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04Dec

Congress Faces Deadline to Fund Federal Government for Remainder of FY19

Share List National Low Income Housing Coalition  Congress has so far failed to enact several federal spending bills for FY19, including those that fund affordable housing and community development programs.  The current stopgap funding measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), expires on December 7. If no action is taken before then, a partial government…

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27Nov

Fix for Public Housing Underfunding Raises New Concerns

Share List An Investigate TV report found that 24 percent Pennsylvania housing complexes repeatedly failed their HUD inspections. Those findings aren’t necessarily surprising, considering that the federal government has chronically underfunded public housing, leaving authorities little cash to keep up with needed repairs, said Dan Farrell, executive director of the Allentown Housing Authority. In addition,…

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06Nov

NLIHC Conducts Capitol Hill Briefing on How States Are Using the HTF to Build Homes for the Poorest People in America

Share List NLIHC held a Capitol Hill briefing titled “Bold Housing Solutions” on October 29. The briefing informed more than sixty staff of members of Congress about the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF); the work underway to build HTF homes for the lowest income people in America; and opportunities to increase funding to the HTF…

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02Oct

‘There Will Be Evictions’: New Smoking Ban Roils Public Housing’s Oldest Residents

Share List The 2 million people living in public housing have a new rule to follow: no smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars or vapes within 25 feet of their building. When the Obama administration first proposed the rule, more than 600 agencies out of 3,300 had already made public housing units smoke-free. But there is one population that public…

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Oct

Congress Passes Stopgap Funding for HUD and Department of Agriculture

Share List Congress failed to pass a four-bill spending package (“minibus”) that included the FY19 Transportation-HUD (THUD) and Agriculture spending bills, instead passing a stopgap funding measure running through December 7. The House and Senate were unable to finalize several of the bills’ provisions before the end of the fiscal year on September 30, forcing…

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25Sep

Congress Nears Deadline to Pass FY19 THUD Spending Bill

Share List The House and Senate continue to negotiate a final deal on a four-bill spending package (“minibus”) that includes the FY19 Transportation-HUD (THUD) and Agriculture spending bills. Several issues are stalling negotiations, including a House Republican provision that would set aside $585 million for a “Fund for America’s Kids and Grandkids,” which can only…

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11Sep

What to Look for in Next Week’s Census Figures on Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance

Share List 1. Progress on Health Coverage Likely Ended and May Have Partly Reversed Census will issue national and state estimates of health insurance coverage for 2017, based on its Current Population Survey (CPS) and American Community Survey (ACS). The 2017 figures will likely mark a break from recent trends, which showed historic coverage gains…

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Sep

THUD Bill Moves to Final Negotiations, Advocates Urge Congress to Fund HUD Programs at Highest Levels Possible

Share List The House of Representatives agreed by voice vote on September 6 to move a spending package that includes the FY19 Transportation-HUD (THUD) spending bill towards final negotiations with the Senate. While the House never passed its own version of the THUD bill, the Senate had attached its version to a larger package of…

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21Aug

Court Dismisses Advocates’ Challenge to HUD’s Withdrawal of AFFH Tool

Share List Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a motion by advocates for a preliminary injunction against HUD for withdrawing the Assessment Tool required to complete an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) under the July 16, 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. The plaintiffs are…

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