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Homeless persons face the worst of the coronavirus pandemic

By on April 23rd, 2020

Tagged As: Affordable Housing News, Editorials

Many state and local governments are recognizing that if COVID-19 spreads among the homeless population, it would be a public health disaster. Cities nationwide are making efforts to help the homeless, but there’s a lot of uncertainty when looking into the future. Shelters do not have the space for safe social distancing. Unsheltered people have … Continue reading Homeless persons face the worst of the coronavirus pandemic


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Need for emergency rental assistance grows during the coronavirus pandemic

By on April 15th, 2020

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Some members of Congress are calling for a bold federal commitment to emergency rental assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Although many states have temporarily suspended evictions, just protecting low-income renters during the crisis is not enough. When the eviction orders are eventually lifted, renters will still be on the hook for months of unpaid rent, … Continue reading Need for emergency rental assistance grows during the coronavirus pandemic


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Infrastructure program at risk of Trump cuts gets big boost to help communities during pandemic

By on April 10th, 2020

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A public infrastructure program that President Trump has tried to get rid of since he took office is showing its usefulness during the COVID-19 outbreak. Despite the president’s opposition to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Congress just gave CDBG a $5 billion increase in its most recent coronavirus stimulus package. The new funding … Continue reading Infrastructure program at risk of Trump cuts gets big boost to help communities during pandemic


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How housing authorities are communicating with low income households amid coronavirus

By on March 23rd, 2020

Tagged As: Coronavirus, Editorials

In normal times, it could be hard for an applicant, participant or an interested party to call and speak with a live person at a Public Housing Agency (PHA). Whether it’s by way of being transferred to the appropriate staffer, or carefully navigating an automated phone system, reaching a live person immediately was not always … Continue reading How housing authorities are communicating with low income households amid coronavirus


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Lawmakers grill Carson on controversial HUD policies

By on March 20th, 2020

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

By on February 14th, 2020

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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


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Does HUD’s Moving to Work demonstration help low-income renters?

By on February 13th, 2020

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HUD recently began expanding the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program. MTW  allows selected Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to try innovative approaches that increase housing choice, improve the quality of housing, increase cost-effectiveness, and promote self-sufficiency. Although Congress and HUD have expanded MTW, there are questions about how well low-income residents are being served by … Continue reading Does HUD’s Moving to Work demonstration help low-income renters?


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Supreme Court lets Trump public charge rule take effect

By on February 6th, 2020

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The Supreme Court voted last week to let a Trump administration rule take effect that will punish millions of legal immigrants if they use public benefits. If the rule survives challenges that are still being heard in lower courts, it will severely restrict the number of legal immigrants. The 837-page final rule was published in … Continue reading Supreme Court lets Trump public charge rule take effect


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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