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October 02, 2023

Congress Passes Continuing Resolution, Averts Shutdown

With only hours to spare before a government shutdown began at midnight, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) on Saturday, September 30, to fund the government through November 17. The CR – which was only introduced around noon the day before the shutdown was to begin – passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support and provides level funding for HUD programs.

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October 02, 2023

HUD Issues NSPIRE Administrative Procedures Notice for the Housing Choice Voucher Program

On September 29, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued PIH Notice 2023-28 titled "Implementation of National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) Administrative Procedures for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Programs. The notice finalizes the administrative procedures of NSPIRE for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs, which will replace Housing Quality Standards (HQS), and became effective for the HCV and PBV...

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September 29, 2023

HUD Releases HOTMA Sections 102 and 104 Implementation Notice

On September 29, HUD released Notice PIH 2023-27/H 2023-10, “Implementation Guidance: Sections 102 and 104 of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA).” In addition to the implementation guidance, the notice also includes details regarding when HAs and multifamily owners need to have policies and procedures updated to comply with Sections 102 and 104.

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September 29, 2023

PHADA Writes Secretary for Relief

In response to members concerns raised during PHADA‘s 2023 Legislative Forum, September 17–19 in Washington, DC, PHADA has written to Secretary Fudge repeating and emphasizing concerns about the growing threat to HA programs posed by increased Tenant Accounts Receivables (TARs), and how the 30-day notice requirement negatively impacts both HAs and tenants in those jurisdictions.

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September 27, 2023

HUD to Publish Notice on Option to Delay NSPIRE for HCV

HUD has scheduled a Federal Register Notice for publication on September 28, 2023, extending the compliance date for the NSPIRE final rule for the HCV, PBV, and Moderate Rehabilitation programs until October 1, 2024. This much-awaited notice formalizes HUD’s previous statements that HCV programs will be able to continue using HQS for an additional year. PHADA will continue to advocate for similar flexibility for the public housing program. 

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September 07, 2023

HUD News: Faircloth-to-RAD Webinar Registration

HUD is hosting a Faircloth-to-RAD Webinar on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET.

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September 07, 2023

HUD Posts NOFO for Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants

HUD has posted the FY 23 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The NOFO defines the competition for $246 million available for Implementation Grants of up to $50 million each, and $10 million in Supplemental Grants to FY 17–20 Implementation Grantees who face financial challenges in completing replacement housing plans due to increased costs.

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September 05, 2023

HUD Announces Expanded Eligible Uses of EHV Service Fees

On August 29, HUD released Notice PIH 2023-23 (HA), which adds two new eligible uses of Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) service fees.

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September 01, 2023

HUD Releases 2024 Fair Market Rents, Awards Supplemental HAP Funds

On August 31, HUD published the FY 24 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) in the Federal Register, and posted supporting and detail data here. While FY 23 FMR’s were up 10.7 percent nationally over FY 22 levels, the published FY 24 FMRs are 12.2 percent above FY 23 levels nationally. Local experience, of course, will vary.

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August 28, 2023

OMB Publishes Final BABA Guidance

On August 14, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pre-published final guidance for the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA). Final guidance will be published to the Federal Register in a forthcoming publication. The OMB states that the Final Rule, entitled, “Guidance for Grants and Agreements,” supports the implementation of the BABA provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, clarifies existing provisions related to domestic preferences, and provides further guidance on im...

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August 24, 2023

Deadline for SR-FRB Energy Incentive is September 21

HUD’s Small and Rural Frozen Rolling Base (SR-FRB) program allows eligible HAs to freeze the 3-year utility consumption average (the rolling base) for future subsidy calculations for up to 20 years. In short, if you expect reduced future consumption levels due to efficiency or other upgrades, you can freeze the consumption level for Operating Fund calculation purposes, continuing to receive a subsidy based on those higher levels. 

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August 21, 2023

RAD Notice Revision 4B Published in Federal Register

Today HUD published RAD Notice Rev4B in the Federal Register, establishing the effective dates for the previously released notice. See PHADA’s July 27 Breaking News, and the more detailed review in the August 23 Advocate. The notice is published jointly by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD, and is also released as Notices H-2023-08 and PIH-2023-19(HA).

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August 17, 2023

HUD Releases Final FY 23 Administrative Fee Rates

Today, the Federal Register published HUD Notice Annual Factors for Determining Administrative Fees for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Mainstream, and Moderate Rehabilitation Programs. This notice establishes final FY 23 fee rates for the covered programs, which include EHV (Emergency Housing Voucher) and SRO (Single Room Occupancy) programs. Fees are distributed based on units leased on the first of the month as extracted from VMS.

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August 15, 2023

HUD Opens Applications for Additional VASH Vouchers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the FY 23 HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Summer Registration of Interest (ROI), which makes available approximately $73 million for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to assist homeless veterans. HUD estimates this funding will support up to 7,500 new HUD-VASH vouchers. The funding includes $33 million in carryover funds available to award non-competitively and $40 million recently appropriated through the Furt...

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August 14, 2023

Deadline Extended: HUD Request for Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burdens

On July 13, HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research (PD&R) issued a request for comments regarding regulatory burdens. Titled, “Reducing Barriers to Public Assistance Programs,” the request poses five specific questions regarding the burden of form completion and documentation requirements for compliance placed on applicants, recipients, and administrators of HUD programs. This includes Public Housing Authorities, State and local governments, non-profit recipients of CDBG programs, Multif...

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August 04, 2023

HUD Issues Notice on the Allocation of New Vouchers and Special Administrative Fees

On August 2, HUD published Notice PIH 2023-21, Allocation of New Incremental Housing Choice Vouchers and Special Administrative Fees, summarizing the awards process for approximately 4000 new general purpose vouchers and related administrative fees to housing authorities (HAs). These are regular vouchers, requiring no separate tracking or reporting. Funds for these vouchers are made available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023.

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August 04, 2023

HUD Releases Updated Guidance on Community Solar for Public and Assisted Housing

In a Friday, August 4, Press Release, HUD announced new guidance that expands use of solar program benefits for public and assisted housing residents under the inflation reduction act. These guidelines are intended to complement the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program for multifamily housing, as well as funding and financing for solar programs under the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Energy. (See PHADA’s Climate Funding for Housing Authorities for more information...

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August 02, 2023

HUD Opens Applications for Final MTW Cohort

On Monday, July 31, HUD issued Notice PIH 2023-20: Request for Applications under the Moving To Work (MTW) Demonstration Program: Overall Impact of Moving to Work Flexibility and Administrative Efficiencies. This final cohort, open to HAs with 1,000 or fewer aggregate authorized public housing and HCV units, is intended to fill the remaining 14 expansion slots based on size and regional distribution as mandated in the 2016 MTW Expansion statute. The research will test the overall effects of MTW...

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August 01, 2023

Department Releases Shortfall Funding Notice

HUD recently released Notice PIH 2023-18, “Implementation of Public Housing Operating Fund Shortfall Funding from Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2023 Appropriations.” The 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act provided $25 million in funds to assist HAs that experience or are at risk of experiencing financial shortfalls. This notice provides information on HA eligibility and the application process to receive shortfall funding.

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July 27, 2023

HUD Releases Supplemental RAD Notice

On July 27, HUD issued Notice H 2023-08/PIH 2023-19, “Rental Assistance Demonstration – Supplemental Notice 4B,” which supplements and amends the Department’s previous guidance for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). Provisions in the notice are subject to a 30-day comment period, and interested parties may submit comments to: rad@hud.gov.

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July 21, 2023

Senate Releases T-HUD Appropriations Bill

On July 20, 2023, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Appropriations Bill. The Senate majority also published a short bill summary. We have summarized key appropriations figures in the table below:

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July 20, 2023

EPA Proposes Reduction in Lead Dust Standards

On July 12, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to reduce both the dust-lead hazard standard (DLHS) and the dust-lead clearance level (DLCL). The proposal would also de-couple the two measures. PHADA participated in an EPA Consultation Hearing on this topic as reported in the December 6, 2022, Advocate . The rule applies to child-occupied facilities and homes with a child 6 or younger.

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July 13, 2023

House Releases FY 24 T-HUD Appropriations Bill

In advance of its markup session at 5:00 pm ET this evening (Wednesday, July 12), the House released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Appropriations Bill. The markup session will be live-streamed on the Appropriations Committee website.

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July 06, 2023

HUD Publishes Final NSPIRE Regulation: Final Scoring Notice

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pre- published the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate and Associated Protocols (NSPIRE) Scoring Notice on July 6. The Scoring Notice is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on July 7. The Scoring Notice is the final subordinate document published to the NSPIRE Final Rule.

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July 06, 2023

PHADA Writes to Appropriators About TARs Concerns

On July 6, PHADA wrote to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees sharing our concerns about tenant accounts receivable (TARs) and asking Congress to fully fund the Public Housing Operating Fund and to provide adequate shortfall funding for HAs. As discussed in the previous edition of the Advocate, HUD recently provided data to PHADA and other industry groups that show continued high TARs levels across the public housing portfolio.

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June 21, 2023

PHADA Urges Members to Advocate for Top Budget Priorities in FY 24 Budget

PHADA has just released a video short by Executive Director Tim Kaiser, who discusses the FY 24 budget situation related to the debt ceiling agreement and the need for members to advocate to their elected officials for the funding recommendations made by PHADA and fellow industry groups.

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June 20, 2023

HUD Publishes NSPIRE Final Standards

On Friday, June 16, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pre-published the final NSPIRE Standards and accompanying Notice. As of Monday, June 20, the Final Standards should be live on the NSPIRE website.

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June 16, 2023

EPA Potential Partner Sign-up Open for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds

The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act provided $27 billion for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Most of those funds will be distributed to state, regional, or national entities who will then award funds to local entities. Those intermediaries will be seeking community-based partners.

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June 15, 2023

HUD Releases Voucher Mobility Funding Opportunity

HUD has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for housing mobility-related services that target Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) families with children. The NOFO builds upon the Community Choice Demonstration (CCD), formerly known as the HCV mobility demonstration, which is ongoing at eight HA sites. Unlike the CCD, HUD is not making any new vouchers available through this funding opportunity, and there is no minimum voucher program size governing eligibility.

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June 12, 2023

HUD Releases Jobs Plus Funding Opportunity

HUD has released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Jobs Plus program, in which the Department is making available at least $22.5 million, subject to FY 24 appropriations. The NOFO is limited to HAs with eligible public housing developments (see eligibility criteria below), and the maximum award amount varies from $1.6 to $3.7 million based on the size of the targeted development. Members should know that HUD has recently lowered the unit criteria for receivi...

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June 05, 2023

President Biden Signs Debt Ceiling Bill

On June 3, President Biden signed the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023, H.R. 3746, which raises the debt ceiling through January 2025 while enacting non-defense discretionary spending caps for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 and 2025 budgets. This ends the threat, at least for the next 18 months, of a catastrophic and unprecedented default on the county’s $31.8 trillion debt – which would have had grave consequences for HA operations and the economy at large.

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June 05, 2023

HUD Makes Available $10 Million for Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Grants

HUD has issued Notice 2023-10, FY 23 Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Grants (ESSG), making available $10 million for public housing authorities (HAs) to install, repair, or replace capital equipment or systems that contribute to a safer living environment for residents. HUD has also issued the Notice of Due Date for Applications, which has specific highlights related to the application submission.

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May 16, 2023

HUD Posts Guidance on PBRA for Post-RAD Conversions

HUD has posted guidance to the Office of Multifamily’s webpage for owners that have converted projects to Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). This guidance applies to all PBRA RAD conversions including public housing, Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab), Rent Supplement, Rental Assistance Payment (RAP), and Section 202 PRAC assistance. The guidance does not apply to RAD conversions utilizing Project-Based Voucher assistance...

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May 16, 2023

HUD Issues Income Limits for FY 23

On May 15, HUD issued FY 23 income limits, which are used to determine eligibility for HUD-assisted programs and properties subsidized through the Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC).  

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May 12, 2023

Industry Groups Write to HUD Requesting HOTMA Sections 102 and 104 Effective Date Postponement

PHADA, along with our industry partners at NAHRO, CLPHA, and the MTW Collaborative, have jointly sent the following letter requesting that HUD postpone the effective date of Sections 102 and 104 of the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) to January 1, 2025.

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May 12, 2023

HUD Publishes Final NSPIRE Rule

On May 10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the Final Rule for the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) in the Federal Register. NSPIRE aligns and consolidates inspection regulations used to evaluate HUD housing across multiple programs and will take effect on July 1, 2023, for public housing; and October 1, 2023, for all other HUD rental assistance programs.  

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May 12, 2023

HUD News: HUD Publishes New Green and Resilient Retrofit Program Funding Opportunities

HUD announces the availability of landmark funding to support green and resilient retrofits of properties participating in Multifamily Assisted Housing programs. HUD published three Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) for the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP), along with implementation guidance in Housing Notice H 2023-05. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) provided HUD with $837.5 million in grant funding and $4 billion in loan authority for this new program. The bill also ...

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May 12, 2023

HUD News: 2023 Administrative Fee Rates and Description Files

HUD has issued new administrative fee rates for calendar year 2023. Please review the message from HUD below for more information.

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May 11, 2023

PHADA Submits Comments on Proposed PNA Survey

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has prepared a survey for its use in collecting information from HAs about their Physical Needs Assessments, current status, methods and methodologies, and more. PHADA has submitted comments raising concerns including underestimation by HUD of the time needed to complete the survey, objecting to the inclusion of unrelated questions about funding to address the costs of capital needs, and requesting clarification on many questions included in the s...

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May 01, 2023

Emergency Safety and Security Grants Funding Guidance Published

On April 21, HUD released Notice PIH 2023-10, which includes the application process for Emergency Safety and Security Grants (ESSG) as part of the Public Housing Capital Fund program. In a follow up meeting with HUD Public and Indian Housing, HUD staff stated to PHADA Executive Director Tim Kaiser that these additional funds are being provided in response to concerns that he raised about costs related to NSPIRE. HUD staff said they did not want PHAs to have to use their limited capital funds t...

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April 27, 2023

PHADA Meets with HUD IG on New Initiatives

PHADA policy staff recently met with HUD's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on its efforts to publicize a new environmental justice initiative as well as a campaign to combat sexual misconduct in HUD housing. Staff from the OIG conducted a session at PHADA's commissioners' conference earlier this year. PHADA will continue working with the OIG to help build awareness of these issues and to keep members apprised of these efforts.

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April 26, 2023

Industry Groups Write to HUD Secretary Requesting Deferment of Official NSPIRE Scoring

On April 26, PHADA, in collaboration with NAHRO, CLPHA and the MTW Collaborative sent a letter to Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. The letter, also submitted as a public comment, requests that the Department defer official scoring of the new physical inspections model for housing authorities with fiscal years ending March 31, 2023. The request for the deferment is a result of legitimate concerns with the scoring methodology and the Department’s approach to implementation, which are detailed in the le...

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April 18, 2023

HUD Publishes Notice for $94 Million in VASH Vouchers

HUD recently published a notice, “2023 Mid-Year Registration of Interest for HUD-VASH Vouchers,” to announce $94.4 million in HUD-VASH funding for 11,000 new program vouchers. 

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April 18, 2023

HUD Eliminates Three Year Expenditure Requirement for CDBG-CV Funds

In a notice published April 18 in the Federal Register, HUD is formally removing the requirement that CDBG-CV grantees expend 80 percent of their awarded funds within 3 years. CDBG-CV grants are supplemental funds awarded to CDBG recipients via the March 2020 CARES Act, and includes significant flexibilities for use in housing.

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April 14, 2023

NSPIRE Get Ready Series: Training Session

The NSPIRE Get Ready Training session has been released and is available online, accessible via HUD's YouTube channel.

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April 13, 2023

PHADA Leads Letter to President: Exempt Housing From BABA

PHADA, in collaboration with NAHRO, CLPHA, and the MTW Collaborative, today sent a letter to President Biden requesting that housing be exempted from the proposed Build America Buy America (BABA) regulations.  Citing ongoing cost increases, project delays and cancellations, the overall and ongoing shortage of housing and other factors, the letter requests changes to proposed BABA rules to exempt housing. 

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April 12, 2023

HUD Issues Notice on Remedies for Poor Performing HCV and PBV Owners

On March 31, HUD published Notice PIH 2023-06, Notice on Remedies PHAs have for Poor Performing Owners in the Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Voucher Programs. The notice reminds HAs of remedies when owners of Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and project-based voucher (PBV) units fail to comply with the policies and procedures of the voucher program. While the notice does not contain any new guidance, it serves to remind HAs of (i) what remedies they have available for when owners fail to ...

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April 10, 2023

HUD Issues FY 23 HCV Funding Notice

On April 4, HUD published PIH Notice 2023-07: Implementation of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2023 Funding Provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. This Notice covers calculation of Calendar Year (CY) HAP Renewal Funding, Tenant Protection Vouchers, Administrative Fees and Special Fees, HUD-VASH funding, Tribal HUD-VASH Renewals, Mainstream Vouchers, and the Family Unification Program. The notice also addresses New HCV Incremental Vouchers, availability of $200 million HAP Set-aside e...

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April 10, 2023

HUD Posts Choice Neighborhoods Planning NOFO

On April 4, HUD posted the FY 23 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity.

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March 28, 2023

HUD News: HUD Starts Process to Strengthen Standards for Conditions in HUD Assisted and Insured Housing

On March 28, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the proposed scoring notice for the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) in the Federal Register. This updated scoring notice, is a critical step in HUD’s work to improve conditions in HUD assisted and insured housing by increasing standards for and frequency of inspections. NSPIRE strengthens HUD’s physical condition standards, formerly known as the Uniform Physical Condition Sta...

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March 27, 2023

HUD Ends Efforts to Amend the Public Housing Annual Contributions Contract

On March 22, HUD’s General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Dominique Blom announced that the Department will end its ill-considered efforts to amend the public housing Annual Contributions Contract (ACC). This concludes a years-long departmental effort that would have undercut the contractual relationship between HAs operating public housing and the Department, which first began in 2018. At that time, PHADA members alerted the association of HUD’s attempt to amend the A...

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March 24, 2023

Please File Comments on the AFFH Rule

On February 9, HUD published a proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. PHADA has published two articles on its concerns with the content of the new proposal, and those articles, the proposed rule, and other matters are included in the Current Issues section on PHADA’s website.

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March 24, 2023

HUD Releases Proposed NSPIRE Scoring Notice

On March 24, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a preview of the proposed notice for scoring methodology under the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE). The Department stated that the proposed notice will be published in the Federal Register soon, at which point a 30-day comment period will begin. PHADA intends to submit comments after a detailed analysis of the proposed notice and will solicit feedback from PHADA members and industr...

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March 17, 2023

HUD Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative Notice Issued

On March 15, HUD issued Notice PIH 2023-04: Foster Youth to Independence Initiative.  This notice provides the eligibility and application process for $30 million available from FY 22 and FY 23 Appropriations, and any remaining prior year funds, as well as provisions for distributions should additional funding become available. $15 million from each FY 22 and FY 23, for a total of $30 million, is being made available on a non-competitive basis to PHAs that partner with public child welfare agen...

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March 16, 2023

President Biden Releases Budget Overview, with Increases for HUD Programs

President Biden released an overview of his budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 24, including $73.3 billion in funding for HUD. This represents a $1.1 billion increase (1.6 percent) from the 2023 enacted level. While the budget overview does not provide funding information for all public housing and Section 8 accounts, a more detailed budget is expected next week. PHADA will provide additional detail as it becomes available.

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March 02, 2023

Administration Requests Input on $2.7 Billion Digital Equity Act Grant Programs

In a March 1 press release, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a pre-publication Notice and Request for Comments regarding “how to structure nearly $2.7 billion in grant programs to ensure everyone in America has the digital skills and devices they need to realize the full potential of high-speed Internet access.”

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February 21, 2023

HUD News: NSPIRE Opt-Out FAQ

On February 21, HUD published the following NSPIRE Opt-Out FAQ:

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February 17, 2023

HUD Publishes Proposed Waiver for Build America, Buy America (BABA)

On February 15, HUD published a proposed waiver for Build America, Buy America (BABA) provisions. Under the proposed waiver, federal financial assistance for many HUD programs will not be subject to BABA until at least February 22, 2024

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February 14, 2023

HOTMA Sections 102–104 Final Rule Posted in Federal Register

On February 14, the final rule for Sections 102, 103, and 104 of the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) was published in the Federal Register. These sections concern HOTMA provisions on income reviews and calculations (Section 102), public housing over-income policies (Section 103), and eligibility limitations based on assets (Section 104). The most recent issue of the Advocate summarized pertinent changes from the final rule.

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February 13, 2023

OMB Issues Proposed Rule: Guidance for Grants and Agreements

On February 9, the Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a proposed rule entitled "Guidance for Grants and Agreements.” The rule proposes to revise OMB guidance for grants and agreements to support the implementation of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA) provision of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. OMB states that the proposed revisions will support implementation of the Act, clarify existing requirements, and improve uniformity ...

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February 03, 2023

HUD Webinar on Electrification Strategies February 7

There is over $65 billion available in grants, loans, and other financing from Treasury and EPA, plus expanded tax credits and other incentives for investments that will result in short- and long-term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and improve resiliency and the ability of properties to withstand and recover from increasingly extreme weather patterns. Many of these programs are targeted for low-income communities, and all types of properties – including public housing – are eligible. I...

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January 31, 2023

HUD Briefing on AFFH Proposed Rule February 9

With the recent release of an Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (AFFH NPRM), HUD has launched a broad effort to engage with all stakeholders to get feedback on the proposed rule.  

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January 30, 2023

HUD News: HUD Announces $116 million in New & Renewal FSS Awards, Releases Updated FSS Guidebook

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded funding to hire and maintain Service Coordinators who will assess the needs of public housing-assisted residents in addition to coordinating available resources in their local communities. Service Coordinators work with HUD-assisted residents to make progress toward their economic and housing goals by addressing educational, professional, and health-related barriers. 

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January 25, 2023

HUD Offers Multifamily NSPIRE Demonstration Participants an Opt-Out Option for 2023

On January 25, HUD Published a Notice in the Federal Register regarding the NSPIRE Demonstration.

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January 20, 2023

HUD Announces “Imminent” Publication of a Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

On January 19, HUD published a press release announcing its intention to publish a proposed rule implementing new requirements for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) under the Fair Housing Act of 1968. In its announcement, the department asserts that:

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January 20, 2023

HUD News: HUD Announces $568 Million Available to Address Lead-based Paint and Additional Housing-Related Hazards

On January 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced two historic Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) that will make homes healthier and safer for low-income families. With this investment, since 1993, HUD has made more than $2.7 billion available to protect children, families, and individuals from exposure to lead and other hazards in their homes.

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January 19, 2023

HUD News: HUD Announces New Proposed “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” Rule

Rule expands upon HUD’s previous policy, implementing opportunities for transparency and accountability while bolstering economic equity for American families

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January 04, 2023

Federal Register Notice Issued on VAWA Implementation

On January 4, a Federal Register Notice was issued by HUD for the implementation of The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)/Reauthorization Act of 2022 with an overview of applicability to HUD programs. The Notice outlines initial implementation guidance and requests comments, which are due on March 6, 2023. Comments received are intended to help HUD develop regulations and guidance on VAWA.

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December 27, 2022

Section 3 Compliance Reporting for Public Housing Delayed Until Further Notice

On December 20, HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-38/FPM-19-2022 Reporting Supplement to the Implementation of the Final Rule on Section 3 Regulations – 24 CFR Part 75. The primary purpose of the notice is to formally amend the reporting deadline requirements included in Notice PIH 2022-10 Implementing the Final Rule on Section 3. Section 3 Compliance Reporting for public housing funding is now delayed until further notice.

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December 21, 2022

FY 23 Omnibus Spending Bill Released

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have released the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 with all 12 appropriations bills for FY 23including T-HUD. The bill comes after three months of negotiations and, according to the House Appropriations Committee press release “…is expected to be considered first in the Senate and then later in the week by the House. The measure funds federal agencies through September...

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December 19, 2022

PHADA Comments on Notice of Certain Operating Cost Adjustment Factors for 2023

On December 15, PHADA submitted comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on a Notice of Certain Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAFs) for 2023. The notice released OCAFs for 2023 and sought public input on two proposed technical changes to HUD’s OCAF calculation method, vintage of data and insurance component data source. Each year, the Department utilizes operating cost factors to adjust project-based assistance contracts and project-based vouchers issued under Sec...

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December 15, 2022

HUD Issues Operating Subsidy Notice for 2023 First Quarter

HUD is in the process of obligating Operating Subsidy grants for the months of January, February, and two to three weeks of March 2023. The explanatory HUD notice can be accessed here. In a meeting with HUD, staff explained that HUD is putting out as much operating funding as possible because of uncertainty surrounding passage of the FY 23 appropriations bill.

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December 13, 2022

House Appropriations News Release: DeLauro Releases Bill to Extend Government Funding Through December 23

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) today released the text of a short-term continuing resolution that extends federal government funding through December 23 to provide time to complete negotiations on fiscal year 2023 appropriations legislation.

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December 06, 2022

HUD Issues Statement on FY 23 Median Family Income Estimates and Income Limits

HUD annually calculates estimates of median family income for every area of the country. These estimates are used to calculate various income limits, which are defined as percentages of median family income, and vary by the number of persons in a household. HUD uses income limits to define low-income status and resulting eligibility for many of its housing assistance programs.

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December 06, 2022

HUD News: Updated RAD Contract Rents Now Available

HUD has just posted the 2022 RAD Contract Rents, which are used to determine the initial contract rents in the Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract for public housing properties converting under RAD. HUD will utilize these amounts for any new Commitments to enter into HAP (CHAPs) or Portfolio awards starting January 1, 2023. In addition, current awardees that have not yet closed may request to update rents in their existing CHAPs or Portfolio Award by notifying their assigned Tra...

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November 29, 2022

PHADA Urges Congress to Pass FY 23 Appropriations Bill

PHADA and other industry groups wrote to appropriations leaders in Congress today urging them to come to an agreement on the FY 23 spending bill before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) ends on December 16. The letter raises concerns with level funding, which is all that agencies receive during a CR, especially in the current environment where many PHAs are in dire need of supplemental assistance. We reiterate the need for supplemental funding for the Operating Fund and for Tenant Protecti...

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November 29, 2022

HUD News: EBLL LSHR Amendment Training – November/December 2022

HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is sponsoring a training series that will help participants review federal lead regulations and discuss the Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR) Amendment for pre-1978 housing. Presenters will provide a step-by-step explanation of how Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), grantees, and owners respond to cases of elevated blood lead levels (EBLL) in children less than six years old living in a federally assisted housing unit.

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November 16, 2022

PHADA and Industry Groups Increase Appropriations Request for FY 23

PHADA, working with other industry groups, has updated its annual appropriations request to consider HA shortfall needs as well as an increase to Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPVs). Previous HUD funding to address Operating Fund shortfalls totaled $25 million whereas HA needs totaled more than $370 million. This leaves a gap of $345 million, the amount the groups have requested in our letter to Congressional appropriations leadership. In addition, $364 million is being requested for TPVs to allo...

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November 10, 2022

HUD Publishes Correction to CY 22 Administrative Fee Notice

On November 10, HUD issued a Federal Register Notice related to Section 8 administrative fees to correct its original August 15, 2022, Notice. HUD states that the original notice omitted specific information and included incorrect website links. The current Notice replaces the August 25, 2022, Notice and republishes the methodology HUD used in determining the ongoing CY 22 administrative fees for PHAs administering the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Mainstream, and Moderate Rehabilitation progra...

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November 07, 2022

HUD Releases 3 Proposed Build America, Buy America Waivers

Late last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released three proposed Build, America, Buy America (BABA) waivers. One of the three proposed waivers extends the phased implementation of provisions of the Act by ninety (90) days, except for those funded by CDBG formula grants obligated by HUD on or after November 15, 2022.

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November 04, 2022

PHADA Expresses Concerns for HA Fiscal Health to General Deputy Assistant Secretary Blom

On Friday, November 4, PHADA sent a letter to HUD expressing alarm over indications that some HAs’ fiscal health may be at risk and asking HUD to consider several steps to address these issues.

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November 03, 2022

HUD Announces $148 Million available for Multifamily Owners to Address COVID-19

HUD has announced that the Office of Multifamily Housing is opening a new application period to apply for COVID-19 supplemental funding made available by Congress through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Funds are available to owners participating in Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance, Section 202 and Section 811 for eligible expenses incurred from March 27, 2020, through January 31, 2023.

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November 02, 2022

Operating Fund Web Module Now Open

On October 31, an email was sent from the Department of Housing and Urba Development’s (HUD) Financial Management Division (FMD) to all housing authorities (HAs) announcing that the SF-424 Operating Fund module is now open. Agencies must submit their SF-424, and if necessary, forms HUD-50071 and SF-LLL for CY 23 Operating Fund grants no later than December 16, 2022.

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November 01, 2022

HUD Issues Correction Notice for Section 8 Administrative Fees

On November 1, HUD issued a Federal Register Notice related to Section 8 administrative fees to correct its original August 15, 2022, Notice. HUD states that the original notice omitted specific information and included incorrect website links. The current Notice replaces the August 15 Notice and republishes the methodology HUD used in determining the ongoing CY 21 administrative fees for PHAs administering the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Mainstream, and Moderate Rehabilitation programs, incl...

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October 31, 2022

HUD Designates 2023 Difficult Development Areas and Qualified Census Tracts

On October 25, HUD published in the Federal Register a  Notice  which designates “Difficult Development Areas” (DDAs) and “Qualified Census Tracts” (QCTs) for purposes of the Low-Income Housing Credit (LIHTC) under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 42. LIHTC projects located in DDAs or QCTs may be eligible for a 30 percent increase in eligible basis on their project. This notice describes the methodology and data used, and makes these designations for the use by political subdivisions of the ...

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October 26, 2022

HUD Announces NSPIRE Get Ready Series In-Person Sessions

On October 24, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) Get Ready Series. Housing Authorities (HAs) and other stakeholders can register for the in-person sessions to learn more about the upcoming NSPIRE policy, standards, scoring, operations, and inspections set to be released soon, according to the Department. The Department will be traveling to at least 14 locations nationwide.

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October 25, 2022

HUD Seeks Partners to Promote Homeownership For Young Adults!

On October 25, HUD formally announced a coordinated outreach effort to promote homeownership, including among young people, centered on a November 1 virtual event with Secretary Fudge. HUD is requesting that partners amplify the outreach and are seeking partners to amplify outreach around this event.

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September 29, 2022

HUD Extends the Deadline for the FSS NOFO and provides list of Presidentially Declared Emergencies and Disasters

For housing authorities (HAs) in Presidentially Declared Emergency and Disaster Areas, HUD is extending the NOFO deadline to Friday, October 21, at 11:59:59 pm ET. The notice provides a current listing of all the Presidential Declared Disaster (PDD) areas and has been updated to include Hurricane Ian as well as a large number of other areas/states. HUD will update this list with any new areas that are declared by the current application deadline of Friday, October 7, at 11:59:59 pm ET.

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September 28, 2022

HUD Offers HCV Waiver Extensions

HUD Notice PIH 2022-30, dated September 26, 2022, allows extensions of currently approved waivers for increasing the payment standard during the HAP contract term and for payment standard amounts up to 120 percent of the FMR, until December 31, 2023.  HUD is also extending the period for streamlined processing of new requests for either or both of these two waivers.

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September 27, 2022

HUD News: HUD Selects Eighteen Public Housing Authorities for New Asset Building Moving to Work Demonstration Cohort

On September 27, HUD announced the Asset Building cohort of the expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program. Through this cohort, HUD will evaluate asset building activities that encourage the creation and growth of savings accounts and/or aim to build credit, through rent reporting, for assisted households. HUD will first call a community of practice of the selected agencies to discuss and develop these policies for implementation and evaluation.

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September 27, 2022

HUD to Sponsor Broadband and Digital Inclusion Summit

Broadband funding from the federal government is beginning to roll out in every state.

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September 26, 2022

HUD Funding Available for New Elderly Supportive Housing, NOFO Training Announced

On September 22, HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing published its Section 202 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal Year 2022. The NOFO provides up to $174.6 million in grant funding opportunities through the Section 202 program. Applications are due by January 25, 2023.

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September 20, 2022

HUD News: Register Today for 2022 Section 3 Final Rule – Office Hours

Do you have unanswered questions on HUD’s Section 3 Final Rule? Still not sure how to implement the requirements of the Section 3 Rule compliantly into your programs? Office Hours are now available to help support HUD housing and community development (HCD) and public housing authority (PHA) financial assistance recipients.

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September 01, 2022

FCC Announces “Your Home, Your Internet” Pilot to Help HAs Raise Awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced the “Your Home, Your Internet” pilot program designed to raise awareness of and enrollment in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) among households receiving federal housing assistance. The one-year pilot program will test strategies designed to make it easier for HUD-assisted households to learn about and enroll in the ACP. Tribal entities, state and local PHAs, as well as community partners will be eligible to apply for the p...

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August 31, 2022

HUD Issues Allocation and Special Administrative Fee for New Incremental Housing Choice Vouchers

HUD began issuing fair share vouchers this week to housing authorities (HAs) across the country. The relevant HUD Notice, PIH 2022-29 (HA), announced the availability of 19,700 fair share vouchers. The Notice states that HUD should have notified eligible HAs of their voucher award as of August 26, 2022. The notification will specify the number of vouchers allocated to the HA in accordance with the allocation formula and will provide specific instructions regarding how the HA may decline the all...

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August 23, 2022

HUD Announces Process for Award of 8500 HUD-VASH and 4000 Stability Vouchers, Registration of Interest Deadlines Approaching

HUD has recently released the following notices: PIH 2022-26 Registration of Interest for HUD-VASH Vouchers and Notice PIH 2022-24 Stability Voucher Program.

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August 22, 2022

HUD Releases FSS Sample Action Plan

On August 16, HUD released a sample FSS Action Plan. All agencies must have an action plan for their FSS programs, even if they do not receive coordinator funding from HUD. Along with the sample template, HUD provides resources, instructions, and a checklist to help HAs with the submission process. 

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August 18, 2022

HUD News: Broadband Subsidy Available to HUD-Assisted Families

Whether applying for jobs and working remotely, participating in telehealth, engaging with schoolwork, or maintaining relationships with friends and community, reliable in-home internet has never been more vital. With your help, we can close the digital divide for HUD-assisted families.

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August 15, 2022

PHADA Comments on HUD’s 2023 FMR Methodology

On July 13, 2022, HUD published a notice proposing to change the methods it uses to estimate FMRs for FY 23. On August 12, PHADA submitted comments concerning the proposal. While generally supportive of HUD’s proposal, PHADA chided the department for publishing proposed changes only before it must publish FMRs for 2023, allowing the department only 3 weeks to consider the comments it receives. As of August 15, the federal regulations web site (Regulations.gov) had posted 67 comments.

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August 05, 2022

Middle Mile Broadband Funding Opportunity

This week the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced a funding opportunity for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure, to expand and extend middle mile infrastructure to reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas. The opportunity is open to state and local governments, industries, and non-profits and other associations, including partnerships of two or more entities from within these gr...

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