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Call to Action: HUD Regulatory Task Force | Comments Due June 14

Reducing Regulatory Burden; Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda Under Executive Order 13777

In accordance with Executive Orders 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” and 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” HUD is reviewing its existing regulations to assess their compliance costs and reduce regulatory burden.

As required by Executive Order 13777, HUD is in the process of establishing a Regulatory Task Force charged with identifying agency regulations that should be repealed, replaced, or modified.

As part of this review, HUD invites public comments to assist in identifying existing regulations that may be outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome. HUD’s goal in conducting the review is to make the Department’s regulations more effective and less burdensome in achieving HUD’s mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities, and quality affordable homes for all.

Comment Due Date: June 14, 2017 | Learn More >>

HUD is requesting public comment on recently proposed methodological changes to Fair Market Rents (FMRs).

Please submit comments to HUD regarding the Federal Register notice by Monday, June 26, 2017.

An area’s Fair Market Rent is the amount that would be needed to pay rent plus utility costs of privately owned, non-luxury, decent, and safe rental housing. HUD’s FMR calculations are used to determine maximum monthly subsidy amounts in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program; initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based Section 8 contracts; initial rents for housing assistance payment (HAP) contracts in the Mod Rehab program; rent ceilings for the HOME program; flat rent levels in Public Housing units; and homeless grant programs.

In response to accuracy, timeliness, and specificity concerns, HUD has proposed three methodical changes to the FMR calculation process, two of which apply to all FMRs and one of which applies only to Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs).

Proposed changes to the FMR calculation

1. Change the manner in which HUD uses American Community Survey (ACS) estimates

HUD is proposing to require that each ACS estimate used in the calculation of FMRs be based on at least 100 survey responses, in addition to the current criterion regarding the error ratio of the ACS data. If both criteria are not met, HUD will use an average of the three most recent years of data.

2. Change the way that HUD calculates the “recent mover factor”

HUD is proposing the use of “all-bedroom” recent mover rents as the basis for the recent mover factor when the two-bedroom recent mover rents are not statistically reliable, before moving to a larger encompassing geography for the recent mover factor.

3. Change the method HUD uses to estimate SAFMRs

HUD is proposing to use the gross rent estimates calculated by ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) to estimate SAFMRs directly, rather than the “ratio” method HUD used in FY 2017 and earlier SAFMR estimates.

As stated in the notice, HUD is requesting feedback on the following:

  • Comments on proposed changes.
  • Comments on these methodological changes, based on HUD’s objectives to:
    • Limit volatility in annual FMR changes by adding an observation count requirement of at least 100, and by averaging prior year rent data when the new requirements for statistical reliability are not met;
    • Improve the use of local data in calculating the recent mover factor by allowing the use of ‘‘all-bedroom’’ observations in the calculation of the recent mover factor before using data from a larger area; and
    • Involve the use of more local data in the calculation of Small Area FMRs when possible, including by using ZCTA gross rents and making changes to the rent ratio calculation.
  • Comments on the possible effects of changes in FMR methodology on the achievement of fair housing and other civil rights goals and objectives, including increasing mobility of low-income persons to areas of high opportunity and lower poverty, and whether other methodological changes might better ensure appropriate fair housing outcomes.

Comments are due June 26, 2017

Click to download the Federal Register notice

Pam Patenaude nominated as Deputy Secretary of HUD

Early last week, President Trump nominated Pam Patenaude as Deputy Secretary of HUD. Patenaude, who has worked in apartment management, HUD, and academia, was one of the industry’s top recommendations for Secretary before Trump appointed Ben Carson.

Here’s a more complete look at her bio:

  • Executive vice president of the Urban Land Institute and founding executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing
  • HUD assistant deputy secretary for field policy and management
  • HUD assistant secretary for community, planning and development
  • State director and deputy chief of staff for U.S. Senator Bob Smith
  • Vice president of Manor Homes Builders
  • Administered the Section 8 rental assistance program at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

Patenaude will now go through a Senate confirmation before taking over officially at HUD, if approved. To read more, visit the official White House Press release here.

 

NAHC Urges HUD Secretary Carson to Engage Cooperatives During Listening Tour

HUD Sec CarsonThe National Association of Housing Cooperatives reached out to HUD Secretary Benjamin Carson as he conducts a listening tour of HUD properties. NAHC encouraged Sec. Carson to consider the possibility of including some of the HUD supervised housing cooperatives in his listening tour.

>>Click here to read the full letter from NAHC President, Gregory Carlson.

Federal Housing Budget National Call-In Day

Participate in the Federal Housing Budget National Call-In Day

Let’s Make Capitol Hill Phones Ring Off the Hook on April 26 or Join the Federal Housing Budget National Call-In Day on April 26

Pick up your phone and join Housing Action, the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding in national call-in day on the federal budget.

Ask your member of the House of Representatives to help pass final spending bills for Fiscal Year 2017 that protect affordable housing investments before the Continuing Resolution (CR)—which is currently funding the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other parts of the government—expires on April 28.

For example, an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that if the federal budget fails to provide a substantial funding boost to renew housing vouchers in 2017, over 100,000 vouchers will likely be lost nationally, including more than 4,000 in Illinois.

Here is what you can say:

Please work with your colleagues to pass a final spending bill for Fiscal Year 2017 that protects affordable housing investments at HUD and USDA.

These resources keep roofs over the heads of low income families, seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable people. And they’re a smart investment because affordable housing leads to better health and education outcomes and boosts economic mobility and the local economy.

Please don’t put these resources at risk by failing to pass full-year spending bills by April 28, when the current CR expires.

TAKE ACTION: Dial the Capitol Switchboard now at 202-224-3121 and ask for the office of your member of House of Representatives.

Not sure who your Representative is, or want their direct contact information? Click here and enter your zip code.