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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

UD 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 15, 2018

HUD Reverses Course on Unfair ACC

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

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October 01, 2018

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

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

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September 26, 2018

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

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

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September 17, 2018

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

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

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September 07, 2018

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

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

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September 04, 2018

HUD Proposes FY 19 FMRs, SAFMRs, and RFIFs

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

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August 31, 2018

HUD Raises Ongoing Admin. Fee Proration for 2018

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

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August 27, 2018

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

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

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August 22, 2018

PHADA Comments on Disparate Impact Rule

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

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August 21, 2018

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

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

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August 20, 2018

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

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

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July 26, 2018

HUD Issues Final Implementation of Public Housing Over-Income Limit

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

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July 11, 2018

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

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

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June 22, 2018

HUD Publishes FY 18 Jobs Plus Initiative NOFA

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

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June 20, 2018

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

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

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June 20, 2018

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

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

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June 13, 2018

HUD Publishes NOFA for Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

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

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June 11, 2018

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

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

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June 08, 2018

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

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

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June 06, 2018

Take Action Now! Make Your Voice Heard

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

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May 29, 2018

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

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

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May 29, 2018

Take Action Now! Send Your Comments

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

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May 21, 2018

House T-HUD Subcommittee Releases FY 19 Appropriations Bill

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

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May 03, 2018

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

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

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April 26, 2018

Senate T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing

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

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April 17, 2018

Please Ask Your Congressional Staff to Attend MTW Briefing

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

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April 17, 2018

HUD Publishes FY 18 NOFA for Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program

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

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April 13, 2018

Industry Groups Unite Behind Voucher Fungibility Proposal

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

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April 10, 2018

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

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

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March 26, 2018

HUD Currently Accepting Commitments for the EnVision Center Demonstration

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

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March 22, 2018

Congress Releases Details on Massive Spending Bill

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

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March 20, 2018

HUD’s FY 19 HUD Budget Request

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

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March 20, 2018

HUD Secretary Carson Defends Trump’s Budget

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

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March 01, 2018

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

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

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February 20, 2018

HUD Posts 2018 Administrative Fee Rates

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

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February 14, 2018

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

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

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February 13, 2018

PHADA Advocates to Appropriators for FY 2018 Funding

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

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February 12, 2018

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

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

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February 12, 2018

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

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

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February 09, 2018

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

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

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February 08, 2018

HUD Announces Form 50058 Listening Sessions – Register Now!

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

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January 30, 2018

PIH Notice: Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program

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

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January 23, 2018

Performance Measures for the MTW Program

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

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January 18, 2018

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

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

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January 05, 2018

AFH Deadline Extension

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

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January 02, 2018

HUD Releases Explanation of January Obligations for Operating Fund

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

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