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HUD Proposes Using Small Area FMRs for Housing Choice Voucher Program

HUD has proposed using Small Area Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for the Housing Choice Voucher program, including project-based vouchers, in metropolitan areas where voucher use tends to be concentrated to specific neighborhoods or areas. Comments on the proposed rule are due by August 15.

General News

NH&RA Attends HUD RAD Listening Session on Fair Housing

On Tuesday, January 5, HUD hosted a listening session focused on fair housing standards related to HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program. Before attending the session, NH&RA Executive Director worked with our RAD User Group to compile feedback for HUD officials. During the session, developers, public housing authorities, and fair housing advocates provided comments to senior and program leadership from HUD offices involved in public housing, multifamily housing and fair housing.


Senate Approps Approves $36 Billion in Discretionary Spending for HUD

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved its fiscal year (FY) 2015 Transportation-HUD spending bill by a measure of 29-1. The draft bill would provide $36 billion in discretionary spending for Housing and Urban Development programs, offsetting receipts estimated by CBO at $9.8 billion, which allows for program funding levels totaling $45.8 billion.


Fiscal 2014 Appropriations Compromise Presents Winners & Losers

A recently released bipartisan spending measure funds U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs at $45.46 billion, increasing funding for certain programs such as the Project-Based Rental Assistance and Tenant Based Rental Assistance programs over FY 2013 post-sequestration levels, but dramatically altering the landscape for others, in particular the Rental Housing Demonstration (RAD) program.


NH&RA Forms RAD Users Group to Share Issues and Ideas with HUD

A new initiative for members involved with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) was announced at NH&RA’s recent Annual Meeting. At the request of HUD, NH&RA has formed a new working group for RAD users to meet with HUD on a regular basis to discuss challenges and share ideas for improvements to the program. At a kick off session featuring Margaret Salazar, Director of HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Preservation, was held in conjunction with last week’s NH&RA Annual Meeting. NH&RA members identified the following tips for developers and houing authorities pursuing RAD transactions…

NH&RA News

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Multifamily Elements of Housing Finance System

On Wednesday, October 9, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on Hosing Finance Reform: Essential Elements of the Multifamily Housing Finance System,” which focused on the multifamily perspective of housing finance reform.


House, Senate Appropriations Committees Approve FY 2014 HUD Spending Measures

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Appropriations Committees have both approved the T-HUD Subcommittee versions of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) and FY 2014 Agriculture and Rural Development funding bills.


UPDATE: HUD Clarifies Rule Governing Section 202/811 Mixed-Finance Developments

HUD recently released the final rule (24 CFR Part 891) in the Federal Register governing the use of funding for Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program (Section 202) and the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program (Section 811) to streamline the requirements applicable to Section 202 and Section 811 mixed-finance developments.


HUD Releases Final Rule to Implement HOME Program Changes

HUD recently published the final rule (24 CFR Part 92) amending the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program regulations. These amendments represent the most significant changes to the HOME Program in 17 years. The overall goal of these changes was to provide participating jurisdictions (PJs) and their partners with regulatory guidance to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the HOME Program in the context of a more complex housing and community development environment.


HUD Announces Major Reorganization Affecting National, Regional Offices and Multifamily Loan Programs

HUD Secretary Sean Donovan today announced a major restructuring and reorganization of the Multifamily Programs within U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.


New GAO Report Estimates Costs of Various Tax Credits and Expenditures

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report entitled “Corporate Tax Expenditures: Information on Estimated Revenue Losses and Related Federal Spending Programs.” The report comes out as the U.S. Congress begins more serious consideration of tax reform. Presumably the data will be used to inform decisions as the topic is debated further and could have an impact on various programs utilized by NH&RA members. The report does not make any policy recommendations or endorsements regarding specific programs but does outline costs, revenue forgone and provides a basis for comparison acorss budget functions.


HUD Releases Several Notices re: Sequestration and Budget Impacts on Programs

HUD has released several notices recently regarding sequestration and budget impacts on programs including FHA mortgage insurance firm commitments, homeless assistance grant programs, and more.

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