Community Development Digest


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HUD Housing Counselors will Need to be Certified

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will now require housing counselors participating in HUD programs to be certified to offer counseling services to consumers. And certification requires more than just a signature on another government form. It requires housing counselors to pass a standardized written examination and work for a HUD-approved housing counseling agency (HCA).

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Changes in Store with HUD Sec'y Nominee Carson

President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to nominate Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development could change both community funding priorities and housing policies, assuming Carson wins Senate approval.

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HUD Delivers CART to Showcase Agency’s Investments

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has unveiled the Community Assessment Reporting Tool (CART -- an online reference and mapping tool created to help answer the question, “How is HUD investing in my community?” CART provides a snapshot of HUD investments across a community, cutting the time it takes to generate this information from several business days to minutes.

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HUD Issues New Guidance on RAD Conversion Process

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued formal guidance to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and others participating in the HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) on how to meet their fair housing, civil rights and relocation obligations during all phases of RAD’s conversion process.

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Popular HUD Program Expands to Privately-Owned Sec. 8 Properties

The owners of privately-owned apartment buildings who hold Section 8 contracts with the federal government will now be allowed to offer Family Self-Sufficiency programs, thanks to an edict from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The decision will enable more than 1 million households residing in these properties to access the popular HUD-backed program.

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HUD’s Message to Liberal Springfield: ‘You Can’t Do That’

You have to wonder what goes through the heads of local housing officials who think they can ignore federal laws that require them to treat people with disabilities in nondiscriminatory ways. That question becomes particularly vexing when it applies to an area widely recognized as one of the nation’s strongest bastions of liberal ideology (registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 6 to 1). But that’s exactly the case in the Massachusetts state capital of Springfield where the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has entered into agreements with the local housing authority to settle allegations of housing discrimination based on disability.

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Dallas Back in Housing Bias Flap with HUD

Nearly two years after Dallas, TX officials thought they were off the Fair Housing Act violation hook, the segregation complaint brought by two developers roars back. And this time the city is in a more untenable position when it comes to cutting a deal with HUD. Now, Dallas finds itself fully in the clutches of the new Fair Housing Act, the Obama administration’s interpretation of the 1968 law that moves one largely ignored tenet of the law to the forefront -- Aggressively Furthering Fair Housing.

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HUD Makes Available New Resources to Curb Lead Poisoning

Planners, developers, contractors can take advantage of new grants and online resources from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, aimed at reducing childhood lead poisoning in homes and apartments.

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HUD Thumps Illinois Property Owners Group, Management Firm

A group of Illinois property owners and a management firm found out the hard way that it's unlawful to deny residency to would-be renters who may have mental disabilities. They ended up having to pay $630,000 in order to settle charges that they violated the Fair Housing Act of 1973 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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Massachusetts Landlord Faces HUD Discrimination Charge

HUD has charged a Springfield, MA landlord with violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to rent an apartment to a husband and wife with children. The landlord is also charged with printing discriminatory statements in his lease and retaliating against the family after they complained.

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