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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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August 05, 2022

HUD Releases NOFO for FY 22 FSS Coordinator Funding

HUD has released this year’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to fund FSS coordinators. The funding is intended to fund existing coordinators as well as new coordinators. There has not been funding for new coordinators for many years so this is an excellent opportunity for agencies to expand their FSS programs. 

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July 28, 2022

Update on the GAO’s Survey Questionnaire on HUD Assistance to Households with Disabilities

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is conducting a study on HUD rental assistance for households with disabilities. As part of this study, GAO is surveying public housing authorities serving households in metropolitan areas regarding their experiences in addressing the needs of these households with HUD assistance. Most agencies should have received this request, but if you haven’t it could be due to participating in the piloting and testing phase, or other pre-determined reasons. ...

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July 27, 2022

Treasury Announces Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Can Be Used for Affordable Housing Development

The U.S. Department of Treasury today released new guidance that allows for Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to be used to make long-term loans to affordable housing development, including for Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects. This action will allow for billions of dollars to be used as a gap filler for thousands of projects across the country that have stalled because of the economic effects of COVID-19. These same effects have been felt by many housing authoriti...

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July 25, 2022

Please Submit Comments Now to HUD’s Proposed NSPIRE Rule

On June 17, HUD released a proposed rule and request for comments on the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) and Associated Protocols. This request for comments is a complementary document to the Economic Growth Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act: Implementation of NSPIRE proposed rule, released in January 2021. The Department is requesting comments and will consider them in response to their request before publishing a final notice of standards in ...

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July 22, 2022

HUD Webinar Series: PHA Disaster Readiness, Response and Recovery – Wildfires

The next webinar in HUD’s PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series introduces public housing agencies to best practices in disaster management, specifically in the face of wildfires.

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July 20, 2022

House Passes Minibus for FY 23 Funding with 16.5 Percent Increase for HUD

On July 20, on a 220–207 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a minibus of six appropriations bills, including Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD). The House Appropriations Committee had previously stated in its press release that the bill provides a total of $62.7 billion for HUD, which is an increase of $8.9 billion above FY 22, or 16.5 percent.

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July 15, 2022

PHADA Submits Comments to the Federal Register on Build America, Buy America Act

PHADA submitted comments to the Federal Register related to its concerns with the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA) as it applies to HUD’s Federal Financial Assistance. As a result of historically high inflation, supply chain disruptions, and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many HAs have struggled to maintain needed staffing levels, procure products, complete needed capital improvements and repairs in a timely manner, and manage increasing costs as demands for HA services cont...

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July 07, 2022

HUD Webinar Series: PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery

Proactive preparation now can help your PHA respond more effectively and efficiently should bad times strike. The PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series is designed to help PHAs do just that. Each webinar covers a different type of disaster. Training will include steps for PHAs to prepare, as well as best practices during a disaster to assess the safety of their businesses, residents, and properties. The webinars will also cover both short- and long-term recovery strategi...

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July 07, 2022

HUD News: Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants NOFO

Applications are due by July 28, 2022. With this publication, HUD is making available up to $10,000,000 for Planning Grants. Planning Grants are two-year grants of up to $500,000 each that assist communities with severely distressed public housing or HUD-assisted housing in developing a comprehensive neighborhood transformation plan and carrying out early action activities to build the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented. We encourage eligible applicants from communit...

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July 01, 2022

HUD Issues Final Rule on Management and Occupancy Reviews for Some Multifamily Housing

On June 27, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing published in the federal register a final rule amending existing regulations related to Management and Occupancy Reviews (MORs) for seven project-based Section 8 programs administered by the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs:

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June 24, 2022

News Release: Kaine Introduces Bill To Protect Veterans and Low-Income Families From Housing Discrimination

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a former fair housing attorney, reintroduced the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022 to protect veterans and low-income families from housing discrimination. Current law allows landlords to deny housing to individuals based on source of income, and many veterans and low-income families have reported discrimination when using vouchers to pay their rent. The Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022 would expand protections under the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to include ...

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June 24, 2022

House Appropriations Committee Releases FY 23 HUD Funding Bill

On June 22, the House released its appropriations bill for the HUD budget. The Committee noted in its press release that the bill provides a total of $62.7 billion for HUD, an increase of $8.9 billion above FY 22, or 16.5 percent, and $1.1 billion above the President’s 2023 budget request.

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June 21, 2022

NSPIRE Proposed Rule Published in the Federal Register

A proposed rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was published on June 17, 2022. HUD requests comments on the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) and Associated Protocols. This request for public comment serves as a complementary document to the Economic Growth Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act: Implementation of NSPIRE proposed rule.

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June 16, 2022

HUD Releases Guidance on Admin Fees Use for HCV and Mainstream

HUD has released Notice PIH 2022-18 with guidance on the use of Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Mainstream Voucher administrative fees for expenses related to assisting families in these programs with leasing units. PHADA has vigorously advocated to HUD to allow for more flexible uses of the increased funding for administrative fees. The current proration for fees is 92 percent, which represents the greatest amount of funding for this account in 20 years. The Administration has proposed full f...

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June 15, 2022

HUD News: Announcement on Mainstream Funding

HUD has extended the deadline to apply for new Mainstream vouchers and administrative fees funding through PIH Notice 2022-19, “Mainstream Vouchers – Non-Competitive Opportunity for Additional Vouchers Authorized by the CARES Act and Extraordinary Administrative Funding, Correction.” This notice updates PIH Notice 2022-07 and makes the following major changes:

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June 06, 2022

HUD Issues JOBS Plus NOFO, Includes Key Changes

On May 27, HUD issued the FY 22 Jobs Plus Initiative Notice of Funding Opportunity NOFO (FR-6600-N-14). Over $16 million is available, and HUD expects to make approximately six awards ranging from $1,600,000 to $3,700,000. Applications are due on July 29, 2022.

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June 03, 2022

Innovative Partnership Opportunity for New MTW Asset Building Cohort

Compass Working Capital is interested in connecting with HAs regarding the opportunity to create an opt-out savings program for their residents as part of this cohort. In an opt-out asset-building program, HAs would be required to automatically enroll a set of residents in a savings program – such as a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) escrow account or similar – and provide those residents with the choice to opt-out of the program. In this way, the HA would make the opportunity to build assets a s...

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May 31, 2022

Webinar on LIFELINE Act to Address Inflation and LIHTC

The National Council of State Housing Agencies and the National Association of Home Builders will be jointly hosting a briefing for congressional staff on the challenges in using Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to help finance Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties. The webinar will address why it is so important for Congress to pass the LIFELINE Act (H.R. 7078, S. 4181), which would align these two resources.

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May 27, 2022

HUD Publishes FY 22 Renewal Funding Inflation Factors

On May 26, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the renewal funding inflation factors (RFIFs) for FY 22. HUD uses these inflation factors to determine HAP renewal funding for the Housing Choice Voucher program by applying individual area inflation factors to an HA’s past year leasing data (as shown in VMS) to calculate the HA’s current year formula eligibility.

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May 27, 2022

HUD News: Wildfire Recovery and Resilience Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announces a funding opportunity for community studies of recovery from wildfire. The deadline for proposals is July 19, 2022. Up to $600,000 is available. Details are available on grants.gov under the name “HUDRD – Wildfire Recovery and Resilience.”

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May 24, 2022

HUD Publishes FY 22 HCV Funding Notice

PIH Notice 2022-14 was published on May 19, to implement the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program funding provisions for the 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act (The Act), enacted on March 15, 2022. The Act establishes the allocation methodology for calculating HAP renewal funds, new incremental vouchers (including $200M for new non-competitive vouchers, VASH, Mainstream, and TPVs,), administrative fees, and funding opportunities for $200 million in Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) set-aside ...

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May 17, 2022

HUD Issues Final FSS Rule for HAs and Multifamily Owners

On May 17, HUD issued the Federal Register Final Rule to implement changes to the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program made by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. Section 306 of the Act made multiple amendments to the FSS program, including changes to the methodology for determining the size of the FSS program, expanding the definition of eligible families to include tenants of certain privately owned multifamily properties subsidized with Project-Based Rental ...

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May 16, 2022

President Biden Announces Housing Supply Plan with LIHTC Reforms

The Biden administration announced a Housing Supply Plan, a national policy to address the affordable housing gap across the country through several strategies, including:

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May 16, 2022

Commerce Launches Internet for All Programs

On May 13, the U.S. Commerce Department announced the launch of the Internet for All initiative, which will invest $45 billion to provide affordable, reliable, high-speed internet for everyone in America by the end of the decade. The programs are funded through President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and will be administered and implemented by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

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May 16, 2022

White House News: President Biden Announces New Actions to Ease the Burden of Housing Costs

As President Biden said last week, tackling inflation is his top economic priority. Today, President Biden is releasing a Housing Supply Action Plan to ease the burden of housing costs over time, by boosting the supply of quality housing in every community. His plan includes legislative and administrative actions that will help close America’s housing supply shortfall in 5 years, starting with the creation and preservation of hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units in the next three y...

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May 13, 2022

House and Senate Appropriators Examine Biden FY 23 HUD Budget

HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge testified on May 11 and May 12 before the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD), and Related Agencies regarding the FY 23 Budget. The Budget, which was released on March 28, includes $71.9 billion for department programs, $6.2 billion more than the FY 22 enacted level.

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May 13, 2022

Legislation Introduced to Allow Recovery Funds to be Used with LIHTC

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced the Senate version of the LIFELINE Act (the LIHTC Financing Enabling Long-term Investment in Neighborhood Excellence Act), which would allow Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to be used to make long-term loans to Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) developments. The House released its own version of this bill, H.R. 7078, in March, with Reps. Alma Adams (D-NC) and David Rouzer (R-NC) as lead co-sponsors...

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May 11, 2022

HUD Issues NOFO for Capital Improvements for High-Risk Public Housing

On May 9, 2022, HUD published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the public housing Capital Fund At Risk/Receivership/Substandard/Troubled Program.  HUD is making $26.5 million available through this NOFO.  Awards may be from $250,000 to $3.5 million.

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May 11, 2022

HUD Changes Forms for DOL Wage Determination Conformance Requests

Last month HUD’s Office of Field Policy and Management issued Notice LR-22-01: Use of Standard Form 1444 for DOL Wage Determination Conformance Requests. This notice announces the discontinuation of use of form 4230-A, Report of Additional Classification and Rate, and reversion to use of Form: SF1444, Request for Authorization of Additional Classification and Rate, which is submitted directly to the Department of Labor. Conformance requests are used to propose additional classifications for wag...

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May 10, 2022

HUD Posts NOFO for Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants

On May 10, HUD published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Choice Neighborhoods (CN) Planning Grants. CN Planning Grants are two-year grants of up to $500,000 each that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and carrying out early action activities to build the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.

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May 10, 2022

HUD News: Upcoming Asset Building Webinars

On May 9, HUD announced that, in preparation for the next MTW expansion cohort, which will evaluate asset building initiatives, HUD has partnered with the CFPB to have a series of webinars. CFPB will host the first webinar Tuesday, May 10.

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May 10, 2022

HUD News: HUD Takes Action to Expand Broadband to Low-Income Households, As Part of Administration’s Whole-Of-Government Outreach Effort on Affordable Connectivity Program

On May 9, HUD informed more than 4 million HUD-assisted families that receiving benefits from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) does not count as income for determining family rent or impact their eligibility for HUD assistance.

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April 27, 2022

HUD Requests Applications for Final Moving To Work (MTW) Cohort

On April 26 HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-11: Request for Applications under the Moving to Work Demonstration Program: Asset Building Cohort. MTW allows HAs to design and test innovative, locally designed housing and self-sufficiency strategies for low-income families by permitting has to use funding received for public housing and Section 8 more flexibly and allow exemptions from existing program rules.

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April 26, 2022

HUD Publishes FY 22 Income Limits

HUD has issued FY 22 income limits that are used to determine eligibility for most assisted housing programs, including Public Housing, Section 8 Project-based Rental Assistance (PBRA), Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (tenant based and project-based or PBV), as well as the Section 202 and Section 81 housing assistance programs. The new income limits were effective April 18, 2002.  

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April 19, 2022

HUD Releases Section 3 Notice for Public Housing

On April 18, HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-10 Implementation of the Final Rule on Section 3 Regulations – 24 CFR Part 75. The notice is helpful in providing a chart of implementation timelines (based on fiscal year-end) on page 11 and a template for Section 3 contract language. Except for the information on contracting and procurement (starting on page 18), which includes references to the General Conditions form HUD-5370 series, the notice largely presents information previously provided. This in...

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April 15, 2022

HUD Multifamily Issues, Withdraws Memo on Valuation of Non-Shelter Services

On March 23, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs issued a Memorandum on the subject “Valuation of Non-Shelter Services,” withdrawing a memorandum issued on November 15, 2021, by the Office of Asset Management and Portfolio Oversight on the subject “Clarification on Valuation of Non-Shelter Services.” The withdrawal memorandum notes that HUD expects to more fully address the issues that led to the release of this memo, as well as questions and concerns arising from the memo, in upcoming...

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April 15, 2022

Mainstream Vouchers: Extraordinary Administrative Fee and Additional Voucher Funding Now Available

HUD Notice PIH 2022-07, dated April 6, 2022, announces the availability of carryover funding for additional Mainstream Vouchers and for Extraordinary Administrative Fees for Mainstream Vouchers.

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April 14, 2022

HUD News: PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series

HUD announces a new webinar series that introduces public housing agencies (PHAs) to best practices in disaster management, including proactive strategies and resources to mitigate and respond to natural disasters and building fires.

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April 13, 2022

Limited HCV Waiver Streamlined Process Now Available

On April 11, HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-09 Streamlined Regulatory Waivers for the Housing Choice Voucher (including Mainstream and Mod Rehab) Program. This new streamlined review, distinct from the expedited review under Notice PIH 2021-34, applies only to three of the waivers previously available. 

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April 04, 2022

FY 22 Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Applications Due June 15

Today, HUD announced a due date for the FY 22 Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security applications. On March 10, HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-05 Emergency Safety and Security Grants Annual Funding Notification and Application Process. The Department will fund $10 million of Safety and Security capital grants in FY 22 for emergency capital needs to be used for necessary safety and security measures to address crime and drug-related activity and the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning in public ...

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April 04, 2022

Integrated Pest Management in Multifamily Housing Free Online Training Course Available

StopPests In Housing is a non-profit organization of science educators seeking to improve pest control in affordable housing by teaching everyone who works, lives, and plays in housing how to use integrated pest management (IPM). Acting as the Northeast Regional IPM Center, based at Cornell University, StopPests in Housing is supported by an interagency agreement between HUD and the Department of Agriculture (AG). The IPM in Multifamily Housing online course of four 90-minute sessions will run ...

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April 04, 2022

Training on SAVE Program for Afghan Immigration Status Verification

HUD and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) are holding two training sessions for HUD staff and grantees (including public housing agencies and HUD-assisted multifamily owners and operators) regarding Afghan arrivals who have entered the U.S. through the Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Allies Welcome, the effort to support vulnerable Afghans as they resettle in the U.S. The trainings, scheduled for April 7 and April 14, will focus on Afghan Arrival categories, the f...

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April 04, 2022

HUD Publishes Updated Administrative Fee Rates for 2022

HUD has posted Calendar Year (CY) 2022 Administrative Fee Rates to its HCV Guidance and Notices webpage. This includes CY 22 Administrative Fee Rate Description, as well as an Excel file with the A and B rates for each HA.

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March 29, 2022

PHADA Writes to HUD on Loss of Rental Income

PHADA sent this letter today to HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge concerning the notable loss of rental income in public and assisted housing. The correspondence expresses the association’s serious concerns about potential evictions and the fiscal solvency of some HAs stemming from those losses.

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March 24, 2022

Cares Act Public Housing Supplemental Operating Funds Financial Reporting Module Now Open

In a step to implement Cares Act financial reporting, HUD has added a module to the Operating Fund Web Portal to allow PHAs to report on their CARES Act Supplemental Operating Fund grants.  Agencies should have received an email from the Financial Management Division with information about the requirement, available training sessions, and the PowerPoint slides from the training.

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March 23, 2022

IRS Publishes Resident Population Figures for CY 22 LIHTC, PAB Cap

On March 21, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Bulletin No. 2022-12 with population figures for calendar year 2022. These figures are used to calculate state allocations of the 9 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and the private activity bond (PAB) cap. The notice includes population figures for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. According to Novogradac, PAB allocations will increase by 5.1 percent, or $2 billion, and the 9 percent LIHTC will decr...

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March 14, 2022

HUD Hosts Upcoming Capital Fund Guidebook Training

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Office of Capital Improvements announced on March 10 that it would be hosting a series of webinars on the Capital Fund Guidebook.

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March 09, 2022

House and Senate Negotiators Agree on FY 22 Omnibus Spending Bill

The House is expected to vote on a $1.5 trillion government funding package today, in addition to a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR). The CR will fund the government at the current levels through March 15, giving the Senate time to pass the full-year legislation. The Appropriations measure funds federal agencies through September. The spending package includes nearly $14 billion to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a 6.7 percent increase for non-defense discretionary programs, an...

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March 07, 2022

Upcoming Affordable Connectivity Program and IIJA Broadband Webinars

ConnectHomeUSA is accepting questions about the Affordable Connectivity Program which will be posed directly to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  before the March 15 webinar. The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Th...

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March 04, 2022

Expedited Waivers for PHAs and HCV Programs Continued to April 1

On March 3, HUD published Notice PIH 2022-04: Expedited Regulatory Waivers for the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (including Mainstream and Mod Rehab) Programs. This notice advises PHAs that they may apply for certain regulatory waivers that were originally offered as part of the CARES Act waivers in Notice PIH 2021-14 to provide continued flexibility during the pandemic and pandemic recovery. HUD will expeditiously respond to these waiver requests in accordance with Section 106 of t...

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February 23, 2022

HUD Reminds PHAs to Verify Designation Categories in IMS/PIC

On February 18, HUD published Notice PIH 2022-03: Guidance on Unit Designation Categories and Accessible Designation Categories in IMS/PIC. The notice reviews changes made to unit designation categories in IMS/PIC in 2010, emphasizing the need for accurate data and its impact on funding calculations. It notes distinctions between “Designated Housing” properties under the Unit Designation Category, as separate from the accessibility features of individual units. This information is reported unde...

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February 23, 2022

HUD Releases REAC Inspections Flyer

On February 22, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing News Asset Management newsletter announced release of a new flyer addressing questions regarding REAC Inspections and COVID-19.  The flyer covers key concerns for residents, property owners/agents, and outlines the Inspection Postponement/Adjustment Process. Members can subscribe for email updates from the HUD Office of Housing/FHA homepage at the link under Doing Business. Other HUD newsletters can be found on HUD’s mailing list page, and at ...

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February 22, 2022

UPDATE: Take Advantage of SEMAP Flexibility

Following a suggestion made by PHADA to HUD, PHAs may request a waiver of SEMAP scoring. PHADA has prepared a one-page summary highlighting eligibility and submission requirements. Other waivers available on an expedited basis, including increases in the payment standard, are also noted.

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February 14, 2022

HUD Proposes Change to Frequency of Executive Compensation Reporting

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has published in the Federal Register a 30-day Notice of Proposed Information Collection and request for comment. Comments regarding the collection’s necessity and burden on Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) are due March 14, 2022.

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February 11, 2022

PHAS Scoring Resumes

PHADA has consistently advocated that HUD provide greater flexibility to HAs, particularly in the context of COVID-19, so that agencies are best able to respond to local conditions during the ongoing pandemic. The association has also argued it is unfair to score many agencies for things beyond their control during this time. In response to PHADA’s advocacy, impacted HAs have two opportunities to request flexibility – possible PHAS scoring waivers or an inspection deferment.

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February 08, 2022

PHADA, Industry, and PHAs Urge Democratic Leadership to Keep Housing Programs in Build Back Better

PHADA, along with other housing associations and over 400 PHAs wrote to the Democratic leadership urging them to keep housing programs in the Build Back Better Act or any subsequent legislation. 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. Critical funding includes $65 for the Public Housing Capital Fund, $25 billion to expand the voucher program, and significant funding for many housing and commu...

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February 01, 2022

HUD News: Section 3 Guidebook Now Available on HUD Exchange

This Guidebook curates the latest guidance, tools, and resources for implementing and applying Section 3 to HUD-funded projects and activities. The Guidebook also helps direct recipients of HUD funding comply with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. The Guidebook begins with the evolution of Section 3 and highlights key differences between the Section 3 former rule and the new final rule. The Guidebook also provides general information on how to apply Section 3 in the fi...

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February 01, 2022

HUD Issues Notice on Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements

On January 31, HUD issued Notice PIH 2022-01 Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Detectors in HUD-Assisted Housing Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, requiring carbon monoxide (CO) alarms or detectors in most HUD-assisted housing, following the standards of the 2018 International Fire Code. CO alarms or detectors must be installed by December 27, 2022.

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January 31, 2022

HUD News: Direct Technical Assistance and Upcoming Webinars

HUD’s On-Call and Direct Technical Assistance (TA) is designed to support PHAs that need “hands-on” assistance in their operations of the EHV program.  On-Call or Direct TA can be requested for, but not limited to, the following assistance requests:

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January 28, 2022

HUD News: HUD Announces MTW Landlord Incentives Cohort

On January 27, HUD announced the Landlord Incentives Cohort of the expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program. Through this cohort, HUD will evaluate landlord incentives and their impact on participation in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program to improve residents’ ability to use vouchers in their community. With the addition of the 29 PHAs selected for this cohort, HUD will have added a total of 70 PHAs to the MTW Demonstration Program since January 2021. MTW PHAs are now in 3...

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January 24, 2022

PHADA and Other Industry Groups Urge Democratic Leadership to Keep Housing Investments in BBBA

PHADA, working with other industry groups, drafted a letter to Democratic leadership urging that they keep the housing provisions in the Build Back Better Act or any reconciliation vehicle that comes out of Senate negotiations. As you likely know, the House passed the Build Back Better Act with over $150 billion in housing investments, including $65 billion in capital funding, $24 billion for the Section 8 voucher program, $15 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund, a significant expansion...

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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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