In its Explanation letter , HUD reminds HAs of their ability to request funds in excess of their monthly installment to fund “unanticipated and immediate” needs. This is particularly relevant as HAs plan for and respond to COVID-19 in their properties and communities. Requests for this advance funding must be sent to the Field Office with a brief description of the need which, as an example, may include increased maintenan...

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April 14, 2020

HUD Publishes Waiver Notice

On Friday April 10, HUD issued  PIH Notice 2020-05 , outlining statutory and regulatory waivers that housing authorities can utilize as they plan for and respond to COVID-19. In a change from prior disaster voucher procedures, the Notice provides broad authority to HAs to implement waivers of their choosing without any prior permission from or notification to HUD. PHADA  advocated for this authority  from the beginning of the crisis and is pleased that HAs will be able to easily access these wai...

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April 09, 2020

PHADA Submits Comments on Community Reinvestment Act Proposed Rule

The Community Reinvestment Act requires banks to provides services and extend credit to the communities they serve.  As reported in the January 25 issue of the Advocate,  the notice of proposed joint rulemaking was issued by the Office of the Controller of the Currency (Department of the Treasury) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), but the Federal Reserve Board has not signed on to the proposed rule.  Many, including the National Community Reinvestment Coalition ( NCRC ) a...

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April 08, 2020

HUD Accepts PHADA Request to Amend Funding Application Deadlines

In the FY 20 Housing Choice Voucher Program funding implementation Notice ( PIH Notice 2020-04 ), HUD set deadlines by which applications must be submitted. For five of the seven categories of available funding, the Department set deadlines of May 15 (applications for shortfall funding have no deadline, and HUD-VASH funding applications are accepted until October 1). Given the focus on planning and response efforts for COVID-19, these deadlines did not seem reasonable. PHADA staff raised this...

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April 07, 2020

HUD to Housing Authorities: Help is On the Way

On Friday, April 3, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) held a national call with housing authorities (HAs) to discuss COVID-19 response efforts. Led by Assistant Secretary Hunter Kurtz, PIH staff discussed the relevant provisions of the CARES Act and the Department’s plans to implement those provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing programs. 

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March 31, 2020

HUD Issues Important Update to FAQs for Public Housing Agencies

On Monday, March 30, HUD released an updated COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document on their website. While many important questions regarding waivers are deferred until a formal waiver notice is issued, many questions are clearly answered in this document. 

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March 31, 2020

NLIHC Tenant Talk Live to Discuss Impacts on Residents of Coronavirus Pandemic

On April 6 at 6:00 pm ET (5:00 pm CT, 4:00 pm MT, 3:00 pm PT), NLIHC will host its upcoming Tenant Talk Live. The webinar will be about the impacts of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, discussing how residents can advocate for needed resources and protections for low-income renters and for people experiencing homelessness in their community.

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March 30, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Act expands WIC, FMLA, Requires Some Paid Sick Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Act passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Trump on Wednesday, March 18. The law provides emergency funding to a variety of food assistance and medical programs; provides regulatory relief for school meal programs; allows states to request waivers of SNAP and unemployment work requirements and one week waiting requirements, and to provide some emergency snap benefits, administration of unemployment programs, and provides increased reim...

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March 26, 2020

Senate Passes Emergency Spending Bill

On March 25, the Senate passed  H.R. 748, the CARES Act  to provide emergency assistance and response to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to relief provided to families and businesses, the bill provides supplemental appropriations for various governmental activities including the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s housing, homelessness, and community development programs ( see Appropriations Committee summary of the full bill here ). The bill largely mirrors the text of the ...

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March 24, 2020

House and Senate Bills Include Appropriations for Housing Programs

On March 23, the House introduced H.R. 6379, Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, in response to COVID-19 along with DIVISION A – Third Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. The bill includes $720 million to be used flexibly between Operating and Capital for these funds as well as FY20 funds, and $1.5 billion for Tenant Based Rental Assistance, with $1 billion for Administrative Fees and $500 million for HAP. While the Senate bill has not yet b...

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March 19, 2020

Clarification on HUD Guidance Regarding Evictions

There has been confusion created by recent press coverage related to the statements made by the President and Secretary Carson on evictions. It has been reported by numerous media outlets that HUD is not allowing any evictions to take place including in public housing. As many of you are already aware, HUD does not have jurisdictional authority over local and state evictions. Furthermore, we know that HAs do not have authority over evictions related to voucher holders who can only be evicted by...

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March 18, 2020

President’s Forum: HUD Regulations, Requirements Should be Eased So HAs Can Focus on Residents’ Needs

These are unprecedented times. Dealing with the coronavirus outbreak is understandably our highest priority as we all work to preserve the health and safety of the residents and staffs in our communities. As always, PHADA can help be our voice in Washington and advocate for our needs to those at HUD and on Capitol Hill. With this in mind, I recently wrote to HUD Secretary Ben Carson on the public health crisis, and our staff sent similar communications to Congress. 

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March 18, 2020

HUD Publishes Awards for FY 19 Tenant Protection Vouchers

On March 18, HUD published its “Announcement of Tenant Protection Voucher (TPV) Funding Awards for FY 19 for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.” TPVs are awarded for housing conversion plans, public housing relocations and replacements, moderate rehabilitation replacements, and Choice Neighborhoods and HOPE VI voucher awards. HUD awarded just over $118 million for 12,111 TPVs.

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March 18, 2020

HUD Issues Important Notice on March and April Operating Funds

Housing authorities (HAs) now have access to Operating Fund subsidies for the final one-third of March and all of April in eLOCCS. HAs may have noticed that the three obligations they have received this year have all been for different amounts due to a variety of factors.

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March 16, 2020

PHADA Submits Comments on Uniform Relocation Act Regulations

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration published proposed revisions to the regulations governing implementation of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition for Federal and Federally Assisted Programs. Although promulgated by the Department of Transportation, the rule applies to all federal agencies and their grantees, recipients and subrecipients – including HUD and HUD grantees such as public housing authorities and state and local governments.

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March 16, 2020

PHADA Comments on HUD’s Proposed AFFH Rule

On March 16, 2020, PHADA submitted comments concerning HUD’s proposed changes to its AFFH rule. That proposal would amend the department’s Assessment of Fair Housing (AFFH) process implemented in a final rule published in 2015. This proposal makes significant changes to HUD’s AFFH processes consistent with PHADA’s comments prior to 2015 and in response to a 2018 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Unfortunately, this proposed rule also includes significant deficiencies in supporting HUD’s and...

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March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Webinar

Abt Associates is presenting a follow up to the  Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners  webinar. The next Office Hours will discuss COVID-19 planning and response, and is scheduled for March 13, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:00pm EDT. 

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March 04, 2020

IRS Publishes Population Figures to Calculate LIHTC and PAB Caps for 2020

On March 2, the Internal Revenue Service published population figures to calculate 2020 limits for low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and private activity bonds (PABs). The formula for LIHTC cap for each state is the greater of: 1) the population multiplied by $2.8125 or 2) $3,217,500. For PABs it is the greater of: 1) the population multiplied by $105 or 2) $321,775,000. For the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the population figures for calculating the Credit Ceiling, t...

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February 28, 2020

Industry Recommendations for FY 21 Budget

PHADA and the other industry groups have established our recommendations for FY 21 public and assisted housing programs. The Administration significantly cut the HUD budget by $8.6 billion, or 15.2 percent, with cuts to the Operating Fund, Voucher Renewals and Administrative Fees, and eliminated the Capital Fund, HOME, and CDBG accounts.

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February 24, 2020

HUD Publishes HCV Program Dashboard

HUD has published a new Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Data Dashboard to help housing authorities (HAs) and the public understand certain aspects of the HCV program. It includes vast amounts of data organized at the national, state, and HA level. Data published includes budget authority, HAP reserves, leasing rates, and more.

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February 21, 2020

Update: Additional Introduction to Affordable Housing Accreditation Webinars Added

The Affordable Housing Accreditation Board (AHAB) is presenting an hour-long interactive session with slides and a Q&A. Learn about the industry adopted standards, the process to become accredited, tips for preparing, and ways accreditation has benefited organizations.

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February 11, 2020

President’s Budget Cuts HUD Programs by 15%

The White House yesterday released its FY 21 budget, which includes $47.9 billion for HUD, an $8.6 billion or 15.2 percent decrease from the 2020 enacted level. As with the last two budgets, the President proposes the elimination of the Capital Fund as well as the HOME, CDBG and Choice Neighborhoods programs. The Public Housing Fund  is cut by $305 million, or 7 percent.

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February 06, 2020

New Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Released

On January 31, the Department of Homeland Security released a new, revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is “used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States.” All employers in the United States are required to implement procedures for the use of Form I-9 that ensure its proper completion for each individual that is hired for employment – citizens and noncitizens ali...

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January 29, 2020

FY 20 Appropriations Act Includes Language Sought by PHADA for FSS

On December 20, 2019, the President signed the FY 20 Appropriations Act, which includes the HUD budget as well as other provisions affecting HUD programs. One of these provisions, Section 236, states that, “None of the amounts made available in this Act or in the Department of Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116–6) may be used to consider Family Self-Sufficiency performance measures or performance scores in determining funding awards for programs receiving Fam...

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January 29, 2020

HUD News Release: HUD Issues Guidance on Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act Relating to Assistance Animals

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the publication of guidance clarifying how housing providers can comply with the Fair Housing Act when assessing a person’s request to have an animal in housing to provide assistance because of a disability.

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January 17, 2020

PHADA “HUDdles” with Secretary Carson

PHADA Executive Director Tim Kaiser and others met with HUD leadership in a January 16 stakeholder “HUDdle” on the subject of shared housing. HUD says it will be developing future guidance to let HAs more easily use voucher funding in shared housing situations. In addition to Secretary Ben Carson, Assistant Secretaries Hunter Kurtz and Seth Appleton participated along with General Counsel Paul Compton.

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January 16, 2020

HUD Publishes Proposed Rule on Accessibility Design and Construction Safe Harbors

On January 15, HUD published a proposed rule that would update and adopt Additional Safe Harbors for Design and Construction Requirements for accessibility under the Fair Housing Act. 

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January 14, 2020

HUD Publishes New Proposed Rule on AFFH

On January 14, HUD published the new proposed rule on affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). This rule proposes changes to HUD’s regulations regarding the reporting on program participants’ actions to AFFH so that HUD can effectively evaluate participants’ compliance with their AFFH obligations. This proposed rule would establish a uniform reporting process that respects the unique needs and difficulties faced by individual jurisdictions by assessing program participants on the concrete act...

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December 18, 2019

Request for Proposals – Opening Doors to Public Housing

The Vera Institute of Justice – with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance – is soliciting applications from public housing authorities that, in collaboration with their justice system partners, would benefit from technical assistance as they seek to plan and implement reentry programs and/or change their policies regarding people with conviction histories in order to safely increase access to housing for people with criminal records.

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December 17, 2019

Congressional Leaders Put Forward HUD Budget

On Monday, Congressional leaders released all twelve appropriations bills to allocate $1.4 trillion in federal spending for the remainder of the fiscal year. Passage of these measures will prevent the government from shutting down at midnight on Friday. The legislation, divided into two minibuses, resolves differences between the House and Senate bills considered by those chambers earlier this year and includes funding for HUD programs for the fiscal year that began on October 1. The HUD bill i...

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December 04, 2019

Joint Industry Statement on ACC Contract Language in FY 20 T-HUD Legislation

On November 8, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published its most recent proposed revision to the public housing program Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) and is accepting public comment on this revision for 30 days until December 9. Fulfilling a commitment he made prior to publication of this revision, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing R. Hunter Kurtz organized a meeting between HUD staff and the staff of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities ...

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November 22, 2019

President Signs CR; Waters Introduces Bill on Housing Infrastructure

President Trump signed a Continuing Resolution (CR) last night that keeps government programs funded until December 20. Congress is hoping to complete action on the 12 appropriations bills by then, but the outcome is highly uncertain. It is possible that another year-long CR could be adopted if the December 20 date is not met. In that event, some of the increases in the pending appropriations bill would not be enacted. Accordingly, PHADA strongly encourages members to contact their Representati...

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November 19, 2019

PHADA Submits HOTMA Comments

On November 18, PHADA submitted comments concerning the most recent notice of proposed rulemaking in HUD’s incremental roll out of implementing provisions of the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act, enacted in 2016.

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November 08, 2019

HUD Publishes Another Revised ACC

On November 8, HUD published a 30-Day Notice of a Proposed Information Collection announcing that it has issued a third iteration of its revised Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) for public comment during the next 30 days. This latest step caps 3 years of effort surrounding the ACC. The department published a revised ACC in 2016 after two notices concerning the form when it received no public comments. Since then, PHADA, other industry associations, and law firms have commented extensively on...

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October 25, 2019

HUD News Release: Register for the Public Housing Repositioning Webinar

On the heels of our series of in-person Repositioning training sessions for small PHAs, PIH is happy to announce that we will be hosting a four-part Repositioning Webinar training series open to PHAs of any size on November 12, 14, 19, and 21.

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October 17, 2019

Industry Alert: Submit Comments for NSPIRE Demonstration Today

On August 21, 2019, HUD published a Notice in the Federal Register titled “ Notice of Demonstration To Assess the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate and Associated Protocols .” The Notice describes the forthcoming NSPIRE Demonstration and solicits comments both to the Department’s general approach and on specific questions.

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October 08, 2019

HUD News Release: Secretary Carson Applauds Nomination of Brian Montgomery as Deputy Secretary

Secretary Ben Carson applauds the nomination of Brian D. Montgomery to serve as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the second most senior official at HUD, Mr. Montgomery will manage the day-to-day operations of the agency and will advise and assist the Secretary in leading the Department's nearly 8,000 employees.

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October 02, 2019

Funding Availability for Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Apply Today!

In a May meeting attended by PHADA staff, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced the Department would be making $5 million available for PHAs to install carbon monoxide detectors in public housing without saying how or when those funds would become available. In August of this year, the Department released PIH Notice 2019-22 regarding the application process for the Emergency Safety and Security grant program. For the first time, HUD recognized the “threat of carbon monoxide poisoning as a potentia...

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September 24, 2019

Sign On to Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020

PHADA is encouraging its member to sign on to the Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020 campaign in time for the upcoming presidential debate.

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September 19, 2019

PHADA Leading Industry Effort on HCV Fungibility

In addition to making Congress aware of its FY 20 appropriation priorities for public housing, the voucher program, and RAD, PHADA is leading a renewed industry effort to allow HAs to use a small portion of their HAP Reserves for administrative purposes. Today PHADA, NLHA, NAHRO and CLPHA wrote to Congress about the issue. 

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September 18, 2019

Comments Due for HOTMA Proposed Rule

On September 17, HUD released the  proposed rule to the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) . This proposed rule would revise HUD regulations to put sections 102, 103, and 104 of HOTMA into effect. These sections make sweeping changes to the United States Housing Act of 1937, particularly those affecting income calculation and reviews.

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September 11, 2019

PHADA Advocacy Leads to HUD Postponement of Flawed FSS Performance Measurement System for 2019 NOFA

On September 10 at PHADA’s 2019 Legislative Forum, HUD-PIH General Deputy Assistant Secretary Dominique Blom announced that HUD will not implement the FSS Performance Measurement System for the 2019 NOFA. The System was proposed in Federal Register Notice two years ago and PHADA has continuously advocated for improvements since that time, including meeting with HUD FSS and executive staff on numerous occasions.

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September 05, 2019

HUD Issues Revised RAD Notice

On September 5, 2019, HUD issued Notice H-2019-09-PIH-2019-23 to provide guidance for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). This Notice, which is titled, “Revision 4, Final Implementation,” includes a change in eligibility and selection criteria as well as clarifications of existing instructions. This Notice is effective immediately except with respect to changes in the project eligibility and selection criteria, which are subject to a 30-day comment period. HUD indicates that unless it re...

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September 05, 2019

HUD Announces Submission Deadline for Carbon Monoxide Detector Funding

On August 26, HUD’s Office of Capital Initiatives announced the deadline for submitting requests for funding for Carbon Monoxide Detectors under the Emergency Safety and Security Grants Program. The deadline for submitting applications for Carbon Monoxide Detectors is October 25, 2019. 

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August 30, 2019

HUD Publishes Fair Market Rents for FY 20

Today, HUD has published its  Notice  of Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for FY 20. These FMRs will become effective on October 1, 2019. Comments and  requests for reevaluation of specific FMRs are due by  September 30.

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August 21, 2019

HUD Publishes Description of NSPIRE Demonstration in the Federal Register

On August 21, 2019, HUD published a Notice in the Federal Register titled “ Notice of Demonstration To Assess the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate and Associated Protocols .” This Notice provides a description of the NSPIRE Demonstration that the Department has been discussing with the industry for nearly one year. The Notice also solicits comments on a number of specific questions. Following the public comment period and consideration of submitted feedback, HUD will...

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August 20, 2019

HUD Makes Funds Available for Emergency Safety and Security Grants

On August 19, 2019, HUD issued  PIH Notice 2019-22: Emergency Safety and Security Grants Annual Funding Notification and Application Process . This funding is made available through HUD’s FY 19 appropriations, in which Congress set aside $10 million from the Capital Fund for safety and security grants. This announcement is similar to prior years’ announcements, with the new inclusion of carbon monoxide detectors as an eligible expense.

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August 20, 2019

NOFA Issued for FY 19 ROSS Program

HUD has announced that up to $35 million in funding will be available through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Program. ROSS grant funding is provided to eligible applicants for service coordinators who work with Public and Indian Housing residents and link them to supportive services that may help them achieve self-sufficiency. In the case of elderly or disabled individuals, services are sought to help them age/remain in place. RO...

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August 19, 2019

Department of Homeland Security Finalizes Public Charge Rule

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.” DHS published the proposed rule in October 2018, in response to which PHADA submitted extensive comments. In the comments, PHADA argued that housing programs such as the public housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs should not be considered when reviewing an individual’s status as a public charge. PHADA wrote that their inclusion would be a dramatic depart...

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August 09, 2019

HUD News Release: Jobs Plus NOFA Published

The FY 19 Jobs Plus NOFA was published on July 30, on  www.grants.gov . The NOFA makes up to $20,700,000 available, and HUD anticipates awarding approximately seven grants. Applications are due Tuesday, October 1, 2019. 

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August 06, 2019

HUD News Release: FY 19 Choice Neighborhoods NOFA Is Posted

HUD has announced that the FY 19 CN Implementation Grants NOFA were posted on August 5. Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to achieve the following three core goals: 1. Housing; 2. People; and 3. Neighborhood.

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July 29, 2019

HUD News Release: New HUD Initiative Will Help At-Risk Youth

On Friday, July 26, HUD  announced  a new initiative to provide housing stability to youths aging out of foster care. According to the Department’s news release, “The Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative will help reduce youth homelessness by targeting housing assistance” to this population.

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July 19, 2019

HUD Accepting Pre-Registrations for NSPIRE Demonstration

In November 2018, HUD announced its intentions to make wholesale changes to the REAC Inspection Protocol. There were both changes to be implemented in the short-term, such as the misguided shortening of the inspection notification period, and a planned multi-year piloting of a new inspection protocol. That protocol, now known as NSPIRE, will be tested through a voluntary Demonstration, and housing authorities (HAs) can now pre-register if they are interesting in participating.

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July 08, 2019

PIH Notice 2019-15 Registration of Interest for HUD-VASH Vouchers

On July 5, HUD issued PIH Notice 2019-15 (HA) announcing the availability of $40 million in HUD-VASH that will support approximately 5,000 new vouchers. These vouchers are administered in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable housing and supportive services.

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July 02, 2019

HUD News Release: FY 19 Mainstream Voucher Program Notice of Funding Availability Now Published

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pleased to announce the release of the  FY 19 Mainstream Voucher Program Notice of Funding Availability  (NOFA) (FR-6300-N-43). Public Housing Authorities may apply for funds through this NOFA to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities.  HUD expects to award $150 million, which will house approximately 18,000 families.  PHAs will receive additional points if they agree to adopt a preference for their housing choice voucher pro...

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June 26, 2019

House Passes Appropriations Package Including T-HUD

The House Committee for Appropriations passed, on a 227 to 194 vote, its package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills (H.R. 3055). The vote fell along partisan lines, with all 227 yea votes cast by Democrats and all but one nay vote by Republicans. The package provides a total of $50.1 billion for HUD, which is $5.9 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $13.4 billion above the President’s budget request. 

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June 26, 2019

HUD News Release: HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Chair White House Council On Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON, JUNE 25 – Today, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing, and named Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson as its chairperson. The Council will consist of members across eight Federal agencies and engage with State, local, and tribal leaders across the country to identify and remove the obstacles that impede the production of affordable homes – namely, the enormous price tag...

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June 20, 2019

Hunter Kurtz Confirmed By Senate as Assistant Secretary for HUD-PIH

Robert Hunter Kurtz has been confirmed by the Senate to be the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing (PIH) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Kurtz, initially nominated by the President on September 15, 2017, was only recently appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for PIH and had previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Programs at HUD in the Office of the Secretary. Mr. Kurtz has extensive experience in housing policy, dating ...

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June 19, 2019

PHADA Congratulates New NYCHA Chairman Greg Russ

  The Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), which represents 1,900 housing authorities throughout the U.S., enthusiastically supports the appointment of Greg Russ as Chairman of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Greg, who is a past president of PHADA, is widely acknowledged as a public housing expert and industry leader. Greg’s long and distinguished career includes high level posts at numerous housing authorities, including Minneapolis, Cambridge, Chicago a...

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June 12, 2019

PHADA Encourages Members to Submit Comments on Noncitizen Residency Rule

At PHADA’s Annual Convention & Exhibition in Ft. Lauderdale, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution reiterating PHADA’s opposition to HUD’s proposed rule on noncitizen residency. PHADA’s members agree that the rule is not necessary, practical, or fair, and expressed their eagerness to vocally oppose the rule, including through the submission of comments. Comments are due July 9 and can be submitted online. PHADA strongly encourages members to submit comments and to discuss the local impacts ...

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May 22, 2019

House Appropriations Committee for T-HUD Releases FY 20 Funding Bill

The House Appropriations Committee today released the draft FY 20 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee on Thursday, May 23 (Title II, HUD, begins on page 104). A summary of the draft bill is available on the House Committee on Appropriations website.

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May 21, 2019

HUD Provides Update on REAC Inspection Changes

On May 20, HUD hosted a meeting with representatives of the Public Housing and Section 8 Multifamily industries to discuss its plans to reform REAC inspections for those programs. The new initiative, which will ultimately encompass a shared inspection protocol for all HUD-funded programs is titled “National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate” or NSPIRE. The meeting focused largely on the piloting of a new inspection protocol which PHADA covered in the March 20 issue of the Adv...

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May 20, 2019

HUD Secretary Carson to Testify at House Financial Services Committee Hearing on HUD Oversight

The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a HUD Oversight hearing on May 21, 2019. HUD Secretary Ben Carson will be the sole witness. In advance of the hearing, the Secretary has provided this  testimony.

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May 16, 2019

Representatives Ask HUD to Withdraw Immigration Rule

More than two dozen House Democrats, including Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-CA), wrote to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, asking that HUD withdraw its proposed rule barring housing assistance from undocumented families. The full letter can be accessed  here . In addition, PHADA wrote about the rule in its most recent edition of the  Advocate . The matter is sure to come up in next week’s committee hearing with Secretary Carson.

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May 06, 2019

HUD’s Notice PIH-2019-11: HOTMA Over Income Requirements

On May 5, HUD published  Notice PIH-2019-11  entitled, Final Implementation of Public Housing Over-Income Limit under the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA). The notice describes HUD’s progress in implementing this provision of HOTMA, the notices it has issued so far, and clarifies some of the requirements established in the final Federal Register notice it published on this provision in July 2018. That notice had an effective date of September 24, 2018. PHADA discu...

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May 01, 2019

HUD Issues Notice on Required Conversions of Public Housing

On Tuesday, April 30, HUD issued Notice PIH 2019-10 on Required Conversions. The notice provides guidance on the requirement that PHAs annually review their inventories to determine if any of their public housing developments with 250 or more units meet the criteria for required conversion from public housing to housing choice vouchers. If any developments with 250 or more units have a vacancy rate of 12 percent or greater for the last three years, then additional assessment is required.

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April 23, 2019

HUD Announces Capital Fund Awards for FY 19

HUD has announced Capital Fund awards for 2019 along with associated guidance. HUD notifies HAs of their awards byemail based on addresses in the PIC system. Please make sure your HA’s email address is correct in PIC.

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April 23, 2019

HUD Announces Voucher Program Funding Provisions for FY 19

On April 18, HUD published  PIH Notice 2019-08 , Implementation of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019 Funding Provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

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April 22, 2019

HUD Issues Notice on Carbon Monoxide Detectors

On Friday, HUD issued  PIH Notice 2019-06  regarding carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in HUD-assisted housing. In the Notice, HUD reminds HAs and operators of other subsidized housing programs that certain states and localities have existing laws regulating the use of CO detectorsand that agencies must comply with these laws. HAs should ensure they are up-to-date on applicable regulations and in compliance with laws.

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April 18, 2019

HUD Rule Would Limit Public Housing for Undocumented Immigrants

The New York Times  reported last night that HUD has proposed a rule intended to prevent undocumented immigrants from residing in public and assisted housing units. It is reported that the rule has been forwarded to Congress for a 15-day review and will be published soon for a 60-day comment period. According to the article, “If the rule goes into effect, undocumented immigrants living in public housing would not be immediately removed…They would be given up to 18 months, through three six-mon...

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April 17, 2019

HUD Publishes FY 19 HAP Renewal Inflation Factors for Voucher Program

HUD has published FY 19 Renewal Funding Inflation Factors (RFIFs) to adjust HAP renewal funding for all housing authorities (HAs) under the Voucher program. Utilizing the same methodology used in FY 18, HUD will apply an inflation factor to an HA’s FY 18 HAP spending amount to determine its HAP eligibility for FY 19. While the national inflation factor is set at 4 percent, inflation factors are determined for each area and, according to HUD, take into account historical program data and several...

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April 03, 2019

HUD Publishes Proposed Section 3 Rule

On April 4, 2019, HUD published a proposed rule titled  “Enhancing and Streamline the Implementation of “Section 3” Requirements for Creating Economic Opportunities for Low- and Very Low-Income Persons and Eligible Businesses . On the same day, HUD also published a separate Notification of proposed Section 3 Benchmarks for Creating Economic Opportunities for Low- and Very Low-Income Persons and Eligible Businesses. Comments on both notices are due by June 3, 2019. PHADA will provide an analys...

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March 28, 2019

REAC Inspectors to Document Presence and Condition of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Effective April 1, 2019, federal and contract inspectors of public housing and Section 8 Multifamily housing will be required to document the presence and operating condition of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in buildings containing fuel-burning appliances or an attached garage. This new documentation requirement is outlined in Inspector Notice 2019-01  that was published on March 25, 2019. This Notice does not require any action on the part of HAs.

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March 20, 2019

FY 20 Public Housing and Section 8 Program Funding Needs

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) and the Council of Large Public Housing Agencies (CLPHA) are pleased to release our joint funding recommendations for Office of Public and Indian Housing and Office of Housing programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These programs provide resources essential to ensuring that vulnerable seniors, families, veterans, and person...

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March 20, 2019

HUD Announces MTW Cohorts 1 and 2 Webinars

Next week the MTW Office will host two webinars on the MTW expansion. The first will be on March 26 from 3:00–4:00 pm (access information below) and targeted to agencies eligible for Cohort 2 of the expansion. The second webinar will be on March 28 from 3:00–4:00 pm (access information below) and targeted to agencies eligible for Cohort 1 of the expansion. All interested agencies are encouraged attend.

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March 14, 2019

HUD NEWS: HUD Issues Second Invitation for Public Housing Agencies to Join Moving to Work Demonstration Program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is inviting a second round of public housing agencies to join the Department’s expanding  Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program . Today’s invitation follows a similar notice last October seeking the first cohort under the MTW expansion. MTW allows public housing agencies (PHAs) to practice greater program flexibility and encourages housing choice and self-sufficiency among low-income families.  Read HUD’s notice to ...

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March 11, 2019

President’s Budget Slashes and Eliminates HUD Programs

The  President’s FY 20 Budget  was released today and, in line with the last two years, includes drastic cuts and elimination of key HUD programs. The Administration proposes to merge the Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds, yet the Budget actually eliminates the Capital Fund and cuts the Operating Fund by $1.79 billion, or 38 percent. The total cut to public housing is $4.565 billion, a decrease of over 60 percent. This is clearly out of line with the intent of Congress, which has app...

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March 08, 2019

2019 Operating Fund Tools to be Published in HUD Web Portal

Per the 2019 Operating Fund Submission Schedule, HUD forms 52523 and 52722 will be made available to housing authorities (HAs) no later than March 19, 2019. Tools are due to Field Offices by April 9. Previously, HAs submitted this information through an Excel form. While agencies will submit through an Excel tool this year, agencies will only able to access the forms through HUD’s Operating Fund Web Portal . The Department’s Operating Fund Web Portal is HUD’s evolving web-based platform that a...

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February 28, 2019

Industry Groups To Congress: HUD Should Withdraw ACC

PHADA, NAHRO, and CLPHA sent letters to both the  House  and  Senate  today concerning the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC). The letter states that HUD’s proposal would fundamentally change the relationship of the Department and HAs “to the detriment of our members, more than 1,000,000 households residing in public housing, and the public housing program.”

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February 21, 2019

HUD Imposes Unworkable Inspections Changes

HUD staff held a brief conference call February 19 on coming inspections-related changes. They announced the Department would institute a 14-day inspection notification timeline, which PHADA strongly opposes. Coincidentally, PHADA sent an inspections-related letter to HUD just hours before HUD announced the unilateral change.  “PHADA opposes the 14-day notification period because it raises serious logistical problems, resident notification problems, and potential legal issues,” Executive Dir...

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February 19, 2019

PHADA Sends Letter to HUD Staff on Proposed REAC Changes

Today, PHADA sent a  letter  to HUD PIH staff as part of continued efforts to promote the expertise and views of HAs in the conversation involving changes to REAC. In November 2018, HUD staff provided PHADA and other industry groups with a briefing on substantial proposed changes to the REAC inspection protocol. At our recent Commissioner’s Conference in Miami, members weighed in on the proposal, and those views are expressed in the letter. Among other serious concerns, the association expres...

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February 15, 2019

Final FY 19 Spending Deal Passed by House and Senate

Congress has passed a spending bill and sent it to President Trump for approval. If signed today, another government shutdown will be averted. It has been widely reported that the President will sign the bill. While the final figures were not the higher previously approved Senate numbers that PHADA had hoped for, there are increases in all of the four major categories: Public Housing Operating and Capital Funds and Housing Choice Voucher Program Renewals and Administrative Fees accounts. The...

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February 06, 2019

ACC Comments Due February 25

In the spring of 2018, HUD began to implement a new Consolidated Annual Contributions Contract (CACC) for public housing. A number of PHADA members expressed serious concern with the document and with the method HUD proposed to use to implement the new contract. The Department announced that the contract would be effectively accepted and in force with an HA’s first draw of Capital Fund resources from LOCCS. PHADA and others objected vigorously to this process, to many changes and terms containe...

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February 01, 2019

Public Housing Operating Subsidy Funding Through May

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) plans to make public housing Operating Fund payments to housing authorities (HAs) by February 15, 2019, for March, April, and May. Subsidy will be prorated in the mid- to high-80 percentage. An official communication from the Department will be released shortly.

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January 29, 2019

Government Reopens for Three Weeks

The longest government shutdown in history ended on January 25 after Congressional leaders and the White House came to an agreement to pass a short-term spending bill that will expire on Friday, February 15. The measure provides backpay to federal workers and funds for state governments that advanced funds to cover federal government obligations.

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January 25, 2019

House Passes FY 19 Appropriations for HUD

On Wednesday, January 23, the House passed an FY 19 appropriations bill (H.R. 648) for HUD and other agencies. The bill reflects the agreements reached by the House and Senate late last year. If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, the bill would provide full-year funding for the Department, allowing furloughed employees to return to work. Senate passage of the bill is not assured; it remains a possibility that short or long-term Continuing Resolutions will fund the Department for ...

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