Enhanced Federal Funding Is Helping Cities Address Homelessness

Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) are allowing cities and states to invest in long-term recovery from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Because people experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, many jurisdictions are using ARPA funds to enhance programs and systems that make bouts of homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. Already, federal funds have […]

A Former Soldiers Home Offers Permanent Supportive Housing for Veterans

In March 2021, the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, a historic landmark on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, that once housed elderly and disabled Civil War veterans in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reopened as a supportive housing complex for veterans. Located about 4 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, the complex now houses veterans who either had experienced homelessness or […]

Another Definition for Rural?

Several weeks ago, I spoke at the Housing Assistance Council’s (HAC’s) virtual annual conference. While preparing for the conference, I recalled this Edge post last year written by former director of the Office of Policy Development and Research’s (PD&R) Housing and Demographic Analysis Division Shawn Bucholtz about a 2017 American Housing Survey (AHS) question that asked respondents about whether they would describe the […]

High Home Sales Prices as Economic Activity Resumes in the Palm Bay HMA

The Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville Housing Market Area (Palm Bay HMA) sits on the northeast coast of Florida, includes all of Brevard County and is coterminous with the metropolitan statistical area of the same name. The Palm Bay HMA is located about an hour due east by car from Orlando. The area is home to the John F. Kennedy Space Center and […]

The Willard Street Apartments Provide Affordable Housing and Nonprofit Dental Care in Durham

Located adjacent to the Durham Station Transportation Center, the 82-unit Willard Street Apartments is the first affordable housing project built in downtown Durham, North Carolina. Affordable housing developer DHIC and nonprofit loan provider Self-Help Ventures Fund codeveloped the project with support from both the city of Durham and the community. The development includes an onsite nonprofit dental clinic, Local Start […]

Reflecting on 2021

Echoing the message of Secretary Marcia Fudge, on behalf of HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, we offer our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the fires on January 5th at a public housing property in Philadelphia and on January 9th at an apartment building in the Bronx. The last year has been a […]

PD&R Quarterly Update: Government’s Response to the Eviction Crisis

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) held its most recent Quarterly Update on December 9, 2021. This virtual event, “Government’s Response to the Eviction Crisis,” featured presentations on the state of the U.S. housing market and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on housing stability. Keynote speaker Dr. Margaret Hagen, director of Stanford Law School’s Legal Design Lab, described the various […]

Fort Wayne, Indiana: Posterity Scholar House Provides Affordable Housing and Transportation to Single-Parent Student Households

Posterity Scholar House, a 44-unit affordable apartment development for single parents and their children, opened in southeast Fort Wayne, Indiana, in January 2019. The $12.6 million project was developed by the Indianapolis-based firm Black and White Investments (BWI) and was one of the first two projects selected to participate in the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s (IHCDA’s) Moving Forward […]

HUD Awards Nearly $105 Million to Help Protect Low-Income Families from Health and Safety Hazards

HUD announced it has awarded almost $105 million in grants, administered through the Healthy Homes Production Grant Program, to help identify health and safety hazards in low-income homes.  For more information, including a project-by-project break down of the funding, please view the announcement below. Funding to make low-income families’ homes safer and healthier The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban […]

Official State Income Limits for 2021 – Revised to include acutely low-income

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has revised the State Income Limits for 2021 , which became effective January 1, 2022. The revision is in response to Chapter 354, Statute of 2021 (AB 1043), which adds section 50063.5 to the Health and Safety Code and defines a new income category: acutely low-income. California’s acutely low-income households are […]

HUD San Francisco’s Asset Management Division Invitation for a Budget Based Rent Increase (BBRI) Presentation Correction

Last month, HUD San Francisco’s Asset Management Division sent out an invitation for a Budget Based Rent Increase (BBRI) presentation for our Industry partners on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 10:00am – 11:00am PST. Unfortunately, the phone number and passcode were incorrect so we are providing new access information here. To participate on January 25th, please select one of the […]

NAHMA Celebrates the Affordable Housing Industry’s Best

The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) announces the winners of its annual Industry and AHMA Awards, which will be presented during its Biannual Top Issues in Affordable Housing winter conference, March 9-11. The list of award winners includes individuals and organizations whose professionalism, dedication, and accomplishments in assuring quality housing for low-income Americans raise the multifamily affordable housing industry standards. […]

Housing Applications for Rosefield Village will be Accepted Starting January 17th

The housing application for Rosefield Village will become available starting at 8am on January 17 th and will close at 5pm on February 7 th . The Housing Authority of the City of Alameda (AHA) will begin to accept applications via the Alameda County Housing Portal ( https://housing.acgov.org/listings ) on January 17th. Before January 17 th , any person interested in […]

State of California 2021-22 Annual Action Plan Amendment

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has made an amendment the 2021-2022 Annual Action Plan. This amendment makes the 2021-2022 Annual Action Plan (AAP) Method of Distribution (MOD) for Housing Trust Fund consistent to the MOD in the 2020-2021 AAP Second Substantial amendment and include other changes. The amendment updates are summarized as follows: Allow for a […]

FCC launches the Affordable Connectivity Program to replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

On December 31, 2021, the FCC launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This longer-term program was created by Congress in the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, and replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.  This investment in broadband affordability will help ensure households can afford the internet connections they need for work, school, health care and more. To support your ACP outreach […]

Housing for a Healthy California Program, Article I – Notice of Funding Availability

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for approx. $160 million in federal National Housing Trust Fund funding for the Housing for a Healthy California (HHC) Program, Article I. Who can apply An organization, agency, or other entity (including a public housing agency, a for-profit entity, or a […]

Want a 2022 NAHMA Drug-Free Kids Calendar? Get Your Order in Now

For all of you last-minute shoppers, the clock is ticking to receive your National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) 2022 Drug-Free Kids Calendars in time to use as gifts for residents, colleagues, and last-minute holiday guests. To purchase one―or more―download the order form and send it in today. The calendar cost is $5.50 each, which is a Department of Housing […]

LIHTC Update: Rates for January 2022

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2022-1, which provides various prescribed rates for federal income tax purposes, including applicable federal interest rates, adjusted applicable federal interest rates, and adjusted long-term and tax-exempt rates for January 2022. As provided in the ruling, Table 4 contains LIHTC Appropriate Percentages Under Section 42(b)(1) for January 2022: Appropriate percentage for the 70% […]

HUD Announces Disaster Assistance for Kentucky Disaster Survivors

HUD announced the implementation of federal disaster assistance for areas in the Commonwealth of Kentucky affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and tornadoes beginning on December 10, 2021, and continuing. On December 12, President Biden issued a major disaster declaration for the counties of Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor, and Warren. Federal funding also is available on a cost-sharing […]

RD Multifamily Disaster Guidance in Response to Tornados in Kentucky and Other States

Given the recent disasters in Kentucky and other states in the area, please be reminded of guidelines for Rural Housing Service Multifamily properties and tenants affected by the storms. Borrowers and Management Agents in the area will be contacted by your assigned servicing specialist with guidance on how to report property damage along with emergency assistance needed for tenants. Property […]

TRACS Access and Cyber Security Awareness Training Requirements

HUD must ensure that our affordable housing stakeholders complete annual information security awareness and role-based training before gaining or keeping access rights to the Tenant Rental Assistance Certification System (TRACS) and the integrated Multifamily Access eXchange (iMAX) systems. Current users and coordinators can begin this process today, December 13, 2021, and must complete it by January 31, 2022. See the instructions […]

NAHMAnalysis-A Review of the Full JCHS Report: “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2021 & A Review of HUD’s Worse Case Housing Needs: “2021 Report to Congress”

The latest NAHMAnalyses, A Review of the Full JCHS Report: “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2021” and A Review of HUD’s Worse Case Housing Needs: “2021 Report to Congress” are now both available.  The JCHS State of Housing 2021 report discusses all aspects of the housing market and the forces that shape it including economics, demographics, and government policy. […]

HUD Expands Partnership with HHS to Improve Access to Affordable Housing and Supportive Services/ New Housing and Services Resource Center

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the expansion of a partnership established earlier this year to improve access to affordable, accessible housing and the critical services that make community living possible. The partners also announced the launch of a national Housing and Services Resource Center (HSRC) as the hub of this coordinated […]

FHA Catalyst Makes Electronic MAP Application Submissions Required Starting December 10

The Office of Multifamily Housing published the Mortgagee Letter that announces the required use of the FHA Catalyst: Multifamily Applications Module effective December 10, 2021, for all electronic MAP application submissions. Mailed hard copies, USB drives, or emailed cloud storage service links will no longer be required or accepted for applications once the requirement is in effect. The module provides lenders the following […]

First Faircloth to RAD Under Construction, RAD Data Dashboard and New Upgrades & Tools

The first transaction using the new Faircloth-to-RADpathway has begun construction in Galveston, TX. Faircloth-to-RAD merges the process by which public housing authorities (PHAs) develop public housing units from their “Faircloth” limitwith a RAD conversion in order to support the development of new, deeply affordable housing. The Galveston Housing Authority (GHA)’s “Oleander at Broadway” will bring back homes that were severely damaged […]

New Lead Safe Housing Rule Toolkit is Available

HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has just launched a Lead Safe Housing Rule Toolkit with sample forms, checklists, and flowcharts for HUD’s Lead Safe Housing Rule (24 CFR Part 35) to support healthy and lead safe homes. These tools help practitioners to understand and comply with the federal lead rules. The Lead Safe Housing Rule applies […]

Urge Congress to Prevent a Government Shutdown and Provide FY22 Funding for Affordable Housing Programs

Congress is divided over political disputes unrelated to housing and this is jeopardizing government funding for the rest of this fiscal year (FY22). Ask your lawmakers to fully fund affordable housing programs. A government shutdown is harmful to families living in affordable housing, and they are harmful to our industry. Request full funding: Urge your lawmakers to enact FY2022 full-year […]

IRS Issues Guidance on Implementation of 4 Percent Minimum Rate

The IRS has issued Revenue Ruling 2021-20 and Revenue procedure 21-43, which establishes limitations on the applicability of the 4% low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) floor and provides examples of three scenarios. Revenue Ruling 2021-20 provides guidance regarding whether the 4 percent applicable percentage (4 percent floor) applies to the low-income buildings described in the revenue ruling.  This revenue ruling […]

Start the New Year with a NAHMA Drug-Free Kids Calendar

Time is running out to order a National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) 2022 Drug-Free Kids Calendar in time for the new year. December will be over before you know it, and the calendars are flying off the shelves. The calendars make great presents for residents, colleagues, and last-minute holiday guests. Now is the perfect time to purchase one—or more—by […]

No Trick, NAHMA Drug-Free Kids Calendars Are Full of Treats

There is nothing scary about ordering National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) 2022 Drug-Free Kids Calendars. Treat your co-workers and residents with these one-of-a-kind calendars. Now is the perfect time to purchase one—or more—by downloading the order form and sending it in today. For an added incentive, purchase calendars before Nov. 12, and you are automatically entered in the lucky […]