Housing Affairs Letter

Assisted Housing

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Section 8 Mobility Demo Launch Funded

Low-income housing advocates succeed in getting congressional approval and funding for a Section 8 housing voucher mobility program demonstration following a long-term campaign to gain recognition for the concept.

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MN Judge Muddles Section 8 Program

Angered by what they contend is a violation of their prerogatives to exclude potential troublemakers or rent slackers, 55 apartment owners who control more than 3,200 housing units moved to have the ordinance overturned.

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HUD Bows To Judge’s FMR Ruling

HUD officials remain mum on whether the department will challenge a U.S. District Court judge’s ruling ordering the department to uphold an Obama administration initiative to give poor families inflated Section 8 housing vouchers.

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Puerto Rico Faces Section 8 Law Quirk

About 20,000 Puerto Rican families could lose their Section 8 housing subsidies unless Congress acts to fix an obscure section of the law. The issue reached critical mass when the National Association of Realtors linked with the Institute for Real Estate Management to appeal

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Rent Hikes For All Assisted Housing

Up to 4 million families receiving federal housing subsidies would face increases in their out-of-pocket rental housing costs under President Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposal. The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities think tank concludes the Trump administration’s rationale

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HUD In New $4B RAD Push

HUD officials decide to put a major effort behind its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. RAD combines public housing authorities (PHAs) with private landlords to restore crumbling and languishing public housing projects. Private managers then supervise the

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Pitch For Renewed Competitive Bidding

An Obama administration policy of awarding HUD contracts without competitive bidding has emerged again in a new battle to make sure HUD restores competitive contracting. HUD, under Secretary Shaun Donovan, dropped contract competitions in 2011 to help favor some

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Minneapolis Section 8 Squabble Flares

Minneapolis, MN is preparing to enact a law requiring landlords to accept Section 8 housing vouchers as legal earnings despite fierce opposition from the city’s landlords. The effort mirrors similar laws enacted in several communities, counties and cities around the country. Some

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Texas Pivot On Low-Income Housing

In what may be a portent for the housing industry, Texas prepares to shift gears on the nationwide effort for expansion of low-income housing by piling on expensive preconditions against low-income housing developers.

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HUD Subsidy Oversight Slammed

HUD awarded multiple housing subsidies to public and assisted housing tenants because the department failed to implement its own system of checks and balances according to a new report from the department’s inspector general.

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