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HUD Requests Information on Barriers to Affordable Housing

David Weber, PHADA Policy Analyst

On Friday, November 22, 2019, HUD published a formal Request for Information (RFI) (http://bit.ly/2RLb6LZ) seeking public comment on “Federal, State, local, and Tribal Laws, regulations, land use requirements, and administrative practices that artificially raise the costs of affordable housing development and contribute to shortages in housing supply.” Comments are due on January 21, 2020.



As reported in the August 14, 2019, edition of the Advocate, on June 25, 2019, the White House released Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson was appointed as Chair of the Council, so HUD is taking the lead in this interagency initiative that also includes the departments of Treasury, Interior, Agriculture, Labor, Transportation, Energy, Environmental Protection, Office of Management and Budget, Council of Economic Advisors, and others as needed. The Council is directed to seek feedback from State, local, and Tribal Leaders and other stakeholders in order to identify laws, regulations and practices that raise the cost of housing development; and identify practices and strategies that reduce those burdens. The directive includes requirements to evaluate and quantify the effect that various regulatory barriers have on affordable housing development, the actions each agency can take minimize barriers, and to recommend actions and policies that will reduce and streamline burdens and will encourage state and local entities to do the same.

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