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

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. 

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

Rock Path over StreamYesterday 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,

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

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

Rocking ChairNPR 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

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

Rows of HousesDid 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