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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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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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