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McClain Weighs in on Potential Effect of Trump Budget Cuts on Affordable Housing

Posted in Budget, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Uncategorized
In an interview with U.S. News and World Reports on “The Future of Affordable Housing in the Trump Era,” Amy McClain, who leads Ballard Spahr’s government-assisted housing practice (and is a frequent Housing Plus blogger), cautions that while she doesn’t expect budget cuts to be as severe as those proposed, funding for affordable housing is under… Continue Reading

Tax Reform – Proposed Legislation Protecting Affordable Housing

Posted in Historic Tax Credits, Housing Bonds, Legislative Initiatives, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, Policy, Tax Credits, Tax Reform, Tax-Exempt Bonds
After legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was pulled from the House floor last Friday, news headlines across the country began reporting that tax reform is next on the Trump Administration’s agenda. As noted in our prior blog post, tax reform that changes the corporate tax rate, the tax-exempt bonds program and the tax-credit… 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

Ballard Spahr and CSG Advisors Host Another Informative Western Housing Conference

Posted in Budget, FHA and GSE Financing, FHA-Insured Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, GSE Financing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Tax Credits
Last week, Ballard Spahr in conjunction with CSG Advisors hosted its 7th Annual Western Housing Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The Conference brought together a wide range of public and private housing professionals facilitating a dynamic conversation on current developments in government-assisted housing. The Conference opened with a “Washington Update” – a discussion on housing policy… 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

Regulatory comments due in March & other housing news updates

Posted in Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, Section 8, Tax Credits, Tax Reform
Comments on the following HUD and housing related guidance are due this month. HOTMA implementation for Section 8 Voucher Programs – Due March 20, 2017 On January 18, 2017, HUD issued a proposed rule to implement certain sections of the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) that affect the tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher… Continue Reading

Recap of HUD’s Early January Guidance

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8
Earlier this month, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a number of final rules and notices as summarized below. Final Rules HUD Revises Lead-Based Paint Regulations Effective on February 3, 2017, HUD’s final rule amends the agency’s Lead Safe Housing Rule currently at 24 CFR Part 35. Changes to the lead-based… 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

HUD Publishes Much Anticipated RAD Notice on Fair Housing, Civil Rights and Relocation Requirements

Posted in Fair Housing, Policy, RAD
Yesterday HUD published the much anticipated RAD Notice Regarding Fair Housing and Civil Rights Requirements and Relocation Requirements Applicable to RAD First Component – Public Housing (the “Notice”).  The Notice is intended to provide guidance regarding key fair housing and civil rights statutory and regulatory requirements, explain the situations in which HUD is requiring front-end fair housing… Continue Reading

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

HUD Expands Fair Housing Liability to Include LEP Discrimination

Posted in Enforcement, Fair Housing, Policy
ScaleLast week, HUD issued new guidance confirming that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). LEP includes a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English.  The guidance reasons that LEP persons are covered by the FHA because of their close nexus with the protected class of… Continue Reading

New Fair Housing Rule Extends Liability to Housing Providers for Harassment

Posted in Enforcement, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy
This week, HUD issued a final rule that creates liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) for housing providers for occurrences of “quid pro quo harassment” or “hostile environment harassment.” The new rule takes effect on October 14, 2016. The rule prohibits both quid pro quo and hostile environment harassment because of a resident’s protected class… Continue Reading

HUD proposes Processing Guide for 2530/Previous Participation reviews; comments due June 16th

Posted in FHA-Insured Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Uncategorized
On May 17, 2016, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register to announce the issuance of the “Processing Guide for Previous Participation Reviews of Prospective Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Programs’ Participants” (the “Processing Guide”). A copy of the Processing Guide can be accessed here. HUD proposes that the Processing Guide be used to supplement the proposed rule published in August that announced… 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 publishes new Fair Housing guidance on criminal background checks

Posted in Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy
On Monday, HUD published new guidance for landlords conducting criminal background checks as a condition of renting housing.  This guidance is applicable to all providers or operators of housing and real estate related transactions subject to the Fair Housing Act (including private and nonprofit landlords).  Generally, HUD cautions that, while using criminal background checks in… 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

Comments due March 4th on HUD’s Proposed Rulemaking on Over-Income Public Housing Tenants

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing, Uncategorized
On February 3, 2016, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register to announce that “it is considering rulemaking to ensure that individuals and families residing in HUD public housing in fact continue to need housing assistance from HUD after admission.” HUD cites the July 2015 report by its Office of the Inspector General, which… Continue Reading

DOJ and Kent State University reach $145,000 Fair Housing settlement

Posted in Fair Housing, Policy
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Kent State University (KSU) settled claims of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) related to the use of emotional support animals in university housing. KSU and its employees were charged with disability discrimination for failing to allow a student who suffered from a psychological… 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

OIG audit finds RAD risk assessment inadequate

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing, RAD
The HUD Office of Inspector General (the “OIG”) recently released an audit of the front-end assessment (“FERA”) undertaken for the Rental Assistance Demonstration’s (the “Demonstration”) first, or public housing, component. A FERA is a formal review by the applicable program office to determine a new program’s susceptibility to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement and to… Continue Reading