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By the Housing Group at Ballard Spahr

Tag Archives: Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV)

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

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

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

Ballard Spahr provides comments to HUD’s proposed rule to streamline certain administrative regulations

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Multifamily, Policy, Section 8
As a follow up to our January 12, 2015 post, HUD published a proposed rule that seeks to alleviate administrative burdens and streamline requirements across the public housing, Section 8, and multifamily housing rental assistance programs. Many of HUD’s proposals stem from innovations implemented by Moving to Work (MTW) participants. The proposed rule makes these… Continue Reading

HUD proposes rule to streamline certain administrative regulations

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, Section 8
Section 243 of the FY2014 Appropriations Act for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development authorized certain statutory changes to the United States Housing Act of 1937. HUD issued notices implementing these changes on May 19, 2014, and June 25, 2014. This proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 6, 2015, begins the… 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

HUD Publishes Proposed Rule on Public Housing Agency Consortia

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Public Housing, Section 8
HUD published proposed changes to the rule on forming public housing agency (“PHA”) consortia on July 11 in the Federal Register (the “Proposed Rule”). A copy of the rule can be accessed here. PHA consortia are two or more PHAs that agree to jointly administer public housing, section 8, and/or grants associated with these programs.… Continue Reading

HUD Implements the FY 2014 Housing Choice Voucher Budget

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing
HUD recently issued guidance, in Notice PIH 2014-05, for implementing its FY 2014 budget for Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), including requirements for obtaining additional HCV funds due to shortfalls and for allocation of tenant protection vouchers. For funding shortfalls, HUD sets aside up to $75 million in the following categories: Category 1: Shortfall Funds Category… Continue Reading