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HUD Secretary defends Trump’s racist comments about Baltimore

By on August 1st, 2019

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This week, HUD Secretary Ben Carson defended President Trump’s characterization of Baltimore as “rat and rodent infested,” and a place “no human being would want to live there.” The controversy arose through a series of tweets by Trump attacking Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), whose district includes part of Baltimore. Representative Cummings is African-American, and the … Continue reading HUD Secretary defends Trump’s racist comments about Baltimore


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Budget deal will raise spending caps for next two years

By on July 25th, 2019

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Congressional leaders and the White House reached a two-year budget deal this week. The deal raises the budget caps that would have resulted in severe cuts across the government, including affordable housing programs. The deal also suspends the debt ceiling until after the presidential elections. If the House and Senate approve the measure, it would … Continue reading Budget deal will raise spending caps for next two years


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Why do landlords reject vouchers, and what can be done?

By on July 15th, 2019

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For low-income households struggling to pay the rent, receiving a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can be like winning the lottery. There are not enough vouchers available for all the families that need them, and many families spend years on a waiting list before they receive assistance. Finding an apartment where that voucher can be … Continue reading Why do landlords reject vouchers, and what can be done?


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House passes bill to help voucher holders move to better neighborhoods

By on July 12th, 2019

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The House of Representatives recently created a demonstration program whose goal is to help households with Section 8 vouchers move to areas of greater opportunity. The Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2019 was introduced by Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO). It was adopted by the full House in March with … Continue reading House passes bill to help voucher holders move to better neighborhoods


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HUD proposes rolling back protections for homeless LGBTQ persons

By on July 11th, 2019

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HUD recently announced it will propose a new rule to limit Equal Access protections for LGBTQ persons who are homeless. If the rule is implemented, homeless LGBTQ persons could be turned away from shelters because of their gender identity. This action follows on the heels of the administration’s proposal to evict thousands of mixed-immigration status … Continue reading HUD proposes rolling back protections for homeless LGBTQ persons


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HUD issues notice on carbon monoxide detectors after Public Housing deaths

By on July 11th, 2019

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HUD recently issued a notice regarding the need for carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in all HUD-assisted housing. The notice comes in the wake of two deaths due to gas leaks at a South Carolina public housing property, covered by Affordable Housing Online here. HUD regulations do not currently require CO detectors. Up until now, HUD … Continue reading HUD issues notice on carbon monoxide detectors after Public Housing deaths


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Senator Warren introduces bold affordable housing bill

By on July 10th, 2019

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Ambitious new legislation could provide a major boost for low-income renters looking for an affordable home. Re-introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), The American Housing and Economic Mobility Act would substantially boost production and preservation of affordable rental housing. It would also lower rents, reduce segregation, and help homeowners hurt by the Great Recession. In … Continue reading Senator Warren introduces bold affordable housing bill


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Significant difference in HUD funding between House and Trump FY 2020 budgets

By on May 23rd, 2019

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In contrast to the severe cuts proposed by the Trump administration, affordable housing programs would get a tremendous boost of funding in Fiscal Year 2020 under the spending bill just released by the House Appropriations Committee. The subcommittee that sets funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposes $13.4 billion more for … Continue reading Significant difference in HUD funding between House and Trump FY 2020 budgets


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HUD immigrant ban would raise program costs and put 55,000 children at risk of homelessness

By on May 16th, 2019

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Raised program costs and 55,000 children facing homelessness are some of HUD’s expected results of a proposed rule that would deny all housing assistance to “mixed families” with at least one undocumented household member. HUD’s proposal, which was published last week in the Federal Register for public comment, applies to the Public Housing and Section … Continue reading HUD immigrant ban would raise program costs and put 55,000 children at risk of homelessness