Property Compliance News Briefs - April 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

On Feb. 16, the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) sent a letter in response to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) reopening of the comment period on the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) proposed rule. The reopening was designed to gather further comments on whether HUD should delay the first Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) submission deadline for states and other targeted entities. HUD released a notice announcing the reopening, and in it, the department acknowledged that the AFFH proposed rule is better suited to local jurisdictions than to states. HUD also announced that it will design a state-specific assessment tool separate from the proposed tool it published last year for local jurisdictions. In its letter, NCSHA supported HUD’s decision to develop a state-specific assessment tool and encouraged HUD to separate the AFH submission deadline for states from the deadline set for local jurisdictions. NCSHA also advised that HUD undergo a limited pilot of the proposed state tool before introducing it nationwide.

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The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) announced Feb. 24 its partnership with Nondefense Discretionary United(NDD United) to work toward ending sequestration. NAHMA is one of 2,100 organizations to join NDD United, an alliance of organizations working together to end across-the-board budget cuts and to protect nondefense discretionary programs. NDD United released a letter urging the Congress and President Barack Obama to work together to end sequestration. The letter addresses concerns about budget cuts and the negative effects such cuts could have on nondefense discretionary funding. The letter is available at www.nahma.org.

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HUD announced Feb. 12 a $1.8 billion award for the rehabilitation and preservation of affordable housing across the United States and its territories. The money is available through HUD’s Capital Fund program, which provides funding to public housing authorities to maintain affordable housing. Such maintenance includes replacing roofs and making energy-efficient upgrades. Awards ranged from $856,247 to $356.7 million. A full awards list is available at www.hud.gov.

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