Government News Archive

SMALL AREA FAIR MARKET RENTS BRIEFING
Posted: 6/23/2016
On June 16, 2016, HUD published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled “Establishing a More Effective Fair Market Rent (FMR) System; Using Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) in Housing Choice Voucher Program Instead of the Current 50th Percentile FMRs (FR-5855-P-02)” which proposes repealing the 50th Percentile FMR regulation as a tool to help Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) deconcentrate voucher tenants and replacing it with a regulation based on SAFMRs. More information, including a link to the proposed rule, can be found here.

Please join representatives from HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research and Office of Public and Indian Housing for briefing about the proposed rule. The briefing will be webcast on Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 11am-12:30pm ET. The webcast link will be available here on the day of the event.

HUD staff will walk through the proposed rule and answer questions. Please note that this forum is not a venue to submit official comments on the proposed rule. Only comments submitted through regulations.gov (or by mail) will receive consideration as public comments.

If you have any questions, please contact Alejandro Aviles in HUD’s Office Public Engagement at 202-402-4735 or Alejandro.Aviles@hud.gov.

Register for the Webcast

PROPOSED RULE CHANGE FOR HCV PROGRAM –
NEW ADMINISTRATIVE FEE FORMULA

Post: 7/6/2016

HUD has posted to the Federal Register a proposed methodology for determining the amount of funding a public housing agency (PHA) will receive for administering the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program – one that uses factors that a recently completed study demonstrates are more reflective of how much it costs to administer the HCV program.  HUD seeks comments by October 4, 2016.  All comments much include the docket number: FR–5874–P–03, and can be submitted in person, via mail, or through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov.
To read the entire Federal Registry entry and get the complete details, download this PDF:
Housing Choice Voucher Program – New Administrative Fee Formula

HUD PUBLISHES NOTICE ON UPCS-V DEMONSTRATION
Posted: 5/9/2016

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
Posted: 5/5/2016

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.

Housing Trustfund Allocation

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PASSES FY 2017 HUD FUNDING BILL
Posted: 4/25/2016

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.

Read Complete Post at NCSHA
Read Senate Appropriations Committee News Release
Find Out How Quadel Can Help with RAD

COMCAST AND HUD ANNOUNCE PILOT PROGRAM TO EXPAND HIGH SPEED INTERNET TO PUBLIC HOUSING
Posted: 3/24/2016

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.

Read Complete News Release

RAD LISTENING SESSION ON IMPROVING CLOSING TIMELINESS
Posted: 03/18/2016

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.

Please RSVP to RAD@hud.gov with your full name, email address, and the name of your organization. Questions and comments can also be sent to RAD@hud.gov.

MULTIFAMILY FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY (MF FSS) PROGRAM HOUSING NOTICE DRAFTING TABLE
Posted: 03/17/2016

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.

View the Draft & Information on Commenting

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.

Read Complete News Release

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.

Read Complete News Release with Funding By State

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

DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge Information
HUD’s Better Buildings Challenge Information
Download the Partnership Agreement (PDF)