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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

President Donald Trump this week announced his intention to nominate Mark Calabria as the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Calabria, who would succeed Mel Watt as the FHFA chief, is currently the chief economist for Vice President Mike Pence and previously served as a senior aide on the Senate Banking Committee and as deputy assistant secretary for regulatory affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The FHFA oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Calabria must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the five-year term.

Monday, December 10, 2018

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will publish an amendment to a final notice in Tuesday’s Federal Register clarifying that there are no prevailing wage requirements in the second component of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program transactions. The second component included HUD’s legacy programs: Rent Supplement, Rental Assistance Payment, Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation and Moderate Rehab Single-Room Occupancy.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will publish in Friday’s Federal Register a notice establishing operating cost adjustment factors (OCAFs) for project-based assistance Section 8 contracts with an anniversary date of Feb. 11, 2019, or later. OCAFs are used to adjust Section 8 rents renewed under Section 515 or Section 524 of the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced federal relief Tuesday for those affected by California wildfires. President Trump issued a major disaster declaration for Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, so HUD will now share information with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state about housing providers that may have available units for affected residents.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Results from Tuesday’s elections–with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives and Republicans maintaining control of the Senate–and their effect on the affordable housing, community development and renewable energy communities are the subject of a Notes from Novogradac blog post and a

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