- May 2, 2016Cantwell Seeks Personal Stories of Housing Needs to Help Promote Forthcoming Housing Credit Expansion Bill
As part of her effort to raise awareness of the need for increased affordable housing resources, and in particular an expansion of Housing Credit authority, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) is collecting personal stories of individuals and families who have struggled to find affordable housing and/or experienced homelessness.
- April 29, 2016
On April 26, HUD issued Notice CPD-16-07 providing guidance to Housing Trust Fund (HTF) grantees on the submission requirements for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 HTF Allocation Plans. The Notice includes important information on the HTF allocation plan process, including how HUD will notify states of their allocation, required elements of the allocation plan, and guidance on revising state strategic plans and describes changes HUD has made to the consolidated plan regulations to account for the HTF allocation plan process.
- April 28, 2016
Homeownership is a dream that is out of reach for millions of Americans, with only 63.4 percent owning their homes, the lowest level in 30 years, according to the Census Bureau.
- April 25, 2016
On April 20, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) held a roundtable with leading affordable housing, consumer protection, civil rights, and environmental organizations to solicit their input on FHFA’s proposed “Duty to Serve” rule. NCSHA was represented at the roundtable by Minnesota Housing Commissioner and NCSHA Board member Mary Tingerthal. Other participants included representatives from Enterprise Community Partners, Center for American Progress, National Housing Conference, National Housing Trust, National Low Income Housing Coalition, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, National Fair Housing Alliance, and NeighborWorks America. NCSHA staff accompanied Mary to the roundtable.
- April 25, 2016
The Senate Appropriations Committee on April 21 unanimously approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill. The THUD Appropriations Subcommittee reported the bill April 19. The full Committee adopted the bill with only minor amendments to the Subcommittee-passed bill, which did not change its HUD program funding levels.
- April 22, 2016
Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) were joined by New York City Housing Development Corporation President Gary Rodney, New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer James Rubin, and other New York Housing Credit stakeholders for a rally today in support of expanding the Housing Credit at a New York City Credit-financed supportive housing development for young people aging out of foster care.
- April 20, 2016
The U.S. Treasury Department announced today its final allocation of new funding for the Hardest Hit Fund program (HHF). Thirteen HFAs participating in HHF will receive a combined $1 billion in additional funding to support homeowner assistance and neighborhood stabilization programs. Treasury also released a FAQs document on the new funding allocations.
- April 20, 2016
The Senate passed an amendment yesterday that would allow lenders to account for a home's energy efficiency and expected monthly utility bill savings when determining borrowers' eligibility for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured single-family loans.
- April 20, 2016Representative Kuster Introduces Bill to Preserve Rental Assistance for Certain USDA Section 515 Properties
Last week, Representative Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) introduced the Rural Housing Preservation Act of 2016, H.R. 4908, which seeks to provide relief to rural multifamily developments financed under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Loan Program that will lose rental assistance in the future due to pre-paid or maturing mortgages.
- April 19, 2016
Yesterday, Senate Banking Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) requested that both the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) compose reports on matters relating to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In a press release announcing the requests, Shelby suggests that the reports will help Congress adequately oversee FHFA and the GSEs and, “ensure that Congress takes steps to protect American taxpayers from risk.”