HUD PUBLISHES NOTICE ON UPCS-V DEMONSTRATION
Today, May 4, HUD published in the Federal Register a “Notice of Demonstration to Test Proposed New Method of Assessing the Physical Conditions of Voucher-Assisted Housing.” HUD is requesting comments on the structure of the demonstration, which will be due on July 5, 2016. The demonstration is structured to test 250 PHAs for up to three years on the UPCS-V protocol; it will begin when the comment period has ended. HUD is also requesting that PHAs interested in participating in the demonstration notify HUD by the public comment deadline, by e-mailing them at UPCSV@hud.gov and providing the following information:
- PHA Name;
- PHA Address;
- Contact Name;
- Contact Address;
- Contact Phone Number; and
- E-mail address.
Under the new demonstration, HUD will test the UPCS-V protocol and its surrounding processes on up to 250 PHAs over a time period of up to three years. For PHAs that choose to take part in the demonstration, HUD will provide “hands-on training and technical assistance,” as well as the opportunity to provide input to HUD on “further refining the UPCS-V standards and processes” and the “ability to evaluate, test, and refine internal PHA systems and processes.”
HUD ANNOUNCES STATE-BY-STATE DISTRIBUTION OF HOUSING TRUST FUNDS
Today HUD has announced formula allocations for the State-by-State distribution of $173,591,160 in Housing Trust Funds. See the graphic below to see the distribution, or click on this link to read the entire entry in the Federal Registry.
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PASSES FY 2017 HUD FUNDING BILL
The Senate Appropriations Committee on April 21 unanimously approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill. The THUD Appropriations Subcommittee reported the bill April 19. The full Committee adopted the bill with only minor amendments to the Subcommittee-passed bill, which did not change its HUD program funding levels.
The bill provides $950 million for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the same as its FY 2016 spending level, and fully funds project-based rental assistance contracts.
The bill also increases the number of public housing units that can convert under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program from 185,000 to 250,000 and eliminates the program’s sunset date. It also includes authority for Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) properties to convert under RAD and provides $4 million in assistance to those properties for that purpose.
COMCAST AND HUD ANNOUNCE PILOT PROGRAM TO EXPAND HIGH SPEED INTERNET TO PUBLIC HOUSING
MIAMI — Comcast today announced a pilot program with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) ConnectHome initiative to dramatically reduce the digital divide for public housing residents. Eligibility for Internet Essentials, Comcast’s high-speed Internet adoption program, will be immediately extended to public housing residents in Miami-Dade County and the cities of Nashville, Philadelphia, and Seattle. This is the eighth time in five years Comcast has expanded eligibility for Internet Essentials.
HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Comcast Corporation Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer David L. Cohen made today’s announcements alongside Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez and City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado at Rainbow Village, a public housing development in Miami, Florida. At the event, Comcast technicians were on hand to install Internet service on the spot and provided a free laptop computer and six months’ worth of complimentary Internet Essentials Internet service to every Rainbow Village household. The company also donated 15 new computers to the Rainbow Village computer lab where digital literacy training sessions take place after school and where students can do homework and adults can get online.
RAD LISTENING SESSION ON IMPROVING CLOSING TIMELINESS
HUD invites RAD PHAs, their partners, and other interested stakeholders to participate in a discussion of best practices for prompt closings and to inform HUD’s strategy for increasing RAD closings prior to September.
When: March 29th, 1:30pm-3pm
Where: Brooke-Mondale Auditorium, US Dept of HUD, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC
The focus of the listening session is to hear from partners on how HUD should use it’s authority to penalize PHA’s missing their deadlines and to promote earlier closings whenever possible to mitigate surges in volume at year-end.
MULTIFAMILY FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY (MF FSS) PROGRAM HOUSING NOTICE DRAFTING TABLE
On March 15th, HUD released for comment a DRAFT Housing Notice in regards to Multifamily Family Self-Sufficiency. The window for commenting closes on March 30, 2016.
Multifamily Family Self-Sufficiency (MF FSS) is a HUD program that enables families living in multifamily assisted housing to increase their earned income and reduce their dependence on public assistance programs. MF FSS promotes the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of HUD rental assistance programs with public and private resources, to enable eligible families to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. Family Self-Sufficiency was previously restricted to Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants. However, HUD’s Appropriations Act of 2015 allows owners of privately owned multifamily property with a section 8 contract to voluntarily make a Family Self-Sufficiency program available to assisted tenants.
HUD STREAMLINES RENT REGULATIONS
Post Date: 03/02/2016
WASHINGTON – In an effort to reduce the administrative burden on state and local governments, public housing authorities and private owners of HUD-assisted multifamily properties, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today posted on its website for advanced review a forthcoming new rule to ease its regulatory requirements under a number of the Department’s programs. The new rule is intended to streamline a host of requirements and to provide greater flexibility for agencies responsible for administering HUD’s rental assistance programs. Read HUD’s new rule.
HUD AWARDS $32 MILLION TO PROMOTE JOBS, SELF-SUFFICIENCY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS
Post Date: 03/14/2016
WASHINGTON – To help public housing residents find jobs and educational opportunities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $32 million in grants to public housing authorities and non-profit organizations across the nation to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents achieve economic and housing independence.
IRS ISSUES HOUSING CREDIT COMPLIANCE MONITORING REGULATIONS
Post Date: 02/26/2016
On February 23, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued regulations amending the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) compliance monitoring requirements to revise and clarify physical inspection and certification review rules. In conjunction with the new regulations, IRS published Revenue Procedure 2016-15, which further explains the implementation of the new regulations. The compliance monitoring regulations will be effective upon formal publication in the Federal Register on February 25.
Read More at the National Council of State Housing Agencies Blog (above text taken from it)
BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE
Post Date: 2/10/2016
As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, announced in 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) partnered to expand the Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) to the multifamily residential sector. The Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative that asks building owners and managers to make a public commitment to energy efficiency with the goals of mitigating climate change and improving financial stability in the market-rate and affordable multifamily housing stocks.
The DOE and HUD are seeking new partners for 2016 amongst the nation’s multifamily housing providers. If you would like to participate in open briefing sessions, here is the schedule:
4:00 to 4:45pm on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
4:00 to 4:45pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
4:00 to 4:45pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Call in: 1-888-675-2535 #5999891