Department of Housing and Urban Development News Briefs – April 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Community Planning and Development issued Feb. 25 a notice with instructions for when jurisdictions should submit their fiscal year 2019 national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) allocation plans. CPD-19-01 also includes revised submission dates for the Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Solutions Grants, HOME Investment Partnership and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS programs. HUD will not execute a HTF grant agreement until it receives the agency’s HTF allocation plan with the actual HTF allocation. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently announced that $245 million would be available for the HTF in 2019 and HUD anticipates announcing each state’s HTF allocation in April. The notice is available at www.hudresourcecenter.com.

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HUD announced Feb. 20 a policy to grant public housing authorities and private owners of HUD-subsidized developments 14 calendar days’ notice before an inspection. The current standard for HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center is up to 120 days. The new standard will be effective 30 days after publication. Any property owner who declines to accept an inspection, cancels an inspection or refuses entry for an inspection will receive a presumptive score of zero, pending a second attempt within seven days. If the second attempt does not result in a successful inspection due to the fault of the property owner, the score will be recorded as zero. 

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Ben Carson, HUD secretary, announced Feb. 25 that HUD approved an additional $652 million to support Texas in its recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Texas’ long-term recovery is supported through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery program. HUD is investing more than $5.7 billion to address the remaining needs of Texans following Hurricane Harvey. 

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Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and BRIDGE Housing celebrated Feb. 28 the renewal of 3850 18th Street in San Francisco. The affordable rental community offers 107 apartments to seniors and residents with disabilities. 3850 18th Street was revitalized under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Co-developers BRIDGE and MEDA oversaw an extensive rehabilitation of apartments and community spaces. Financial partners included the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, San Francisco Housing Authority, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, Freddie Mac, Enterprise Community Partners and U.S. Bank. 

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HUD posted a draft section Feb. 26 to be added to its RAD program notice seeking public feedback on its upcoming change to include Section 202 project rental assistance contracts under the RAD program. Section 202 Supportive Housing of the Elderly program housing was authorized to be included in RAD by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, and a new Section 4 of the RAD notice will address implementation. Feedback was due March 12.


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MassHousing announced $44.8 million in funding Feb. 26 to nonprofit developer B’nai B’rith Housing for the refinancing of Covenant House I and II to extend affordability. The senior housing community in Brighton, Mass., provides 200 apartments and will now have extended rental affordability for 34 years. As part of the refinancing, B’nai B’rith Housing will conduct renovations such as accessibility upgrades, the replacement of bathtubs with walk-in showers, common area improvements and computer lab and fitness upgrades. There are12 studio apartments, as well as 180 one-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom apartments. Financing was done through MassHousing’s Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP)/Ginnie Mae Joint Venture Initiative, which is offered in partnership with HUD. The MAP/Ginnie Mae financing allows owners of affordable rental housing to access a faster loan review process, as well as lower interest rates. 

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