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February 29, 2024

HUD Publishes Notice Delaying Deadline for Updating Tenant Selection Plans

The HUD recently published Notice H-2024-04, which postpones the deadline for multifamily housing owners’ Tenant Selection Plans (TSPs) and Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) policies to comply with Sections 102 and 104 of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA). This deadline was previously March 31, 2024, but the notice extends it to May 31, 2024.

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February 16, 2024

HUD Reopens Certain FY 23 NOFOs

As Congress faces yet another partial CR deadline impacting T-HUD funding on March 1, 2024, PHADA is concerned that failure to finalize the FY 24 appropriations has forced HUD to rely on last year’s grant competitions for certain programs. Additionally, the Department has also recently published some NOFOs without knowing how much funding it will have available.

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February 13, 2024

HUD Webinar: CNA Walkthrough and Updates for PHAs

This session provides a live walkthrough of the Capital Needs Assessment Electronic Tool (CNA e-Tool) updates for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs).

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February 13, 2024

HUD Announces Special Administrative Fees to Support Housing Mobility Plans

On February 2, HUD published Notice PIH 2024-05, which outlines how the Department is making available approximately $1.5 million in special administrative fees for HAs to develop Housing Mobility Related Plans (HMRPs). HUD anticipates the average award will be approximately $60,000 and will have a 24-month period of performance.

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February 07, 2024

PHADA Submits Member Comments to HUD Concerning BABA Implementation

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published PIH Notice 2024-01, Implementation Guidance for the Public Housing Program on Build America, Buy America (BABA) on January 1, 2024. While BABA is currently limited to the purchase of iron or steel in some HUD grant programs, like CDBG and Choice Neighborhoods implementation, its application will expand more broadly for housing authorities (HAs), becoming effective as early as February 22, 2024, for some agencies, and August 23, 202...

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February 05, 2024

HUD Publishes Revised HOTMA Notice, Clarifying Asset Limit Guidance

On February 2, HUD published a revised version of Notice PIH-2023-27, “Implementation Guidance: Sections 102 and 104 of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA).” The revised notice clarifies implementation guidance for the Section 104 asset limit, makes numerous technical corrections, and clarifies language throughout the document.

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February 02, 2024

Program Fund Guidance for Limited English Proficiency-Related Activities

On January 31, HUD released Notice PIH 2024-04, Eligible Uses for PIH Program Funds Related to Persons with Limited English Proficiency, that consolidates guidance on the program funds that can be used for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) to access programs and activities.

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February 02, 2024

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Faces Shutdown in April

Enacted as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Affordable Connectivity Program serves almost 23 million households in both remote rural communities and underserved urban neighborhoods. This past week, the FCC announced that it will no longer accept new ACP enrollments after February 7, 2024, as funding for the program is expected to run out in May.

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January 29, 2024

HUD Now Accepting Applications for Emergency Safety and Security Grant Program

Last week, HUD announced that it is now accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2024 Public Housing Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program (ESSG). Members should consult PIH Notice 2023-10 for eligible uses of funds and other requirements, and should note that the maximum award amount is $250,000. Applications are due March 27, 2024, at 5:00 pm ET.

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January 23, 2024

HUD Increases Maximum FHA Mortgage Amounts in High Cost Areas

Agencies planning to utilize FHA Multifamily housing loans as part of a development financing package should be aware of these updates from HUD. 

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January 23, 2024

Important Update on Operating Fund Distributions Under the CR

In a document dated January 12, 2024, HUD has provided its Explanation of Calendar Year (CY) 2024 Public Housing Operating Subsidy Obligations for February, March, and Three Weeks of April. In a recent call with HUD, officials highlighted the following things to keep in mind regarding HUD’s calculation and obligation of 2024 Public Housing Operating Funds under the continuing resolution (CR).

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January 19, 2024

Congress Passes Another CR, Avoiding Shutdown

On January 18, both chambers of Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) to avert a partial government shutdown that would have begun at midnight on January 19. President Biden is expected to sign the CR bill sometime today.

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January 17, 2024

Contact Congress Today: Avoid Shutdown and Pass Important Tax Deal

Less than two months after passing a continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown, Congress returns to snowy Washington this week with another pressing funding deadline. Both chambers must pass a new CR by this upcoming Friday (January 19) to avoid a partial government shutdown that would include the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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January 05, 2024

HUD Publishes BABA Guidance for Public Housing Program

On January 1, HUD published PIH Notice 2024-01, Implementation Guidance for the Public Housing Program on Build America, Buy America (BABA) 2024. While BABA is currently limited to the purchase of iron or steel in some HUD grant programs, like CDBG and Choice Neighborhoods implementation, its application will expand more broadly for housing authorities (HAs), becoming effective as early as February 22, 2024, for some agencies, and August 23, 2024, for most.

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January 05, 2024

HUD News: New BABA Guidance for PHAs

Increasing support for American manufacturing is something we can all get behind. Many of us have seen the consequences of decades of disinvestment in manufacturing in our hometowns. The Biden-Harris Administration has been taking concrete steps to give hope for the future of American manufacturing.

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January 04, 2024

Public Housing Waiting List Module Now Open

On January 3, HUD sent an email to housing authorities nationwide announcing the opening of the waiting list module of the Public Housing Portal. According to HUD, “The module provides PHAs the ability to easily report the total number of families on the PHA waiting lists as required… by Section 103 (E) of HOTMA.”  

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December 20, 2023

HUD Re-Opens Jobs Plus NOFO

In a December 19, 2023, email to HA Executive Directors, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Monocchio announced that HUD has re-opened its FY 23 Jobs Plus Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Eligible HAs that have not applied to the FY 23 NOFO may submit an application prior to the deadline of March 12, 2024. HAs who previously applied to the FY 23 NOFO do not need to re-submit but may choose to submit a revised application.

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December 19, 2023

HUD Extends GRRP Wave 3 Funding Deadline

HUD is extending the deadline for applications for wave 3 of the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) Elements cohort from January 4, 2024, to March 28, 2024. 

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December 18, 2023

Take Action on Proposed 30-day Notice Rule

On December 1, 2023, HUD proposed to make permanent the rule requiring a 30-day notice before initiating legal action for non-payment of rent for public housing and PBRA. The proposed rule would also require changes to the lease and the inclusion of specific information on late payment notices for tenants on how to request a change of income rent redetermination, how to request a hardship waiver of minimum rent, and other information.

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December 01, 2023

Proposed Rule Requiring 30-day Notice for Non-payment Published for Public Comment

On Friday, December 1, HUD published a proposed rule with a 60-day comment period. “Under this proposed rule, when tenants who reside in public housing or in properties receiving project-based rental assistance (PBRA) face eviction for nonpayment of rent, public housing agencies (PHAs) and owners would need to provide those tenants with written notification at least 30 days prior to the commencement of a formal judicial eviction procedure for lease termination.”

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November 29, 2023

HUD Publishes OCAFs for PBRAs Renewed Under Section 515 or 524 of MAHRA

On November 30, HUD will publish in the Federal Register a Notice establishing operating cost adjustment factors (OCAFs) for project-based assistance contracts renewed under the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 (MAHRA). The new rates are applicable to annual renewal contracts with an Anniversary date on or after February 11, 2024.

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November 29, 2023

HUD Releases FAM Scores and Supplemental Information

Following up on the November 15, Federal Register publication on Family Self-Sufficiency Achievement Metrics (the ‘FAM Score,’ previously known as FSS performance metrics), HUD has released additional information on the scoring methodology as well as current FAM Scores for all participating agencies. The Department has also posted a recording of a webinar it recently held discussing the scores.

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November 21, 2023

Industry Groups Request Changes to Improve VASH Utilization

The housing industry groups (PHADA, CLPHA, NAHRO, and the MTW Collaborative) wrote to HUD leadership on November 20, requesting that the Department take steps to improve utilization of HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. VASH utilization is approximately 74 percent nationwide, compared to 85 percent for the general HCV program.

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November 21, 2023

HUD Issues Correction to Section 3 Benchmarks Notice

On October 5, HUD published in the Federal Register notice of the required review and update of the Section 3 Benchmarks, proposing no changes. See the November 1, 2023 Advocate, where PHADA raised concerns about the ongoing lack of a reporting system and retroactive reporting requirements once a system is established.  

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November 15, 2023

HUD Issues SAFMR Guidance

On November 15, HUD published Notice PIH 2023-32: Small Area Fair Market Rent Implementation Guidance for FY2024 Designated Metropolitan Areas. This short notice is a consolidated version of the Federal Register Notice published October 25, 2023 (see the current Advocate for more).

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November 13, 2023

Congress Returns with Less Than a Week Until Potential Shutdown

Over the weekend, House leadership proposed a “laddered” CR, which would establish two deadlines for Congress to pass appropriations bills. Under new Speaker Johnson’s (R-LA) proposal, funding for HUD programs – along with the agriculture, energy and water, and military construction/VA appropriations bills – would expire on January 19, 2024. Funding for the other eight appropriations bills would expire on February 2, 2024.

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November 09, 2023

HUD Posts Youth Homeless NOFO and Related Resources

On November 8, HUD announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $50 million in Youth Homelessness System Improvement (YHSI) grant funding.

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November 09, 2023

A New Report from PAHRC: Natural Disasters and Federally Assisted Housing

On November 7, in collaboration with the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the Public and Assisted Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC) published a report, Natural Hazards and Federally Assisted Housing, discussing the disproportionate exposure of federally assisted housing to risks of various natural disasters

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November 09, 2023

HUD Extends Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Deadline to February 13, 2024

On October 25, HUD updated the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity, originally released on September 6.

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November 03, 2023

Senate Passes T-HUD Appropriations with Bipartisan Support

On November 1, the Senate passed its Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) appropriations bill on a bipartisan 82–15 vote. The T-HUD bill was combined with the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Agriculture appropriations bills in what many called a “minibus” (instead of a larger “omnibus” that includes all 12 appropriations bills).

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October 31, 2023

HUD News: Build America, Buy America Act Webpage Launched

HUD is pleased to announce the launch of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA) page on the HUD Exchange. BABA requires that all iron and steel, construction materials, and manufactured products used in federally funded infrastructure projects are produced in the United States, unless otherwise exempt or subject to an approved waiver.

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October 26, 2023

Contact Your Members of Congress: Tell Them No Shutdown and Maximize Housing Funding

Today, the House elected a new Speaker and this week the full Senate began considering its Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) appropriations bill. Given these developments, it’s an opportune time for PHADA members to contact their Representatives and Senators to stress the importance of maximum funding for HUD programs.

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October 24, 2023

HUD Releases List of New Metropolitan Areas Required to Use SAFMRs

HUD has scheduled publication in the Federal Register of a notice listing 41 additional Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) that will be required to utilize Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs). The implementation date is October 1, 2024, with full adoption and use no later than January 1, 2025.

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October 23, 2023

HUD News: HUD’s Build America, Buy America (BABA) Virtual Outreach Event for Grantees

HUD invites recipients of Federal financial assistance from HUD to join us for a Virtual Education Outreach event on the requirements of the Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act. This informational session will take place on November 9, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST via webcast.

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October 20, 2023

HUD Releases FY 23 ROSS Service Coordinators NOFO

HUD has published the FY 23 NOFO for the ROSS (Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator Program). Approximately $40 million is available through this NOFO, and HUD expects to make approximately 130 awards. Three year grants to support service coordinators are available based on number of occupied units at the property to be served. There must be at least 50 occupied units, and properties from 50 to 1,000 units are eligible for one coordinator and a total grant of up to $272...

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October 16, 2023

HUD Offers Streamlined Payment Standards Waivers for FY 24

On October 12, HUD issued Notice PIH 2023-29, Certain Regulatory Waivers for the Housing Choice Voucher (including Mainstream) Program and Streamlined Review Process. The deadline to submit requests for these waivers is June 3, 2024. Authorized waivers cannot extend beyond December 31, 2024. Agencies with existing waivers and those requesting new waivers are required to submit a request as described in the notice.

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October 13, 2023

HUD News: Section 811 Capital Advance and Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Contract Notices of Funding Opportunity

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs today made available $212 million in funding opportunities to expand the supply of affordable housing and supportive services for very-low and extremely-low-income persons with disabilities. The funding is available for two components of the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program, which helps develop, subsidize, and provide supportive services for rental housing to meet the needs of this vulnerable population. 

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October 02, 2023

Congress Passes Continuing Resolution, Averts Shutdown

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

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October 02, 2023

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

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

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September 29, 2023

HUD Releases HOTMA Sections 102 and 104 Implementation Notice

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

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September 29, 2023

PHADA Writes Secretary for Relief

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

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September 27, 2023

HUD to Publish Notice on Option to Delay NSPIRE for HCV

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

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September 07, 2023

HUD News: Faircloth-to-RAD Webinar Registration

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

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September 07, 2023

HUD Posts NOFO for Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants

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

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September 05, 2023

HUD Announces Expanded Eligible Uses of EHV Service Fees

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

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September 01, 2023

HUD Releases 2024 Fair Market Rents, Awards Supplemental HAP Funds

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

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August 28, 2023

OMB Publishes Final BABA Guidance

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

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August 24, 2023

Deadline for SR-FRB Energy Incentive is September 21

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

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August 21, 2023

RAD Notice Revision 4B Published in Federal Register

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

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August 17, 2023

HUD Releases Final FY 23 Administrative Fee Rates

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

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August 15, 2023

HUD Opens Applications for Additional VASH Vouchers

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

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August 14, 2023

Deadline Extended: HUD Request for Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burdens

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

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August 04, 2023

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

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

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August 04, 2023

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

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

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August 02, 2023

HUD Opens Applications for Final MTW Cohort

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

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August 01, 2023

Department Releases Shortfall Funding Notice

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

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July 27, 2023

HUD Releases Supplemental RAD Notice

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

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July 21, 2023

Senate Releases T-HUD Appropriations Bill

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

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July 20, 2023

EPA Proposes Reduction in Lead Dust Standards

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

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July 13, 2023

House Releases FY 24 T-HUD Appropriations Bill

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

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July 06, 2023

HUD Publishes Final NSPIRE Regulation: Final Scoring Notice

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

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July 06, 2023

PHADA Writes to Appropriators About TARs Concerns

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

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June 21, 2023

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

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

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June 20, 2023

HUD Publishes NSPIRE Final Standards

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

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June 16, 2023

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

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

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June 15, 2023

HUD Releases Voucher Mobility Funding Opportunity

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

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June 12, 2023

HUD Releases Jobs Plus Funding Opportunity

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

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June 05, 2023

President Biden Signs Debt Ceiling Bill

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

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June 05, 2023

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

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

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May 16, 2023

HUD Posts Guidance on PBRA for Post-RAD Conversions

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

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May 16, 2023

HUD Issues Income Limits for FY 23

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

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May 12, 2023

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

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

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May 12, 2023

HUD Publishes Final NSPIRE Rule

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

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May 12, 2023

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

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

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May 12, 2023

HUD News: 2023 Administrative Fee Rates and Description Files

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

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May 11, 2023

PHADA Submits Comments on Proposed PNA Survey

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

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May 01, 2023

Emergency Safety and Security Grants Funding Guidance Published

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

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April 27, 2023

PHADA Meets with HUD IG on New Initiatives

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

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April 26, 2023

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

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

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April 18, 2023

HUD Publishes Notice for $94 Million in VASH Vouchers

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

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April 18, 2023

HUD Eliminates Three Year Expenditure Requirement for CDBG-CV Funds

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

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April 14, 2023

NSPIRE Get Ready Series: Training Session

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

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April 13, 2023

PHADA Leads Letter to President: Exempt Housing From BABA

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

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April 12, 2023

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

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

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April 10, 2023

HUD Issues FY 23 HCV Funding Notice

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

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April 10, 2023

HUD Posts Choice Neighborhoods Planning NOFO

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

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March 28, 2023

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

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

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March 27, 2023

HUD Ends Efforts to Amend the Public Housing Annual Contributions Contract

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

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March 24, 2023

Please File Comments on the AFFH Rule

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

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March 24, 2023

HUD Releases Proposed NSPIRE Scoring Notice

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

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March 17, 2023

HUD Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative Notice Issued

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

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March 16, 2023

President Biden Releases Budget Overview, with Increases for HUD Programs

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

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March 02, 2023

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

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

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February 21, 2023

HUD News: NSPIRE Opt-Out FAQ

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

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February 17, 2023

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

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

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February 14, 2023

HOTMA Sections 102–104 Final Rule Posted in Federal Register

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

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February 13, 2023

OMB Issues Proposed Rule: Guidance for Grants and Agreements

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

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February 03, 2023

HUD Webinar on Electrification Strategies February 7

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

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January 31, 2023

HUD Briefing on AFFH Proposed Rule February 9

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

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January 30, 2023

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

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

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