NAHMA Rural Housing Update: USDA Updates on Leadership Changes/NAHMA Analysis on RA Report

NAHMA Rural Housing Update: USDA Updates on Leadership Changes/NAHMA Analysis on RA Report

Below, please find information regarding leadership changes in the Rural Housing Service; a list of new Rural Development State Directors; and a new NAHMAnalysis on the GAO’s recent report on rural rental assistance shortages during fiscal years 2013-2015.

  1. Rural Housing Service Leadership Changes

Please find information from USDA regarding leadership changes in the Rural Development Rural Housing Service: Joyce Allen is replacing Bryan Hooper as the Deputy Administrator for Multi-Family Housing Programs in the Rural Housing Service. Since 2011, Allen has managed USDA Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Programs. Prior to that role, Allen spent more than 20 years working in affordable multi-family housing both at USDA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Bryan Hooper is moving on to become the Deputy Administrator for Business Programs in the Rural Business Cooperative Service.

  1. Rural Development State Directors

On November 3rd, USDA Secretary Perdue announced the names of Rural Development State Directors. The list is available here.

  1. New NAHMAnalysis examines GAO Report on Rural Rental Assistance Shortages, 2013-2015

In recent years, USDA’s Rural Housing Service (RHS) has experienced funding gaps in its Rental Assistance program that created difficulties for property owners and tenants, including significant delays in rental assistance payments for fiscal years 2013-2015. In response, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) compiled a report that examines the reasons for funding gaps and USDA’s plans for improvement in the future, and concludes by laying out policy recommendations for the agency. The attached NAHMAnalysis summarizes the findings and implications of the GAO’s report, titled “Rural Housing Service: Additional Actions would Help Ensure Reasonableness of Rental Assistance Estimates.” The NAHMAnalysis is also available online here.