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Numerous State and Federal Housing Agencies Announce Relief Efforts

Wednesday, September 7, 2005 - 7:45AM

Numerous state and federal housing agencies announced relief efforts last week aimed at providing housing for families and individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina and this week several additional state housing agencies have announced similar efforts.

The Mississippi Home Corporation reports that it is receiving requests for housing by many of those displaced by the hurricane and is attempting to assist those in need. Owners or managers of LIHTC developments are asked to complete a Unit Availability Assessment form online.

Developers, owners and managers of low-income housing developments in Arkansas were invited by the Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA) to participate in a statewide coordinated effort called Operation KARE (Katrina Assistance and Relief Effort). At this time, ADFA says it is working to identify resources to assist displaced evacuees, including releasing funds for rental assistance and identifying available housing units for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. For more information contact: Patrick Patton at (501) 682-5902 or Layne Anderson at (501)682- 5464. ADFA has also released a “Hurricane Katrina Displaced Household Certification” form as part of its disaster relief procedures.

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SCSHFDA) reported last week that South Carolina is receiving victims of the hurricane who are in need of immediate housing. SCSHFDA is looking for owners willing to house these victims; interested property owners are asked to fax or e-mail the following information to Laura Nicholson at (803) 551-4925 or e-mail [email protected]: contact name and phone number, development name, address, city, county, vacant units by bedroom size, and corresponding rent. If the development will pay utilities, please indicate such, otherwise provide approximate utility allowance. Questions can be directed by phone to (803) 896-9190.

The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency has also posted information and links for evacuees, rental owners and managers including: how to find an apartment; LIHTC rule changes; National Registry Participation; basic questions and answers; and suggestions for a federal response.

The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), announced that it is jointly sponsoring Coloradohousingsearch.com in conjunction with the state’s Division of Housing, USDA Rural Development and the City of Denver, to provide information on available affordable housing statewide. The service is free for both housing providers and housing seekers. Anyone with available housing units should take advantage of this opportunity to link units with people in need of housing, particularly now as evacuees come to Colorado for help.

More detailed discussion of the issues related to Hurricane Katrina relief affecting owners and developers of and investors in affordable housing will be available in the October issues of the LIHTC Monthly Report, Property Compliance Report and The Valuation Report.

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