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HUD rule proposal would let housing segregation slide

By on January 15th, 2020

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HUD will soon publish a proposed rule reducing local government requirements to the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) policy as required by the Fair Housing Act. The proposal completely rewrites an Obama administration requirement that cites document patterns of segregation and proposes concrete solutions in order to get federal community development funds. This Trump proposal … Continue reading HUD rule proposal would let housing segregation slide


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Senate Considering Two Bills Promoting Housing Stability

By on January 9th, 2020

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Two bipartisan housing bills currently in the Senate will greatly benefit housing stability for low-income renters if they are passed. The Eviction Crisis Act would help renters facing the threat of eviction. The Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act would help low-income households with young children move to neighborhoods of opportunity. Evictions have increased at … Continue reading Senate Considering Two Bills Promoting Housing Stability


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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal on Public Sleeping Bans

By on January 7th, 2020

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The Supreme Court recently rejected a request by the City of Boise to appeal a lower court ruling that decriminalizes being homeless. This past April, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the city in Martin v. Boise. The Appeals Court said that the city cannot ticket and arrest people for sleeping on the … Continue reading Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal on Public Sleeping Bans


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Congress Nears FY20 Spending Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown

By on December 19th, 2019

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed $1.4 trillion in spending bills on Tuesday to fund the federal government through Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The legislation now moves to the Senate, which must approve it quickly to avoid a government shutdown. Once approved, HUD will receive funding increases that are a rejection of the massive cuts … Continue reading Congress Nears FY20 Spending Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown


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HUD withholds billions in disaster aid for Puerto Rico again

By on December 11th, 2019

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has again left Puerto Rico without critical disaster aid approved by Congress. HUD has delayed $8 billion in disaster mitigation funds from reaching the territory. This follows a delay three months ago on another $10 billion in aid funding. To date, Puerto Rico has only received … Continue reading HUD withholds billions in disaster aid for Puerto Rico again


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Public housing rehab bill proposed by Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez

By on December 3rd, 2019

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The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act was recently introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). The legislation proposes $180 billion over 10 years to rehabilitate the nation’s aging public housing, improve energy efficiency and provide good paying job opportunities for public housing residents. The bill links critical health and … Continue reading Public housing rehab bill proposed by Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez


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HUD Podcast Provides Clear Info About Housing Issues

By on November 26th, 2019

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HUD has recently been redesigning its website to provide the public with more accessible and useful information. Part of this effort is House Keys, a podcast series that launched in the fall of 2018. House Keys is “devoted to all things housing,” as the introduction says, and does a good job making complicated housing topics … Continue reading HUD Podcast Provides Clear Info About Housing Issues


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Congress Passes Temporary Measure to Keep Government Open

By on November 22nd, 2019

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The House and Senate voted to extend government funding through December 20. Called a continuing resolution, the measure avoided a government shutdown. President Trump signed the extension on November 21, the day that government funds were set to run out. The House passed the measure with a mostly party line vote of 231-192 on November … Continue reading Congress Passes Temporary Measure to Keep Government Open


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Affordable Housing Addressed at Democratic Presidential Debate

By on November 21st, 2019

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The subject of the affordable housing crisis finally made the stage last night at the fifth 2020 Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta. Many housing industry professionals agree that this may be the first time a presidential debate moderator has asked candidates about their plans to address homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. NBC News … Continue reading Affordable Housing Addressed at Democratic Presidential Debate


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First California City Sued Under Recent State Housing Law

By on November 20th, 2019

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The first lawsuit has been filed under California’s latest amendment to its Housing Accountability Act, alleging City of Huntington Beach illegally denied a housing development proposal, even though it complied with the zoning. The Housing Accountability Act, passed in 1982, was amended in 2017 to greatly strengthen its enforcement standards and promote the building of … Continue reading First California City Sued Under Recent State Housing Law