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Advocates Seek Amendments to Federal Historic Rehabilitation Program

Tax Credit Advisor, July 2009: The Historic Tax Credit Coalition, an advocacy group, has crafted a package of proposed legislative changes to the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit program it hopes Congress will pass later this year. The prospects for passage are currently unclear.

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UPDATED: House Passes HUD Funding Bill

The House of Representatives has by a vote of 256-168 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill.

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CEFAH Update: House Passes Climate Change Legislation; Includes A Number of Retrofitting Provisions

The US House of Representative passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (HR 2454) on June 26th. This far reaching climate change legislation includes an important section on building energy retrofits (Section 202). Additionally, the legislation incorporates Representative Ed Perlmutter’s (D-Colo.) Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods (GREEN) Act (Subtitle H).

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NH&RA HOPE VI Council To Convene to Discuss Choice Neighborhood Initiatives

NH&RA’s HOPE VI Council is convening at the 2009 Summer Institute, on July 31 to brainstorm and provide feedback on the Obama Administration’s proposed Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI). The proposed FY-2010 HUD Budget has allocated $250 million for this program, which would replace the HOPE VI program and expand its scope to address neighborhoods in a broader based manner.

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Senators Introduce Livable Communities Act

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT), along with fellow Committee members Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dan Akaka (D-HI) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), introduced legislation to help areas across the country plan and implement development projects that better integrate their community’s needs for transportation, housing, land use, and economic development.

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Summer Institute Recap

Thanks to everyone that made the 2009 Summer Institute a great success! We were blown away by all of the compliments about the quality of the program and networking. I especially want to thank all the great speakers! Its not every day that so many industry leaders and innovators can come together to share ideas and innovations. In such a tough business environment it was inspirational to see how our members are creating new opportunities to close transactions. If you didn’t make out to Vermont here are a few things that you missed…

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CAS Subsidiary Begins Inspection of Nation’s Public Housing Inventory

On-Site Insight, the capital planning subsidiary of CAS Financial Services has begun field inspections of the nation’s 1.3 billion-unit public housing portfolio to provide Congress and HUD a quantitative cost estimate for addressing public housing’s multi-billion-dollar capital backlog.

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2009 Summer Institute & NMTC Symposium: Presentations Now Available!

The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association is pleased to announce that it has made available the PowerPoint presentations displayed during the recent 2009 Summer Institute & Pre-Conference Symposium on New Markets Tax Credits, held July 29 – August 1, 2009 in Woodstock, Vermont.

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Brookings Institution Publishes Resources on Implementing ARRA

The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program has published on its website a new series of resources titled “Implementing ARRA” which tracks the implementation work of metropolitan leaders, assessing their progress and struggles, and extracting from the innovators’ experiences ideas for short- and long-term federal policy reforms.

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Financial Services Committee Approves Section Eight Housing Voucher Reform

The House Financial Services Committee has approved H.R. 3045, the Section Eight Voucher Reform Act of 2009. This measure would reform the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides rental housing assistance to 2 million low-income families nationwide.

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HUD Announces Appointment of Senior Advisor for Sustainable Housing and Communities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that Shelley Poticha has been appointed Senior Advisor for Sustainable Housing and Communities. HUD is working with Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) on legislation that seeks to create the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at HUD. Poticha will direct the office if the bill becomes law.

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House Financial Services Committee Holds Markup Session on Section 8 Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee convened on July 8 to markup proposed legislation, H.R. 3045, to reform the housing choice voucher program under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937.

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