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  • May 11, 2017
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    A collection of helpful links for Section 8 Project-Based Contract Administrators

  • March 20, 2017

    Key Congressional Committee Rosters for NCSHA in the 115th Congress.

  • December 12, 2016
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    The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created by the nation’s state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to advance through advocacy and education their efforts to provide affordable housing to those who need it. NCSHA’s priorities, adopted annually by its Board of Directors after consultation with all state HFAs, set the agenda for NCSHA’s advocacy before Congress, the Administration, and the federal agencies concerned with housing, including HUD, USDA, and the Treasury, as well as its business activities.

  • November 29, 2016

    While we strongly support the goals articulated in the SAFMR proposed rule, including expanding housing choice and access to high-opportunity neighborhoods for voucher holders, we are concerned that implementation of SAFMRs as envisioned in the proposed rule may have unintended consequences that could negatively impact some voucher holders, particularly those in high-cost metropolitan areas with low vacancy rates, and create problems for developments that rely on rental assistance from Project-Based Vouchers (PBV). We also are concerned that HUD may be underestimating the administrative burden public housing authorities (PHA), including state HFAs, will incur if required to implement SAFMRs.

  • May 16, 2016

    At last measure in 2013, over one in four renters, or 11.2 million renter households, were
    severely burdened by rents that took up over half their incomes. This total represented
    a slight reduction from the record level of 11.3 million set in 2011, but remains
    dramatically higher than the start of the last decade, having risen by more than 3 million since
    2000. With substantial growth in renter households expected over the next decade and little sign
    of a turnaround in the income and rent trends that produced these record levels of cost burdens,
    there is little prospect for substantial improvement in these conditions over the coming decade.

  • May 16, 2016

    One telling indicator of the state of the nation’s housing is the drop in the homeownership rate to just 64.5 percent last year, erasing nearly all of the increase in the previous two decades. The number of homeowners fell for the eighth straight year, signaling persistently weak demand in this key market segment. And the trend does not appear to be abating, with the national homeownership rate down to 63.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015.

  • May 16, 2016

    The decade-long surge in rental demand is unprecedented. In mid-2015, 43 million families and individuals lived in rental housing, up nearly 9 million from 2005—the largest gain in any 10-year period on record. In addition, the share of all US households that rent rose from 31 percent to 37 percent, its highest level since the mid-1960s.

  • May 16, 2016

    The data in Out of Reach is sobering. In my home state of Oregon, and in communities across the country, working families searching for affordable rental units find little to nothing in their price range. There simply isn’t enough reasonably priced, decently maintained housing to meet the demand, and rapidly rising rents outpace wages. As a result, one out of four households spends more than half their income on housing costs. People with low or fixed incomes face even bleaker situations

  • February 26, 2016

    The Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees are the committees of jurisdiction over all HUD programs, including the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Section 8. The committees also oversee the housing Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBs).

  • February 25, 2016

    Project-based Section 8 rental assistance (PBRA) contracts provide subsidies for affordable multifamily rental developments to lower rental costs for low-income families and to help offset construction, rehabilitation, and preservation costs. PBRA makes up the difference between market rents and what low-income tenants can afford, based on paying 30 percent of household income for rent.