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Thursday, October 17, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the list of difficult development areas (DDAs) and qualified census tracts (QCTs) for 2020 for the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC). DDAs and QCTs are eligible for as much as a 30 percent basis boost while receiving the LIHTC. The DDAs and QCTs are effective for allocations of LIHTCs after Dec.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced a combined $112 million in funding to expand the supply of permanent affordable housing for very-low-income people with disabilities, including a program with preference points for developments in opportunity zones (OZs).

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will publish in Thursday’s Federal Register a notice announcing the posting of the fourth revision to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) notice and seeking public comment. The revision includes changes to the first component (public housing conversions) and second component (six other HUD programs) under RAD.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will publish a notice in Thursday’s Federal Register seeking public comment on a proposed opportunity zones (OZ) certification form. The form will be used to gather data for use in determining preference points in certain competitive federal grants and technical assistance applications.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today released its contingency plan for a possible federal government shutdown. The plan lists how many employees would be retained under the plan and what they would do. The plan dictates that monthly subsidy programs such as the housing choice voucher program, public housing operating subsidies and multifamily assistance contracts continue to operate as long as they have funding.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will publish a notice in the Federal Register Wednesday establishing an expedited process for the review of requests for relief from HUD requirements for public housing agencies (PHAs) in counties included in presidentially declared major disaster declarations.

Friday, September 27, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today issued H Notice 2019-10 on incentives for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance for properties located in opportunity zones.

Friday, September 20, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published this week in the Federal Register a proposed rule for the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA) of 2016. The proposed rule affects the United States Housing Act of 1937, including changes to income reviews for public housing and HUD’s Section 8 program, as well as maximum limits on assets allowed for families in public housing and in Section 8-assisted housing.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $5 million to four communities through the Choice Neighborhoods program. The cities of Huntsville, Ala.; Omaha, Neb.; Rome, Ga.; and Trenton, N.J.; in partnership with their city housing authorities, received the grants. The grants will help local leaders draft comprehensive homegrown plans to revitalize and transform neighborhoods.

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced new multifamily loan purchase caps of $100 million each for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from the fourth quarter of 2019 to the fourth quarter of 2020. The new caps apply to all multifamily business with no exclusions. The FHFA also directs at least 37.5 percent of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily business to mission-driven affordable housing.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., introduced the Affordable Housing Incentives Act of 2019 (H.R. 4239), a bill to allow for non-recognition of gain on property sold to public housing agencies for use as affordable housing. Provisions of the legislation would apply to sales and transfers made after the enactment date of the bill.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Novogradac lowered its estimate of the increase in the national median income for 2020 from 4.37 percent to 3.97 percent, based on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) updated 10-year budget and economic outlook released Aug. 21. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development uses CBO’s estimate of the consumer price index in calculating income.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released plans with recommendations for legislative and administrative reforms concerning housing finance reform, including continuing to proceed to end the conservatorship for government-sponsored entities (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The plans address the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published a revised notice that provides program instructions for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, including eligibility and selection criteria.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will publish in Friday’s Federal Register a notice of fair market rents (FMRs) for fiscal year 2020 and a response to public comments on a June notice announcing two method changes in the calculation of FMRs. The FMRs–which apply to the Housing Choice Voucher program, Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program and other HUD programs–are effective Oct.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will publish a notice in Wednesday’s Federal Register seeking feedback on its plan to implement a demonstration program for physical inspection of real estate. The National Standards of Physical Inspection of Real Estate program will seek 4,500 properties to test the standards and protocols for the demonstration program for up to two years. HUD will accept comments on the demonstration program through Oct.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will publish in Monday’s Federal Register a proposed rule to amend the interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s (FHA’s) disparate impact standard.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The U.S. Senate voted 67-28 Thursday to pass a two-year, $2.7 trillion discretionary budget agreement, sending the legislation to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. The budget deal, which was passed last week by the House of Representatives, would suspend the federal debt ceiling until July 31, 2021, and contains no provisions to extend expired or expiring tax provisions.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Todd Young, R-Ind., today introduced legislation to permanently authorize the Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. The Senate version of the Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019 would require a one-for-one replacement of public housing and other federally subsidized rental housing in the case of CDBG-DR funding after natural disasters.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The House of Representatives today passed a two-year, $2.7 trillion discretionary budget agreement by a 284-149 vote. The agreement would also suspend the federal debt ceiling until July 31, 2021. The budget deal would give defense programs a 3 percent increase from $647 billion in fiscal year 2019 to $666.5 billion in fiscal year 2020 and nondefense programs a 4 percent increase from $597 billion in fiscal year 2019 to $621.5 billion in fiscal year 2020. The fiscal year 2021 spending caps would be $671.5 billion for defense and $626.5 billion for nondefense.