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June 09, 2021

HUD Publishes an Interim Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule on June 10

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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December 21, 2020

Important Update on CARES Act Reporting Requirements

PIH continues to work in collaboration with the HUD's CARES Act Compliance Team, the Office of Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Information Officer to develop a simple, user-friendly portal that PHAs can use to report CARES Act funding with minimal additional burden. We anticipated having a portal available during early January 2021 for PHAs to report the first quarter (October 1 to December 31) of information; however, there have been some delays in development.

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December 21, 2020

HUD News: HCV Landlord Taskforce Webinar

HUD-PIH has announced a January 5, 2021, webinar that will provide a preview and discussion of what’s next for HUD’s HCV Landlord Task Force. This includes kicking off HUD’s virtual HCV landlord symposium series. In addition to hearing about what the task force has planned for this coming calendar year, you’ll be provided with an orientation to the resources already available to PHAs to improve landlord participation and satisfaction in their HCV programs.

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December 15, 2020

HUD Publishes Notice of Proposed Information Collection for the MTW Supplement to the Annual Plan for 30-Day Public Comment

On Friday, December 11, HUD published a Notice of Proposed Information Collection regarding the MTW Supplement to the PHA Plan in the Federal Register for a 30-day comment period. This public information collection notice refers to the MTW Supplement form, also available on the HUD MTW Expansion website. It updates the form previously posted for 60-day comment with additional items added as part of the final MTW Operations Notice.

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December 04, 2020

Joint Industry Group Letter on COVID Relief Package

On December 4, PHADA, NAHRO, CLPHA, and the MTW Collaborative sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders and appropriators supporting HEROES-level funding and the liability waiver in HEALS.

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December 02, 2020

HUD Extends CARES Waivers and Clarifies Section 3 Timelines

On December 1, 2020, HUD held a webinar on its November 30 PIH Notice 2020-33 on CARES Act Waivers and Alternative Requirements. Assistant Secretary Hunter Kurtz also emailed a letter to Executive Directors clarifying implementation timelines for the September 29 Section 3 Final Rule.

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December 01, 2020

Multifamily COVID-19 Supplemental Payments - Round II

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

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November 30, 2020

HUD News: Remote Video Inspections Webinar

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

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November 24, 2020

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

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

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November 17, 2020

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

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

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November 12, 2020

HUD Extends Comment Period for New HOTMA Proposed Rule

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

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November 10, 2020

Senate Appropriations Committee Releases FY 21 Spending Bills

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

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November 06, 2020

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

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

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November 02, 2020

HUD News: PUC Increases

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

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October 30, 2020

Housing Authorities Tackle Housing Challenges Among Foster Youth

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

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October 20, 2020

PIH News Updates

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

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October 13, 2020

HUD Publishes a New HOTMA Proposed Rule

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

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October 01, 2020

President Signs Short Term Spending Bill to Keep Government Open

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

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October 01, 2020

PIH Updates its COVID-19 FAQ Document

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

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September 29, 2020

HUD Publishes Final Section 3 Rule

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

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September 29, 2020

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

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

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September 24, 2020

HCV Mobility Demonstration Application Period

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

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September 23, 2020

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

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

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September 16, 2020

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

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

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September 10, 2020

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

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

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September 03, 2020

There is a New Eviction Moratorium

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

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August 28, 2020

HUD Publishes Long-Awaited MTW Operations Notice

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

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August 25, 2020

HUD News: Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants NOFA

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

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August 24, 2020

HUD News: Community Compass NOFO

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

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August 21, 2020

PHADA Responds to Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

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

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August 20, 2020

HUD News Release: FY 20 ROSS NOFA Posted

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

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August 19, 2020

HUD Webinar: Helping Tenants Access their Economic Impact Payments

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

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August 14, 2020

HUD Publishes Proposed Fair Market Rents for FY 21

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

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August 11, 2020

PHADA Submits Comments on Proposed RAD Information Collection

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

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August 07, 2020

Amid Escalating Pandemic, HUD to Restart REAC Physical Inspections

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

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August 07, 2020

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

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

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August 05, 2020

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

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

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August 04, 2020

HUD Issues Additional Guidance on the Use of CARES Act Funding

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

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July 31, 2020

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

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

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July 31, 2020

Public Housing Shortfall Funds Available

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

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July 29, 2020

NYCHA Presents A Blueprint for Change

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

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July 29, 2020

Accreditation in the time of COVID-19

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

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July 28, 2020

Senate Introduces Emergency Coronavirus Response Package

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

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July 27, 2020

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

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

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July 23, 2020

HUD News Release: Secretary Carson Terminates 2015 AFFH Rule

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

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July 23, 2020

Advocacy Alert: Contact Your Senators Today

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

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July 22, 2020

HUD Issues NOFA for FY 20 FSS Coordinator Funding

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

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July 16, 2020

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

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

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July 14, 2020

HUD Publishes Implementation Notice for Voucher Mobility Demonstration

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

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July 08, 2020

HUD Requests “Registrations of Interest” for VASH Voucher Awards

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

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July 07, 2020

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

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

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July 06, 2020

HUD Releases New Guidance on Evictions and Waivers

Without further action from Congress, on July 24, 2020 the federal eviction moratorium will end. To assist housing authorities (HAs), tenants, and voucher landlords in advance of the transition, the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) published the  Eviction Prevention and Stability Toolkit . 

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June 17, 2020

HUD FSS Get Ready Letter Issued for 2020 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Coordinator Funding

HUD has notified PHAs of the upcoming FY 20 Family Self-Sufficiency Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) competition in order that PHAs be prepared when the NOFA is issued.  

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June 11, 2020

HUD Releases PBV FAQ for non-RAD Conversions

On May 27, HUD posted on its website a document titled  Project Based Vouchers (PBVs) FAQs .  In fact, the document only addresses “questions (FAQs) pertaining to project-basing as a repositioning tool.” This document only applies to PBVs when used as part of a conversion of a public housing property approved by the Special Applications Center (SAC) via “a Section 18 demolition/disposition (Notice PIH 2018-04); a Section 22 Streamlined Voluntary Conversion (SVC) (Notice PIH 2019-05); a Section ...

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June 10, 2020

HUD News Release: HUD Provides Remaining $2.96 Billion in CARES Act Funding for Homeless Populations Amid Coronavirus Recovery

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the allocation of $2.96 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funding to support homeless Americans and individuals at risk of becoming homeless because of hardships such as job loss, wage reduction, or illness due to COVID-19. This funding is in addition to $1 billion of ESG grants announced  within a week  of President Trump signing the CARES Act. 

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May 29, 2020

HUD Issues Latest Update to FAQs for Public Housing Agencies

On Friday, May 29, HUD released Version 4 of its “COVID-19 FAQs for Public Housing Agencies” document. PHADA will provide further analysis in the near future. 

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May 14, 2020

HUD Alters CARES Act Funding Availability Dates

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, HUD sent an email to all public housing authorities clarifying and updating previously provided information regarding the first date of eligible use of CARES Act Funding. According to the email, HUD is now allowing expenses incurred beginning on March 27, 2020, the date of passage of the CARES Act. This is a significant improvement over previous guidance, which had disallowed expenses incurred prior to April 29 or May 1. PHADA sent a letter to HUD and to Congress on ...

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May 12, 2020

Fourth COVID Response Bill Introduced in the House

On May 12, Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee introduced the  Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions  (HEROES) Act. The bill, if enacted, would be the fourth major legislative response from Congress to the COVID-19 emergency and contains $3 trillion in stimulus and emergency spending for federal programs, public health, and to support state and local governments.

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