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Expected 2022 Minimum Wage Changes

In 2022, 20 states will have new minimum wage rates. Many of the changes will take place on January 1 but some states make the change on July 1 while other states increase rates on odd schedules, such as Connecticut,…

IRS Issues Revenue Ruling on 4 Percent Tax Credit Floor

The IRS has issued Revenue Ruling 2021-20, providing clarity on when taxpayers may claim the fixed four percent credit for properties with tax-exempt bonds. The IRS addressed three separate issues relative to the 4% credit: Does the minimum 4% applicable…

Progress Still Lacking in Distribution of ERAP Funds

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has released findings from the organization’s latest survey of state use of funding from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). As of late September, of the approximately $25 billion made available by…

HUD Provides Fair Housing Funding to 51 Agencies

On November 3, 2021, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) awarded $13.6 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to enable 51 HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) agencies to conduct a wide range of fair housing enforcement,…

A 2023 Reduction in Income Limits is Possible

The Census Bureau has announced that it will not release a one-year American Community Survey (ACS) for 2020. Without this survey, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) will almost certainly be restricted to the use of the five-year…

California City Settles Claim of Discrimination Against Farmworkers

HUD has reached a Voluntary Compliance/Conciliation Agreement with the City of Santa Maria, CA, resolving allegations that the city’s enactment and enforcement of restrictions on housing for certain farmworker visa-holders in residential areas of the city violated the Fair Housing…

Social Security COLA – 2022

The federal government announced on October 13, 2021, that the Social Security Cost of Live Adjustment (COLA) for 2022 will be 5.9%, which is the largest increase since 1982 when the increase was 8.7%.  This increase will provide an additional…

Major Affordable Housing Legislation Introduced in the Senate

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has introduced the Decent, Affordable, Safe Housing for All (DASH) Act, legislation to make a generational investment to house all people experiencing homelessness, tackle the housing affordability crisis, and expand homeownership opportunities for young people by…

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued an order on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, that – after a short interruption – seeks to extend its prior eviction moratoriums, originally imposed in September 2020. The newest moratorium will expire…

The Sovereign Citizens Movement and Affordable Housing

A number of our clients have contacted us recently to ask how to handle the applications of individuals who claim to be “sovereign citizens,” and state that the government has no right to verify their eligibility for affordable housing, such…

HUD Proposes Restoring Discriminatory Effects Rule

On June 25, 2021, HUD announced that it will issue a proposed rule titled Restoring HUD’s Discriminatory Effects Standard. The publication proposes to rescind HUD’s 2020 disparate impact rule and restore the 2013 discriminatory effects rule. HUD believes that the…
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