Federal / Agency News Category Archives

Biden Taps Yellen for Treasury Secretary

President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate Janet Yellen to serve as his administration’s Treasury Secretary, according to media reports. If confirmed, Yellen would be the first woman to hold that position. She previously served as Federal Reserve Chair from 2014-18 under the Obama Administration, and was a Federal Reserve Board Governor, President of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Clinton Administration.

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Continued Availability of COVID-19 Supplemental Payments for HUD-Assisted Properties

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing published Housing Notice (HN) 2020-11, opening a second application period for owners of Multifamily-assisted properties to apply for CARES Act supplemental funds to offset property expenditures to safely serve residents in light of COVID-19. The notice allows owners to submit payment requests for expenses incurred through November 30, 2020. Requests are due to HUD or the Contract Administrator by December 11, 2020,

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Sign-On by Nov. 20 to Support IRS COVID-Related LITHC Accommodations

The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC) is circulating a sign-on letter to support the National Council of State Housing Agencies’ (NCSHA) letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of the Treasury calling for an extension to the temporary COVID-related LIHTC relief. The deadline to sign-on is Friday, November 20. NH&RA joined the letter and encourages our members to do so as well!

FHFA Announces 2021 Multifamily Loan Purchase Caps for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that the 2021 multifamily loan purchase caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will be $70 billion for each Enterprise. NH&RA applauds the increased caps and looking forward to working with FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ensure sufficient liquidity in the multifamily mortgage market during this economic downturn.

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Post-Election Legislative Landscape

The Senate returned this week and hit the ground running with Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations. Funding for the federal government runs out on December 11 and both Republicans and Democrats have stated their desire for full FY 2021 appropriation, as opposed to another short-term or long-term continuing resolution. A COVID-19 relief package and a tax bill are widely seen as the other must-dos during the lame-duck session. All three legislative vehicles provide opportunities to attach LIHTC priorities. We’ll continue to monitor the latest developments and engage our members when action is needed.

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