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26Jun

Columbia, Lancaster City Tracts Designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones

Share List Six tracts in Lancaster County are part of a federal program that looks to boost economic development through tax breaks. The tracts — two in Columbia and four in Lancaster city — were recently designated as qualified opportunity zones. The designation allows incentives for investors to develop assets in economically distressed communities by…

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11Jun

Trump, Ross Rent Plans Would Harm Low-Income People in Every State

Share List Plans from President Trump and House Financial Services Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Vice Chairman Dennis Ross would significantly raise rents on low-income people with federal rental assistance.  The plans would work differently: the Trump plan requires specific rent increases on nearly all Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rental assistance recipients, while the Ross plan (released as…

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Jun

Senate Committee Approves Robust Funding for Affordable Housing in FY19

Share List The Senate Appropriations Committee voted June 7 to approve a draft FY19 spending bill that provides robust funding for affordable housing and community development programs at HUD. The strong Senate bill is the direct result of the efforts by housing advocates across the nation and congressional champions Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI)….

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04Jun

Congress Passes, President Signs Law to Improve and Expand the Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Share List President Trump signed the “Family Self-Sufficiency Act” into law on May 24. The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Act was included in a larger deregulation bill (S. 2155) that passed the House on May 22. The FSS law permanently reauthorizes the program, combines the FSS programs for Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing, which are…

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