Housing Affairs Letter

Low-Income Housing

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SAFMR Rule Takes Effect In Days

Public housing authorities in 24 major markets are scrambling to make sense of the new Small Area Fair Market Rent rule after believing they would have at least two more years to adjust to the new routine.

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GOP Leader At War With FHFA Chief

Irked that the Federal Housing Finance Agency decided to continue supplying money to the National Housing Trust Fund despite the financial plights of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) demands an explanation for the

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Housing Trust Rescue Effort Mounted

Faced with growing threats against the existence of the National Housing Trust Fund, housing activists, led by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and supported in a letter to the Senate Banking Committee by nearly 1,300 housing and social service groups nationally, mount

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Governor Reinforces Mount Laurel Decision

New Jersey’s new governor, Phil Murphy (D), wastes no time overturning housing decisions made by former Gov. Chris Christie (R) to get the state’s low-income housing obligations on track.

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New California Law Curbs NIMBYism

California lawmakers made it more difficult for neighborhood homeowners and others to object to construction of low-income housing.

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Rights Groups Sue Over FMR Shutdown

HUD’s decision to place a new fair housing initiative on indefinite hold has infuriated low-income housing advocates and civil rights groups.

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Report Paints Dismal Housing Portrait

HUD’s 2017 study “Worst Case Housing Needs” portrays a nation beset by diminishing housing options for poor families. The number of poor families struggling to pay rent or living in deplorable housing conditions has increased 41% in the decade since the beginning of the

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Advocates Dig In On Housing Trust

Facing almost insurmountable odds, low-income housing advocates consolidate their efforts, fortifying plans to persuade Congress to create a permanent source of money for the National Housing Trust Fund. Their principal focus now is on tax reform with an overhaul of the mortgage

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Oregon Preps Novel Housing Pilot

Approved legislation allowing cities to build low-income housing outside their prescribed boundaries triggers the launch of a pilot program implementing the law in two cities. The cities selected -- one with a population of fewer than 25,000 residents and the other with a population

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NJ Cities Hit With Housing Mandate

A long anticipated ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court confirms fears of the state’s cities and towns that they must spend millions of dollars to build thousands of extra homes for the poor.

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