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HUD Issues Notice to Update Section 3 Regulations

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a notice that updates the interim regulation at 24 CFR Part 135, which provides for compliance with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development...more

3/26/2015 - Hiring & Firing HUD Preferences Section 3

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

3/12/2015 - Affordable Housing Davis-Bacon Act Final Rules HUD PBV Program RAD Program Vouchers

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

1/29/2015 - Age Discrimination DHCA v Inclusive Communities Project Disparate Impact FHA HUD LIHTC Oral Argument Public Housing Authorities Racial Discrimination SCOTUS

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

12/31/2014 - Affordable Housing Davis-Bacon Act HUD Rental Assistance Programs

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 The rule repealed the requirements found at...more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 Popular

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

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

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

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

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

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

HUD Announces New Category of Funding To Address Housing Choice Voucher Funding Shortfalls Resulting from Sequestration

On May 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued Notice PIH 2013-12, "Implementation of the Federal Fiscal Year 2013 Funding Provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher Program," (the Notice)....more

5/31/2013 - Federal Budget Federal Funding Housing Choice Vouchers HUD Sequestration

President Releases Fiscal Year 2014 HUD Budget

President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), released on April 10, 2013, increases funding for many programs. The budget also includes legislative language that...more

4/15/2013 - Federal Budget HUD Proposed Legislation Public Housing

HUD Grants Temporary Administrative Flexibilities to Housing Authorities

HUD has granted temporary flexibilities for the public housing and housing choice voucher (HCV) programs administered by public housing authorities (PHAs). Intended to lessen administrative burdens in light of reduced federal...more

1/24/2013 - Federal Funding HUD Public Housing Authorities

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