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RIHousing Funds Efforts to Bridge the Digital Divide

RIHousing today announced funding awards to support innovative and long-term sustainable projects to increase internet access for low- and moderate-income households across the state. The agency’s new “Bridging the Digital Divide” (“Digital Divide”) program provides financial resources to eligible organizations and municipalities in support of initiatives to bridge the digital divide. “While there are a number of initiatives to broaden access and remove barriers, there are still gaps in access to high-speed internet,” said Carol Ventura, Executive Director of RIHousing.

Florida Housing Finance Corporation Announces Winners of Statewide Art Contest: What Does Home Mean to You?

Today, Florida Housing announced the winners of their statewide art contest, inviting kids and teens age 5-18 to submit their visions on the theme: What does home mean to you? The contest aimed to increase awareness on the importance of having a safe and affordable place to call home, particularly leading up to National Homeownership Month in June. Florida Housing received more than 200 submissions from kids across the state who used their imaginations to illustrate beautiful designs showcasing what they notice most about their home life.

WHEDA Awarded Emergency Housing Vouchers By HUD

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority has been awarded 313 Emergency Housing Vouchers by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Emergency Housing Vouchers target individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness, survivors of domestic or sexual violence and victims of human trafficking. WHEDA will partner with a continuum of care agency to accept referrals for tenants who qualify for these vouchers. To assist in housing search efforts and the deployment of vouchers, WHEDA is asking property owners interested in accepting tenants with vouchers to complete a brief online form.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs Implements Policy Changes Expanding Eligibility of Rental Assistance Program

Since mid-March, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has been administering rental assistance through the Georgia Rental Assistance Program (GRA) to individuals, families, and landlords whose finances have been negatively impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on evolving federal guidance, the Georgia Rental Assistance Program has expanded eligibility to include renter households that receive a monthly federal subsidy, such as a Housing Choice Voucher. Only the tenant portion of rent will be eligible for reimbursement and subject to existing program guidelines and limitations.

Supportive Housing Webinar to Focus on Property Management and Community Success

The real benefits to communities come when neighborhoods improve, the need for crisis care is reduced and individuals gain access to stable, affordable shelter and services that increase well-being and productivity. The event, the last in a series of four, is made possible through a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) to expand the supply of affordable, supportive housing in Wisconsin. Speakers include: Tonya Buchner, director of risk and compliance for WHEDA; Angie Miller, property manager for Cardinal Capital Management, Inc.; Katrina Van Valkenburgh, central regional managing director for CSH and Johnna Lowe, a senior program manager for CSH.

Rep. Todd Novak joins WHEDA Board

State Rep. Todd Novak has been appointed to serve as a member of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) Board of Directors. Novak represents Wisconsin’s 51st Assembly District, which includes the city of Dodgeville, central and western Iowa County, Lafayette County, as well as southwest Green County, southeast Richland County and southwest Sauk County. A native of Cobb, Novak was first elected to the Assembly in November 2014.

Murphy Administration Announces Collaboration with University Hospital in Newark Under NJHMFA’s Hospital Partnership Subsidy Program

The Murphy Administration today announced a new collaboration between University Hospital in Newark and L+M Development Partners, Type A Projects, and MSquared under the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s (NJHMFA) groundbreaking Hospital Partnership Subsidy Program, through which leading hospitals partner with experienced residential developers to provide vital affordable and supportive housing -- including homes for frequent users of emergency services -- in their host communities. 

Governor Hogan Announces $192.9 Million in Additional Emergency Rental Assistance Awards to Local Jurisdictions

Governor Larry Hogan today announced an additional $192.9 million in funding has been awarded to local governments and service providers through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. These federal funds will support local Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership initiatives that assist tenants whose ability to pay rent has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor also announced that the DHCD will reopen its Assisted Housing Relief Program, which provides rental assistance to tenants in properties financed by the department.

SDHDA Announces New Options for First-Time and Repeat Homebuyers

South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is announcing two exciting changes that will provide both first-time and repeat homebuyers with additional opportunities to achieve their dream of buying a new home. It is currently a seller’s market in many South Dakota communities, as low inventory is causing housing prices to skyrocket. However, interest rates remain at an all-time low, making it a great time to buy for many.

Texas Rent Relief Program Provides Over $100 Million in Assistance, Helps Tenants and Landlords Avoid Eviction

Today the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) announced it has already distributed more than $100 million in rental and utility assistance to Texans in need. TDHCA is administering a $1.3 billion grant in emergency federal relief funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help income-eligible Texans struggling to keep up with rent and utility payments during the pandemic. Renters get assistance with up to 12 months of rental assistance including back rent and up to three months of future rent, as well as utility assistance.