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HUD Publishes HOTMA Initial Implementation Notice

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, Section 8
HUD has issued a Federal Register Notice offering initial implementation guidance for the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) (Pub. L. 114-201). The notice highlighted both the HOTMA provisions that are self-implementing or otherwise already in effect, and outlined certain key HOTMA provisions that will require further action by HUD. In addition to the five… Continue Reading

Join us for our Eleventh Annual National Housing Conference in Washington, D.C.

Posted in Budget, Fair Housing, FHA and GSE Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, Housing Bonds, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8, Tax Credits
Ballard Spahr is committed to facilitating and leading the conversation within the affordable housing community, which makes us thrilled to announce our Eleventh Annual National Housing Conference in Washington, D.C., from November 3 to 4. This two-day, complimentary event features engaging discussions, panel presentations, special insights, and networking opportunities with the key influences and power… Continue Reading

Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) Signed into Law

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Public Housing, Section 8
On July 29, 2016, President Obama officially signed H.R. 3700- Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016 (“HOTMA”). Our previous blog post highlighted some of HOTMA’s most significant changes to the current housing choice voucher program. The Section 8 and public housing components of the bill will become effective upon the issuance of notice or other regulation from… Continue Reading

President Obama to sign Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Public Housing, Section 8
On July 19, 2016, bill H.R. 3700, more commonly known as the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016 (“HOTMA”), was presented to President Obama for signature after being unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate on July 14th. First introduced in October 2015, the bipartisan bill previously passed in the U.S. House of Representatives back… Continue Reading

Ballard Spahr provides comments to HUD’s proposed revisions to RAD documents

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, RAD
As a follow-up to our March 24, 2016 post, on May 16, 2016, Ballard Spahr submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on proposed revisions to documents used in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program, including the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contracts, RAD Use Agreement, RAD Conversion Commitment, and Financing… Continue Reading

HUD soliciting public comments on revised and new RAD forms

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, RAD
On March 17, 2016, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register to announce that  as part of the process to renew the use of the form documents used under both the 1st and 2nd Component of its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program, HUD is soliciting public comment on the revised,  and in some cases,… Continue Reading

Ballard Spahr provides comments on HUD’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Over-Income Families in Public Housing

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing
On March 4, 2016, Ballard Spahr submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) regarding over-income families in public housing. The comments addressed the importance of retaining existing public housing authority (PHA) regulatory discretion, inconsistency between the ANPR and other HUD program initiatives, benefits of… 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

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

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

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

Bill introduced in Senate to create permanent LIHTC rate floors

Posted in Legislative Initiatives, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Credits, Tax Reform
On May 5, 2015, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced the “Improving the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Rate Act” (S. 1193), which would create a permanent 9% minimum low-income housing tax credit rate for non-tax-exempt bond-financed new buildings or substantially rehabilitated buildings, and a permanent 4% minimum rate for acquisition credits. The… Continue Reading

Congress hears testimony on public-private partnerships in affordable housing

Posted in FHA and GSE Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8
Would private developers build affordable housing if there were no government subsidies? Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA) and his colleagues explored that question and other topics during a House Financial Service Subcommittee hearing held last Thursday on private sector participation in affordable housing programs. The hearing covered a wide range of housing programs that help leverage… Continue Reading

Another step forward for the Housing Production Trust Fund

Posted in FHA and GSE Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives
Yesterday, ‎the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs), issued a final rule on the allocation of resources to the National Housing Production Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund (the Funds).  The rule, which was published as an interim rule in December, focused on the statutory… Continue Reading

Ballard Spahr provides comments to HUD’s proposed rule to streamline certain administrative regulations

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Multifamily, Policy, Section 8
As a follow up to our January 12, 2015 post, HUD published a proposed rule that seeks to alleviate administrative burdens and streamline requirements across the public housing, Section 8, and multifamily housing rental assistance programs. Many of HUD’s proposals stem from innovations implemented by Moving to Work (MTW) participants. The proposed rule makes these… Continue Reading

New Maryland income tax credit for small mixed use properties

Posted in Legislative Initiatives, Policy, State Tax Credits, Tax Credits
The owners of mixed use properties in Maryland historic districts should take note of the Maryland Sustainable Communities Small Commercial Tax Credit, a new state income tax credit that may be available to them. This new program—administered by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and similar to programs previously available to larger commercial projects and homeowners—targets… Continue Reading

Obama Administration’s FY 2016 budget would modify LIHTCs, permanently extend NMTC and energy tax credits

Posted in Budget, Energy Tax Incentives, Legislative Initiatives, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, Policy, Tax Credits
As in prior years, the Obama administration’s FY 2016 budget includes a number of impactful, and generally positive, tax credit proposals. With respect to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), the budget retains many of last year’s proposed modifications, and adds a new proposal to remove the population cap for Qualified Census Tract designations. Specifically, the… Continue Reading

Please join us for the fifth annual Western Housing Conference

Posted in Budget, Community Development, Enforcement, Fair Housing, FHA and GSE Financing, FHA-Insured Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, GSE Financing, Housing Bonds, Legislative Initiatives, Multifamily, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8, Single-Family, Tax Credits, Tax Reform, Tax-Exempt Bonds
Several exciting developments have recently brought changes to the affordable housing industry and we are inviting you to explore them with us at our fifth annual Western Housing Conference. Ballard Spahr and CSG Advisors are pleased to announce this year’s Best of the West in Affordable Housing Development and Financing conference on March 13, in… Continue Reading

Affordable Housing Finance interviews Housing Plus’s Amy McClain about RAD’s future

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8
In an interview with Affordable Housing Finance, Amy M. McClain (one of our bloggers!) was among industry leaders interviewed about the impact of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.  While the article profiled the Cambridge (MA) Housing Authority and its closing of the first tranche of a portfolio-wide conversion, the article also assessed the prospects for RAD.  Amy offers insights… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court hears disparate impact case

Posted in Enforcement, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case which questioned whether the Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows for a disparate impact theory of liability.  The disparate impact theory of liability is one in which a plaintiff shows (usually through statistical analysis) that a protected class was harmed by a policy even… Continue Reading

HUD proposes rule to streamline certain administrative regulations

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, Section 8
Section 243 of the FY2014 Appropriations Act for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development authorized certain statutory changes to the United States Housing Act of 1937. HUD issued notices implementing these changes on May 19, 2014, and June 25, 2014. This proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 6, 2015, begins the… Continue Reading