Federal Issues

HUD Publishes FY19 Fair Market Rents

HUD announced in the August 31 Federal Register the publication of FY19 Fair Market Rents (FMRs). FMRs are used to determine payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based Section 8 contracts, initial rents in the Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program, and rent ceilings for the HOME Investment Partnerships program and the Emergency Solutions Grants program.

Read more.

HUD Provides CDBG FAQs on Meeting National Objectives for Acquisition, Demolition, and Disposition

HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) issued a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grantees determine whether use of CDBG for acquisition, demolition, or disposition meets one of the CDBG “national objectives.”

Read more.

NLIHC and National Women’s Law Center Publish New Factsheet on the Impacts of Housing Benefit Cuts on Women and Families

NLIHC partnered with the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) to create a new factsheet titled Cutting Housing Assistance is a Bad Deal for Women and Families. This resource provides information on the need for affordable housing across the country, and cites statistics showing why housing assistance is particularly critical for children and women, especially women of color, domestic violence survivors, women with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals.

Read more.

HUD Publishes Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Streamlining AFFH

HUD published in the Federal Register on August 16 an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR), “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Streamlining and Enhancements,” inviting public comment on amending the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. NLIHC previously reported that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget received a “prerule” on August 2 (see Memo8/6). OIRA concluded its review of the prerule after only five working days. Comments are due October 15.

Read more.

RHIIP Listserv Posting #413 – Temporary Suspension of CNA eTool forPRAC Properties

Housing Notice 2016-18 was issued to guide the process and timeline for CNA eTool implementation across the Office of Multifamily Housing. The original effective date was November 1, 2017, which was delayed to February 1, 2018. The Office of Asset Management and Portfolio Oversight (OAMPO) required eTool implementation for three groups of properties: 10-year update CNAs for assets with insured mortgages; Partial Payment of Claims or Loan Modifications; and Section 202-811 properties with PRAC assistance

View PDF.

CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of August 1, 2018, have been posted to HUD Exchange.

These reports provide funding information for each city and state that receive CPD program funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).

Reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities.

CPD  Funding Matrix Note: Based on the requirement that a grantee uses the adjusted ratio for determining its compliance with the CDBG timeliness standard of having no more than 1.5 times its annual allocation in its adjusted line of credit balance 60 days prior to the end of its current program year, HUD is in the process of updating the CDBG recapture risk column in the CPD Funding Matrix report, revised calculation is pending. In the meantime, a grantee wanting to know how much CDBG funding it may have at risk of recapture can do the following simple calculation:

{Adjusted line of credit (LOC) balance [LOC + program income + revolving loan fund balance(s)]} – {Annual allocation for current program year x 1.5} = Amount of potential reduction in next year’s grant (not to exceed actual grant amount)
Expenditures (all recipients): within 24 months from the date HUD signs the grant agreement.

Grantees with additional questions should contact their local field office.

Read more.

Administration Proposes Major Changes to the Nation’s Housing Finance System

Last month the Trump Administration unveiled a proposal to overhaul the federal government, including a number of major changes to the nation’s housing finance system.

Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations (PDF)

Trump Reorganization Proposal Includes Changes to Housing Programs

The Trump Administration released on June 21 a proposal for reorganizing and consolidating federal departments, including those that oversee and administer federal housing and community development programs.

Read more.

Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations (PDF) 

HUD Releases Advance Notice to Amend Disparate Impact Rule

HUD released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on June 20, seeking public comment on possible amendments to HUD’s 2013 final rule implementing the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard to ensure the rule is consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities (see Memo, 6/29/15). Comments are due on August 20, 2018.

Read more.

Reconsideration of HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard

GAO Finds Flaws in HUD Lead Mitigation Efforts

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report evaluating HUD’s lead grant and rental assistance programs. The study found that HUD lacked standards and proper oversight for identifying and mitigating lead hazards, which could be increasing child exposure to unsafe conditions.

Read more.

HUD Indefinitely Suspends AFFH Rule, Withdraws Assessment Tool

A HUD Exchange email arriving at 4:34 pm on Friday, May 18 announced that HUD would be publishing three separate notices in the Federal Register indefinitely suspending implementation of the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule and removing its Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) tool for local governments.

Read more.

Advocates Publish Resident Handbook about RAD Conversions

Resident Handbook: A Guide to NYCHA RAD Conversion was published to help residents of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) understand and influence the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) process. Although written for NYCHA residents, the Handbook can also be a useful tool for public housing residents anywhere whose homes will be converted under RAD, are in the process of converting, or already have converted.

Read more.

HUD Names New Deputy Assistant Secretary of Multifamily Housing

HUD announced that C. Lamar Seats is the new deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs. Mr. Seats was a managing director at M&T Realty Capital Corporation, responsible for multifamily loan production related to Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac products. Prior to that, he was CEO of Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital LLC, senior vice president at Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., and senior vice president of Reilly Mortgage Group.

Read more.

Ben Carson’s huge cut to housing aid won’t increase self-sufficiency

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has been inaccurately describing his proposals to cut housing benefits through rent increases, rigid work requirements, and de facto time limits for low income families. He has also offered an ever-changing rationale for these harmful policy changes. I’d like to set the record straight.

Read more.

Growth of Community Land Trusts Still Falls Short of Potential

Emily Thaden, Director of National Policy and Sector Strategy at Grounded Solutions Network, the national community land trust trade association, examines the state of the field in Shelterforce. In her analysis, Thaden looks not just at community land trusts, but related forms of “shared equity” housing, such as limited-equity housing cooperatives and resident-owned communities (typically used to own the land beneath manufactured housing).

Read more.

HUD Issues Notice Regarding Refinancing Section 202 Housing for the Elderly 

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs issued Notice H 2018-02, providing guidance to owners of pre-1974 Section 202 Direct Loan properties serving the elderly that have the option of refinancing to make capital improvements and/or to reduce the interest rate. To prevent displacement of elderly residents, owners may seek Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPVs) or Senior Preservation Rental Assistance Contracts (SPRACs).

Read more.

NLIHC Creates Outline of CDBG-DR Federal Register Notice for Residents and Advocates

NLIHC has prepared a simple outline for residents and advocates to help them understand the requirements related to an Action Plan, public participation, and reporting that must be met in order to receive and use Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds. NLIHC’s outline summarizes key features to help residents and advocates better shape a CDBG-DR grantee’s Action Plan and to monitor uses of CDBG-DR over time…Read More.

New Energy & Water Efficiency Resources, Partner Triumphs and More – BBC Multifamily February Newsletter

In This Issue: Key Announcements | Access New Energy and Water Efficiency Resources! | Spotlight on Partner Energy Efficiency Successes

Read The February Issue

HUD

Programs of HUD is Now Available

Visit the HUD.gov/program_offices

CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of February 1, 2018, have been posted to HUD Exchange.

These reports provide funding information for each city and state that receive CPD program funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).

Reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities.

CPD Funding Matrix Note: Based on the requirement that a grantee uses the adjusted ratio for determining its compliance with the CDBG timeliness standard of having no more than 1.5 times its annual allocation in its adjusted line of credit balance 60 days prior to the end of its current program year, HUD is in the process of updating the CDBG recapture risk column in the CPD Funding Matrix report, revised calculation is pending. In the meantime, a grantee wanting to know how much CDBG funding it may have at risk of recapture can do the following simple calculation:

{Adjusted line of credit (LOC) balance [LOC + program income + revolving loan fund balance(s)]} – {Annual allocation for current program year x 1.5} = Amount of potential reduction in next year’s grant (not to exceed actual grant amount)
Expenditures (all recipients): within 24 months from the date HUD signs the grant agreement.

Grantees with additional questions should contact their local field office.

FEMA

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.

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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Federal Issues

HUD Publishes FY19 Fair Market Rents

HUD announced in the August 31 Federal Register the publication of FY19 Fair Market Rents (FMRs). FMRs are used to determine payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based Section 8 contracts, initial rents in the Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program, and rent ceilings for the HOME Investment Partnerships program and the Emergency Solutions Grants program.

Read more.

HUD Provides CDBG FAQs on Meeting National Objectives for Acquisition, Demolition, and Disposition

HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) issued a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grantees determine whether use of CDBG for acquisition, demolition, or disposition meets one of the CDBG “national objectives.”

Read more.

NLIHC and National Women’s Law Center Publish New Factsheet on the Impacts of Housing Benefit Cuts on Women and Families

NLIHC partnered with the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) to create a new factsheet titled Cutting Housing Assistance is a Bad Deal for Women and Families. This resource provides information on the need for affordable housing across the country, and cites statistics showing why housing assistance is particularly critical for children and women, especially women of color, domestic violence survivors, women with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals.

Read more.

HUD Publishes Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Streamlining AFFH

HUD published in the Federal Register on August 16 an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR), “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Streamlining and Enhancements,” inviting public comment on amending the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. NLIHC previously reported that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget received a “prerule” on August 2 (see Memo8/6). OIRA concluded its review of the prerule after only five working days. Comments are due October 15.

Read more.

RHIIP Listserv Posting #413 – Temporary Suspension of CNA eTool forPRAC Properties

Housing Notice 2016-18 was issued to guide the process and timeline for CNA eTool implementation across the Office of Multifamily Housing. The original effective date was November 1, 2017, which was delayed to February 1, 2018. The Office of Asset Management and Portfolio Oversight (OAMPO) required eTool implementation for three groups of properties: 10-year update CNAs for assets with insured mortgages; Partial Payment of Claims or Loan Modifications; and Section 202-811 properties with PRAC assistance

View PDF.

CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of August 1, 2018, have been posted to HUD Exchange.

These reports provide funding information for each city and state that receive CPD program funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).

Reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities.

CPD  Funding Matrix Note: Based on the requirement that a grantee uses the adjusted ratio for determining its compliance with the CDBG timeliness standard of having no more than 1.5 times its annual allocation in its adjusted line of credit balance 60 days prior to the end of its current program year, HUD is in the process of updating the CDBG recapture risk column in the CPD Funding Matrix report, revised calculation is pending. In the meantime, a grantee wanting to know how much CDBG funding it may have at risk of recapture can do the following simple calculation:

{Adjusted line of credit (LOC) balance [LOC + program income + revolving loan fund balance(s)]} – {Annual allocation for current program year x 1.5} = Amount of potential reduction in next year’s grant (not to exceed actual grant amount)
Expenditures (all recipients): within 24 months from the date HUD signs the grant agreement.

Grantees with additional questions should contact their local field office.

Read more.

Administration Proposes Major Changes to the Nation’s Housing Finance System

Last month the Trump Administration unveiled a proposal to overhaul the federal government, including a number of major changes to the nation’s housing finance system.

Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations (PDF)

Trump Reorganization Proposal Includes Changes to Housing Programs

The Trump Administration released on June 21 a proposal for reorganizing and consolidating federal departments, including those that oversee and administer federal housing and community development programs.

Read more.

Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations (PDF) 

HUD Releases Advance Notice to Amend Disparate Impact Rule

HUD released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on June 20, seeking public comment on possible amendments to HUD’s 2013 final rule implementing the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard to ensure the rule is consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities (see Memo, 6/29/15). Comments are due on August 20, 2018.

Read more.

Reconsideration of HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard

GAO Finds Flaws in HUD Lead Mitigation Efforts

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report evaluating HUD’s lead grant and rental assistance programs. The study found that HUD lacked standards and proper oversight for identifying and mitigating lead hazards, which could be increasing child exposure to unsafe conditions.

Read more.

HUD Indefinitely Suspends AFFH Rule, Withdraws Assessment Tool

A HUD Exchange email arriving at 4:34 pm on Friday, May 18 announced that HUD would be publishing three separate notices in the Federal Register indefinitely suspending implementation of the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule and removing its Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) tool for local governments.

Read more.

Advocates Publish Resident Handbook about RAD Conversions

Resident Handbook: A Guide to NYCHA RAD Conversion was published to help residents of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) understand and influence the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) process. Although written for NYCHA residents, the Handbook can also be a useful tool for public housing residents anywhere whose homes will be converted under RAD, are in the process of converting, or already have converted.

Read more.

HUD Names New Deputy Assistant Secretary of Multifamily Housing

HUD announced that C. Lamar Seats is the new deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs. Mr. Seats was a managing director at M&T Realty Capital Corporation, responsible for multifamily loan production related to Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac products. Prior to that, he was CEO of Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital LLC, senior vice president at Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., and senior vice president of Reilly Mortgage Group.

Read more.

Ben Carson’s huge cut to housing aid won’t increase self-sufficiency

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has been inaccurately describing his proposals to cut housing benefits through rent increases, rigid work requirements, and de facto time limits for low income families. He has also offered an ever-changing rationale for these harmful policy changes. I’d like to set the record straight.

Read more.

Growth of Community Land Trusts Still Falls Short of Potential

Emily Thaden, Director of National Policy and Sector Strategy at Grounded Solutions Network, the national community land trust trade association, examines the state of the field in Shelterforce. In her analysis, Thaden looks not just at community land trusts, but related forms of “shared equity” housing, such as limited-equity housing cooperatives and resident-owned communities (typically used to own the land beneath manufactured housing).

Read more.

HUD Issues Notice Regarding Refinancing Section 202 Housing for the Elderly 

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs issued Notice H 2018-02, providing guidance to owners of pre-1974 Section 202 Direct Loan properties serving the elderly that have the option of refinancing to make capital improvements and/or to reduce the interest rate. To prevent displacement of elderly residents, owners may seek Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPVs) or Senior Preservation Rental Assistance Contracts (SPRACs).

Read more.

NLIHC Creates Outline of CDBG-DR Federal Register Notice for Residents and Advocates

NLIHC has prepared a simple outline for residents and advocates to help them understand the requirements related to an Action Plan, public participation, and reporting that must be met in order to receive and use Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds. NLIHC’s outline summarizes key features to help residents and advocates better shape a CDBG-DR grantee’s Action Plan and to monitor uses of CDBG-DR over time…Read More.

New Energy & Water Efficiency Resources, Partner Triumphs and More – BBC Multifamily February Newsletter

In This Issue: Key Announcements | Access New Energy and Water Efficiency Resources! | Spotlight on Partner Energy Efficiency Successes

Read The February Issue

HUD

Programs of HUD is Now Available

Visit the HUD.gov/program_offices

CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of February 1, 2018, have been posted to HUD Exchange.

These reports provide funding information for each city and state that receive CPD program funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).

Reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities.

CPD Funding Matrix Note: Based on the requirement that a grantee uses the adjusted ratio for determining its compliance with the CDBG timeliness standard of having no more than 1.5 times its annual allocation in its adjusted line of credit balance 60 days prior to the end of its current program year, HUD is in the process of updating the CDBG recapture risk column in the CPD Funding Matrix report, revised calculation is pending. In the meantime, a grantee wanting to know how much CDBG funding it may have at risk of recapture can do the following simple calculation:

{Adjusted line of credit (LOC) balance [LOC + program income + revolving loan fund balance(s)]} – {Annual allocation for current program year x 1.5} = Amount of potential reduction in next year’s grant (not to exceed actual grant amount)
Expenditures (all recipients): within 24 months from the date HUD signs the grant agreement.

Grantees with additional questions should contact their local field office.

FEMA

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.

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!