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OIG Examines Travel and Travel Costs

In a new audit report, HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) questioned certain costs paid by a public housing authority (PHA) for travel by the PHA’s commissioners. The OIG alleges violations of uniform cost principals at...more

HUD Regulatory Reform

The new HUD administration has been pretty quiet on the regulatory front, with only a handful of regulations and notices issued since January. That may change soon. HUD is hard at work identifying regulatory changes that...more

HUD Issues Statement on Applicability of Disparate Impact Liability to Insurance Industry

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced it will continue to address disparate impact liability for discriminatory insurance practices on a case-by-case basis. HUD addressed concerns from the...more

HUD expands fair housing liability to include LEP discrimination

Last week, HUD issued new guidance confirming that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). LEP includes a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English. ...more

HUD Expands Fair Housing Protections

People with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) under new guidance announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Housing providers can face liability for...more

New Fair Housing Rule Extends Liability to Housing Providers for Harassment

This week, HUD issued a final rule that creates liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) for housing providers for occurrences of “quid pro quo harassment” or “hostile environment harassment.” The new rule takes effect on...more

HUD Finalizes New Fair Housing Rule for Quid Pro Quo, Hostile Environment Harassment

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a final rule that creates liability for housing providers for occurrences of "quid pro quo harassment" or "hostile environment harassment." The new rule,...more

District Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Claim of Inclusive Communities

A federal court in Texas recently dismissed a housing discrimination claim that was based on alleged disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the latest in a series of decisions applying landmark U.S. Supreme Court...more

Northern Texas District Court Dismisses Fair Housing Disparate Impact Claim

A federal court in Texas recently dismissed a housing discrimination claim that was based on alleged disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the latest in a series of decisions applying landmark U.S. Supreme Court...more

HUD Releases Guidance on Fair Housing and Criminal Screening in Private Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance on April 4, 2016, on the use of criminal conviction records by housing providers in screening applicants. The guidance advises housing providers...more

HUD publishes new Fair Housing guidance on criminal background checks

On Monday, HUD published new guidance for landlords conducting criminal background checks as a condition of renting housing. This guidance is applicable to all providers or operators of housing and real estate related...more

HUD publishes state tool for AFFH

Last week, HUD is scheduled to publish its proposed tool for affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) for use by states and insular areas as they implement the new AFFH rule. Public comment is solicited for 60 days....more

HUD Proposes to "Formalize" Definitions of Harassment and Expand Fair Housing Act Liability

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a proposed rule that aims to "formalize standards for use in investigations and adjudications involving alleged harassment on the basis of race, color,...more

HUD issues final rule modifying portability process in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program

Effective September 21, amendments to HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program – the government’s largest program for assisting low-income, elderly, and disabled populations in the private housing market – will change the...more

Office of Inspector General challenges HUD policy regarding public housing for over-income families

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released an audit report of HUD examining the extent to which over-income families have been residing in public housing units. “Over-income” means the families were eligible low-...more

The U.S. Supreme Court decides 5-4: disparate-impact liability is cognizable under the Fair Housing Act

In a 5-4 decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that disparate-impact claims maintain adjudication viability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Justices Kennedy, Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan provided the...more

In case you missed it … Recent HUD notices

Over the past month, HUD has published a number of administrative notices that cover a variety of matters for housing providers, particular for PHAs and others who administer project-based Section 8 assistance. Below is a...more

HUD announces that temporary public housing and voucher regulatory relief will expire

HUD has announced that it will end the regulatory relief granted under Notice PIH 2013-03 as of the end of March 2015. That relief, which HUD described in Notice PIH 2013-03 as “temporary,” allowed public housing agencies...more

HUD Clarifies How Davis-Bacon Applies to Project-Based Voucher and RAD Programs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a new notice pertaining to the applicability of Davis-Bacon labor requirements to housing considered to be “existing” housing under the...more

OIG criticizes HUD’s enforcement of community service requirement

This week, HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report critical of HUD’s oversight of the community service and economic self-sufficiency requirement (CSSR). This federal requirement, applicable only to public...more

2/20/2015  /  Community Service , HUD , OIG , Public Housing

U.S. Supreme Court hears disparate impact case

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case which questioned whether the Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows for a disparate impact theory of liability. The disparate impact theory of liability is one in which a...more

Third Time Is the Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Disparate Impact Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.—the case presenting the issue of whether disparate impact claims are...more

HUD waives U.S. Housing Act provisions for Family Self-Sufficiency program

With the passage of the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress required HUD to unify the operations of the public housing and Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) programs. In order to implement the...more

With new notice, HUD confirms that Davis-Bacon requirements will not be enforced by HUD for most second component RAD projects...

On December 23, 2014, HUD issued a new notice clarifying its Davis-Bacon enforcement strategy for developments participating in the second component of the Rental Assistance Demonstration involving Rent Supplement and Rental...more

Increased costs and potential decrease in private investment: Ballard Spahr’s thoughts on the public housing...

Since HUD issued its proposed rule for the demolition and disposition of public housing in October of this year, Ballard Spahr has thoroughly examined the regulation and has now provided to HUD comments on the potentially...more

12/17/2014  /  HUD , Public Housing
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