The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) is circulating a sign-on letter calling on Congress and President Trump to end the government shutdown and ensure affordable housing and community development programs receive robust funding. NH&RA signed the letter and urges our members to do so as well.
The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) Mixed-Income Program (MIP) is funded by the Building Homes and Jobs Act signed into law in 2017. Beginning in 2019, and continuing on an annual basis, CalHFA will receive 15 percent of the Building Homes and Jobs Act Fund, expected to be $30 – $45 million, to provide residential mixed-income housing with unit restrictions between 30 percent and 120 percent of the area median income. $40 million in funds available and applications are due between Feb. 5 and April 30. The MIP term sheet is available here.
Applications for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) are due on Feb. 11. The AHSC program seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through projects that implement land-use, housing, transportation, and agricultural land preservation practices to support infill and compact development. For the fourth round, $395 million in funding is available.Read More
On Jan. 31 from 9 – 11:30 am ET the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA) and the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) will host a discussion on financial and technical resources available for energy audits and energy upgrades at multi-family housing properties.Read More
Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) reintroduced the Move America Act. The bill would expand tax-exempt private activity bonds (PAB) and create a new infrastructure tax credit (Move America Equity Credits), to help fund infrastructure projects through private-public partnerships. According the Joint Committee on Taxation, the bill would leverage $8 billion in federal investment into $226 billion worth of bond authority over the next 10 years or up to $56 billion over 10 years in tax credits.Read More
34 U.S. Senators and 138 U.S. Representatives signed onto a Jan. 17 letter to President Trump, raising concerns about the impact of the shutdown on the people who rely on federal housing assistance. The letter urges the President to “end this shutdown and provide immediate relief to Americans being impacted by this funding crisis.”
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report Housing Finance: Prolonged Conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Prompt Need for Reform. The report, prepared for Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), calls on Congress to “consider legislation for the future federal role in housing finance that addresses the structure of the enterprises, establishes clear, specific, and prioritized goals and considers all relevant federal entities, such as FHA and Ginnie Mae.”Read More
In a Microsoft Corporate Blog, president Brad Smith and CFO Amy Hood committed $500 million in loans and grants to accelerate the construction of more affordable housing across the Seattle region across the next three years.Read More