Maryland Governor to Propose Changes to State Historic Tax Credit

In his newly released proposed FY 2010 state budget, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has said he plans to submit legislation that would revise and enhance the state’s Heritage Tax Credit Program, which provides a state tax credit for the rehabilitation and renovation of historically and culturally significant properties, preserving Maryland’s architectural heritage.


HUD Publishes Market Reports on Abilene and Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has published comprehensive housing market analyses for the Abilene, Texas and Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas areas.

New Jersey

New Jersey QAP Incorporates NCAHMA Guidelines

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency will now require analysts conducting market studies for proposed LIHTC projects in New Jersey to certify that “he or she is a certified member of the National Council of Affordable Housing Market Analysts.”


Chairman Frank Proposes $10 Billion for Stalled LIHTC Projects

In an interview reported by the Boston Globe, U.S. Representative Barney Frank indicated he wants the government to spend $10 billion on stalled low-income housing tax credit projects unable to secure equity.


Confirmation Hearing Held for HUD Nominee

The U.S. Senate Banking Committee held a confirmation hearing for Shaun Donovan, President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

NH&RA News

Senate Finance Committee Draft Economic Stimulus Bill Contains Tax Credit Provisions

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee on January 23 released a draft of its own version of the tax component of the economic stimulus bill (the “Chairman’s Mark”) that the committee is scheduled to mark up on January 27. The House Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees have already marked up and approved the spending and tax portions of the House version of the stimulus bill (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). The full House could vote on the package next week.


House Appropriations Committee Amends, Adopts Economic Recovery Package

After adopting several amendments, the House Appropriations Committee approved HR 352 on a vote of 35-22. The measure is scheduled to be marked-up by two additional committees before being voted on by the full House of Representatives.


Donovan Confirmed as New HUD Secretary

haun Donovan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 22 as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

New Jersey

New Jersey Proposes Revised 2009 QAP

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency has issued its draft 2009 qualified allocation plan (QAP) and market study guidelines for its low-income housing tax credit program.


Florida Schedules Hearing on Senate Bill

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) has scheduled a public hearing for February 17 to solicit comments regarding the implementation of the directives in state Senate Bill 2A, which cuts, redirects, and sweeps housing trust fund monies.


Massachusetts Schedules Public Hearing on Draft 2009 QAP

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development has announced it will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to its qualified allocation plan for its 2009 low-income housing tax credit program.


HUD Final Rule Extends Maximum Term of Energy Performance Contracts

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on January 26 published a final rule that amends the public housing operating fund regulations to reflect recent statutory changes regarding energy performance contracts for public housing properties.

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