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California Affordable Housing Authority Bill Signed Into Law

California Assembly Bill 1598 (Mullin) (“AB 1598”), signed into law by the Governor on October 13, 2017, authorizes cities and counties to create new affordable housing authorities for the purpose of financing low- and...more

HUD Webinar on RAD Construction Completion Certification & Minority Concentration Analysis Mapping Tool

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Thursday, November 9, 2017 HUD hosted a live webinar to provide an overview and discussion of the recently developed Completion Certification and the RAD Minority Concentration Analysis Tool. A video of the webinar can be...more

Episode 28: Universal Basic Income – Not as Far Off as You May Think

by Akerman LLP on

Matt Steinberg welcomes Hawaii State Representative, Chris Lee, who helped pass the first state law in support of universal basic income (“UBI”). Whether you are for or against it, the concept of UBI is straightforward – it...more

Federal Tax Reform: House Bill Rewrites Municipal Bond Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act released last week would eliminate the federal tax exemption for interest earned on all private activity bonds—including 501(c)(3) bonds and exempt facility bonds—and advance refunding bonds...more

HUD issues notice of RAD extensions for PHAs in disaster areas

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

HUD issued a Notice of Extensions for PHAs in Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas. Pursuant to the Notice, HUD is authorized, on a case-by-case basis, to grant public housing authorities located in Presidentially-declared...more

The Governor’s Housing Package - Affordable Housing Production in California Gets a Boost from Sacramento

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A package of 15 new housing bills will have far-reaching implications for every city in California. Collectively, these new laws are meant to significantly boost affordable housing production by removing local land use...more

Governor Brown Signs Major Housing Package Into Law

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

On September 29, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law a 15-bill housing package. The housing package did not include AB 915, which would have authorized the City and County of San Francisco to impose local inclusionary...more

Federal Court Holds That Under Louisiana Law, Actual Notice Of Cause Of Delay Satisfies Contractual Notice Requirement Despite...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Parkcrest Builders, LLC v. Hous. Auth. of New Orleans, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125012 (E.D. La. August 8, 2017) - The Housing Authority of New Orleans (“the Authority”) contracted with Parkcrest Builders, LLC (“Parkcrest”)...more

The OIG issues dozens of new audit reports

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Just in time for the end of the federal fiscal year (September 30), the HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a flurry of internal and external audit reports over the last few weeks on a wide variety of topics....more

Nine Days and Counting – The Fate of CHIP Remains Uncertain Amid Congressional Deadlock

While congressional Republicans spent much of September pushing for passage of the Graham-Cassidy “repeal and replace” bill, other time-sensitive legislative tasks were left to languish, including a September 30 deadline to...more

Governor Signs Housing Legislation, Including Streamlining Bill

by Perkins Coie on

Governor Brown has signed 15 bills designed to address the State’s severe shortage of affordable housing. Among its other effects, the legislation will (1) generate funds for affordable housing developments; (2) require...more

HUD Reminds Us of RAD HAP Effective Date Flexibility

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we head into the fourth quarter, HUD sent out an e-mail reminder Friday afternoon about flexibility when establishing Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract effective dates in Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)...more

New RAD Notice of Increase in Cap and Rent Setting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Our friends at NAHRO have alerted us that a new RAD notice will be issued tomorrow, August 23, 2017. The notice requires PHAs who already submitted a RAD letter of interest to preserve their spot on the wait list to submit a...more

OIG asks: Are CPD programs available to undocumented immigrants?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Today, the HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a bulletin indicating that it is unclear if undocumented immigrants have access to certain HUD Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs – namely the Housing...more

HUD issues report on worst case housing needs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 9, HUD issued to Congress its 16th report on worst case housing needs in the United States, based on 2015 data. Households with “worst case needs” are those that are very low income, do not receive government...more

Uncertainty Surrounds Low Income Pool (LIP) Funding

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in an August 3, 2017 letter to Florida’s Medicaid Director, approved a five-year extension of the State’s 1115 demonstration project, the Managed Medical Assistance...more

Massachusetts Temporarily Imposes Employer Assessments for the Commonwealth’s Medicaid Program

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On August 1, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a measure intended to help the state pay for the costs of the Commonwealth’s Medicaid program, referred to as MassHealth, which covers...more

Education Newsletter: Volume 1, Number 2

by Dickinson Wright on

House Bill 2078 (signed April 17, 2017) - This bill restructures post-secondary credit system for high school students. Unlike dual enrollment programs, a student enrolled in concurrent coursework will attend regular...more

Senate Committee on Appropriations Passes FY2018 THUD – A Step in the Right Direction for RAD and HUD Programs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Committee on Appropriations unanimously voted on July 27, 2017 to approve its FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill. The bill eliminates the cap in the Rental Assistance Demonstration...more

OIG Settles EMTALA Allegations Involving Psychiatric Care

On June 2, 2017, AnMed Health and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the United States Department of Health and Human Services agreed to a $1.295 million settlement of allegations that AnMed had violated the Emergency...more

Federal Housing Finance Agency Proposes GSE Goals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) has proposed new single-family and multifamily housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (collectively, the “GSEs”) for 2018-2020....more

Implementation of the Housing Choice Voucher Program under the 2017 Appropriations Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 28, 2017, HUD issued Notice PIH 2017-10 (HA) (the “Notice”) providing guidance on the implementation of the Housing Choice Voucher (“HCV”) program funding provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (the...more

Alleged Overcharge of Sales Tax on Food Triggers Missouri Lawsuits

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Several putative class action lawsuits have recently been filed in the city of St. Louis alleging retailers have overcharged sales tax for certain food items. These suits seek refunds of payments made by consumers, punitive...more

HUD Publishes Housing Trust FY 2017 Allocations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) released the Fiscal Year 2017 Housing Trust Fund (HTF) allocation amounts on June 20, 2017, setting forth the amounts awarded to each state or territory under the...more

Update – City of Los Angeles Affordable Housing Linkage Fee

The City of Los Angeles continues to move toward the adoption of an ordinance that establishes an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee (Ordinance). As currently proposed, the key provisions of the Ordinance are as follows...more

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