Foto
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…

READ MORE
Foto
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…

READ MORE
Foto
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…

READ MORE
Foto
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…

READ MORE
Foto
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…

READ MORE
Foto
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…

READ MORE
Foto
Aug

Housing is Infrastructure: Why We Should Make the Case to Congress

Share List The need for major federal infrastructure legislation has been labeled a priority by the Trump administration and congressional leadership. Several draft bills have even been released, with the latest version from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) released just last month. Notably missing from these plans is the…

READ MORE
Foto
Aug

Further Amendments to HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Share List The below letter is from the President of the National Housing Conference detailing Secretary Carson’s further amendments to the AFFH Rule. This month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on amending its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulations. This is the first…

READ MORE