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By the Housing Group at Ballard Spahr

Category Archives: Senior Housing

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HUD Regulatory Reform

Posted in Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, Section 8, Senior Housing
The new HUD administration has been pretty quiet on the regulatory front, with only a handful of regulations and notices issued since January. That may change soon. HUD is hard at work identifying regulatory changes that might be made to comply with Executive Order (EO) 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.”  The EO requires… Continue Reading

Does micro housing present opportunities for affordable housing?

Posted in Community Development, Policy, Senior Housing, Supportive Services
Two recent news stories highlight a possible surge in the development of housing in high cost rental markets like New York and Washington, DC. A New York Times article and NPR story featured approaches to living in small housing units, or micro units, as a means of providing an affordable alternative to high rent living.  In New York, the first batch of prefabricated… Continue Reading

Section 202: using federal sources to assist the growing elderly population

Posted in Fair Housing, Senior Housing, Supportive Services
During one of the sessions at Ballard Spahr’s Ninth Annual National Housing Symposium, Mara Blitzer from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) discussed federal housing resources for aging Americans with a focus on HUD’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program.  Ms. Blitzer explained that Section 202 is the federal government’s… Continue Reading

Ballard Spahr’s National Housing Symposium goes beyond the horizon

Posted in Budget, Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Senior Housing, Supportive Services, Tax Credits
Yesterday Ballard Spahr held its 9th annual National Housing Symposium in Washington, D.C..  The theme of the Symposium was “Beyond the Horizon:  Housing and Community Development Strategies for the Future”.   Government officials, investors, developers, lenders, and other housing professionals spent the day discussing affordable housing issues.  To give a flavor of what was discussed, below is a… Continue Reading

Joint Center on Housing Studies releases “Housing America’s Older Adults”

Posted in Policy, Senior Housing
Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies recently released a report entitled Housing America’s Older Adults, which highlighted several issues: High housing costs resulted in older adults to skimp on other necessities, including food. Most housing does not include basic accessibility features, making it harder for older adults to age comfortably at home. When older adults… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Community Development, FHA and GSE Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Senior Housing, Supportive Services, Tax Credits
We are dedicated to creating dialogue among the various voices of the affordable housing community, which makes us excited to announce our Ninth Annual National Housing Conference in Washington, D.C., from November 12 to 13. The two-day, complimentary event features lively discussions, panels, insights, and networking opportunities with the movers and shakers of the affordable… Continue Reading

LGBT-friendly senior housing planned for D.C.

Posted in Fair Housing, Policy, Senior Housing
This past weekend I attended an open house for Mary’s House for Older Adults,  a pro bono client in northeast D.C.   Mary’s House is the brainchild of Dr. Imani Woody, who plans to transform her childhood home into  affordable senior housing friendly to lesbian, gay, bixseual, or transgender (LGBT) residents.  This is the first LGBT-friendly senior housing… Continue Reading

Does housing count as health care?

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Senior Housing, Supportive Services
NPR aired a story Monday morning reporting that New York has allocated $260 million in State Medicaid funds for supportive housing and exploring the question of whether housing counts as health care.  Right now, Medicaid and Medicare dollars can only rarely be used for housing costs.  However, the housing-as-health-care camp supports using  health care dollars  to… Continue Reading

Get to know a NMTC Housing Deal (first in an ongoing series)

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, New Markets Tax Credits, Policy, Senior Housing, Supportive Services, Tax Credits
This is a new feature of the Ballard Spahr Housing Plus blog.  We’d like to feature housing projects around the country that use the NMTC for a piece of the finance strategy.  This installment finds us in Moss Point, Mississippi. Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union (HOPE) – an affiliate of NeighborWorks – and Habitat for… Continue Reading

Tax-Exempt Bond Financing for Manufactured Home Communities

Posted in Housing Bonds, Multifamily, Senior Housing, Single-Family, Tax-Exempt Bonds
Did you know that an estimated 20 million people in the United States live in mobile home or manufactured home communities?  These communities make up a significant component of the nation’s affordable housing stock.  Manufactured homes can be an intermediate step for some individuals and families between apartments and owner occupied housing such as condominiums… Continue Reading

RAD expansion and “Pay-For-Success” Utility Demonstration among the innovations included in the Senate’s mark of the T-HUD Appropriations Bill

Posted in Budget, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, RAD, Section 8, Senior Housing
The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its draft Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2015. While the bill generally falls short of the funding levels requested in President Obama’s budget proposal, it proposed some significant changes to the Rental Assistance Demonstration, and proposes a “pay-for-success” energy and water… Continue Reading

HUD updates required exclusions from annual income calculations

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Public Housing, Section 8, Senior Housing, Supportive Services
HUD has updated the required exclusions from income calculations to be used when determining eligibility and benefits for HUD programs.  The updates are fairly minor, but they impact all HUD programs, including public housing and housing choice vouchers administered by public housing authorities, Section 8 properties, and the Section 236 and Rent Supplement programs.  All HUD program… Continue Reading

Evolving trends in Maryland affordable housing

Posted in Budget, Fair Housing, FHA and GSE Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8, Senior Housing, Tax Reform
On April 30th Ballard Spahr was proud to host representatives from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Maryland Attorney General’s office, Pennrose Properties and AGM Financial to discuss evolving trends in affordable housing development in Maryland.  The briefing, held in Ballard Spahr’s Baltimore office, included: A discussion by Pat Sylvester, the… Continue Reading