Earlier today, Enterprise Community Partners and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) released Projecting Trends in Severely Cost-Burdened Renters: 2015–2025, which examines how demographic and economic trends over the next decade are likely to affect the near record number of renters with severe housing cost burdens—that is, paying more than half their income in rent.
House Financial Services Chairman Seeks Recommendations for Restructuring HUD and Improving the Delivery of Housing Resources
In commemoration of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s 50th anniversary, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) has issued a call for ideas to reform HUD and modernize the delivery of federal housing assistance. Hensarling argues that HUD has not lived up to the expectations set for the agency by President Lyndon Johnson when he created the department, stating, “instead of marshaling federal resources towards the goal of addressing America’s housing needs, HUD has come to symbolize the dashed hopes of the Great Society vision that mistook centralization for coordination and spending for compassion.”
HUD and the American Planning Association (APA) recently announced they are accepting entries for the 19th annual HUD Secretary's Opportunity and Empowerment Award.
Yesterday afternoon, Fannie Mae introduced the HomeReady™ product, a new lending option for low- and moderate-income borrowers. This new initiative will replace Fannie Mae’s MyCommunityMortgage® products, which are currently the firm’s primary offering for low-income consumers.
On August 24, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced two new policies designed to promote energy-efficient single-family housing. This announcement was part of a broader set of green energy initiatives that the Obama Administration announced the same day.
Last week, Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) released a report projecting the impact a surge in millennial homebuyers will have on state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs). Moody's concludes that if home purchases by millennials were to increase by 20 percent, HFAs would originate an additional 12,800 loans for the sector and an average of 300 additional loans per year.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) adopted a final rule yesterday establishing affordable housing goals for the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for 2015 through 2017. The final rule increases the GSEs’ affordable single-family and multifamily goals from those FHFA initially proposed in August 2014.
Over the past few weeks, the HOME Coalition -- led by the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) --- has spread the word about the need to protect and restore funding for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced the availability of funds under its Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants program. The Rural Capacity Building program is a way HUD recognizes the vital role nonprofit organizations play in implementing community-building programs like the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, especially in rural areas.
Earlier this week, the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) announced the application schedule for the next round of Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization (MPR) funds. MPR is a demonstration program designed to preserve and revitalize rural rental housing projects under Section 514, Section 515, and Section 516 of the Housing Act of 1949.
Senate leaders have removed a provision that would have rescinded unobligated Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program funds from a transportation reauthorization bill (the DRIVE Act) that it is currently considering. NCSHA summarized the now-deleted provision in a blog post published yesterday.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) yesterday released its report on federal oversight of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, which concludes that there are deficiencies in the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) oversight of the program and recommends that Congress consider designating HUD as a joint administrator of the program.