Marion Mollegen McFadden Joins HUD as PDAS for CPD

Marion Mollegen McFadden joined the Biden-Harris administration as principal deputy assistant secretary for community planning and development at HUD.


New Treasury Guidance Adds Flexibility for Unobligated ERA 2 Dollars

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) guidance for the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program to provide additional flexibilities under the American Rescue Plan Act for ERA 2 dollars that are unobligated as of Oct. 1, 2022.

USDA Rural Development

USDA Announces $401M for High-Speed Internet Access in Rural Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $401 million to provide access to high-speed internet for 31,000 rural residents and businesses in 11 states, part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to investing in rural infrastructure and affordable high-speed internet for all.

General News

CDFI Fund Hosts Call for CDFIs in ACR-Related Cure Period – Aug. 10

The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) is holding an informational conference call from 3 to 4 p.m. ET on August 10 for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) currently in a Certification cure period related to the submission of a 2021 or 2022 Annual Certification and Data Collection Report (ACR).


Minnesota’s Ten-Year Economic Expansion Plan Includes Housing

Governor Tim Walz (D) announced a ten-year economic expansion plan, which offers long-term steps to continue improving Minnesota’s economy.


Recap of Senate Banking Committee Hearing on How Renters and Communities are Impacted by Today’s Housing Market

On August 2, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held a hearing entitled “‘The Rent Eats First’: How Renters and Communities are Impacted by Today’s Housing Market.”

USDA Rural Development

USDA Launches Partnership with EPA to Provide Wastewater Sanitation to Underserved Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap Community Initiative.


Treasury Releases Guidance Updates, How-to Guide to Increase Investments in Affordable Housing Using ARP Funds

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced new guidance to increase the ability of state, local and tribal governments to use American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to boost the supply of affordable housing in their communities.

General News

Report Finds Nation’s Housing Deficit Has More Than Doubled Since 2012

A new report from Up for Growth, Housing Underproduction in the U.S., found that housing underproduction in the U.S. reached 3.8 million homes in 2019, up from 1.6 million in 2012.


Senate Finance Committee Hearing on LIHTC

Last week the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on The Role of Tax Incentives in Affordable Housing.


House Passes HUD, Rural Housing Funding Bills

Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8249, a “minibus” appropriations package that contains six FY 2023 appropriations bills, including the FY 2023 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) and FY 2023 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies spending bills.

General News

Affordability Gaps Widened for Renters in the First Year of the Pandemic

In a new blog post for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, Whitney Airgood-Obrycki and Alexander Hermann demonstrate that the share of renter households with cost burdens rose nearly three percentage points from 2019 to 2020.

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