• October 29, 2015
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    Last night, the House passed HR 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, by a vote of 266 to 167. The yay votes included all 187 Democrats and 79 Republicans. The nay votes were all Republicans.

  • February 12, 2015
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    The Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards submission period is currently open. The awards, named after a former ULI trustee and ULI Foundation chairman, aim to honor local and state initiatives, programs, and policies that support and promote the production, rehabilitation, or preservation of affordable housing. Applicants for the awards must be a state (or a department or office within a state) or a unit of a local jurisdiction. The programs or policies submitted for the awards must have at least 25 percent of the units dedicated to households earning up to 120 percent of the HUD area median income (AMI). Exceptions can be made to the AMI requirement for programs and policies based in very high-cost areas if the applicant demonstrates the need for the initiative.

  • April 11, 2014
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    On April 10, the House Transportation-HUD (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing to examine HUD’s FY 2015 budget request. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan was the sole witness.

  • March 13, 2014
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    Since the Administration released its FY 2015 Budget on March 4, federal agencies have released additional details about their Budget requests. NCSHA has updated and expanded its initial preliminary Budget analysis to include additional information on proposed housing program funding levels and policies.

  • March 5, 2014
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    The Administration yesterday sent Congress its FY 2015 Budget, proposing funding for federal programs, including HUD and the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) housing programs. In addition to funding proposals, the Budget also contains the Administration’s tax proposals.

  • May 1, 2013
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    On April 30, HUD published a notice officially notifying the public of changes in its multifamily housing programs and organization that it had announced on April 24 and NCSHA had blogged about the next day. HUD says its goal is to fully implement these changes by the end of fiscal year (FY) 2016. The notice states that the reorganization is expected to enhance operational efficiency, as well as improve the service provided to HUD’s customers.

  • April 19, 2013
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    HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan testified on HUD’s FY 2014 budget before the Senate Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee on April 11 and before the House Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee on April 17.

  • April 11, 2013

    The Administration yesterday sent Congress its FY 2014 Budget, proposing funding for all federal programs, including HUD and the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) rural housing programs. The Budget also contains the Administration’s tax proposals, including new proposals that would: allow states to convert private activity bond volume cap authority into Housing Credit authority; create the America Fast Forward bond program, under which states could issue taxable bonds for a variety of purposes, including housing, that would be eligible for direct federal payments equal to 28 percent of the bonds’ coupon interest rate; establish a new floating Housing Credit applicable percentage rate formula; and add a new Housing Credit selection criteria to promote preservation of federally assisted affordable housing.

  • September 14, 2012
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    NCSHA's October 20-23 Annual Conference and Showplace will feature open sessions on single-family financing techniques, foreclosure prevention activities, new federal rules and regulations, first-time homebuyer programs, loan servicing, and other best work of HFAs in a special “Dream Builder” session.

  • July 2, 2012
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    On June 29, the House passed by a vote of 261 to 163 the FY 2013 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill, H.R. 5972. Although a number of amendments were considered, the funding levels for HUD programs remain substantially unchanged from the House Appropriations Committee-passed version. The House rejected Appropriations Committee member Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) amendment to cut funding for the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) by $200 million, from $1.2 billion to $1 billion.