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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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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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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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Tech companies commit funds for affordable housing: Is it enough?

By on November 8th, 2019

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This week Apple announced a commitment of $2.5 billion for affordable housing in California, surpassing a $1 billion announcement last week by Facebook. These pledges follow on the heels of large affordable housing commitments earlier in the year by Microsoft and Google. Many people, though, argue that these companies’ growth has played a major role … Continue reading Tech companies commit funds for affordable housing: Is it enough?


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Affordable Housing Roundtable: Homelessness in America

By on October 28th, 2019

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In the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress1, researchers estimate more than 553,000 people were experiencing homelessness on any given night. Thirty-five percent of which were living unsheltered or in places unfit for safe human habitation. The report cites a decline in homelessness from 2007 to … Continue reading Affordable Housing Roundtable: Homelessness in America


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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