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National Report on Affordable Housing Preservation Released

A Joint report of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC) on the affordable housing preservation situation and needs in the United States was released in late May. The report focuses…

Joe Biden Releases Housing Plan

Former Vice President and presumed Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has released a comprehensive housing plan – much of which deals with affordable rental housing, including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Following are the major elements of the 81-page…

HUD Publishes 2020 Income Limits

On March 31, 2020, HUD published the 2020 income limits for HUD programs as well as for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-Exempt Bond programs. The limits are effective on April 1, 2020.  The limits for the LIHTC and…

New Overtime Rule Issued by the Department of Labor

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This is the first change in the overtime regulations…

HUD Issues Revised Final Implementation Notice for RAD Program

On September 5, 2019, HUD issued Notice H-2019-09, PIH-2019-23 (HA), Rental Assistance Demonstration – Final Implementation, Revision 4. This revised notice provides program instructions for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program, including eligibility and selection criteria. Background The RAD program…

Affordable Housing Platforms of Presidential Candidates

According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC) 2019 Out of Reach report, a full-time worker needs to earn an average hourly wage of $22.96 to afford a modest, two-bedroom rental home in the United States. This amount is called…

Housing & the 2020 Presidential Election

            Earlier this year, three Democratic presidential candidates – Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren – released plans for solving the affordable housing crisis. Two more 2020 hopefuls, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Any Klobuchar have more…

Save Affordable Housing Act of 2019

On June 25, 2019, four U.S. Senators and three members of the House introduced the Save Affordable Housing Act of 2019. The sole purpose of this proposed legislation is to repeal the qualified contract option for the federal Low-Income Housing…

Proposed Changes to LIHTC Program

     On June 4, 2019, S. 1703, “The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019,” was introduced in the Senate. It offers some major revisions to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. If enacted into law, it would represent…

Affordable Housing Making Presidential Campaign Appearance

As we near the first Democratic Presidential debates, and push nearer the meaningful campaign season, Presidential hopefuls are beginning to flesh out positions on affordable housing. One of the first to provide specific proposals is Cory Booker, Senator from New…

HUD Publishes 2019 Income Limits

On April 24, 2019, HUD published the 2019 income limits for HUD programs as well as for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-Exempt Bond programs. The limits are effective on April 24, 2019.  The limits for the LIHTC and…

GAO Recommends Improvements to REAC – March 2019

            At the end of March 2019, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report titled, “REAL ESTATE ASSESSMENT CENTER – HUD Should Improve Physical Inspection Process and Oversight of Inspectors.”             The 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Joint Explanatory Statement,…

HUD Charges Facebook with Fair Housing Violations

On March 27, 2019, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) formally charged Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act by encouraging, enabling, and causing housing discrimination through the company’s advertising platform. The action follows HUD’s investigation of complaints…

Independent Landlords Suffered Under the Shutdown

IThe National Association of Independent Landlords (NAIL) has published a report showing that landlords who worked with government employees who were unable to pay their rent during the recent government shutdown have placed their own credit ratings at risk. Without…
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