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By the Housing Group at Ballard Spahr

Tag Archives: affordable housing

Ballard Spahr Honors Adrianne Todman

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing
On July 12th, Ballard Spahr hosted a reception honoring Ms. Adrianne Todman and her new position as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). The event attracted over 50 predominantly female professionals in diverse affordable housing and community development practices across the nation. Prior to joining NAHRO, Ms. Todman served… Continue Reading

RAD closing deadlines for CY 2017

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8
HUD’s Office of Recapitalization recently released a memo to all CHAP awardees setting forth closing deadlines for CY 2017 RAD transactions. Awardees should be especially  mindful of these intermediate deadlines to ensure that their RAD projects can be promptly processed.   Step Deadline to close by June 30, 2017 Deadline to close by Nov. 30, 2017 Deadline to close by Dec. 31,… 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 Publishes Further Revisions to RAD Notice

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8, Tax Credits
In an announcement on January 12th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a significant third revision to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Notice (PIH 2012-32/ H 2017-03 Rev-3). According to HUD, the RAD notice was revised in order to maintain the increased pace of RAD transactions in a manner that is… 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 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

HUD Issues Guidance on HOTMA’s Self- Implementing Provisions

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Public Housing, Section 8
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued this letter to public housing authority (PHA) Executive Directors regarding the five self-implementing portions of the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act (HOTMA) (Pub. L. 114-201) that was signed into law on July 29, 2016. According to this guidance, which is also expected to be transmitted through… Continue Reading

District Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Claims in Texas

Posted in Community Development, Enforcement, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Credits
After several years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently dismissed disparate impact claims filed against the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) in the fair housing case, The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. v. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The Inclusive Communities Project (ICP)… 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

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

HUD issues FY2014 and FY2015 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant NOFA

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives
HUD has made $76 million available for communities with HUD-assisted housing through its latest Notice of Funding Availability. Issued last week, the Choice Neighborhoods NOFA will provide funding for four Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants. The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, President Obama’s signature comprehensive neighborhood revitalization program, provides federal monies to support improvements in housing, educational outcomes,… Continue Reading

How Housing Matters

Posted in Community Development, Policy
The National Building Museum hosted a conference last  Thursday on “How Housing Matters”.   The conference explored the links between stable, secure and affordable housing and educational outcomes, children’s health, and older adults’ ability to age in place.   Not surprisingly, demonstration programs and research have found that children’s health and educational outcomes improve when the… Continue Reading

Amy McClain authors an essential RAD resource: The Beginner’s Guide to Public Housing Conversion under RAD

Posted in Budget, Community Development, FHA and GSE Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8
Housing Plus is thrilled to announce that our very own Amy M. McClain has authored The Beginner’s Guide to Public Housing Conversion under RAD, published by the American Bar Association. The book focuses on the Rental Assistance Demonstration program’s utility as a financing tool for stimulating revitalizations to public housing properties. As an informative guide,… 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

IRS allocates “National Pool” credits to thirty-five states and Puerto Rico

Posted in Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Credits
Yesterday, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2014-52 which provides for the reallocation of $2.59 million of unused national pool low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs).  The national pool credits were divided among thirty-five states and Puerto Rico, with California receiving the largest allocation of $364,756. Each year the Internal Revenue Service allocates a certain amount of LIHTCs… Continue Reading

More on the controversial affordable housing “Poor Door”

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing
The New York Times has published more articles on “Poor Door” developments. As we reported here a few weeks ago, the term “Poor Door” refers to a separate entrance for a property’s subsidized tenants in a market rate housing development.  Developers utilizing this design strategy have sparked a great deal of discussion within both the… Continue Reading

CDFI Fund announces New Markets Tax Credit Notice of Allocation Availability

Posted in New Markets Tax Credits, Tax Credits
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (“CDFI Fund”) on August 5 released a Notice of Allocation Availability (“NOAA”) for its New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) program in calendar year 2014. The CDFI Fund announced up to $5 billion of NMTC investment authority to be used to spur investment in qualified… 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

Pennsylvania Senate considers a bill to provide additional state funding for affordable housing

Posted in Budget, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Tax Credits
Recently, a bipartisan group of Pennsylvania State Senators sponsored a bill to expand the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund, commonly known as the State Housing Trust Fund. If passed, Senate Bill No. 1380 would make additional funds available for low-income housing throughout the State. In the past, the State Housing Trust Fund, which… Continue Reading

Housing Plus welcomes tax credit attorney Molly Bryson to the blogging team

Posted in Policy, Tax Credits, Tax Reform
We are excited that Molly Bryson has joined the firm and our Housing Plus team. Molly is an accomplished tax credit attorney with extensive experience in the financing and development of low-income housing communities and renewable energy initiatives. She guides major banks and companies with structuring their investments in affordable housing and solar energy using tax… Continue Reading