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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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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


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3 million people would lose SNAP benefits under rule proposal

By on November 5th, 2019

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The Trump administration has proposed a rule change that would lead to about 3 million people losing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Under the proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, automatic qualification for SNAP benefits — formerly known as Food Stamps — would become more restrictive. The proposed … Continue reading 3 million people would lose SNAP benefits under rule proposal


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HUD Officials Admit Holding Back Disaster Aid for Puerto Rico

By on October 25th, 2019

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Two HUD officials recently admitted to a House subcommittee that the agency knowingly withheld a funding notice for Puerto Rico disaster aid. HUD was scheduled to publish funding notices for 18 areas affected by natural disasters in recent years, but Puerto Rico’s was the only funding notice that did not get published. The HUD officials … Continue reading HUD Officials Admit Holding Back Disaster Aid for Puerto Rico


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California third in nation to enforce statewide rent control

By on October 8th, 2019

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California Governor Gavin Newsom gave low-income tenants protection from rent gouging, approving statewide rent control legislation today. California is only the third state to do this, following Oregon in March of this year and New York in June. The new limit will not only cap annual rent increases, it will also provide tenants protection from … Continue reading California third in nation to enforce statewide rent control


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Opinion: How will impeachment proceedings affect affordable housing?

By on September 30th, 2019

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The United States government is entering turbulent political times. The House of Representatives has begun a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. This is only the fourth time it has happened in our history. No matter how it turns out, the impeachment process is disruptive to the normal business of Washington. But certain aspects of … Continue reading Opinion: How will impeachment proceedings affect affordable housing?


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Senate committee approves modest increase in FY 2020 affordable housing spending

By on September 25th, 2019

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a modest increase in affordable housing and community development funding last week for Fiscal Year 2020. It provides $2.3 billion more than FY 2019 funding levels. This is $11.9 billion more than the Trump administration requested in its FY 2020 budget. This is good news for low-income renters, who would … Continue reading Senate committee approves modest increase in FY 2020 affordable housing spending