The NAHRO Blog Is Now a Part of the NAHRO Website!
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by Tushar Gurjal
5M ago
In order to streamline our communications, we’ve incorporated the NAHRO Blog into the NAHRO website. All past blog posts have been archived in the Direct News section, and all future posts will be made and archived on www.nahro.org. If you’re already subscribed to the NAHRO Blog updates, no need to do anything — you’ll continue to receive emailed updates every time we post an article or notification. If you prefer to receive immediate updates when we post a new article to the NAHRO website, you can subscribe at the bottom of each article. Please note: while anyone can subscribe to receive upda ..read more
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HUD Email Provides Information on Voucher Timelines
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by Tushar Gurjal
5M ago
Earlier today, HUD sent its monthly “The HCV Connect” email. The email emphasized the following points: Housing agencies with voucher programs should finalize their 2023 reporting by January 29th; Moving to Work (MTW) agencies should report MTW eligible activities that the agency has dedicated MTW HCV reserves towards in the Voucher Management System (VMS); HUD will begin revoking and reallocating certain Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) soon based on data as of Feb. 15–if a housing agency is on the list for revocation (see PIH Notice 2023-31), it should try to maximize voucher issuance and ..read more
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HUD Releases Proposed Rule to Revise CDBG and Section 108 Program Regulations
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by Steven Molinari
5M ago
On January 10, HUD published a proposed rule that would revise the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and related Section 108 loan guarantee program regulations. Proposed changes will not have any impact on the allocation of CDBG funds among recipients. Additionally, HUD asks for comments to 11 questions provided within the proposed rule. Comments to the proposed rule are due by March 11, 2024 and can be submitted here. According to HUD, the proposed rule is meant “to provide authority that would allow CDBG grantees and Section 108 borrowers to implement funding more effectively and effi ..read more
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HUD Posts Proposed Changes to Methodology for Calculating Section 8 Income Limits
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by Tushar Gurjal
5M ago
On January 9, HUD posted a pre-publication copy of a notice in the Federal Register titled “Changes to the Methodology Used for Calculating Section 8 Income Limits under the United States Housing Act of 1937.” Since Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, in calculating the thresholds for “low-income families” and “very low-income families,” HUD has limited the increase from one year to the next as the higher of either five percent or twice the percentage change in the national median family income. The Department also does not allow income limits to decrease by more than five percent from the previous year. T ..read more
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HUD Publishes Notice Detailing Public Housing Operating Fund Shortfall Grant Reporting
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by Andrew Van Horn
5M ago
HUD has published Notice 2024-02pihn, “Shortfall Grant SF-425 Reporting Requirements.” In each fiscal year (FY) from 2020-2023, HUD has distributed $25 million per year in Public Housing Operating Fund Shortfall grants. The original grant information for FY 2020 and 2021 did not require agencies to provide a report for this funding; however, Notice 2024-02 clarifies that grant recipients for any years between 2020 and 2023 must submit an SF-425 for each year they received this funding. The notice discusses the following based on the year agencies received funding:  the period of performan ..read more
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HUD Implements HOTMA Section 103 Waiting List Requirement via New Online Module
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by Andrew Van Horn
5M ago
Waiting List Submissions Due March 31, 2024 On January 3, 2024, HUD continued implementing Section 103 of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA) by opening the Public Housing Waiting List Module. A major component of Section 103, agencies must report to HUD the number of families on their public housing waiting list(s). HUD will use this module to collect and publish data waiting list lengths. As in other communications about this data collection, HUD reminds agencies to report each family on waiting lists once and not to report the same family more than once if they are on ..read more
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HUD Releases BABA Guidance    
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by Andrew Van Horn
5M ago
HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing has released “Build America, Buy America Act Implementation Guidance for the Public Housing Program,” PIH Notice 2024-01. This notice is separate from guidance from both HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA). The guidance synthesizes the steps HUD and OMB have taken to implement the law and clarifies remaining compliance questions. BABA is being implemented in phases, and agencies do not yet need to comply with the law for many programs. The n ..read more
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HUD Institutes Cash Management Practices for the EHV program
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by Tushar Gurjal
6M ago
On Dec. 19, HUD published a notice titled “Cash Management and Closeout Procedures for the Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) Program funds, and Supplemental Information Regarding EHV Contract Renewal Calculation.” The notice establishes cash management procedures for PHAs with EHVs. These vouchers are for households that are homeless; at risk of homelessness; fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking; or recent homeless or have a high risk of housing instability. The Department will distribute EHV funds in accordance with Tre ..read more
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HUD Reopens Jobs Plus Notice of Funding Opportunity
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by Andrew Van Horn
6M ago
Applications due March 12, 2024 HUD has reopened the FY 2023 Jobs Plus NOFO to distribute remaining funding amounts from fiscal years 2023-2024 until March 12, 2024. Applicants can find this grant opportunity on grants.gov, and more information is available on the FY 2023 Jobs Plus NOFO webpage, including a full Program NOFO, FAQs, and instructions. PHAs that did not submit an application by the August 21, 2023 deadline may apply, and agencies that applied by the that deadline do not need to submit another application. PHAs who received a Jobs Plus award from FY 2019 or earlier may apply again ..read more
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New Report on the Benefits of Increasing Housing Supply
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by Tushar Gurjal
6M ago
A new report titled “Supply Skepticism Revisited” by Vicki Been, Ingrid Gould Ellen, and Katherine O’Regan has been highlighted by the Furman Center in a recent email. The report is structured into four parts. The first part shows evidence that housing is unaffordable and that supply is not meeting demand in many parts of the country; the second part reviews arguments made by skeptics at the efficacy of increasing housing supply to increase affordability; the third part identifies new research that shows the benefits of increasing the housing supply; and the fourth part identifies areas where ..read more
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