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Guidance and legal insight for all aspects of housing and community development

By the Housing Group at Ballard Spahr

Tag Archives: homelessness

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

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

Using the New Markets Tax Credit to combat chronic homelessness

Posted in Community Development, New Markets Tax Credits, Tax Credits
The NMTC is a great tool to finance temporary housing shelters and related facilities to combat chronic homelessness around the county. Blanchet House of Hospitality – Portland, Oregon In 2011, USBCDC, one of the largest New Markets Tax Credit investors, used the credit to finance a facility for Blanchet House of Hospitality, a social services… Continue Reading

Can Jewel change the public perception of public housing?

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing
Some of you may have seen this recent interview with singer-songwriter Jewel, where she explains why she is one of the faces of the Rethink Housing organization (go to 2:30 in the video to skip to her discussion of public housing). To those of us in the affordable housing industry—developers, builders, architects, government partners, investors, lenders, lawyers—we know why the… Continue Reading