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Apr26

HUD’s Proposed Rent Reform Would Increase Rents on HUD-Assisted Households

Yesterday the Trump Administration released a draft bill that would change the way rents for HUD-assisted households are calculated. These changes would increase rents, eliminate income deductions for health and child care expenses, and permit Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and housing providers to implement work requirements and alternative rent structures on tenants.
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Apr10

HUD Announces CDBG-DR Awards, Provides Massive Amounts for Puerto Rico and Mitigation

Today the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced awards for the $28 billion tranche of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding that Congress appropriated as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (PL 115-123) disaster supplemental back in February. This CDBG-DR funding is primarily to assist areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017.
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Mar23

Affordable Housing Wins Big in Washington State’s 2018 Legislative Session

Less than three months into 2018, the Washington Legislature has already had an incredibly productive year. Like most states, Washington is experiencing an affordable housing crisis, but this year affordable housing advocates achieved some significant victories that would spur the production of new units, provide more tenant protections, and improve services for the homeless.
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Mar14

New Enterprise Research: Navigating Federal Transportation Policy to Promote eTOD

Federal transportation policies and programs can have a significant impact on the creation of local equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD), as we detail in our new report, Navigating Federal Transportation Policy. These policies and programs generally provide several funding and technical assistance opportunities that can support eTOD. Furthermore, a wide range of policies and incentives that do not explicitly address eTOD can support or detract from conditions that make such development possible.
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Feb20

Funders for Housing and Opportunity Invests in Bold Goal to Mobilize Cross-Sector Partners to Make Safe and Affordable Housing a Reality for All Americans

A place to call home is the foundation for success in neighborhoods across the country. Families and communities thrive when they live in a safe, stable place with access to quality health care, reliable transit, and good schools and jobs. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. Across the nation, low-income children and adults suffer disproportionately from chronic health conditions because they live in homes that are poorly constructed and maintained, in neighborhoods that lack access to health care services and resources. Frequently, affordable homes are located far away from public transportation, making it more difficult for the families that live there to get to work and access necessities like groceries and health care. Children who experience housing insecurity and homelessness or live in unsafe housing are more likely to change schools and miss class frequently, and have weak bonds with teachers and classmates. And finally, a lack of affordable housing in places with good jobs results in weaker economic growth and decreased earnings for workers.
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Feb12

President’s FY 2019 Budget Request Would Cut Funding, Eliminate Programs

This morning the administration released the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request, which proposes dramatic cuts to housing and community development programs across agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the USDA Rural Housing Service, and the Department of Treasury.
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