Amy McClain

Amy McClain

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Elements of RAD — transfers of assistance

For the next blog installment summarizing a key element discussed during Ballard Spahr’s recent RAD webinar, following is an overview of the special conditions that apply to the transfer of assistance from an existing public...more

7/30/2015 - Affordable Housing Fair Market Value HUD Public Housing Public Housing Authorities RAD Program Rental Property

Elements of RAD discussed during the Ballard Spahr webinar

A number of essential points arising under HUD’s Notice PIH 2012-32, REV-2  were discussed during Ballard Spahr’s webinar, HUD’s Revised RAD Notice — What it Means for Closed and Future Projects. As a follow-up to the...more

7/24/2015 - Affordable Housing Fair Housing HUD Public Housing Rental Assistance Demonstration Tax Credits Webinar

DOJ provides guidance on service animal accommodation for housing and beyond

According to a recent Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement, some pets are allowed in the house. HUD filed and settled a civil rights lawsuit against RiverBay Corporation, a New York City-based affordable housing cooperative...more

7/22/2015 - ADA Affordable Housing DOJ Fair Housing Act HUD Reasonable Accommodation Service Animals

Requirements schedule for closing RAD transactions in CY 2015

For efficient closing of RAD transactions by December 31, 2015, public housing authorities and developers should remain mindful of the Office of Recapitalization’s recently released processing deadlines. Planning ahead and...more

7/10/2015 - FHA RAD Program Recapitalization

HUD publishes impactful Revised Notice for RAD

HUD published revised Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Notice, PIH 2012-32, REV-2, on Monday, June 15. The Notice addresses stakeholder feedback on RAD’s transactional and operational issues, and also incorporates key...more

6/17/2015 - Affordable Housing HUD Public Housing Rental Assistance Demonstration Rental Property Tax Credits

Thomas R. Davis appointed as the new Director of HUD’s Office of Recapitalization

Last week, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs announced Thomas R. Davis as the new Director of the Office of Recapitalization. Mr. Davis will oversee the Office’s efforts to further financial stability and viability...more

6/11/2015 - Administrative Appointments HUD

HUD announces proposed rule implementing expanded Violence Against Women Act protections

Last week, HUD has announced a proposed rule to implement protections arising under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2103 (VAWA). The reauthorization added a number of programs covered by VAWA, including...more

4/6/2015 - Affordable Housing HUD Proposed Regulation VAWA

The RAD cap is increased — now what?

Before a robust crowd at the recent Best of the West in Affordable Housing Development and Finance conference sponsored by Ballard Spahr and CSG Advisors in San Francisco, the value and evolution of the U.S. Department of...more

3/20/2015 - Affordable Housing HUD RAD Program

Does micro housing present opportunities for affordable housing?

Two recent news stories highlight a possible surge in the development of housing in high cost rental markets like New York and Washington, DC. A New York Times article and NPR story featured approaches to living in small...more

2/27/2015 - Affordable Housing

HUD provides supplemental guidance on RAD processing and the 2015 appropriations bill

Yesterday afternoon, HUD distributed it’s latest with supplemental guidance related to the implementation of statutory changes to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program and the processing of RAD applications in...more

2/4/2015 - Affordable Housing Guidance Update HUD RAD Program

HUD RAD team conducts focus group sessions with stakeholders

Today, HUD hosted a focus group of nearly a dozen key stakeholders to gain insights about the RAD process. I had the opportunity to participate in the sessions along with housing authority representatives, lenders, investors,...more

1/28/2015 - HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration

HUD Multifamily provides guidance on marijuana use in assisted housing

On December 29, 2014, Benjamin Metcalf, HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Assisted Properties, issued a memo to HUD Multifamily directors and contract administrators clarifying the impact of medical marijuana use...more

1/16/2015 - Affordable Housing Decriminalization of Marijuana HUD Medical Marijuana Multi-Family Development Public Housing Tenants

Insights from the executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Our Ninth Annual National Housing Symposium successfully brought together a rich panorama of perspectives across the affordable housing industry. Laura Green Zeilinger, the Executive Director for the United States Interagency...more

11/21/2014 - Affordable Housing Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Issues HUD

Senate holds nomination hearing for HUD Assistant Secretary

Last Thursday afternoon, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs conducted a nomination hearing to interview San Antonio Housing Authority CEO Lourdes Castro Ramírez for the position of HUD Assistant...more

11/19/2014 - Administrative Appointments Congressional Investigations & Hearings HUD

Insights from Ballard Spahr’s annual Housing Authority Summit

At yesterday’s Housing Authority Summit, representatives from housing authorities, HUD’s Office of Public Housing Investments and RAD teams, housing legislative advocates, key industry financial and advisory consultants and...more

11/14/2014 - Financing HUD Municipal Advisers Municipalities Public Housing Authorities Real Estate Development

Proposed new public housing demolition/disposition rule poses dangers for public housing appropriations and flexibility

Public housing needs all the help it can get. Its 1.1 million units of deeply affordable housing have been grossly underfunded by Congress for so many years that current studies indicate it would take over 30 billion dollars...more

10/30/2014 - Appropriation HUD Public Housing RAD Program

Denver Housing Authority’s Mariposa revitalization at the heart of one of APA’s 10 Great Neighborhoods

The Denver Housing Authority has been working a long time to redevelop Lincoln Park in the La Alma neighborhood. And, the hard work is garnering some attention. With construction on several phases completed and residents...more

10/29/2014 - Community Development Entities Construction Project Public Housing Authorities Real Estate Development Redevelopment

HUD Proposes Rule To Overhaul Demolition/Disposition of Public Housing

HUD recently issued a proposed rule to revise requirements applicable to demolition and disposition of public housing by public housing authorities (PHAs) and modify the rules for converting public housing to Section 8...more

10/24/2014 - Affordable Housing Demolition Fair Market Value HUD Proposed Regulation Public Housing Section 8

HUD’s Office of Public Housing Investments issues deadlines for year end closings

Last week, Susan Wilson, HUD’s Director of the Office of Urban Revitalization, issued a memo announcing due dates for closing mixed-finance transactions with the Office of Public Housing Investments (OPHI). Generally, any 24...more

10/6/2014 - Deadlines HUD Public Housing

Is gambling the next innovation in resident supportive services?

Recently, the New York Times published an article about the trend among some credit unions to offer “prize-linked savings accounts” as a means of encouraging saving among low-income families. The article explains that the...more

9/5/2014 - Credit Unions Gambling Gaming

HUD PIH issues Equal Access Rule implementation guidance

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently issued PIH 2014-20 (PIH Notice) providing guidance to public housing authorities (PHAs), PHA affiliates and instrumentalities, mixed-finance owners and owners of...more

9/2/2014 - Equal Access Gender Identity HUD Public Housing Public Housing Authorities Section 8 Sexual Orientation

Julián Castro is confirmed as next HUD Secretary

With a resounding 71-26 vote, the Senate has confirmed Julián Castro as the 16th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. President Obama’s nomination of Mr. Castro replaces outing Secretary Shaun Donovan, who was in turn...more

7/10/2014 - Confirmation Proceedings HUD

HUD announces RAD changes at the RAD Network Training

HUD hosted the RAD Network Training on June 4th and 5th with a crowd in attendance that exceeded HUD’s expectations. The two day series of panel presentations spanned a range of topics with insights shared by HUD staff and...more

6/10/2014 - Affordable Housing HUD LIHTC RAD Program Section 8 Training

Insights shared during the Ballard Spahr webinar on RAD

On May 15th, Ballard Spahr hosted the webinar, “HUD’s RAD Program: Lessons Learned So Far”. The panel included HUD representatives Greg Byrne and Kathie Soroka, Ivy Dench-Carter from Pennrose Properties, a private developer...more

5/16/2014 - Housing Developers HUD Lenders RAD Program

5 things to know about RAD

With HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program in full swing and transactions moving through the RAD pipeline, it may be helpful to step back now and again to consider some points about RAD. Here are a few that have...more

5/14/2014 - Affordable Housing Conversion HUD Public Housing Public Housing Authorities Section 8 Subsidies

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