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Department of Housing and Urban Development News Briefs - July 2013

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released notice PIH–2013–11, which details the process for requesting subsidy layering reviews (SLRs). The notice provides guidelines to public housing agencies (PHAs) for requesting when the request for project-based vouchers includes low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) assistance. If there are no housing credit agencies approved to perform SLRs in the PHA’s area or if the project does not include LIHTCs, the PHA must instead submit a PDF copy of the SLR package to the office of public housing within the PHA’s jurisdiction. The notice also explains that PHAs must not submit SLR packages directly to HUD headquarters. Final guidelines were published in the Federal Register on July 9, 2010. A copy of the notice can be found at www.hudresourcecenter.com

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HUD released a document in June, which provides a summary of the newly published guidance that encourages participation in state efforts to assist individuals moving out of institutions and into housing. HUD’s guidance, “Statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on the Role of Housing on Accomplishing the Goals of Olmstead,” was issued to HUD-assisted housing providers. The guidance discusses how support can be given to state and local Olmstead efforts to increase the integrated housing opportunities for individuals with disabilities who are transitioning from, or at serious risk of entering, institutions and other restrictive, segregated settings. HUD’s guidance urges public housing agencies and other HUD-assisted housing providers to consider the housing needs of their individual communities and their state, and to partner with state and local governments to provide additional community-based, integrated housing opportunities.

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HUD announced that $109 million in grants is available to revitalize public housing and communities under its Choice Neighborhoods program. Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals: housing, people and neighborhood. HUD anticipates awarding four grants with a maximum award of $30 million each. The deadline to submit applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grants is Sept. 10, 2013. Applications must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov. The notice is available at portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD.

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HUD will provide $60 million to local public housing agencies across the United States to provide permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki worked together to provide the grants for the supportive housing assistance through the HUD – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD – VASH) program. The grants are part of $75 million appropriated this fiscal year to support the housing needs of homeless veterans. This is round one of the 2013 HUD – VASH funding. The HUD notice can be viewed at portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD.

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In May, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government recognized HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) as one of this year’s Top 25 programs in its Innovations in American Government Award competition. HUD’s SCI connects housing and transportation options to create job centers by partnering with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). SCI focuses on creating communities that are economically prosperous, inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

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The 2013 HUD Secretary’s Housing and Community Design Award was awarded to three affordable housing developments for excellence in residential housing design. HUD and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected Via Verde-The Green Way in New York City for excellence in affordable housing design, Community Learning in Leominster, Mass. for community-informed design and New Accessible Passive Solar Housing, Stoneham, Mass. for housing accessibility.

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