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  • October 27, 2016

    NCSHA commended HUD for adopting many of the recommendations NCSHA made in our comments on the first iteration of the state assessment tool.

    NCSHA still believes the AFH process will remain unreasonably time- and cost-burdensome unless HUD makes further modifications to the tool.

  • 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

    While we support the goals articulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) AFFH regulations, we are deeply concerned that the state tool, which states must use to conduct the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) under AFFH, imposes unreasonable requirements on states that go well beyond what is necessary to achieve meaningful fair housing planning. We urge HUD to revise the tool in a manner responsive to our recommendations below.

  • November 4, 2015

    Defendants’ administration of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program
    is a cause of the existing racial segregation of LIHTC units in the City of Dallas. The racial
    segregation disproportionately subjects minority families in the segregated units to unequal
    conditions of slum, blight, and distress compared to the White families residing in Dallas area.

  • November 4, 2015

    Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) and (6), and LR 7.1, defendants, the United States Department of the Treasury and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, hereby move to dismiss plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction and for failure to state a claim on which relief may be granted.

  • September 29, 2015

    HUD’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) final rule will transform how states and other HUD program participants plan for and implement efforts to reduce segregation. Dig into the new Assessment of
    Fair Housing requirements and learn how your HFA can get ready for AFFH implementation. Hear how HFAs are already adopting new policies to continue advancing fair housing in their states.

  • September 28, 2015

    Discover how states are complying with the Olmstead decision. Review how the case is still driving legal and practical considerations, recent enforcement actions and settlement decrees, and strategies for financing integrated housing.

  • September 22, 2015

    Learn about disparate impact theory and its application to affordable housing. Legal experts discuss the implications of the recent Supreme Court’s ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs vs. The Inclusive Communities Project for housing and predict how it could affect future litigation and HUD’s implementation of the burden-shifting test under its Discriminatory Effects Standard.

  • February 26, 2015

    This chart shows for HUD and USDA housing programs the enacted funding levels for FY 2014 through FY 2016.

  • February 18, 2015

    The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) appreciates this opportunity to provide additional comments on the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) proposed rule regarding HUD’s recent proposal to provide states and other targeted entities with the option of submitting their first Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) at a date later than the date by which HUD will require AFH submission by other local program participants. NCSHA and its member state Housing Finance Agencies (HFA) are committed to removing obstacles that impede anyone from accessing the affordable housing of their choice.