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Sharon Wilson Geno

Ballard Spahr LLP

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HUD Publishes New Rule Governing Federal Procurement and Contracting

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a rule that made numerous changes to grant administration, procurement, and contracting requirements. The rule repealed the requirements found at...more

12/23/2014 - Federal Contractors Federal Grants Federal Procurement Systems HUD New Regulations

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

One small step for FHFA, one giant step for affordable housing and community reinvestment across the country

In what may be one of the longest tests of perseverance and intestinal fortitude in the history of legislative advocacy for affordable housing, supporters of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) finally saw their proposal...more

12/16/2014 - Affordable Housing Community Reinvestment Act Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac NHTF

Amicus Curiae Oppose Disparate-Impact Liability

Recently, following the U.S. Supreme Court's grant of certiorari, more than a dozen organizations, groups, and associations filed separate amicus curiae briefs in support of the notion that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) does not...more

12/15/2014 - Disparate Impact FHA SCOTUS

In House, proposed spending bill lifts the RAD Cap

House and Senate leaders have come to an agreement on a spending bill that contains a major win for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: the expansion of the Rental Assistance Demonstration, allowing for the...more

12/12/2014 - HUD Proposed Legislation Rental Assistance Demonstration

RAD Expansion to 185,000 Units Likely: House Spending Bill Proffers Additional Authorization, Funding Changes

U.S. House and Senate leaders have come to an agreement on a spending bill that contains a major win for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): expansion of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)...more

12/12/2014 - Federal Budget HUD Public Housing RAD Program

Reminder: comments on public housing demolition/disposition proposed rule due on December 15th

On October 16th, HUD issued a new proposed rule that would make significant changes to the approval process for the demolition and disposition of public housing properties. In addition to codifying a number of existing,...more

12/9/2014 - Demolition Funding HUD Proposed Regulation Public Housing Public Housing Authorities

Federal District Court Vacates HUD Disparate Impact Rule

In a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case we have been watching for some time, the federal district court in Washington, D.C., recently issued an opinion vacating the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s)...more

11/6/2014 - Administrative Procedure Act Disparate Impact FHA HUD

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

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

Third Time's the Charm? Supreme Court Agrees Again To Hear FHA Disparate Impact Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed for the third time in recent history to decide whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The Supreme Court granted the Texas Department of...more

10/3/2014 - Affordable Housing Discrimination Disparate Impact FHA SCOTUS

LIHTC discrimination suit filed against federal government

A lawsuit was recently filed alleging that the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) perpetuated racial segregation in the City of Dallas in their administration of the Low...more

9/16/2014 - Discrimination Disparate Impact LIHTC OCC Racial Discrimination

Treasury Department and OCC Sued for Discriminatory Conduct in LIHTC Program

A lawsuit was recently filed alleging that the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) perpetuated racial segregation in the City of Dallas in their administration of the Low...more

9/15/2014 - Discrimination LIHTC OCC U.S. Treasury

HUD Notice has potential to encourage broad PHA renewable energy rollout

Housing authorities that are seeking alternate energy sources or new funding streams will be particularly interested in HUD’s latest PIH notice. It ushers in a number of programmatic changes in an effort to increase the use...more

8/22/2014 - Energy Projects HUD Public Housing Public Housing Authorities Renewable Energy Utilities Sector

HUD Notice Has Potential To Encourage Broad PHA Renewable Energy Rollout

In an effort to support President Obama's July 2013 Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued Notice PIH-2014-18 (HA). The notice offers guidance on federal incentives for...more

8/21/2014 - Climate Action Plan Energy Energy Policy Environmental Policies HUD Renewable Energy

Upcoming Bi-Partisan Policy Center Housing Summit shows that housing truly is “The Color Purple”

Did you catch the news clips of the House and Senate leadership holding hands and singing during the “Kumbaya” moment at the recent ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? (Check it out on...more

7/25/2014 - Affordable Housing Housing Market Legislative Agendas

RAD expansion and “Pay-For-Success” Utility Demonstration among the innovations included in the Senate’s mark of the T-HUD...

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its draft Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2015. While the bill generally falls short of the funding...more

6/16/2014 - Appropriations Bill Barack Obama Conservation Energy Federal Budget RAD T-HUD Water

HUD Adopts New Accessibility Standard

On May 23, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its adoption of an alternative accessibility standard for construction and alteration of housing and other facilities subject to Section 504 of...more

5/30/2014 - Accessibility Rules ADA Affordable Housing Fair Housing Fair Housing Act Housing Developers HUD Section 504

Is it time to take the “Public” out of Public Housing?

The public housing program, our nation’s first investment in housing, is 77 years old this week. Although for most of the last 20 years much of the funding for revitalizing public housing has come from private sources, in the...more

4/24/2014 - Public Housing Public Housing Authorities

HUD Guidance Addresses Housing Choice Voucher Funding Shortfalls, Tenant Protection Vouchers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued guidance for implementing its fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget for Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), including requirements for obtaining additional HCV...more

3/24/2014 - HUD Landlords Tenants

President Releases FY 2015 HUD Budget

President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), released on March 4, 2014, increases funding for many programs compared to the fiscal year 2014 appropriation. It also...more

3/7/2014 - Federal Budget HUD Public Housing RAD Program

Congress Releases FY 2014 HUD Appropriations Bill

Congress passed the fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this week. The bill increases funding for many programs compared to funding levels in fiscal year 2013....more

1/20/2014 - Appropriations Bill Federal Budget HUD

U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Examines Disparate Impact Theory in Fair Housing and...

On November 19, 2013, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services conducted a hearing titled "A General Overview of Disparate Impact Theory." Under the...more

11/25/2013 - CEQA Civil Rights Act Disparate Impact Fair Housing Act Fair Lending Oversight Committee Title VII

HUD Issues Proposed Rule for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a proposed rule for complying with the Fair Housing Act’s requirement that HUD program participants affirmatively further fair housing....more

7/29/2013 - Community Development Block Grants Emergency Solutions Grants Fair Housing FHA HOME Funds HOPWA HUD

HUD Issues Revised Instructions for Rental Assistance Demonstration

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released revised instructions for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program....more

7/3/2013 - HUD Public Housing RAD Program Rent

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