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Calls grow for rent forgiveness as governments order businesses to close

By on April 3rd, 2020

Tagged As: Affordable Housing News, Coronavirus

Congress has suspended evictions in federally assisted housing during the coronavirus pandemic. Many states have also halted all evictions during the crisis. But people can face thousands of dollars in back rent payments when eviction suspensions are lifted. State lawmakers and Democratic presidential candidates have called for cancelling rent payments during the pandemic. At the … Continue reading Calls grow for rent forgiveness as governments order businesses to close


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Low-income renters helped by $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus

By on March 27th, 2020

Tagged As: Affordable Housing News, Coronavirus

The Senate passed a historic $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package Wednesday, on a vote of 96-0. It will benefit low-income renters in several ways. It will provide direct financial assistance to people, expand and increase unemployment insurance, halt evictions in federally-backed rental housing and foreclosures on federally-insured mortgages. It will also provide billions of dollars … Continue reading Low-income renters helped by $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus


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Cities, states and feds suspending evictions during coronavirus crisis

By on March 25th, 2020

Tagged As: Affordable Housing News, Coronavirus

Local and state governments around the country are suspending eviction and foreclosure actions, giving a break to low-income renters hurt during the coronavirus crisis. President Trump has also directed HUD to suspend evictions and foreclosures for a short time. But not all renters are protected. Affordable housing advocates say this is not enough, and that … Continue reading Cities, states and feds suspending evictions during coronavirus crisis


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Lawmakers grill Carson on controversial HUD policies

By on March 20th, 2020

Tagged As: Affordable Housing News, Editorials

Lawmakers challenged HUD Secretary Ben Carson at a hearing this month about a number of controversial Trump administration policies. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development grilled the secretary about HUD’s proposed budget cuts for FY 2021, as well as moves to weaken rules for ending segregation and to cut back fair … Continue reading Lawmakers grill Carson on controversial HUD policies


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HUD Secretary Ben Carson appointed to president’s coronavirus task force

By on March 11th, 2020

Tagged As: Affordable Housing News, Coronavirus

HUD Secretary Ben Carson was recently appointed to the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The Task Force is charged with leading the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak. Since his appointment, Secretary Carson has had some awkward moments trying to explain the Task Force’s plans to keep the public safe. President Trump charged The Task … Continue reading HUD Secretary Ben Carson appointed to president’s coronavirus task force


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Local barriers in the way of new affordable housing

By on March 9th, 2020

Tagged As: Editorials

Affordable housing faces many barriers at the local level. Some are written into zoning and building codes that discourage new rental housing. Public forums can provide a platform for Not-In-My-Back-Yard opponents. And even in cities that have adopted rules supporting new rental housing, permit backlogs have delayed projects. Low-income renters have the most to lose … Continue reading Local barriers in the way of new affordable housing


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Harvard report shows loss of affordable apartments and growing rent burden

By on February 28th, 2020

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A new Harvard University report shows a shrinking pool of affordable apartments, and more renters who are paying too much for their housing.  America’s Rental Housing 2020 was prepared by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS). It is an annual report that looks at important trends affecting rental housing and the people that … Continue reading Harvard report shows loss of affordable apartments and growing rent burden


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Inspector General finds HUD not imposing oversight on troubled housing authorities

By on February 25th, 2020

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HUD’s Inspector General issued a report finding that troubled Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) have not been referred for HUD management takeover, despite being required by law and regulations. Without additional oversight, poor living conditions for low-income renters served by these troubled PHAs – commonly known as housing authorities – could stagnate or get worse. HUD … Continue reading Inspector General finds HUD not imposing oversight on troubled housing authorities


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Annual HUD report shows rise in homelessness for third year

By on February 19th, 2020

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HUD’s 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) shows that although homelessness decreased in many states, overall it rose for the third straight year under the Trump administration. Key Facts: There were 567,715 homeless persons counted in January, 2019, an increase of 2.7% in the homeless population. 63% of homeless persons were sheltered and 37% unsheltered. … Continue reading Annual HUD report shows rise in homelessness for third year


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Affordable Housing Online up close with the candidates at NH primary town hall

By on February 14th, 2020

Tagged As: Editorials

Editor’s Note: Affordable Housing Online’s Senior Housing Analyst Chris Holden had a unique opportunity last week to attend one of CNN’s televised town hall events in Manchester, New Hampshire. Below is his personal account of his experience, with reactions to what candidates said about housing policy. Growing up in New Hampshire, I felt lucky that … Continue reading Affordable Housing Online up close with the candidates at NH primary town hall