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Trump FY 19 Budget Makes Drastic Cuts in Housing and Safety Net Programs

By on February 12th, 2018

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Editor’s Note: Tell your Congressperson to fully fund America’s affordable housing needs by taking a minute to complete the form here. The Trump Administration’s FY 19 budget proposes drastic cuts to HUD and USDA housing programs. It would eliminate almost all direct grant and loan programs that build and repair affordable housing, under-fund rental assistance and … Continue reading Trump FY 19 Budget Makes Drastic Cuts in Housing and Safety Net Programs


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Congress Passes Two-Year Budget Agreement, Potential for More Affordable Housing Funds

By on February 9th, 2018

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Update: The Senate passed the budget resolution after 1:00 a.m. Friday morning, 71-28. The vote was delayed because of objections by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to the amount it would add to the deficit. The House passed the measure early Friday morning on a vote of 240-186. There were 73 Democrats who voted for the budget … Continue reading Congress Passes Two-Year Budget Agreement, Potential for More Affordable Housing Funds


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Increase in LIHTC Program Not Included in Budget Agreement

By on February 7th, 2018

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Today, the U.S. Senate reached agreement on a two-year budget deal that could have brought more funding to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. However, Affordable Housing Online has confirmed with the office of Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) that the agreement was passed without additional funding to the LIHTC program. Senators Cantwell and … Continue reading Increase in LIHTC Program Not Included in Budget Agreement


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Trump’s First SOTU Address Ignores Affordable Housing Crisis

By on February 2nd, 2018

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For his first State of the Union address, President Trump gave the third longest speech in the past 50 years. With all that to say, he did not once touch on the affordable housing crisis in America. He did, however, say things that foreshadow the future of affordable housing and the prospects for low-income renters. … Continue reading Trump’s First SOTU Address Ignores Affordable Housing Crisis


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HUD Delays Rule Promoting Fair Housing

By on January 26th, 2018

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  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a delay this month in implementing a 2015 fair housing rule designed to reduce residential segregation. The rule requires local governments receiving HUD community development funds to submit an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) report. This assessment documents where segregation is occurring in the … Continue reading HUD Delays Rule Promoting Fair Housing


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VA Reverses Course on Proposed Cuts in Veterans Homelessness Programs

By on December 19th, 2017

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reversed course this month on a proposal to shift funding targeted to house homeless veterans to be used by local VA hospitals for general service use, after facing opposition. The program, called Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), combines rental assistance provided by HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) … Continue reading VA Reverses Course on Proposed Cuts in Veterans Homelessness Programs


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Proposed Tax Reform Not Good for Low-Income Renters

By on December 7th, 2017

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12/19/17 Update: Today, the House passed its tax bill by a 227-203 vote. The Senate is expected to vote tonight. Editor’s Note: This article reflects Affordable Housing Online’s analysis of the two tax reform bills passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, and how it would affect participants of low-income housing programs. The Republican … Continue reading Proposed Tax Reform Not Good for Low-Income Renters


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A Renter’s Guide to FEMA Housing Assistance

By on November 17th, 2017

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the largest of many agencies that provide assistance after disasters. FEMA’s assistance is supposed to fill in the gaps not covered by ongoing government assistance programs, insurance companies and private charitable organizations like the Red Cross. In all cases, FEMA’s operational goal is to facilitate moving households from … Continue reading A Renter’s Guide to FEMA Housing Assistance


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Housing Authority Strategies Help Prevent Crime in Public Housing

By on November 7th, 2017

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For a long time, Public Housing was seen as a center for violent crime, with images of brick high-rise complexes in dangerous neighborhoods dominating the media. But violent crime has been on the decline in the United States since 1995. And as violent crime has diminished nationwide, so too has it decreased on Public Housing … Continue reading Housing Authority Strategies Help Prevent Crime in Public Housing


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LA Section 8 Opening May Be Largest in Recent Years

By on October 26th, 2017

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Last week, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) opened its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list to new applicants for the first time since 2004. The rush of new applicants in the first few days has some thinking this may be the largest response to a wait list opening … Continue reading LA Section 8 Opening May Be Largest in Recent Years