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December 01, 2020

Multifamily COVID-19 Supplemental Payments - Round II

On November 24, 2020, the Office of Multifamily Housing published Housing Notice H-2020-11, “ Continued Availability of COVID-19 Supplemental Payments to Section 8, Section 202, and Section 811 Properties.”

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November 30, 2020

HUD News: Remote Video Inspections Webinar

HUD-PIH has announced a December 3, 2020, webinar on “Remote Video Inspections for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.”

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November 24, 2020

Multi-Family (PBRA) Supplemental Funds Available, Applications Due December 11

On Tuesday, November 24, HUD issued Notice H 2020-11 announcing the availability of Funds for COVID-19 Supplemental Payments for Properties Receiving Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) under the Section 8, Section 202, or Section 811 Programs. This notice establishes and second request window and updates the submission requirements. Funds can be requested for relief due to costs to prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19. 

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November 17, 2020

RESCHEDULED HUD Web Conference: Update on Extending CARES Act Waivers and the CDC Eviction Moratorium

The date of the webinar has changed from Friday, November 20th to Tuesday, December 1st. The time and call-in information will remain the same.

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November 12, 2020

HUD Extends Comment Period for New HOTMA Proposed Rule

On October 8, 2020, HUD published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act of 2016: Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Voucher Implementation; Additional Streamlining Changes,” proposing comprehensive amendments to the regulations governing the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs, largely in response to the enactment of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). The pro...

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November 10, 2020

Senate Appropriations Committee Releases FY 21 Spending Bills

With the election over, the Senate Appropriations Committee released drafts of all 12 spending bills for FY 21. The House released its bills earlier this year and now negotiations will begin with the hope of a deal before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires on December 11, averting the need for another CR or a government shutdown.

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November 06, 2020

HUD News: Register Now for DOT/FTA, HUD/PIH Partnership for COVID-19 Recovery Listening Session

To educate communities about how transit agencies can coordinate with municipalities, public housing authorities and school districts to provide essential services in their communities, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) have created a unique partnership to encourage these activities and highlight the federal funding available to support them. 

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November 02, 2020

HUD News: PUC Increases

As of November 1, 2020, $350 million of the $400 million made available through PIH Notice 2020-17 - CARES Act – Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Supplemental Funding has been awarded to eligible PHAs. 

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October 30, 2020

Housing Authorities Tackle Housing Challenges Among Foster Youth

For over twenty years youth have been an eligible population for voucher assistance under the Family Unification Program (FUP). However due to inconsistent funding, a focus on eligible families, and program mechanics, youth have not been full beneficiaries of the program. Due to the relentless advocacy of foster youth and their allies such as the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (NCHCW), two important steps were taken recently. First, in 2019, HUD started the Foster Youth to Indepe...

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October 20, 2020

PIH News Updates

On September 29, 2020, PIH released our sixth round of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Since Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) can play a crucial role in promoting housing stability during and after the CDC eviction moratorium, PIH wanted to bring to your attention FAQ OC27 that was included in our recent publication.

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October 13, 2020

HUD Publishes a New HOTMA Proposed Rule

With an October 8, 2020 notice, HUD has continued its slow roll out of regulatory changes implementing provisions of the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act (HOTMA) of 2016. The notice proposes changes to regulations implementing additional HOTMA provisions.

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October 01, 2020

President Signs Short Term Spending Bill to Keep Government Open

The President signed a Continuing Resolution (CR), which was passed by the Senate last night, just hours before the end of the fiscal year, to prevent a government shutdown. In an 84 to 10 vote, senators voted to keep the government funded at current levels through December 11. The funding bill was passed by the House earlier this month. 

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October 01, 2020

PIH Updates its COVID-19 FAQ Document

On September 29, PIH posted a new “COVID-19-Related Frequently Asked Questions” document on its website. The document contains new questions and updates to answers originally provided in earlier versions of the document.

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September 29, 2020

HUD Publishes Final Section 3 Rule

Today HUD published in the Federal Register the final Section 3 Rule, formally titled “Enhancing and Streamlining the Implementation of Section 3 Requirements for Creating Economic Opportunities for Low- and Very Low-Income Persons and Eligible Businesses . ” It also published the companion Notice establishing Section 3 Benchmarks for performance.  

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September 29, 2020

News Release: House Democrats Release Updated Version of The Heroes Act

House Democrats today released an updated version of The Heroes Act, addressing needs that have developed since the House passed an earlier iteration and reflecting negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. 

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September 24, 2020

HCV Mobility Demonstration Application Period

HUD is reminding PHAs about its July 15 release of FR-6191-N-01, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers: Implementation of the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration. PHAs interested in applying for the demonstration should follow the instructions in FR-6191-N-01. HUD is planning to extend the application deadline to Monday, December 14, 2020, at 11:59 EDT pm.

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September 23, 2020

PHADA to HUD: Defer Plans to Reinstate Inspections and Assessment Scores

On September 15, PHADA wrote to HUD and urged the Department to drop its plans to reinstate physical inspections in the near future. The association pointed out that housing professionals and residents are rightly concerned about inspectors entering their properties and units, particularly when inspectors may not know they are infected with the coronavirus. PHADA also noted that most HUD offices around the country (and other federal buildings) are closed to employees and the public for some of ...

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September 16, 2020

HUD Issues CARES Act Reporting Guidance for PHAs, Extends Expenditure Deadline

On Monday, September 14, HUD issued HUD Notice PIH 2020-24 Titled: Extension of Period of Availability for CARES Act Supplemental Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Funds, Guidance on CARES Act Financial Reporting Requirements (FDS and Quarterly Reporting), and Other CARES Act Provisions. Deputy Assistant Secretary Hunter Kurtz and PIH leadership discussed the notice that same day during PHADA’s Legislative E-Forum.

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September 10, 2020

HUD News: CDC Issues a Nationwide Eviction Moratorium to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

On September 4, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a Notice and Order under Section 361of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 264) and 42 CFR § 70.2. HUD strongly recommends that all read the Order, which is published in the Federal Register at 85 FR 55292. To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Order is a temporary halt in residential evictions. This Order is separate from the now expired eviction moratorium in Section 4024 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic ...

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September 03, 2020

There is a New Eviction Moratorium

On September 4, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order under its authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic to impose a national moratorium on evictions through December 31, 2020. The moratorium will apply to all rental housing and may preclude the eviction of a mortgagor in default after foreclosure proceedings as well. The order prevents, “… any action … to remove or cause the removal of a covered person from a residential property …” but does not preclude foreclosu...

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August 28, 2020

HUD Publishes Long-Awaited MTW Operations Notice

On August 28, HUD published in the Federal Register the final Operations Notice for the Expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program. The Notice establishes requirements for the implementation and continued operations of the MTW demonstration program pursuant to the 2016 MTW Expansion Statute. This document finalizes most regulations covering the MTW Expansion, which PHADA has long supported, allowing the expansion to move forward. 

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August 25, 2020

HUD News: Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants NOFA

On August 24, HUD’s Community Planning and Development Technical Assistance Division announced the FY 20 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants NOFA.

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August 24, 2020

HUD News: Community Compass NOFO

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Planning and Development Technical Assistance Division has announced a funding opportunity to provide technical assistance and capacity building support to HUD customers in a demand-response model.

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August 21, 2020

PHADA Responds to Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

PHADA is deeply dismayed by HUD Secretary Carson joining President Trump in a recent  Wall Street Journal  Op-Ed  that is inflammatory and divisive. PHADA’s elected leadership reviewed the editorial and felt compelled to respond and set the record straight.

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August 20, 2020

HUD News Release: FY 20 ROSS NOFA Posted

On August 19, HUD announced the publication of the FY 20 Resident Opportunity & Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). 

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August 19, 2020

HUD Webinar: Helping Tenants Access their Economic Impact Payments

Nearly 12 million Americans risk missing out on the stimulus payments provided through the recent CARES Act because they don’t file federal taxes or receive certain federal benefits. In order to receive the stimulus payment they must file a form by October 15, 2020 in order to receive it this year, or file a 2020 tax return next year to receive it in 2021.

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August 14, 2020

HUD Publishes Proposed Fair Market Rents for FY 21

HUD has published its  Notice  of Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for FY 21 for the Housing Choice Voucher program, Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program and other HUD programs. These FMRs will become effective on October 1, 2020. Comments and requests for reevaluation of specific FMRs are due by September 30. For additional information and to view specific FMRs for FY 21 compared against FY 20.  HUD notes that the trend factors used in the FY 21 FMRs include updated economic assump...

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August 11, 2020

PHADA Submits Comments on Proposed RAD Information Collection

On June 9, HUD issued a 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Choice Mobility and Long-Term Affordability Evaluation, and shared unreviewed draft survey instruments provided by its contractor. PHADA submitted comments that highlighted the additional administrative burden the information collection would place on participating housing authorities, especially smaller agencies and those with earlier RAD conversions.

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August 07, 2020

Amid Escalating Pandemic, HUD to Restart REAC Physical Inspections

HUD has announced plans to restart physical inspections for the Public Housing and Multifamily programs. Department officials briefed PHADA staff and others yesterday on their plan.  While no date has been set for the resumption of inspections, HUD is making the industry aware of its Return to Operations (RTO) plans so that property owners and agents (POAs) can prepare for this next phase.

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August 07, 2020

HUD Publishes a Final Rule Implementing its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Responsibility

Since 2016, HUD suspended implementation of its 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule and has worked to amend that rule. In January 2020, the department published a proposed AFFH rule that would have made substantial changes to the rule, removing consideration of disparate housing impacts on protected classes from consideration. 

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August 05, 2020

PHADA Letter to Secretary Carson Regarding Announcement of Final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule

In response to  HUD's announcement of a final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, PHADA has sent the below letter to Secretary Carson outlining the association's deep concerns with the rule and related tweets by President Trump.  

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August 04, 2020

HUD Issues Additional Guidance on the Use of CARES Act Funding

HUD Assistant Secretary Hunter Kurtz has issued additional guidance on the use  of CARES Act funding following concerns relayed to him by PHADA and other industry groups. On regular calls with HUD, PHADA has specifically relayed to Assistant Secretary Kurtz concerns that members have with a lack of reporting guidance by HUD and that these concerns have had a chilling affect on spending.

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July 31, 2020

HUD Releases Second Notices for Voucher Program HAP Funding and Administrative Fees

HUD has published PIH Notices  2020-17  and  2020-18 , which provide guidance on the use of  Housing Choice Voucher Program Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) and Administrative Fees Supplemental Funding, respectively.  

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July 31, 2020

Public Housing Shortfall Funds Available

On July 28, HUD issued PIH Notice 2020-16, “ Implementation of Public Housing Operating Fund Shortfall Funding from Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020 Appropriations .” The FY 20 Appropriations Act set $25 million from the Operating Fund aside for financially insolvent housing authorities (HAs). This notice details which HAs are eligible to receive funds and the terms and conditions associated with these funds.

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July 29, 2020

NYCHA Presents A Blueprint for Change

On July 28, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), led by former PHADA president Greg Russ, released its plan, A Blueprint for Change, a long-term strategy to address NYCHA 's capital needs for 110,000 units of public housing. The plan  outlines potential pathways for NYCHA's reorganization and investing of capital to stabilize and improve its properties, with additional impacts that could drive jobs and recovery strategies. 

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July 29, 2020

Accreditation in the time of COVID-19

Keene Housing’s Director of Administration, Amy Wright was totally organized and ready to submit the organization’s application for accreditation in late March.    As they were preparing to finalize and hit “Submit” in the Affordable Housing Accreditation Board’s (AHAB) accreditation portal, states were starting to buckle down to “flatten the curve” as experts called it and governors across the country were issuing stay at home recommendations in order to contain what looked like to be the be...

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July 28, 2020

Senate Introduces Emergency Coronavirus Response Package

On July 27, the Senate introduced S. 4320, the Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, which PHADA learned from Senate staff will be part of a consortia of bills that will make up the  Heath, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, also announced on July 27. The HEALS Act provides approximately $1 trillion to address effects of the Coronavirus, while the comparable Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act ...

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July 27, 2020

HUD Releases Notice of Availability of Funds for COVID-19 Supplemental Payments for PBRA Properties; August 5 Deadline to Apply

On Thursday, July 23, HUD issued Notice H 20-08, Availability of Funds for COVID-19 Supplemental Payments (CSP) for Properties Receiving Project-Based Rental Assistance Under the Section 8, Section 202, or Section 811 Programs.  All PBRA, PAC, PRAC, and SPRAC supported properties.  Project-Based Voucher (PBV) supported properties are not eligible.  

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July 23, 2020

HUD News Release: Secretary Carson Terminates 2015 AFFH Rule

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the Department will ultimately terminate the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation issued in 2015, which proved to be complicated, costly, and ineffective — so much so that Secretary Carson essentially removed its burden on communities by suspending the regulation’s 92 question grading tool in January 2018.

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July 23, 2020

Advocacy Alert: Contact Your Senators Today

PHADA recently spoke with Senate staffers and is extremely concerned about whether the next relief package will include housing assistance or additional funds to support the operations of public housing authorities (HAs).  It is critical that you contact your two Senators today and let them know that housing assistance must be a component of the next coronavirus response bill.

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July 22, 2020

HUD Issues NOFA for FY 20 FSS Coordinator Funding

HUD published its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) coordinators on July 21, 2020. The due date for applications is August 20, 2020.

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July 16, 2020

HUD announced FY 2020 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants NOFA to www.grants.gov on July 14, 2020

With this publication, HUD is making available up to $5,000,000 for Planning Grants.  Planning Grants are two-year grants of up to $450,000 each that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and carrying out early action activities to build the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.

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July 14, 2020

HUD Publishes Implementation Notice for Voucher Mobility Demonstration

The 2019 and 2020 Appropriations bills provided HUD with $50 million to conduct a Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration. Today, HUD released the  implementation notice  and published a  webpage  with extensive details on the Demonstration. Applications for housing authorities interested in participating in the Mobility Demonstration are due October 13, 2020.

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July 08, 2020

HUD Requests “Registrations of Interest” for VASH Voucher Awards

Today, July 8, 2020, HUD issued  Notice PIH 2020-14 Registration of Interest for HUD-ASH Vouchers .    The notice announces the availability of $50 million in HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) funding that will support approximately 6,000 new HUD-VASH vouchers.    Funding will be awarded to eligible housing authorities that register their interest based on a relative need formula using a VA Gap Analysis.    Agencies selected based upon their registration of interest and...

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July 07, 2020

House Appropriations Committee Releases FY21 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill

Earlier today, Tuesday, July 7, the House Appropriations Committee released its Fiscal Year 2021 Funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.  This is a draft of the House version of the Bill, and any final bill passed by the House will also have to be reconciled with Senate appropriations bills that are still forthcoming.  

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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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