• February 17, 2017
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    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in a partnership with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), has announced it is accepting entries for the Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes 2017. The Award is designed to recognize organizations “making indoor environments healthier through healthy homes research, education, and through program delivery, especially in diverse, low to moderate income communities.”

  • February 14, 2017
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    The United States Senate last night voted to confirm the nomination of investment banker Steve Mnuchin to serve as Secretary of the Treasury. Mnuchin was confirmed on a mostly party-line vote of 53-47. Mnuchin was sworn in shortly afterward.

  • February 13, 2017
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    On February 10, NCSHA submitted comments to Treasury and IRS in response to Notice 2016-77 regarding whether Treasury and IRS should issue guidance clarifying the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) statute's required preference for projects located in a Qualified Census Tract (QCT) that are subject to a concerted community revitalization plan.

  • February 8, 2017
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    Earlier today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it would extend the comment period for public input regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pilot initiatives that promote financing for manufactured housing loans titled as personal property, or chattel loans. The extension moves the deadline for public input from February 17, 2017 to March 21, 2017.

  • February 7, 2017
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    On Friday, February 3, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Treasury to review all current federal regulations pertaining to the nation's financial system. The Order also outlines six principles that the Administration will use when reviewing and shaping its financial policy.

  • January 25, 2017
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    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) last week published a request for public input on possible Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pilot programs that support financing for manufactured housing loan titled as real property, known as chattel loans. This request is being issued as part of FHFA’s implementation of its Enterprise Duty to Serve Rule.

  • January 24, 2017
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    The Senate Banking Committee earlier today voted unanimously to favorably report Dr. Ben Carson’s nomination to serve as Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. Carson’s nomination will now be referred to the full Senate for consideration. It is not yet known when the Senate will take up his nomination.

  • January 23, 2017
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    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently published proposed Evaluation Guidance that outlines FHFA’s expectations for how the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will develop their plans to fulfill their obligations under the “Duty to Serve” rule. The guidance also describes the evaluative process FHFA will use to determine whether each GSE has met the objectives of its Duty to Serve plan.

  • January 23, 2017
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    In one of the first policy actions taken by President Trump’s new Administration after he was sworn in, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on Friday published a Mortgagee Letter (ML-2017-07) that cancels a scheduled reduction in the annual mortgage insurance premium FHA charges for most single-family mortgages it insures. The reduction, which HUD announced January 9, was set to take effect on January 27 and would have reduced most premiums by .25 percent (see previous blog post for more information).

  • January 23, 2017
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    On January 19, HUD published interim guidance on how states should comply with the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule until HUD finalizes the state Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Tool. HUD also provided an update on its efforts to finalize the state Assessment Tool and the other assessment tools it is developing for other HUD program participants.