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By the Housing Group at Ballard Spahr

Category Archives: Supportive Services

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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

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

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

El Paso RAD transaction converting 1,590 units at 13 sites closes

Posted in Housing Bonds, RAD, Supportive Services, Tax-Exempt Bonds
On April 9, 2015, the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) and its development, private equity and lending partners closed Phase I of the largest Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) project in the country. Hunt Development Group has joined HACEP in undertaking the development, preservation and rehabilitation of all of the 1,590 existing… 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

Insights from the executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, Section 8, Supportive Services
Our Ninth Annual National Housing Symposium successfully brought together a rich panorama of perspectives across the affordable housing industry. Laura Green Zeilinger, the Executive Director for the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), gave a keynote presentation that affirmed and galvanized the dialogue occurring among our panelists and attendees: the successes of affordable housing… 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

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

Is gambling the next innovation in resident supportive services?

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Supportive Services
Recently, the New York Times published an article about the trend among some credit unions to offer “prize-linked savings accounts” as a means of encouraging saving by low-income families.  The article explains that the “Save to Win” program currently operating in Michigan, Nebraska, Washington and North Carolina is an example of an effort to change financial habits… 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

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

Study shows stable housing slashes health care costs

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing, Supportive Services
Affordable Housing Finance recently reported that a study of the residents of permanent supportive housing in Portland, Oregon found health care expenses fell dramatically in the first year after a resident moved into the facility, followed by savings in the second and third years of residency.  The Apartments at Bud Clark Commons, a joint venture… Continue Reading

Spotlight on Fresno Housing Authority’s community involvement to promote literacy

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Public Housing, Supportive Services
Education plays a critical role in all aspects of life, specifically for low-income families and their ability to achieve economic self-sufficiency.  Low-income families often find themselves with limited access to high quality community services and resources. With the challenges they face each day to meet their basic needs, it becomes very difficult to encourage families… Continue Reading