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HUD Releases 2020 Operating Cost Adjustment Factors

HUD released the 2020 operating cost adjustment factors (OCAFs) for project-based rental assistance with an anniversary date on or after February 11, 2020. The nationwide OCAF increased by 2.2 percent, ranging from 1.8 percent in Oklahoma to 3.4 percent in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.  OCAFs are annual factors used to adjust Section 8 rents renewed under section 515 or section 524 of the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997.

FY 2020 Deadline Looms, Senate Appropriations Committee Approves T-HUD Bill

Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) favorably reported its FY 2020 funding bill to the full committee. The full Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the bill at 10:30 am EDT on September 19 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106 and via webcast.

As of publication, the T-HUD bill has yet to be released. Overall the subcommittee received a 302(b) allocation of $74.3 billion, $3.2 billion above the FY 2019 enacted levels. HUD received $56.0 billion in total budgetary resources, which is offset by $7.4 billion in receipts from the Federal Housing Agency/Ginnie Mae for a net funding level of $48.6 billion, an increase of $2.3 billion above the FY 2019 enacted level.

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Congressman Blumenauer Recommends Strategies to Address Affordable Housing Crisis

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has released a housing report, “Locked Out: Reversing Federal Housing Failures and Unlocking Opportunity.” The report offers strategies the federal government could pursue to meaningfully address the nation’s housing affordability challenges – including expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, making HUD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers an entitlement program to cover everyone eligible, creating a renter’s tax credit to support low-income households and providing federal incentives for communities to end exclusionary zoning.

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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HFSC Approves Bill Requiring Carbon Monoxide Detectors in HUD-Assisted Housing

Last week the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) marked up and approved by a voice vote the Safe Housing for Families Act of 2019 (H.R. 1690). The bill provides $300 million over three years to fund the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide detectors in HUD-assisted housing units that have combustion-fueled appliances or a ventilation system that connects them to such units.

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NLIHC and PAHRC Release Updated National Housing Preservation Database

The National Low Income Housing Coalition and Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation released an updated version of the National Housing Preservation Database for 2019. The database includes updated data on Section 515, Section 8, HOME, REAC and Section 202 direct loan usage across the country. In addition, LIHTC properties now have end dates to track when affordability restrictions end.