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January 07, 2022

HUD Issues Notice on Expedited Waiver Process for Disasters

On Wednesday, January 5, HUD published a Notice in the Federal Register titled Regulatory and Administrative Requirement Waivers and Flexibilities Available to HUD Public Housing and Section 8 During CY 2022 and CY 2023 to Public Housing Agencies To Assist With Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by Presidentially Declared Disasters.

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December 23, 2021

HUD Issues Public Housing Notices

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing started the last two weeks of the year by issuing three new PIH Notices. 

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December 20, 2021

$150 Billion in Housing Programs at Risk

On December 19, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said that he will not support the Build Back Better Act (BBBA). Manchin cited growing inflation, the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, and the national debt as his major concerns. President Biden and White House advisors said that Manchin has failed to honor his commitments and was “reneging on his promises.” While Sen. Manchin had originally agreed to a $1.5 trillion package, not the over $2 trillion bill that the Senate received from the House in ...

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December 13, 2021

Senate Finance Committee Releases Build Back Better Bill with Historic LIHTC Investment

The Senate Finance Committee released the tax provisions of the Build Back Better Act on December 11, including an historic investment in Low Income Housing Tax Credits. See the bill text here (LIHTC begins on p. 276). It has been estimated that the LIHTC provisions will finance hundreds of thousands of affordable homes over the next decade

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December 10, 2021

HUD Releases Expedited Waiver Notice

On December 9, HUD issued Notice PIH 2021-34 Expedited Regulatory Waivers for the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (including Mainstream and Mod Rehab) Programs. The notice provides for extension of some CARES Act flexibilities, an expedited waiver process for a limited number of flexibilities, and a standard waiver process for remaining flexibilities. This notice follows HUD’s November 19 release of Guidance on Navigating CARES Act Waiver Expiration. An additional notice, which may no...

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December 03, 2021

New CR Lasts to Mid-February

Congress adopted another Continuing Resolution (CR) that will last until February 18, 2022.  President Biden signed the legislation on December 3, the day the last CR was set to expire. For PHADA’s priorities in the FY 22 HUD appropriations bills, please see the Position Paper.

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December 01, 2021

Youthbuild NOFA Released by DOL

On November 23, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration and Grants.gov published a Grants Notice making $90 million available for employment training and pre-apprenticeship programs, including construction trades training, for disadvantaged youth ages 16–24. Partnerships are strongly encouraged. DOL’s goal is that approximately 50 percent of funds will be awarded to prior Youthbuild grantees and 50 percent will be awarded to new grantee partnerships. The applicati...

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November 30, 2021

HUD Extends to December 21 Application Deadline for HCV Adjustment Funds

On November 29, at PHADA’s urging, HUD issued Notice PIH 2021-32 extending the deadline until December 21, 2021 for PHAs to apply for adjustment HAP funding for extraordinary costs or unforeseen circumstances for FY 21. All the requirements of Notice PIH 2021-23 American Rescue Plan Act – Adjustment Funding for Calendar Year 2021 Housing Choice Voucher Program and Mainstream Vouchers Renewal Funding and Updated Application Process for Unforeseen Circumstances Funding apply, except that the dead...

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November 24, 2021

HUD News: FAQs for PHAs

HUD-PIH has posted FAQs for PHAs related to the COVID-19 Vaccination Executive Orders and OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard.

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November 24, 2021

HUD News: Energy Performace Contract (EPC) Management Training Now Available

The Energy Performance Contract (EPC) Incentives Management Training is now available on HUD Exchange. The training includes eight vignette training videos developed by HUD's Energy Branch of the Public Housing Financial Management Division. These videos assist Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) with an EPC to develop the knowledge and skillsets needed to better understand EPCs and request various EPC incentives on Forms HUD-52722 and 52723 during the annual Operating Fund Grant (OpFund) process...

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November 22, 2021

HUD Issues Guidance: Navigating Waiver Expiration

On Friday, November 19, HUD General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Dominique Blom sent a letter to PHA directors announcing the release of new guidance for PHAs on how to navigate the expiration of CARES Act Waivers.  The guidance provides some useful suggestions for PHAs but does not extend any waivers or change any of the deadlines or requirements of PIH Waivers Notice 2021-14 .

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November 19, 2021

HUD News: FY 21 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants NOFO

HUD annonced that the FY 21 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) has been posted to www.grants.gov on November 17. 

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November 19, 2021

House Passes Historic Build Back Better Act

On a vote of 220 to 213, with just one Democrat and all Republicans voting against, the House passed the Build Back Better Act, an approximately $2 trillion spending package with $150 billion in housing investments, including $65 billion for the Capital Fund, $25 billion for vouchers and a significant expansion of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. The bill now goes to the Senate for its review and then back to the House with revisions. The negotiation process between the two chambers could pla...

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November 18, 2021

Registration Is Open – Innovations In Energy Efficiency Webinar Series

Registration is now open for the Innovations In Energy Efficiency Webinar Series, which will be held November 29 – December 2, 2021. This 8-part webinar series is a collaboration between the Department of Energy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development with a focus on energy efficiency in housing. There is no cost to register, but registrations must be submitted by Thursday, November 25.

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November 17, 2021

HUD Revises Process, Sets New Deadline for FY 22 Small-Rural Frozen Rolling Base Energy Savings Program

On November 16, HUD published PIH Notice 2021-30 Revision of Application Process for the Small-Rural Frozen Rolling Base Program. The SR-FRB program permits small rural PHAs to freeze the three-year rolling base consumption level (RBCL) for utilities on form HUD-52722 Operating Fund Calculation of Utilities Expense Level (UEL), as detailed in PIH Notice 2020-30, which initially implemented the program authorized under section 209(B) of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protec...

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November 08, 2021

HUD Increases CY 21 Administrative Fee Proration for Housing Choice Voucher Program

HUD will be increasing the Administrative Fee proration from 82 percent to approximately 84 percent. For CY 21, administrative fees will be paid based on units leased as of the first day of each month, as extracted from the Voucher Management System (VMS) at the close of each reporting cycle. HUD is currently disbursing one-twelfth of the administrative fee appropriations monthly to each PHA. In some cases, the administrative fee rates calculated for CY 21 resulted in rates lower than those pro...

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October 20, 2021

Senate Appropriations Committee Releases T-HUD Bill for FY 22

On October 19, the FY 22 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Senate Appropriations bill was released and provides $65.4 billion for HUD programs. This is $5.7 billion more than the enacted level for FY 21 but $3 billion less than the House budget released in July. The House bill is only $300 million less than the White House budget.

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October 19, 2021

PHADA Supports Housing Funding in Build Back Better Act

On Friday, October 15, House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) held a press conference to support retaining housing investments in the reconciliation bill. She also requested new statements of support in preparation for a hearing to be held on Wednesday, October 21, titled A Strong Foundation: How Housing is the Key to Building Back a Better America. 

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October 07, 2021

HUD Publishes Interim Final Rule: Extension of Time and Required Disclosures for Notification of Nonpayment of Rent

HUD published an interim final rule will allow the Secretary to require housing providers in public housing and properties with project-based rental assistance (PBRA) to provide tenants facing eviction for nonpayment of rent with notification of, and information about, the opportunity to secure emergency funding and additional time to secure such funding prior to eviction. HUD also sent an emergency declaration to OMB, providing for 7 days of comment.

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October 06, 2021

Industry Groups’ Joint Statement on the Reconciliation Bill

On October 6, PHADA, CLPHA, NAHRO, and the MTW Collaborative released a joint letter urging Congress to retain the housing provisions from the Build Back Better Act (BBBA, reconciliation bill). The nation is in the middle of a housing crisis and retaining these needed resources in BBBA will help millions of families across the country.

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October 06, 2021

Please Contact Congress Now on Reconciliation Bill

Congress approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) in late September, funding government operations until December 3. All federally funded programs, including those under HUD’s jurisdiction, are set at existing levels until then. Although Congress has adopted this necessary stopgap measure, lawmakers must still agree on a plan to address the debt ceiling before October 18. In addition, it is essential for us to weigh in on the Build Back Better Act (BBBA, reconciliation bill) as lawmakers near deci...

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October 01, 2021

Continuing Resolution Goes to Early December

On September 30, Congress approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) funding government operations until December 3. All federally funded programs, including those under HUD’s jurisdiction, are funded at existing levels until then. Although Congress has adopted this necessary stopgap measure, lawmakers must still agree on a plan to address the debt ceiling within the next couple of weeks. In addition, action on a major reconciliation package may be nearing an end soon so it is essential for us to we...

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September 20, 2021

PHADA-Initiated Litigation Assists Hundreds of HAs

This past spring, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of 553 HAs in their lawsuit against HUD challenging the Department’s implementation of a 2012 operating subsidy offset. The case stemmed from PHADA’s earlier successful litigation in which more than 300 HAs obtained approximately $136 million in damages. The first lawsuit,  PHADA v. United States , was brought on behalf of PHADA, NAHRO, a couple of state housing associations, and 330 HAs by the Washington-based l...

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September 20, 2021

PHADA Urges Members to Advocate for Build Back Better with LIHTC Provisions

On September 16, by a vote of 24–19, the House Ways and Means Committee passed its portion of the Build Back Better Act, with significant expansion of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). This is a first, but significant step forward in advancing the legislation through the reconciliation process. The Committee has forwarded its legislative text to the House Budget Committee, which will consolidate those recommendations, hold its own markup, and advance to the House Committee on Rules. Af...

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September 17, 2021

PHADA Urges Members to Advocate for $80 billion in Capital Funding and $90 billion for Section 8

The House and Senate continue to negotiate over the size of the Build Back Better Act. The bill totals $3.5 trillion, with $327 billion proposed for affordable housing and community development programs. PHADA urges members to advocate to your Senators and Representatives in support of these unprecedented investments. Nearly every House Democratic vote and every Senate Democratic vote is needed for this bill to become a reality. 

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September 17, 2021

HUD Re-Opening Application Period for PBRA Supplemental CARES Act Funds

On Thursday, September 16, HUD’s Office of Housing published Notice H 2021-05: Continued Availability of Funds for COVID-19 Supplemental Payments for Properties Receiving Project-Based Rental Assistance under the Section 8, Section 202, or Section 811 Programs. The Notice establishes a fourth request window (Round IV) and updates submission requirements.  Owners of eligible properties can request supplemental funding to cover costs incurred through October 31, 2021, to prevent, prepare for, or ...

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September 16, 2021

Training Available for Child Tax Credit

The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association will host a virtual Child Tax Credit (CTC) training on Friday, September 24 from 1:30–2:30 pm ET in conjunction with The White House, HUD, and Treasury. The complimentary training will teach attendees how they can help public housing residents and Section 8 voucher participants use the new non-filer portal to enroll in the CTC.

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September 14, 2021

Arthur Jemison, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing at HUD

On Monday, Sept. 13, President Biden announced the nomination of James Arthur Jemison II (Arthur) as HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. Jemison is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) at HUD, the policy lead and HUD partner for American Cities, Counties, States and other local units of government. To advance this partnership, CPD administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and CDBG - Disast...

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September 09, 2021

House Financial Services Committee Releases Unprecedented Legislation for Housing Programs

The House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) released legislation for $330 billion in housing-related programs, which is part of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package being put forth by the U.S. House of Representatives. Most notably, the legislation provides $80 billion for the public housing capital fund, $75 billion for vouchers, $15 billion for project-based rental assistance, and $37 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund. 

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September 01, 2021

HUD News: HUD Announces Cross-Agency Efforts to Increase Affordable Housing Supply

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Wednesday announced a series of actions it is taking as part of the  Biden-Harris Administration’s plan  to create, preserve, and sell nearly 100,000 additional affordable homes for homeowners and renters across the country over the next three years. As Congress and President Biden work toward the historic housing investment in the Build Back Better agenda, HUD is acting in its administrative capacity to unlock and create affordable hous...

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August 31, 2021

Tell Congress You Support $70 Billion for the Capital Fund

The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs are drafting legislation related to the $3.5 trillion resolution passed by both the House and the Senate. This legislation will include significant funding for the Public Housing Capital Fund, potentially up to $70 Billion, as well as major expansion of the voucher program. Markup of the bill is scheduled in the House for September 9, with a vote on September 13. It is critical that you...

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August 27, 2021

HUD News: Statement from Secretary Marcia L. Fudge on the Eviction Moratorium

I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling on the CDC’s eviction moratorium. With this decision, the Court has put millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes – even as the Delta variant heightens their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Many of these Americans are among our most vulnerable – including senior citizens, people with chronic illnesses, young children, and families with the lowest incomes.

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August 25, 2021

PHADA Submits Comments Concerning HUD’s Proposed Reinstatement of HUD’s Disparate Effects Standard Rule

On June 25, HUD published a proposal to reinstate the disparate effects standard the department published as a final rule in 2013 and modified in 2020. PHADA commented on HUD’s 2011 proposal for a disparate effects standard in fair housing monitoring, oversight, and enforcement in 2012, and these August 24, 2021, comments largely mirrored PHADA’s earlier feedback.

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August 19, 2021

HUD Extends Deadline to Submit Applications for the Small and Rural Frozen Rolling Base (SR-FRB) Program Until August 27

On August 17, HUD issued Notice PIH 2021-24, which revises the deadline for submitting Revised Operating Subsidy forms related to the Small and Rural Frozen Rolling Base (SR-FRB) Program. Specifically, this notice adds an eligible category for submitting revisions to the Operating Fund grant calculations, form HUD-52722 or HUD-52723, to those identified in Notice PIH 2021-04, and extends the deadline for revision related to the SR-FRB Program until August 27, 2021.  

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August 18, 2021

PHADA and the Industry Call on HUD and Treasury to Reform ERA Program

PHADA, along with CLPHA, NAHRO, NLHA, and the MTW Collaborative, have sent a letter to HUD about the challenges assisted households continue to experience when accessing funds to pay delinquent rent or utilities through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA). We are recommending that HUD work with Treasury to take immediate action to remedy the programmatic and administrative challenges necessary to drastically accelerate the spending of ERA funds and quickly deliver relief for household...

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August 11, 2021

HUD News: Child Tax Credit Provides Historic Relief

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever – and most families will automatically receive monthly payments without having to take any action.

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August 09, 2021

HUD News: New CDC Eviction Order and Housing Stability Resources

On August 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new order temporarily halting evictions in counties with heightened levels of community transmission. While this order is in place, evictions in these communities must be halted.

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August 06, 2021

Healthy Homes Production Grants

On August 5, 2021, HUD’s Office of Lead Hazards and Healthy Homes issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Healthy Homes Production Grant Program. HUD is making over $40 million available to states and units of local governments, and collaborations to engage in home health hazard identification and remediation. The Department anticipates making 25 awards of one to two million dollars each. Grantees must spend at least 65 percent of funds on “identification and remediation activitie...

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August 06, 2021

HUD Proposes FY 22 Fair Market Rents and Small Area FMRs

HUD published its proposed FY 22 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) and Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) which become final on October 1, 2021, if Housing Authorities (HAs) do not notify the Department of their plan to appeal them through valid local rent surveys. Today marks the beginning of the process where HAs evaluate whether HUD’s proposed FMRs and SAFMRs are adequate for them to meet a range of program goals with available funding, whether they have sufficient options to increase or decrease ...

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August 04, 2021

CDC Issues Targeted Eviction Moratorium Through October 3

On August 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued a targeted moratorium on evictions through October 3, 2021, for counties experiencing “heightened levels of community transmission.” The order is intended to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including the rise in the Delta variant. The previous moratorium expired on July 31, 2021.

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August 02, 2021

HUD Publishes 2021 NOFO for Family Self Sufficiency Coordinators

HUD will be awarding $105 million for FSS coordinators through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). HUD expects to make approximately 700 awards. The application deadline is August 27, 2021.

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July 29, 2021

HUD Starts Section 3 Final Rule Training, Releases New Resources

On July 14, HUD Exchange opened registration for Virtual Section 3 training for HUD grantees on a regional basis. These trainings are for ALL grantees covered by Section 3, not just public housing authorities. Space is limited and many of the sessions are already closed to new registrants. We anticipate additional sessions will be added. While the need to begin the training on the new rule is clear, PHADA is disappointed that HUD has not yet responded to concerns on the rule and guidance that r...

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July 23, 2021

Davis-Bacon and Prevailing Wage Seminars Announced

HUD’s Office of Davis-Bacon and Labor Standards sent a notice to the HUD Davis-Bacon Listserv of an announcement of Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division Virtual Prevailing Wage Seminars for 2021. The Virtual Prevailing Wage Seminars include general topics reviewing applicable laws and Executive Orders, as well as more specific sessions on wage determinations and conformances, compliance assistance, and enforcement processes.

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July 22, 2021

HUD Webinar: Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Coordination with PHAs

You are invited to join representatives from HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing and the U.S. Treasury to hear about promising practices from Public Housing Agencies and Emergency Rental Assistance program grantees. Presenters will include agencies working together to help residents of the public housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs access assistance for past debts and utilities and to streamline the application process.

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July 21, 2021

PHADA Submits Comments Concerning HUD’s Interim Final Fair Housing Rule

On July 12, PHADA submitted comments concerning HUD’s interim final rule published on June 10th entitled “Restoring Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Definitions and Certifications.” By the 12th, HUD received 30 other comments from members of the public, housing advocacy organizations, legal services organizations, housing authorities, local governments, and others. In general, PHADA’s comments supported the department’s efforts to reinstate effect, rational processes to comply with require...

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July 16, 2021

HUD invites VASH Letters of Interest

On July 14 HUD issued Notice PIH 2021-21: Registration of Interest for HUD-VASH Vouchers.  Approximately 6,000 new HUD-VASH vouchers will be awarded using $40 million from FY2021 appropriations and $9 million from prior year appropriations...

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July 12, 2021

House Appropriations Committee Releases DRAFT HUD Bill

On July 11, the House released its  draft  appropriations bill for the HUD budget. For the last four years, the House budget numbers for public housing and Section 8 were significantly higher than the White House budget; however, given the significant increases in President Biden’s budget for these programs, PHADA was not surprised to see lower numbers in key accounts. In fact, over the last month, in our conversations with Hill staff, PHADA has been advised to manage expectations and to cons...

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July 02, 2021

Treasury Releases Updated FAQs and Fact Sheet for Emergency Rental Assistance Program

On June 24, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released its updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) and fact sheet related to the disbursement of emergency rental assistance to states, territories, localities, and tribal governments. New FAQs focus on eviction prevention, information sharing with utility providers, and removing language and other barriers to help more people access emergency rental assistance. 

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June 29, 2021

Please Submit Comments on the New Fair Housing Rule

On June 10, HUD published the latest revision of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. The department has engaged in a 10-year-long effort to remedy deep flaws in its efforts to implement statutory requirements of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and conform rules to the most recent federal court decisions concerning fair housing.

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June 29, 2021

Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Sign On to a Dear Colleague Letter to Support Housing As Infrastructure!

As discussions regarding the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan continue, it is critical that as many members of Congress as possible sign-on to the Dear Colleague Letter being circulated by Sen. Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Torres (D-NY). The number of signatures on this letter is expected to have a direct impact on the amount of funding ultimately included in legislation.

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June 25, 2021

HUD Publishes a Proposed Fair Housing Disparate Impact Rule

On June 25, HUD published a proposed rule that would reinstate the fair housing disparate impact standard originally published in 2013. In 2020 HUD had published a rule describing how it would implement a disparate impact standard for fair housing, but a federal district court had issued an injunction preventing implementation of that 2020 rule.

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June 25, 2021

White House News: President Biden Announces Seven Key Nominations

Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following seven individuals to serve in key roles.

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June 22, 2021

HUD News: Child Tax Credit – What You Need to Know

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever and historic relief to the most working families – and starting in July, most families will automatically receive monthly payments without having to take any action. These payments will have a significant impact on many families living in public housing and served by Housing Choice Vouchers.

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June 21, 2021

HUD News: MTW Expansion Landlord Incentives Cohort - Deadline Extended!

HUD-PIH has announced that HUD has extended the deadline for PHAs to apply to the Moving to Work Demonstration (MTW) Expansion under the Landlord Incentives Cohort. The new deadline to apply is   October 15, 2021.   This MTW cohort will test landlord incentives in order to better serve families participating in the voucher program. You are invited to consider MTW and apply! 

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June 17, 2021

Industry Groups’ Joint Statement on Universal Housing Vouchers

On June 17, CLPHA, the MTW Collaborative, NAHRO, and PHADA released a joint letter advocating the expansion of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

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June 15, 2021

HUD Notice: Fair Housing News

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that HUD published an interim final rule on Thursday to restore the implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) requirement. The publication provides a robust definition of the duty to affirmatively further fair housing, to which many HUD grantees must certify compliance. Additionally, HUD is committed to providing communities that receive HUD funding with the tec...

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June 15, 2021

HUD News Release: Adrianne Todman Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Today, Adrianne Todman was officially sworn in as the twelfth Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued the oath of office to Deputy Secretary Todman during a ceremony at HUD’s headquarters that was live-streamed to the department’s staff. Deputy Secretary Todman was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent on June 10.

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June 10, 2021

HUD Publishes an Interim Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

On June 10, HUD published an interim final rule concerning HUD grantees’ obligations to affirmatively further fair housing, effective on July 31, 2021. The department is soliciting comments on this interim rule which are due by July 12th. According to the summary of the interim rule, HUD will reinstate definitions that had been included in the Obama administration’s 2015 AFFH rule and that were amended by the Trump administration’s 2020 final rule. HUD does not intend to reinstate the require...

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June 08, 2021

HUD Extends HCV NSPIRE Demonstration, Seeks Participants

In 2016 HUD began its UPCS-V demonstration, which sought to update and align the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) protocol with UPCS which governs public housing and multifamily inspections. The demonstration was to last for two years and was extended in 2019 and is now being conducted in conjunction with the NSPIRE protocol. On June 8, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register extending the demonstration until October 1, 2022, and inviting additional housing authorities managing the HCV pr...

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June 07, 2021

HUD Landlord Participation Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development invites you to participate in a series of webinars on the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program.

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May 28, 2021

HUD Awards Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants

On Wednesday, May 26, HUD announced the FY 20 Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grantees. Camden, NJ, and Cleveland, OH, received $35 million each, building on 2018 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. Detroit, MI, Fort Meyers, FL, and Lewiston, ME, received $30 million each. Grant project summaries are available for more information on individual projects.

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May 26, 2021

Biden Admin’s Proposes $318 Billion Spending on Affordable Housing

On Wednesday, the White House released its plans for new affordable housing spending as part of the American Jobs Plan. The proposal would invest $318 billion, including $213 billion in direct spending and $105 billion in tax proposals (not previously disclosed), with a $55 billion proposed investment for LIHTC. This plan also includes the previously announced $40 billion for the Capital Fund, $45 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund, and $35 billion for the HOME Investments Partnership ...

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May 19, 2021

ConnectHomeUSA Webinar: Utilizing Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds for Broadband Activities

Please join ConnectHomeUSA on May 25 at 2:00 pm ET for a webinar featuring HUD staff from these program areas who will cover HUD's latest guidance, including new flexibilities that allow housing authorities to use Operating funds to cover in-unit Internet service costs for residents. You can ask questions about activities you're interested in funding through these sources.

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May 13, 2021

Many Assisted Housing Residents Likely Qualify for Emergency Broadband Aid

On May 12, the FCC opened the Emergency Broadband Benefit, as indicated below. HUD’s WebEx Connect Home USA held a webinar on this new benefit program on April 27, prior to launch. The FCC has developed a campaign to educate the broad range of eligible households and program partners about the program, including a Consumer Outreach Toolkit. Application forms and instructions are available in 9 languages in addition to English. The benefit is applied via the billing service provider, not directl...

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May 06, 2021

HUD News Release: HUD Secretary Fudge, HHS Secretary Becerra Announce Joint Effort to Increase Access to COVID-19

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge and U.S. Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra today announced a joint-agency effort to increase access to COVID-19 prevention and treatment services, including testing and vaccinations, among disproportionately affected communities, including among HUD-assisted households and people experiencing homelessness. This effort will leverage the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, which currently provides a direc...

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May 06, 2021

HUD Publishes Guidance on Emergency Housing Vouchers

On May 4, HUD published PIH Notice 2021-15, “Emergency Housing Vouchers – Operating Requirements,” which outlines how HUD will allocate and fund emergency housing vouchers (EHVs) which were included in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. HUD estimates 70,000 vouchers will be allocated to public housing agencies (HAs) administering the Housing Choice Voucher program nationwide which are exclusively available for families in the following categories: homeless, at risk of homelessness, fleeing o...

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May 05, 2021

HUD Extends Most PIH CARES Act Waivers, Public Housing Self-Inspection Waiver Excluded

On May 4, HUD issued Notice PIH 2021-14 (HA): COVID-19 Statutory and Regulatory Waivers and Alternative Requirements for Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher (including Mainstream and Mod Rehab), Indian Housing Block Grant and Indian Community Development Block Grant programs, Suspension of Public Housing Assessment System and Section Eight Management Assessment Program, Revision 3.  The notice supersedes Notice PIH 2020-33, PIH 2020-13, and PIH 2020-05.  

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May 03, 2021

HUD Announces Agencies Participating in the Mobility Demonstration

On April 30, HUD announced the 13 housing authorities that will participate in the Voucher Mobility Demonstration. The 13 awards include four partnerships between neighboring agencies – all but one lead agency are PHADA members. In the FY 19–20 appropriations bills, Congress set aside a total of $50 million for vouchers and services for a mobility demonstration. HUD’s announcement allocates $35,872,410 for mobility services and $9,857,740 for 666 vouchers. Although HUD issued a notice restricti...

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April 29, 2021

REAC Makes Plan to “Substantially Increase” Inspections

On Friday, April 23, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge sent a letter to public housing authority Executive Directors (EDs) and Multifamily housing owners and property managers announcing that REAC will conduct “increased inspections” of its portfolio beginning June 1. In the letter, Secretary Fudge writes that the Department’s priorities are for the health and well-being of residents, and that “REAC will conduct inspections using protocols informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (...

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April 28, 2021

HCV Voucher Dashboard Upgraded, Now Includes Individual PHA Information

During a Webinar for the public housing industry associations, the Housing Choice Voucher Program Office presented a walkthrough of the advanced HCV Data Dashboard. The Dashboard, which includes data on voucher authorization, budget authority, utilization, and reserves now includes many additional data elements. These include information on leased, issued, and available vouchers, Per Unit Cost (PUC), PBV units and special purpose vouchers. 

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April 19, 2021

Change in House Leadership

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH). Today, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) announced his intent to retire from Congress effective May 16, 2021. Rep. Stivers is currently the ranking member of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance. Rep. Stivers is a proponent of developing affordable housing, providing flexibilities to local housing authorities, and increasing the self-sufficiency of public housing residents. His replacement as the top Republican ...

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April 19, 2021

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of HAs in Second Operating Reserves Case

On April 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled 3-0 in favor of the more than 500 HAs in their lawsuit against HUD challenging the Department’s implementation of the 2012 operating subsidy offset. The case, brought by the Washington, D.C. law firm Coan & Lyons, stems from earlier successful litigation in which more than 300 HAs obtained approximately $136 million in damages. The first lawsuit,  PHADA v. United States , was initiated by PHADA and was joined by NAHRO and a fe...

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April 19, 2021

Sen. Charles Schumer News Release: NYCHA & Its Residents Face Now-Or-Never Moment for Critically-Needed Investments Via American Jobs Plan

In Major Announcement & Standing With Broad Coalition of Housing Advocates, Tenants & Electeds, Schumer Unveils Plan To Push For $80+ Billion Dollar Investment In Public Housing; NYCHA Would See Billions Of Long-Deferred & Badly-Needed Fed Funds.

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April 09, 2021

White House Releases $1.5T Budget Plan with Major Increase for HUD

The White House released its FY 22 budget plan for discretionary spending today and it includes $68.7 billion for HUD, a $9 billion (15 percent) increase from the 2021 enacted level. The plan does not include specific numbers for HUD programs, but it does expand the Housing Choice Voucher Program to assist 200,000 additional families. The full budget is expected later in the Spring. 

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April 09, 2021

HUD Posts Guidance on Using Faircloth-to-RAD Conversions to Add Affordable Housing

On April 7, HUD published guidance titled, “Faircloth-to-RAD Conversions.” This allows PHAs with unused public housing unit authority under the Faircloth limits to develop those public housing units via the mixed-finance method with a pre-approval to convert to long-term Section 8 contracts upon completion of construction. In its Fact Sheet, HUD describes Faircloth-to-RAD as a new pathway to create new deeply affordable housing.  

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April 06, 2021

Subsidized Households Qualify for Rent and Utility Arrears Under Emergency Rental Assistance

In response to the economic effects of COVID-19, Congress created a $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. An additional $21.55 billion in ERA funding was provided under the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act. Both funds are administered through the Treasury Department.

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March 31, 2021

President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan to Include $40B for Capital Fund

President Biden will unveil his $2 trillion infrastructure plan today in Pittsburgh. The Plan includes $40 billion for public housing capital needs, which have been severely under-funded for decades. PHADA has advocated over many years and to the current Administration for a significant infusion of capital funds to address seriously deteriorating public housing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep as many affordable units available as possible for low-income seniors, persons with di...

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March 30, 2021

HUD Implements FY 21 Funding Provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

On March 24, HUD issued PIH Notice 2021-10 (Notice) to implement FY 21 funding provisions which were enacted by Congress for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The Notice provides details on HUD’s allocation methodology for housing assistance payments (HAP) renewal funds, new incremental vouchers, and administrative fees. The Notice applies to more than $25 billion in FY 21 HCV funding. The Notice also sets forth the second-round application process for HAP set-aside funds remaining from...

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March 29, 2021

Media Statement: CDC Extends the Eviction Moratorium

Today, the CDC extended the eviction moratorium until June 30, 2021.

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March 29, 2021

HUD Posts Updated EIV FAQ

HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) recently posted a new/updated FAQ document, as well as the 2021 HUD-SSA Computer Matching Schedule, to their EIV website: UIV System | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The FAQ addresses issues around User Access requirements, the Annual Security Awareness requirement for authorized EIV users, and the use of an updated Form HUD-52676 EIV System User Access Authorization Form and Rule of Behavior and User Agreement. 

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March 29, 2021

HUD Releases Section 3 FAQ

On Thursday, March 25, HUD’s Office of Field Policy and Management (FPM) published a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the new Section 3 Rule. FPM is assuming Section 3 monitoring and oversight responsibilities previously managed out of the office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. FPM has been working with the various program offices within HUD – primarily PIH and CPD – to develop and implement the rule. They also worked with those departments to engage with stakeholders includ...

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March 24, 2021

HUD News Release: President Biden Announces his Intent to Nominate Adrianne Todman as Deputy Secretary for Housing and Urban Development

Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Adrianne Todman as Deputy Secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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March 18, 2021

House Appropriations Subcommittee to Consider Funding Requests

As part of the Federal FY 22 appropriations process, the House Appropriations Committee has announced that members of Congress can submit requests for Community Project Funding. These requests, known colloquially as “earmarks” allocate funding for specific community projects.

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March 12, 2021

PHADA Asks HUD to Extend Self-Inspections Waiver

PHADA wrote to HUD today, asking the Department to extend the waiver on PHA self-inspections through 2021. The association noted that REAC is not doing third party inspections at most properties because of health and safety concerns. PHADA states this same standard should apply to PHA self-inspections.  

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March 11, 2021

HUD News Release: Marcia Fudge Sworn in As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

On March 10, Marcia L. Fudge was officially sworn in as the eighteenth Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Secretary Fudge took the oath this evening after the Senate voted to confirm her. As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Fudge now leads a federal department with wide reach throughout the United States, including the Offices of Housing, Community Planning and Development, Federal Housing Administration, Public and Indian Housing, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Policy ...

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March 10, 2021

President to Sign $1.9T COVID-19 Relief Bill on Friday

On March 10, the U.S. House of Representatives, on a vote of 220–211, passed the  American Rescue Plan Act , a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that includes nearly $50 billion in assistance for housing and homelessness, with $27.4 billion for rental assistance. A total of $5 billion is provided for emergency vouchers.

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March 10, 2021

Marcia Fudge is Confirmed as HUD Secretary

The Senate has confirmed Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) as the 18th secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with a strong bipartisan vote of 66-34. Secretary Fudge will be only the third woman to run the department. In her testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee on January 28, 2021, then Rep. Fudge acknowledged that “…HUD — perhaps more than any other department — exists to serve the most vulnerable people in America. That mandate matters...

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March 01, 2021

Industry Letter to HUD Recommending Onsite Vaccine Clinics for Residents

On March 1, a letter signed by several leading industry groups, including PHADA, was sent to HUD, CDC, and the White House urging HUD and the CDC to work together to ensure that HUD-supported affordable housing communities are prioritized for vaccines and have access to COVID-19 vaccine partners who will provide on-site vaccination clinics to residents and staff.

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February 22, 2021

New Treasury Guidance for Emergency Rental Assistance Program Published

On February 22, the Treasury Department published guidance on the $25 billion provided to states and localities in December’s government funding and coronavirus relief bill. Previous guidance seemed to indicate that HUD-assisted renters were not eligible to receive funds through that program, and the new FAQ revises Treasury’s guidance to read, in part:

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February 22, 2021

Submit Your Comments for the Proposed NSPIRE Rule

As previously covered in the  Advocate , HUD issued its proposed rule for a new physical inspection protocol in the Federal Register on January 13. This rule will overhaul current practices and form the foundation of HUD’s inspection rules for all its housing programs. It is critical that housing authorities and other entities subject to the rule review the rule and provide comments in response to the rule. As a reminder, the rule attempts to align inspection programs, quality standards, and te...

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February 09, 2021

House Proposes $5 Billion in Emergency Vouchers

President Biden. Pursuant to the budget reconciliation resolution passed by Congress, the Committee was directed to put forward legislative proposals that would increase the deficit by no more than $75 billion for the laws within its jurisdiction. Along with housing, that jurisdiction includes banking, defense production, financial aid to industry, and other matters. Thus, not all of the $75 billion is allocated to housing programs.

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January 27, 2021

Watch Rep. Marcia Fudge’s Confirmation Hearing on Thursday Morning

The Senate Banking Committee will conduct a confirmation hearing for Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), President Biden’s pick to be the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The hearing is this Thursday, January 28 at 10:00 am ET. 

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January 21, 2021

HUD News : Important Information Regarding the Use of Public Housing Funding for Internet for Residents

On January 19, HUD-PIH announced guidance on the use of public housing funding to support internet connectivity for residents of public housing.

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January 13, 2021

Proposed NSPIRE Rule Published

Today, HUD’s proposed rule outlining a new physical inspection protocol was published in the Federal Register: “This rule proposes a new approach to defining and assessing housing quality: The National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE).” For several years, the Department has been evaluating various aspects of its main inspection models (HQS and UPCS) and this proposed rule is one part of the “effort across HUD to revise the way HUD-assisted housing is inspected and e...

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January 12, 2021

HUD Publishes Two Notices On Opportunities to Apply for the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program

On January 7, HUD-PIH published two notice requests for applications under the Moving to Work Demonstration Program for FY 21, for the Cohort 3 and Cohort 4 sections. MTW allows PHAs to design and test innovative, locally designed housing and self-sufficiency strategies for low income families by permitting PHAs to use assistance received under Sections 8 and 9 more flexibly and by allowing certain exemptions from existing public housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program rules.

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January 06, 2021

HUD News: New Cityscape Reflects on Moving to Work

The newest issue of  Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research  features a symposium reflecting on Moving to Work (MTW), a program authorized in 1996 giving public housing agencies (PHAs) flexibility in providing low-income housing assistance toward achieving three main objectives: improving cost effectiveness, promoting self-sufficiency among assisted households, and increasing housing choice for low-income families

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December 30, 2020

Massive Omnibus Spending Bill Enacted

A massive $2.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, including $1.4 trillion in Appropriations and $900 billion for COVID-19 funding was passed by the House and Senate on December 21 and signed by the President on December 27. The Appropriations measure funds federal agencies through next September. The spending package includes $740.5 billion in defense spending and $664.5 billion for domestic programs.

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December 29, 2020

HUD News: Eviction Moratorium Update

On September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Notice and an Order, under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 264) and 42 CFR § 70.2, banning evictions for certain renters through December 31, 2020. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed by the President on December 27, 2020, extended this Order  until January 31, 2021 , which will help families continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The original Order is available here....

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December 23, 2020

HUD PHA Newsletter: December

The December 2020 Public Housing Authority Newsletter sent as a PIH Announcement contains more than a dozen items of interest. After the first three funding award announcements (all of which are likely to see new competitions next year) the remainder provide the latest from PIH on many of the ongoing administrative and emergency response initiatives of the department, all with live links directly to the reference resource.

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December 22, 2020

Congress Approves Massive Omnibus Spending Bill

A massive $2.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, including $1.4 trillion in Appropriations and $900 billion for COVID-19 funding was passed by the House and Senate late last night. The Appropriations measure funds federal agencies through next September. The spending package includes $740.5 billion in defense spending and $664.5 billion for domestic programs. According to The Hill, “the bill… now goes to President Trump’s desk, where the White House has said he will sign it.”

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