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Tag Archives: HUD

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 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

Ballard Spahr provides comments to HUD’s proposed revisions to RAD documents

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, RAD
As a follow-up to our March 24, 2016 post, on May 16, 2016, Ballard Spahr submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on proposed revisions to documents used in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program, including the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contracts, RAD Use Agreement, RAD Conversion Commitment, and Financing… Continue Reading

HUD soliciting public comments on revised and new RAD forms

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, RAD
On March 17, 2016, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register to announce that  as part of the process to renew the use of the form documents used under both the 1st and 2nd Component of its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program, HUD is soliciting public comment on the revised,  and in some cases,… Continue Reading

Ballard Spahr provides comments on HUD’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Over-Income Families in Public Housing

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing
On March 4, 2016, Ballard Spahr submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) regarding over-income families in public housing. The comments addressed the importance of retaining existing public housing authority (PHA) regulatory discretion, inconsistency between the ANPR and other HUD program initiatives, benefits of… Continue Reading

HUD publishes final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Public Housing
On December 31, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Assessment Tool. The AFFH Assessment Tool is for use by local governments that receive CDBG, HOME, ESG, or HOPWA formula funding from HUD, and for joint and regional collaborations between (1) local… 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

Upcoming NH&RA panel discussion: How the Supreme Court is Reshaping Affordable Housing Policy in TDHCA v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy
Housing Plus blogger Sharon Wilson Géno will moderate a panel – Disparate Impact: How the Supreme Court is Reshaping Affordable Housing Policy in TDHCA v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. – on July 16 at the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association’s Summer Institute conference. She previews the panel discussion below. It’s hard to disagree with… Continue Reading

HUD issues final rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Posted in Community Development, Fair Housing, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing
Today, HUD issued the  final rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), which represents HUD’s effort to provide guidance and standards for HUD grantees to comply with AFFH. The final rule requires cities, housing authorities, and other jurisdictions that receive HUD funds to conduct local analysis of HUD-provided data about racial and ethnic poverty statistics,… Continue Reading

Ballard Spahr provides comments to HUD’s proposed rule on Section 3 regulations

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Uncategorized
As a follow up to our March 24, 2015 and April 1, 2015 posts, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a notice updating the interim regulation at 24 CFR Part 135, which provides for compliance with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (Section 3). The purpose… Continue Reading

Looking forward to the annual conference of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

Posted in Community Development, FHA and GSE Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Tax Credits
From May 20-22, a handful of our bloggers will speak at the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law in Washington, D.C. – an annual meeting that brings together pertinent developments, resources, strategies, and insights within the affordable housing and community development law community. Molly R. Bryson, one of the Conference Planning Chairs, will… 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 clarifies how Davis-Bacon applies to Project-Based Voucher and RAD Programs

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8
On March 9, 2015, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a new notice pertaining to the applicability of Davis-Bacon labor requirements to housing considered to be “existing” housing under the project-based voucher (PBV) program (the Notice).  The notice supplements HUD’s June 25, 2014 final rule that amended the PBV regulations as well… Continue Reading

HUD awards Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants in six cities

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Public Housing, RAD
On Friday, January 16, 2015, HUD announced the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant awards.  HUD is awarding $3.2 million in Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants to the following recipients: City of Flint/Flint Housing Commission (Flint MI) City of Gary/Legacy Foundation/City of Gary Economic Development Corporation (Gary IN) Louisville Metro Housing Authority (Louisville KY) Mobile Housing Board (Mobile… 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 releases list of 2015 QCTs and DDAs

Posted in Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Credits
On Friday, October 3, 2014, HUD released a notice announcing new “Qualified Census Tract” (“QCT”) and “Difficult Development Area” (“DDA”) designations for purposes of the low-income housing tax credit under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 42(d)(5)(B) of the Code provides an eligible basis increase of 30% for buildings located in a QCT… Continue Reading

Insights shared during the Ballard Spahr webinar on RAD

Posted in FHA and GSE Financing, FHA-Insured Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, RAD
On May 15th, Ballard Spahr hosted the webinar, “HUD’s RAD Program: Lessons Learned So Far”.  The panel included HUD representatives Greg Byrne and Kathie Soroka, Ivy Dench-Carter from Pennrose Properties, a private developer and property manager, Peter Engel from the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, and Amy McClain and Rania Arja, Ballard Spahr attorneys who represent lenders,… Continue Reading

Is it time to take the “Public” out of Public Housing?

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, RAD
The public housing program, our nation’s first investment in housing, is 77 years old this week. Although for most of the last 20 years much of the funding for revitalizing public housing has come from private sources, in the minds of the average American, public housing is a government program that should be accountable solely to… Continue Reading

Promise Zones Initiative: public comments on second round application materials due June 16, 2014

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Policy
On April 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comments on the proposed selection process and criteria for the second round of the Promise Zone Initiative. Specifically, HUD seeks comments on the first round of the Promise Zone Initiative, the proposed selection… Continue Reading