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DHS Moves Forward with Controversial Public Charge Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule. The rule denies visas to persons the government deems to be a ‘public charge’, through their income and potential use of federal programs like Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance, and Public Housing programs, as well as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid and parts of Medicare. The final rule significantly expands the list of federal programs that can be used to determine if someone is deemed a public charge and is scheduled to take effect on Oct. 15, 2019.

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HUD Expands Section 220 Mortgage Insurance to Include All Opportunity Zones

HUD announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will insure mortgages on mixed-use development in opportunity zones under the agency’s Section 220 program. Historically, Section 220 has provided mortgage insurance for rental housing in downtown urban areas that have been targeted for overall revitalization. Now, all 8,764 Opportunity Zones, including those located in rural area, are eligible for mortgage insurance under this program.

New, Leaked Disparate Impact Standard from HUD

HUD’s forthcoming Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the Discriminatory Effects Standard was recently leaked to Politico. HUD claims that the proposed rule will bring its disparate impact standard in line with the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Community Project, Inc. The leaked notice of proposed rulemaking builds upon the Supreme Court’s ruling and proposes five steps for plaintiffs to bring a disparate impact claim.

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Senators Introduce CDBG-DR Reform Bill

Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Senate version of the Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019 (S. 2301). The bill would help target Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) resources to survivors with the greatest needs, ensure greater data transparency and oversight, protect civil rights and fair housing, and encourage disaster mitigation and resiliency.

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Three More 2020 Presidential Contenders Release Housing Plans

Three more 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), have released housing plans. The three new candidates with housing plans join the ranks of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), former HUD Secretary Julian Castro (D-TX), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who have already released housing plans.

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HFSC Holds Field Hearings – Aug. 8 and 14

The subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) will hold a hearing titled “An Examination of the Housing Crisis in Michigan, 11 Years after the Recession” at noon EDT on August 8 at the Wayne County Community College north west campus (8200 Outer Drive West, Detroit, MI 48219).

The full House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Homelessness Crisis in Los Angeles” at 10 am PDT on August 14 in Los Angeles, CA.