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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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January 18, 2019

Congress Sends Housing Letter to President Trump and Secretary Carson

On January 17, a bicameral letter co-authored by Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) was sent to President Trump and HUD Secretary Ben Carson. The letter, cosigned by 170 member of Congress (137 House and 33 Senate), expressed concern about the harmful impacts the partial government shutdown is having on Americans who rely on affordable housing programs. 

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January 15, 2019

Accessing HUD-held HAP Reserves During Partial Government Shutdown

HUD sent correspondence today to all HAs with voucher programs concerning the partial government shutdown. The correspondence  advises HAs that they can tap their HUD-held reserves if the need arises. The letter outlines certain situations in which the Department will permit HAs to use HAP reserves.

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January 04, 2019

House Passes Government Funding Bill

The House passed a large Appropriations bill on January 3 that includes funding for HUD through September 30. The House budget for HUD now matches the previously passed Senate measure. Although the voluminous bill contains funding for dozens of agencies and was previously supported by the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump have stated they will not support any measure that does not include funding for the “border wall.”

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December 27, 2018

HUD Issues Revised Consolidated Annual Contributions Contracts

In May 2018, HUD attempted to implement a revised version of the Consolidated Annual Contributions Contract for public housing that raised a number of concerns. PHADA believed that HUD had misled the public in its Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) notices and so had improperly gained approval of the revised CACC.

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December 21, 2018

ALERT: Possible Government Shutdown Not Expected to Affect HAs in the Short Term

At this writing, subject to change, it appears there will be a partial government shutdown at midnight. The shutdown is not expected to have an impact on housing programs, at least in the short term. HUD-PIH staff informed PHADA they believe the Department has sufficient funding for programs through the early part of 2019.

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December 18, 2018

HUD Announces New RAD Rent Levels for 2019

HUD previously announced that RAD rent levels will be based on final FY 18 public housing funding levels for any CHAP award issued on or after January 1, 2019. These 2018 RAD rents are now  available . HUD will utilize these amounts for any new awards issued beginning in 2019.

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December 11, 2018

Housing Authorities Eligible for Special Admin Fees for Implementing SAFMRs

In a letter dated November 13, 2018, HUD’s Office of Housing Voucher Programs Director Steven Durham informs housing authorities that they may request funds for reimbursement of expenses accrued adopting Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs). The deadline to request these funds is 3:00 pm EST on Friday, December 31, 2018.

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December 11, 2018

HUD Issues Change to RAD

On December 11, HUD issued Notice (PIH 2018–22/H 2018–11) in the Federal Register regarding a change to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) that affects conversions to project-based rental assistance under RAD’s Second Component. The Notice clarifies that execution of a PBRA contract as a result of the conversion of Rent Supp, RAP, Mod Rehab, or Mod Rehab SRO contracts through RAD after the publication of this Notice in the Federal Register  does not  trigger Davis-Bacon prevailing wa...

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December 04, 2018

NLHA Scholarship Program

The National Leased Housing Association’s (NLHA’s) Education Fund is now accepting applications for its 2019 round of scholarships.   The Fund was established for the purpose of awarding education grants and scholarships to low income individuals residing in federally assisted rental housing owned, managed, or administered by members of NLHA and has provided over $1 million for scholarships over the last 10 years.

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November 28, 2018

HUD Publishes Public Housing Operating Subsidy Eligibility Calculations for CY 19

On November 26, 2018, HUD issued Notice PIH–2018–23, Public Housing Operating Subsidy Eligibility Calculations for Calendar Year (CY) 2019.  This notice provides public housing agencies (HAs) with instructions for calculating Operating Fund (OpFund) subsidy for CY 19 and establishes submission deadlines and applies to public housing agencies HAs administering the Public Housing program including those participating in the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration and those who have converted under the...

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November 21, 2018

Learn About the Impact of the “Public Charge” Immigration Rule on Housing Programs

The November 14, 2018 issue of the  Advocate  includes an article regarding a proposed rule (Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds) published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Under this proposed rule, participation in certain Federal housing assistance programs can result in a denial of an application for extension of stay or change in status for noncitizens legally present in the country. Programs targeted by the rule include housing programs such as the Housing Choice Vouche...

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November 19, 2018

HUD Issues Notice on Family Self-Sufficiency Performance Measurement System

On November 14, HUD issued its Notice on the new performance measurement system (“System”) for the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. This Notice responds to Federal Register comments from the December 12, 2017, Notice and describes the performance measurement system and scoring methodology that HUD plans to implement for housing authorities (HAs) that receive HUD FSS program coordinator grants.

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November 15, 2018

PHADA Registers Concerns About HUD Messaging to Small HAs

PHADA has been contacted by several executive directors of small HAs, who feel certain HUD field offices are pressuring them to convert to RAD or other programs the Department is promoting. With this in mind, the association sent the following correspondence to HUD’s-PIH Acting Assistant Secretary Dominique Blom on November 15. In addition to registering concerns about intimidation, PHADA points out that some of the field office information is misleading and inaccurate, and asks Headquarters to...

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November 07, 2018

HUD Encourages PHA Staff to Take FSS Training

HUD recently sent an email  reminding  agencies of the availability of an online Family Self-Sufficiency Program training. Primarily geared towards FSS coordinators, the training provides guidance on developing and administering a successful FSS program.

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November 01, 2018

HUD Issues FSS Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for FSS Coordinators

On October 31, 2018, HUD released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Importantly, HUD has delayed the implementation of its FSS Performance Measurement System as the basis for awarding FSS coordinator funds until next year. Funds will be awarded under this NOFA for renewal positions for FSS programs that were funded under grants for FY 15, FY 16, and/or FY 17, and agencies will not be awarded more renewal positions than the most recent...

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October 29, 2018

HUD Issues New Guidance on Use of Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System; Replaces Income Discrepancy Report

On October 26, 2018, HUD issued PIH Notice 2018–18, “Administrative Guidance for Effective and Mandated Use of the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System.” This Notice supersedes PIH Notice 2017–12 and incorporates the new Income Validation Tool (IVT) Report which is currently being deployed and will be available to all PHAs by December 4, 2018. The IVT Report replaces the current Income Discrepancy Report which is used to assist a PHA in determining if an EIV income discrepancy is valid. ...

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October 16, 2018

HUD Publishes Notice Inviting PHAs to Apply for Moving to Work Expansion

On October 11, 2018, HUD published PIH Notice 2018-17, “ Request for Letters of Interest and Applications under the Moving to Work Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2019: COHORT #1 – Overall Impact of Moving to Work Flexibility .” This long-awaited Notice provides details of a two-step application process which PHAs must undergo in order to be selected for the first cohort of the MTW expansion. 

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October 15, 2018

HUD to Delay Implementation of the FSS Performance Measurement System

HUD informed PHADA today that it will not implement its proposed Performance Measurement System (System) for FSS Coordinators with the upcoming NOFA but will implement the System with next year’s NOFA. PHADA has been advocating to HUD to refrain from implementing its proposed System since the beginning of the year and sent its own  letter  to Secretary Carson in June and another  letter  with other industry groups to Deputy Secretary Patenaude in July.

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October 15, 2018

HUD Reverses Course on Unfair ACC

In important news, Dominique Blom, HUD’s Acting Assistant Secretary for PIH, informed the Directors of PHADA, NAHRO, and CLPHA today that HUD will pull back its revised version of the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC). PHADA has been strongly advocating this action since the spring when the association sent the first ACC correspondence to the Department and Congress.

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October 01, 2018

HUD Publishes Notice on Regulatory Waivers including for PHAs in Disaster Areas

The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently published PIH Notice 2018-16 (link below) to update instructions for public housing agencies (PHAs) desiring to submit requests for regulatory waivers and to add instructions for PHAs in areas with active Presidentially-declared Major Declared Disasters (MDD) designations.

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September 26, 2018

PHADA Encourages HAs to Comment on Property Owner Participation In HCV Program

On September 20, 2018, HUD held a meeting and live webcast regarding two recent studies conducted for the Department regarding property owner participation in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Following remarks by John Bravacos, Senior Advisor to Secretary Carson and others, the authors of the studies, the Housing Authority of the District of Columbia’s HCV Director, and the CEO of an affordable housing-focused real estate investment firm participated in a panel discussion about landlor...

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September 17, 2018

PHADA Sends Comments to Bill Sponsor of Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2018

During PHADA’s 2018 Legislative Forum in Washington, DC, the Legislative Committee discussed the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2018 (H.R. 6252). 

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September 07, 2018

HUD Issues Guidance on Reporting HA Executive Compensation Information for CY 17

HUD’s notice (PIH Notice 2018-13) provides information and guidance on how housing authorities are to use the HUD-52725 form to report executive compensation for calendar year 2017.

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September 04, 2018

HUD Proposes FY 19 FMRs, SAFMRs, and RFIFs

On August 31, HUD published its proposed FY 19 Fair Market Rents (FMRs), Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) as well as the timing and procedures for housing authorities (HAs) to contract for local rent surveys in order to appeal these figures. HAs that successfully appeal the proposed FMRs/SAFMRs, will also have their Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) renewal funding inflation factors (RFIFs) increased commensurate with their increased rent estimates. 

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August 31, 2018

HUD Raises Ongoing Admin. Fee Proration for 2018

On August 31, 2018, HUD notified housing authorities (HAs) that it is raising ongoing administrative fee prorations voucher program from 76 percent to 80 percent for 2018. In terms of HUD’s procedures, it will obligate 80 percent fee prorations to HAs sometime in the month of September and for the remaining months of this year. At the end of the year, Department will disburse fee prorations at approximately 80 percent to all HAs retroactive to January 1, 2018.  

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August 27, 2018

Secretary Carson Creates Property Owner Task Force to Improve Access to HCV Households

Two new studies conducted for HUD find varying voucher acceptance and denial rates in the cities examined. Consequently, HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently established HUD’s Landlord Task Force and announced a number of pending forums across the county to hear directly from property owners on ways to increase their participation in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

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August 22, 2018

PHADA Comments on Disparate Impact Rule

On August 20, PHADA  filed comments on the reconsideration of HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard. 

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August 21, 2018

PHADA Joins Seven Other Industry Groups to Submit Comments on HUD Disparate Impact Notice

On August 17, PHADA along with seven industry groups submitted comments to HUD on the reconsideration of HUD's implementation of  Fair Housing Act's Disparate Impact Standard. 

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August 20, 2018

Senate Passes FY 19 T-HUD Appropriations as Part of a Mini-Bus Appropriations Bill

On August 1, the Senate marked-up its version of the FY 19 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations (T-HUD) bill as part of a larger “mini-bus” appropriations bill (H.R. 6147) with several other agencies, including the Interior and Environment spending measure. The funding levels for all of HUD programs remained the same as those approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 7. 

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July 26, 2018

HUD Issues Final Implementation of Public Housing Over-Income Limit

The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) amended an income limitation on a public housing tenancy for families, otherwise referred to as an “over-income” limit.  After commencing a notice and comment regarding its implementation of HOTMA on November 29, 2016, today HUD published its final implementation of the “over-income” limit. HUD’s notice makes income limit amounts effective on September 24, 2018, while providing information to housing authorities (HAs) on how to s...

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July 11, 2018

Comments on the AFH Tool for Local Governments Are Due by July 23

On May 23, HUD published a notice withdrawing the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Tool for CDBG entitlement local governments and soliciting comments concerning the tool. Those comments are due by July 23, 2018. This AFH Tool is important because HUD has used it to develop AFH Tools for two other groups of program participants that must prepare AFHs, local housing authorities, and states and insular areas.

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June 22, 2018

HUD Publishes FY 18 Jobs Plus Initiative NOFA

HUD recently published its FY 18 Notice of Funding Availability for its Jobs Plus program. Eligible applicants are housing authorities (HAs) that operate one or more public housing developments that meet the criteria outlined in HUD’s NOFA. Applications must be submitted by August 14, 2018, through www.grants.gov.

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June 20, 2018

PHADA Writes to HUD, Raising Concerns with the New Annual Contributions Contract

Late in May, PHADA members became aware that HUD was implementing a new version of the public housing Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) and amendments. In consultation with members and with several attorneys well versed in the public housing program, PHADA became concerned with several new or modified provisions in HUD’s ACC, and with the procedures HUD used to publicize these changes and to execute the new contract.

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June 20, 2018

Follow Us! HUD’s Proposed FSS Performance Measurement System Will Affect Coordinator Funding

PHADA has sent an important letter to HUD and Congressional leaders concerning HUD’s implementation of a proposed FSS Performance Measurement System (System) that we believe is unfair and unworkable. HUD is getting ready to issue a Final Notice on the proposed System as well as a related NOFA, which will award funds based on HUD’s proposed measurement standards. 

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June 13, 2018

HUD Publishes NOFA for Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

On May 18, HUD published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant. With the $145 million appropriated for CNI Implementation grant for FY 18, HUD expects that five awards will be made.

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June 11, 2018

HUD Issues FY 18 NOFA for Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency Service Coordinators

HUD recently issued its FY 2018 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) program, containing $35 million in grant funds for approximately 117 awards.

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June 08, 2018

Follow Us! Senate Appropriations Committee Marks-up Its FY 19 T-HUD Appropriations Bill

On June 7, the Senate Appropriations Committee concluded its mark-up of its FY 19 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations (T-HUD) bill, by vote of 31–0. 

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June 06, 2018

Take Action Now! Make Your Voice Heard

On June 5, the Senate Transportation-HUD (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee concluded its mark-up regarding the FY 19 T-HUD Appropriations bill. No amendments were introduced, but Subcommittee Chair, Senator Sue Collins (R-ME) and Subcommittee Ranking Member, Senator Jack Reid (D-RI) asked Senators to let them know about future amendments. 

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May 29, 2018

HUD Issues 2018 Implementing Notice and Funding Calculations for HAs’ Voucher Programs

On May 21, HUD issued its notice entitled “Implementation of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 Funding Provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.” HUD’s notice provides information regarding housing authorities’ (HAs) housing assistance payment (HAP) renewal funds, new incremental vouchers and administrative fees.

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May 29, 2018

Take Action Now! Send Your Comments

The Senate Transportation-HUD (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to hold a mark-up regarding its version of the FY 19 T-HUD Appropriations bill,  during the week of June 4 , although no specific date and time has been set.  Housing authorities are encouraged to contact their Senators by the end of this week to advocate for funding for all programs for both the Subcommittee mark-up and the full Appropriations Committee mark-up of the bill, usually two days later. 

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May 21, 2018

House T-HUD Subcommittee Releases FY 19 Appropriations Bill

The House T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee released its FY 19 T-HUD bill on May 15, 2018, which was considered in Subcommittee on May 16. Subcommittee members did not make any amendments to the bill. However, during the full House Appropriation scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, amendments are expected to be filed and voted upon. 

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May 03, 2018

HUD Issues $30 Million Family Unification Program NOFA for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018

The Family Unification Program (FUP) is a program under which housing assistance is provided under the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program in partnership with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs) to two groups (listed below). HUD’s combined FUP NOFA for 2017 and 2018 includes $30 million, made up of $10 million for FY 17 and $20 million for FY 18.

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April 26, 2018

Senate T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing

The opening statements by members of the Senate T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee provided a clear rebuke to HUD on its FY 19 budget request. The April 18 hearing may be viewed via webcast here. To a large degree, the Subcommittee’s concerns and interests regarding HUD’s proposed budget cuts across programs were the same as they were last year. Demonstrating starkly different visions and priorities for HUD’s proposed budget, the hearing was essentially over before HUD Secretary Ben Carson read ...

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April 17, 2018

Please Ask Your Congressional Staff to Attend MTW Briefing

PHADA, CLPHA and NAHRO are co-hosting a congressional staff briefing on the Moving to Work (MTW) program on  Monday, April 30, from 10:00-11:30 am in the Gold Room of the Rayburn H.O.B.  Please ask your Representative(s) and two Senators to send their staff to the briefing.

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April 17, 2018

HUD Publishes FY 18 NOFA for Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program

On April 10, HUD issued its FY 18 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Choice Neighborhoods program shortly after the final bill was enacted. Congress appropriated $150 million for the Choice Neighborhoods program. HUD’s application deadline is on June 12, 2018.

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April 13, 2018

Industry Groups Unite Behind Voucher Fungibility Proposal

NAHRO, CLPHA, and NLHA signed onto PHADA’s revised legislative proposal to allow housing authorities (HAs) to use a portion of their Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) reserves to augment appropriated administrative fees when the proration is below 90 percent. On April 2, 2018, the four industry groups sent a joint letter to Senate and House Appropriation Committee and T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs and Ranking Members, requesting that they consider the cost-neutral proposal for FY 19 i...

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April 10, 2018

HUD News Release: HUD Awards Record $28 Billion to Help Hard-Hit Areas in Nine States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands Recover From Major Disasters

Washington, DC, April 10  – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $28 billion to support long-term disaster recovery in hard-hit areas in nine states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These funds are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and will address seriously damaged housing, businesses and infrastructure from major disasters that occurred since 2015.

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March 26, 2018

HUD Currently Accepting Commitments for the EnVision Center Demonstration

On December 7, 2017, Secretary Carson of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the launch of EnVision Centers, a new initiative that the Department states is designed to help HUD-assisted households achieve self-sufficiency. 

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March 22, 2018

Congress Releases Details on Massive Spending Bill

House and Senate appropriators released a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus bill for FY 18 late last night. The measure must still be approved by both chambers and signed by President Trump before the Continuing Resolution expires at midnight tomorrow. The bill is more than 2,000 pages in length. A link to the T-HUD portion highlights may be found here.

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March 20, 2018

HUD’s FY 19 HUD Budget Request

On March 20, HUD Secretary Ben Carson testified before the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Appropriations to discuss the President’s FY 19 Budget request for HUD.

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March 20, 2018

HUD Secretary Carson Defends Trump’s Budget

HUD Secretary Ben Carson testified on Tuesday, March 20, before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies regarding the FY 19 budget. The Trump Administration’s budget, which was released in February, proposes $6.8 billion in cuts (a 14.1 percent reduction) to public and assisted housing programs compared to FY 17 enacted levels.

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March 01, 2018

Follow Us! Comments on HUD’s Evaluation of Public Housing Activities are Due on April 2, 2018

On January 31, HUD published a 60-day notice requesting comments on a new information collection, an “Evaluation of Public Housing Activities.” 

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February 20, 2018

HUD Posts 2018 Administrative Fee Rates

HUD recently posted 2018 administrative fee rates for the voucher programs. For the time being, HUD states that housing authorities (HAs) may use a national proration rate of 77 percent for 2018.

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February 14, 2018

President Trump’s FY 2019 HUD Budget Would Eviscerate Rental Assistance Programs

On February 10, the Trump Administration released its FY 2019 HUD budget and addendum, which proposes $6.8 billion in cuts (14.1 percent reduction) to public and assisted housing programs compared to FY 2017 enacted levels. PHADA strongly opposes the irresponsible cuts in the Administration’s proposed budget, which could have a devastating impact to low-income families nationwide.

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February 13, 2018

PHADA Advocates to Appropriators for FY 2018 Funding

Now that the budget is signed into law and the top line numbers are agreed to, PHADA will press for our priorities to the T-HUD Appropriations Committee. These priorities are Public Housing Operating and Capital Funds, RAD, and Housing Choice Voucher Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) renewals and Administrative Fees.

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February 12, 2018

Spending Plan Will Preserve or Increase Support for Homeless, Seniors, Disabled, and Healthy Housing

Washington, DC, February 12  – The Trump Administration today announced the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a $41.24 billion spending plan that continues or expands support for vulnerable populations including those experiencing homelessness, the elderly and persons living with disabilities.

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February 12, 2018

Follow Us! WEBINAR – Connecting Housing and Education: How a Data-Sharing Partnership Can Improve Outcomes for Children in your Community

On Thursday, March 8, from 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will host a joint webinar on improving student outcomes through data-sharing partnerships between public housing authorities, multifamily housing providers, and school districts.

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February 09, 2018

HUD Issues FY 2017 Notice of Funding Availability for Set-Aside Tenant-Protection Vouchers

HUD is making up to $5 million available for Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPVs) for certain at-risk households in low-vacancy areas from FY 2017 appropriations. The FY ’17 Consolidated Appropriations Act provides that up to $5 million of the $110 million appropriated for TPVs may be made available for this purpose.

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February 08, 2018

HUD Announces Form 50058 Listening Sessions – Register Now!

On January 19, HUD announced that, “Given the steady and successful progress that has been made on the PIC infrastructure, HUD is now ready to engage PHA stakeholders on business process improvients that can be made to PIC, starting with the PIC 50058 module.” The Department recently released the dates and locations of six additional listening sessions specifically for housing authorities focusing on the PIC 50058 module and Family Report, HUD Form 50058.

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January 30, 2018

PIH Notice: Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program

The purpose of the Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program is to help Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) identify and eliminate lead-based paint hazards in public housing.

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January 23, 2018

Performance Measures for the MTW Program

HAI Group commissioned Abt Associates to conduct a two-part study of the Moving to Work (MTW) program, sponsored by the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC), in collaboration with the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), the Public Housing Director’s Association (PHADA), the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and the MTW Steering Committee.

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January 18, 2018

PHADA Files Comment Letter with HUD Regarding Triennial Recerts for Fixed-Income Households

With the active engagement of HAs starting in Colorado and Ohio and then followed by other HAs around the country, the original sponsors of the Triennial Income Verification Relief Act – Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-OH) were successful in getting the bill enacted as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) on December 4, 2015.

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January 05, 2018

AFH Deadline Extension

The January 5 Federal Register includes a notice that HUD is extending the deadline for submission of an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) by local government consolidated plan program participants.

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January 02, 2018

HUD Releases Explanation of January Obligations for Operating Fund

On December 26, 2017, HUD released the explanation of January obligations for the Operating Fund.

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