Report Recommends Reforms to the Community Development Block Grant Program
A report by the Urban Institute’s Brett Theodos, Christina Plerhoples Stacy, and Helen Ho, Taking Stock of the Community Development Block Grant, indicates that Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding has declined by 80% in real dollars since its peak in 1979 from $15 billion to $3 billion (2016 dollars). President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal eliminates the program altogether. Critics contend that the program is ineffective and inefficient. Grantees, however, report that CDBG funding is essential to community and economic development. The authors recommend changes to improve the effectiveness of the CDBG program… Read more.
OMB Requires Federal Agencies to Cut Workforce
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney issued a memorandum requiring all federal agencies to begin taking immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions and cost savings based on the President Donald Trump’s FY18 Budget Blueprint. The memorandum also requires agencies to submit a high-level draft of an Agency Reform Plan by June 30, with a full plan by September, which includes workforce reductions over the next four years. Memorandum (M-17-22) dated April 12 provides guidance on fulfilling the requirements of President Trump’s Executive Order 13781 from March 13… Read more.
CHCDF Webinar on Trump Budget Now Available Online
The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) hosted a webinar on March 20 on how housing advocates can help stop President Donald Trump’s FY18 budget proposal in its tracks. Nearly 3000 organizations registered to participate in the webinar. A recording of the webinar is now available online…Read more.
Carson assures advocates that White House will include housing funding in infrastructure bill
HUD Secretary Ben Carson said Monday that the Trump administration will seek to include housing funding in a yet-to-be unveiled infrastructure spending bill.
“The part that people are not hearing even though I’ve said it several times is that this administration considers housing a significant part of infrastructure in our country. And as such, the infrastructure bill that’s being worked on has a significant inclusion of housing in it,” Carson said at the National Low Income Housing Coalition conference in Washington…Read more.
Straight Talk for Seniors®: Federal Funding for Aging Services
It’s budget season in Washington, DC, and funding for senior programs is at stake for two time periods—the rest of fiscal year 2017 (FY17, ending Sept. 30) and all of fiscal year 2018 (FY18, starting Oct. 1)…Read more.
HUD Launches New Community Investment Tool
An online tool generates a snapshot of HUD’s investment at the community level, Community Assessment Reporting Tool (CART) is an innovative reference and mapping tool created to provide a snapshot of HUD investments… Read more.
HUD Issues Final Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule
HUD released the final rule requiring public housing agencies (PHAs) to implement a smoke-free policy within 18 months The final rule has only one change from the proposed… Read more.
HUD Proposes Revisions to Multifamily Asset Handbook
HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs (Multifamily) released draft revisions of five chapters of Handbook 4350.1, Multifamily Asset Management and Project Servicing. Read more.
HUD Proposes Enhanced Voucher Rules
After decades of using PIH Notices to guide the provision of enhanced vouchers, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) is proposing changes to the Housing Choice Voucher regulations… Read more.
U.S. Department of Commerce “researching feasibility” of including co-ops in 2017 Economic Census
The U.S. Department of Commerce last week acknowledged receipt of a co-signed letter addressing a decades-long absence of federally-reported data on co-ops and said its Census Bureau is currently “researching the feasibly” of including questions on cooperatives in the 2017 Economic Census. Read more.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief for Housing Cooperatives
HUD announced that $2.5 billion of Community Development Block Grant Funding (CDBG) was available through a Competitive Federal Grant from HUD to four states and New York City to address the remaining needs and promote resiliency for Sandy hurricane disaster relief. View here.
In response to a congressional request, FEMA released its report to Congress in June of 2014, confirming and stating more or less publicly that housing cooperatives are not covered by FEMA Disaster Relief. The wording in the conclusion to amend the Stafford Act is stated in a positive way. Rep. Israel plans to meet with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
Part of it proposes to clarify that all mortgage transactions involving coops should receive the CFPB’s newly designed integrated mortgage disclosures (aka TRID) regardless of whether state law classifies coop shares as real or personal property. Read more.
AGING IN PLACE DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING IN MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS
Enterprise Community Partners is committed to ensuring that older adults have the services and support they need to live independently with dignity in their homes and communities. Read more.
HUD Issues Final Rule to Ensure EQUAL ACCESS TO HOUSING AND SERVICES REGARDLESS OF GENDER IDENTITY
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published a final rule to ensure that all individuals have equal access to many of the Department’s core shelter programs in accordance with their gender identity. Read more.
New Evaluation Finds RAD Attracting Private Capital to Preserve Public Housing
On September 20, HUD published a final rule to ensure that individuals, regardless of gender identity, have equal access to HUD’s housing programs. In order to address issue of discrimination against transgender individuals in homeless shelters, the rule will require homeless shelter operators to serve people in accordance with their gender identity. Read more.
Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment Harassment and Liability for Discriminatory Housing Practices Under the Fair Housing Act
This final rule amends HUD’s fair housing regulations to formalize standards for use in investigations and adjudications involving allegations of harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability. Read more.
Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Enforcement of Local Nuisance and Crime-Free Housing Ordinances Against Victims of Domestic Violence, Other Crime Victims, and Others Who Require Police or Emergency Services. Read more.
HUD ANNOUNCES NEW PROTECTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF HARASSMENT AND SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is publishing a final rule formalizing legal standards under the Fair Housing Act for sexual and other forms of harassment in housing. Read more.
HUD OGC has issued a 10 page memo to provide guidance on criminal records and fair housing act standards in housing
HUD Proposes Rule Requiring Broadband Technology in Multifamily Housing
In an effort to provide affordable internet access to children and families living in federally assisted housing, HUD has proposed a rule to require the installation of broadband infrastructure in most HUD-financed multifamily housing developments during their construction or substantial rehabilitation. The rule would apply to buildings financed by most of HUD’s major rental assistance programs, but not to housing that is financed by a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration or a HUD loan guarantee program. HUD estimates that the costs would be minimal, and that the requirement would not result in a reduction in the number or size of apartments developed. This proposed rule follows a Presidential memorandum issued in March 2015, in which President Obama declared that access to high-speed broadband is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. HUD has implemented numerous initiatives since then to increase access to broadband, including the ConnectHome digital opportunity demonstration. Comments on the proposed rule are due on July 18. Read more.
HUD Releases Guide on Preserving Section 236 Properties
HUD’s Office of Recapitalization has published Preservation Options for Section 236 Properties, a guide outlining the options that owners have to preserve Section 236 properties as affordable housing. HUD encourages owners to take action this year because all Section 236 loans will mature in the next three years. Read more.
Government Relations Committee Alert!
Nearly five years ago the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) stopped doing Management and Occupancy Reviews (MORs) in 42 states. In late 2015 HUD issued a letter to the Performance-Based Contract Administrators (PBCA’s) that MOR’s are to start again in the 42 states with the appropriate additional funding. They are scheduled to start March 1, 2016.
HUD indicated that they will start with “high-risk” building in their portfolio. HUD may look at the following factors:
- An owner/agent (O/A) had a previous below average or unsatisfactory MOR rating
- Active Partners Performance System (APPS) flag
- Failing Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) score
- Poor financial ratings in the Financial Assessment Subsystem (FASS)
- Recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation or referrals
Just to name a few. NAHC recommends that you review all your files and records in order to pass an MOR . So if you are a HUD cooperative, now is your opportunity to perform quality control checks to reduce or eliminate the number of findings in a MOR inspection.
HUD Guidance on Using NHTF, HOME, and CDBG for Broadband Infrastructure
HUD updated its National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on December 30, 2015 to clarify that NHTF money may be used for installing broadband infrastructure. On the same day, HUD also issued a similar FAQ for the HOME program. On January 7, HUD issued CDBG broadband FAQs. Read more.
CDBG Broadband Infrastructure FAQs
This document contains Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program and State CDBG Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding broadband infrastructure. Read more.
Reverse Mortgages- Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM’s)
Without Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines the institutions of the secondary market will not purchase reverse mortgages on cooperative units. We need congressional help in urging HUD to release the Housing Cooperative HECM guidelines!
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