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The OIG issues dozens of new audit reports

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing, Section 8
Construction SignJust in time for the end of the federal fiscal year (September 30), the HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a flurry of internal and external audit reports over the last few weeks on a wide variety of topics. They include: CDBG disaster grant administration issues, including criticism of HUD’s guidance and oversight on… Continue Reading

OIG asks: Are CPD programs available to undocumented immigrants?

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing, Section 8
House MazeToday, the HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a bulletin indicating that it is unclear if undocumented immigrants have access to certain HUD Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs – namely the Housing for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and homeless assistance programs. The bulletin explains that undocumented immigrants do not typically have access to… Continue Reading

Ballard Spahr Honors Adrianne Todman

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing
On July 12th, Ballard Spahr hosted a reception honoring Ms. Adrianne Todman and her new position as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). The event attracted over 50 predominantly female professionals in diverse affordable housing and community development practices across the nation. Prior to joining NAHRO, Ms. Todman served… Continue Reading

Housing Plus welcomes housing attorney Maia Shanklin Roberts to the blogging team

Posted in Community Development, Energy Tax Incentives, Government-Assisted Housing, Historic Tax Credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Policy, Tax Credits
We are excited that Maia Shanklin Roberts has joined Ballard Spahr LLP and our Housing Plus team. Maia’s background is in community development. She worked with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Citywide Coordinating Committee on Youth Violence Prevention in Washington, D.C. Maia is looking forward to bringing her keen insights about community development… Continue Reading

Administration’s OMB budget blueprint proposes 13% cut and elimination of many HUD programs

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing
  The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) released the Trump administration’s budget blueprint today, providing a general overview of the budget request it intends to present to Congress later this Spring.  As outlined, the blueprint calls for a 13.2% reduction through cutting over $6 billion in funding to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development… Continue Reading

HUD Publishes Further Revisions to RAD Notice

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8, Tax Credits
In an announcement on January 12th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a significant third revision to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Notice (PIH 2012-32/ H 2017-03 Rev-3). According to HUD, the RAD notice was revised in order to maintain the increased pace of RAD transactions in a manner that is… Continue Reading

HUD Activity – Week of November 28, 2016

Posted in Community Development, Enforcement, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing, Section 8
HUD Announces Nationwide Smoke-Free Policy in Public Housing The most talked about HUD development this week has been Secretary Castro’s announcement on Wednesday, November 30th that HUD will require all public housing developments to be smoke-free environments. By early February, public housing agencies (PHAs) must implement smoke-free policies that ban listed prohibited tobacco products from… Continue Reading

In Case You Missed It: A Recap of Recent HUD Activity

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8
HUD has been quite active this month publishing a variety of new rules and housing notices. The following is a list of some of HUD’s most recent guidance. PIH Notice 2016-18 (HA): Guidance on Full Flexibility for Eligible Small PHAs For certain public housing authorities (PHAs) with less than 250 public housing dwelling units, this… Continue Reading

District Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Claims in Texas

Posted in Community Development, Enforcement, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Credits
After several years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently dismissed disparate impact claims filed against the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) in the fair housing case, The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. v. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The Inclusive Communities Project (ICP)… Continue Reading

HUD publishes final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Public Housing
On December 31, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Assessment Tool. The AFFH Assessment Tool is for use by local governments that receive CDBG, HOME, ESG, or HOPWA formula funding from HUD, and for joint and regional collaborations between (1) local… Continue Reading

The EB-5 Program gains short-term extension in Congress

Posted in Budget, Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Credits
Congress recently passed a short-term extension to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (commonly known as the EB-5 Program or the Immigration Investor Program) from expiring. The EB-5 program adds versatility to the financing options available to affordable housing, and can be used with certain Low Income Housing Tax Credits. The extension of this program… Continue Reading

New report offers toolkit for inclusionary housing programs

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Policy, Uncategorized
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy recently released “Inclusionary Housing: Creating and Maintaining Equitable Communities,” a new report on the use of government policies that tie the creation of affordable housing to market-rate residential or commercial development. The use of inclusionary housing programs is relatively new (most were adopted in the last decade), but growing.… Continue Reading

HUD issues final rule modifying portability process in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, Supportive Services
Effective September 21, amendments to HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program – the government’s largest program for assisting low-income, elderly, and disabled populations in the private housing market – will change the portability process. Portability enables a voucher holder to use the voucher assistance to move outside of the jurisdiction of the public housing authority (HA)… Continue Reading

Office of Inspector General challenges HUD policy regarding public housing for over-income families

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released an audit report of HUD examining the extent to which over-income families have been residing in public housing units. “Over-income” means the families were eligible low- income families at the time they were admitted to public housing but their incomes have increased above 80% of area median income… Continue Reading

DOJ provides guidance on service animal accommodation for housing and beyond

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Policy, Public Housing, Supportive Services
According to a recent Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement, some pets are allowed in the house. HUD filed and settled a civil rights lawsuit against RiverBay Corporation, a New York City-based affordable housing cooperative manager that owns and operates 15,372 residential units – the largest housing cooperative in the country, claiming the company maintained no-pets… Continue Reading

Webinar event: Consequences of Disparate Impact for Multifamily Housing

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Housing Bonds, Legislative Initiatives, Multifamily, Policy
Housing Plus bloggers Michael Skojec and Amy Glassman will be featured speakers on Novogradac’s webinar: “Consequences of Disparate Impact for Multifamily Housing” on July 22. The webinar will discuss the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. case and explore how… Continue Reading

Upcoming NH&RA panel discussion: How the Supreme Court is Reshaping Affordable Housing Policy in TDHCA v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy
Housing Plus blogger Sharon Wilson Géno will moderate a panel – Disparate Impact: How the Supreme Court is Reshaping Affordable Housing Policy in TDHCA v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. – on July 16 at the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association’s Summer Institute conference. She previews the panel discussion below. It’s hard to disagree with… Continue Reading

Join us for a free RAD webinar exploring the recent Revised Notice

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, RAD
HUD recently published a Revised Notice for the growing Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. The Notice clarifies long-term project funding eligibilities and provides guidance on the overall conversion process, the points of which are detailed on our blog. The Ballard Spahr RAD team is excited to announce a free webinar luncheon event on July 14 that… Continue Reading

HUD issues final rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing
Today, HUD issued the  final rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), which represents HUD’s effort to provide guidance and standards for HUD grantees to comply with AFFH. The final rule requires cities, housing authorities, and other jurisdictions that receive HUD funds to conduct local analysis of HUD-provided data about racial and ethnic poverty statistics,… Continue Reading

The U.S. Supreme Court decides 5-4: disparate-impact liability is cognizable under the Fair Housing Act

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, Supportive Services
In a 5-4 decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that disparate-impact claims maintain adjudication viability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Justices Kennedy, Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan provided the majority opinions, while Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito, Scalia, and Thomas wrote dissenting opinions. The majority opinion is available here. The Court acknowledges… Continue Reading

Action Needed – FY 2016 Appropriations Bill may cut HOME program funding by 93%

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing
The Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee has proposed critical markups to the Year 2016 Appropriations Bill. One of the most dramatic funding cuts all but eliminates the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), a highly utilized, flexible, and dependable block grant program that funds affordable housing rehabilitation, building,… Continue Reading

HUD publishes impactful Revised Notice for RAD

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, RAD
HUD published revised Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Notice, PIH 2012-32, REV-2, on Monday, June 15. The Notice addresses stakeholder feedback on RAD’s transactional and operational issues, and also incorporates key changes to the program’s Congressionally-authorized unit cap expansion from 60,000 to 185,000 conversions. Some of the most notable revisions include clarifications to long-term project funding… Continue Reading

Looking forward to the annual conference of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

Posted in Community Development, FHA and GSE Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Tax Credits
From May 20-22, a handful of our bloggers will speak at the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law in Washington, D.C. – an annual meeting that brings together pertinent developments, resources, strategies, and insights within the affordable housing and community development law community. Molly R. Bryson, one of the Conference Planning Chairs, will… Continue Reading

Celebrating residents in public housing

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing
Residents in public housing are resilient, despite the overwhelming obstacles that they face every day.  Public housing has been home to many inspiring stories of success for individuals and families.  Put simply, the people of public housing are strong and irrepressible. Through the mediums of still photography and journalism, Rico Washington and Shino Yanagawa, show… Continue Reading