HUD News in Review: November 24, 2021 - Affordable Housing Online

HUD News in Review: November 24, 2021

By on November 24th, 2021

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Every week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes news about important events within the agency. The following are summaries of news for the week of November 24, 2021:

Please note: This news does not cover waiting list openings for low-income rental assistance programs. The latest waiting list news can be found here.

HUD announces Climate Change Action Plan

Date Posted: November 17, 2021

HUD released its new climate change plan, which explains HUD’s strategy to reduce energy use and carbon reduction to help build energy efficient and sustainable housing.

Part of HUD’s goal is to address climate-related disasters with a host of resources, support, and tools to help cities respond to low-income victims of natural disasters and climate crisis events.

What does this mean for renters?

HUD states it will “implement a broad approach to the climate crisis that reduces climate pollution; increases resilience to the impacts of climate change; protects public health; delivers environmental justice; and spurs well-paying union jobs and economic growth.”

The four parts of HUD’s Climate Change Plan are:

  • HUD Climate Communities Initiative
  • Green Building and Electrification
  • Good Green Jobs
  • Healthy Housing

Read more about HUD’s Climate Action Plan here.

Sec. Fudge speaks with governors about disaster recovery funds

Date Posted: November 17, 2021

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge discussed the department’s allocation of $2 billion dollars in funding for disaster recovery with governors of states and territories that have been recently damaged by natural disasters.

These governors include Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown, Louisiana’s Governor John Bel Edwards, and Puerto Rico’s Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi.

What does this mean for renters?

The State of Oregon received substantial funding to help with recovery from the state’s massive forest fires last year. The funding will help people from low-income rural areas, and people from communities of color who lost their homes to fire to rebuild.

Also, the funds will be used to expand access to affordable fire-resilient homes and support business recovery to help recover lost jobs.

Louisiana received funds to help build back after the 2020 hurricanes, and from the destruction caused by Hurricane Ida in August of this year.

Puerto Rico received funding to rebuild after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria devastated rural and urban areas in 2017, and a 2020 earthquake wrecked the southwest region of the island.

Governor Pierluisi stated, “The challenges our administration encountered stemmed from obstacles around access to recovery funding, which, thanks to the commitment of this Administration and Secretary Fudge’s leadership, are now a thing of the past.”

These funds will also help make improvements to better prepare for impacts of climate change.

HUD states that it is “committed to taking actions to invest in climate resiliency to reinforce its mission of creating strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities with affordable homes for all.”

Read more about the disaster recovery discussion here.

HUD starts distributing eviction protection funds 

Date Posted: November 23, 2021

HUD is distributing funding to legal service providers to assist in providing legal aid to renters who are at risk of being evicted, or are in the process of being evicted.

What does this mean for renters?

Through the Eviction Protection Grant Program, HUD is giving funding to experienced legal service providers to provide legal assistance at no cost to low-income tenants at risk of or who are being evicted.

HUD plans to award grants to the following non-profit legal services providers:

RecipientCityStateAmount of Award
Advocates For Basic Legal EqualityToledoOH$1,000,000
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers FoundationAtlantaGA$1,800,000
Community Legal Aid, Inc.WorchesterMA$2,400,000
Connecticut Fair Housing CenterHartfordCT$2,400,000
Idaho Legal Aid ServicesBoiseID$1,800,000
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.JacksonvilleFL$2,400,000
Legal Aid Center of Southern NevadaLas VegasNV$1,000,000
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New YorkAlbanyNY$2,400,000
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.GenevaNY$2,400,000
Legal Services of Eastern MissouriSt. LouisMO$2,400,000

Read more about these eviction protection funds here.

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Robin Lovelace

Robin Lovelace, Affordable Housing Online's Housing Policy Specialist, is a retired Housing Choice Voucher Policy Analyst. She worked for 17 years in various roles for housing authorities in the State of Indiana. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Robin also writes fiction and has been published in various literary magazines. Her latest novella, Savonne, Not Vonny, won the 2019 Etchings Press Prize and in October of 2021, her short story Uncle, won the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for fiction.