- April 24, 2015
Earlier this week, FICO announced that it had reached an agreement with the three main credit reporting agencies (TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian) that will allow housing and financial counselors to share with their clients their credit scores. This initiative, entitled the FICO® Score Open Access for Credit & Financial Counseling, will allow qualified and enrolled credit, housing, and financial counselors to provide their clients with their FICO scores along with other educational material about credit.
- April 22, 2015
On April 16, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing on “The Future of Housing in America: Increasing Private Sector Participation in Affordable Housing”. The hearing focused broadly on HUD programs that have the potential to leverage private dollars and featured four witnesses: Adriane Todman, Executive Director at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA); Brad Fennell, Senior Vice President of Washington, DC area property management company WC Smith; James Evans, Director at Quadel Consulting Services; and Sheila Crowley, President and CEO at the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).
- April 20, 2015
More than 120 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed onto a letter last week urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to reject proposals that would eliminate or diminish the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds.
- April 20, 2015NCSHA Advocates Preserving and Strengthening Housing Credit and Housing Bonds in Statement to Finance Committee Working Group
On April 15, NCSHA submitted the attached statement to the Senate Finance Committee’s Community Development & Infrastructure Working Group in support of preserving and strengthening the Housing Credit and Housing Bonds. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) established the Community Development & Infrastructure Working Group and four other Working Groups—each comprised of members of the Finance Committee—to analyze current tax law and examine policy trade-offs and reform options. Among other issues, Hatch and Wyden charged the Community Development & Infrastructure Working Group with housing tax issues, including the Credit and tax-exempt bonds.
- April 20, 2015
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced April 17 that it has determined that the guarantee fees (g-fees) that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge lenders in exchange for insuring single-family mortgage loans should generally stay at their current level. However, the agency directed each firm to make targeted adjustments to its fees, including eliminating the upfront adverse market fee for new single-family loans and increasing the g-fees for loans with secondary financing.
- April 14, 2015
HUD announced today the recipients of just over $34 million in Housing Counseling program grants for fiscal year (FY) 2015. The funding will go to 270 different housing counseling agencies, including 20 state HFAs, who combined will receive just over $6 million in grants. HUD also released a list of counseling agencies that were awarded funding and a comprehensive summary of each grant awarded.
- April 14, 2015
Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it will be establishing the Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee (HCFAC). The Committee, which was authorized under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, will advise HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) about how it can best utilize its resources to provide more borrowers with HUD-approved counseling services. The notice also solicits nominations for individuals to serve on HCFAC.
- April 13, 2015
On April 9, the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) published Creating New Integrated Permanent Supportive Housing Opportunities for ELI Households: A Vision for the Future of the National Housing Trust Fund.
- April 10, 2015
HUD released its Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Fee Study earlier this week, marking the first time that HUD has collected empirical data on the actual costs to administer the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.
- April 3, 2015
Last week, Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced H.R. 1662, the Common Sense Housing Investment Act, which would replace the mortgage interest deduction with a 15 percent flat rate tax credit on interest paid on mortgages up to $500,000. The tax credit would be available to all homeowners, regardless of whether they claim the standard deduction or itemize their tax deductions.