HUD Proposes Addition to Regulations on Faith-Based Organizations

Thursday, March 4, 2004 - 1:45AM

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) yesterday proposed to add a new Section 5.109 to its regulations in 24 CFR part 5, subpart A – the section containing definitions and federal requirements generally applicable to all of HUD's programs. The new section would include the requirements of Executive Order 13279, which requires that, within the framework of constitutional church-state guidelines, faith-based organizations should be able to compete on an equal footing with other organizations for federal funding. In addition, more specific policies and requirements for individual HUD programs may be provided in the regulations for those programs. For example, under this proposed rule program regulations for Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program and the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program would be amended to permit faith-based organizations to take part in these programs as project owners. Existing procedures governing these two programs currently prohibit a project owner from having a religious purpose in its articles of incorporation.

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