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HUD Issues Final HOME Rule - July 23, 2013

HUD will publish its revised Final Rule for the HOME program in the Federal Register tomorrow, more than 19 months after it issued a draft revised rule for comment in December 2011.  A preview copy is available online.  According to HUD's summary (pages 8-10 of the preview copy), key changes to the 2012 draft rule include clarifying the definition of "commitment" of funds, allowing CHDOs to use consultants to demonstrate capacity but only for first year of their participation as a CHDO, allowing CHDOs to become owner

DHCD Announces "Hold Harmless" Income Limit Policy - July 23, 2013

DHCD has adopted a new "hold harmless" income limit policy for developments that do not have federal subsidies.  (Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-Exempt Bond-financed projects are already protected under a HUD hold-harmless policy.)  As outlined in a memo dated July 22, the policy will apply to both rental and homeownership developments placed in service prior to December 11, 2012, or at the discretion of the funding agency,  new developments that received funding commitments prior to December 11,

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NLIHC Issues Action Alert Urging All to Contact their US Senators on HUD Funding Bill - July 19, 2013

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) reports that the full Senate may consider the Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations bill for HUD as early as Tuesday, July 23.  Given spending cuts proposed by the House, many housing advocacy groups, including NLIHC, are urging constituents to contact their Senators to make sure a spending bill is considered and passed.


HUD Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule Issued for Comment - July 18, 2013

HUD's long-awaited proposed rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) was issued today and will be published in the Federal Register on July 19.  The deadline for comment is 60 days following publication in the Federal Register (approximately September 17).

DHCD Issues Proposed Amendments to Chapter 40R Regulation - July 12, 2013

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) issued proposed amendments to the Smart Growth Overlay District (Chapter 40R) regulation  (760 CMR 59.00) today.  It will hold a hearing on the proposed amendment on August 13 and will accept written comments through that date as well, as detailed in the below notice.




DHCD Announces $4 million in Funding Awards for Homelessness Programs - July 10, 2013

The Patrick Administration's Department of Housing and Community Development announced the award of almost $4 million in federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding to assist homeless and at risk individuals and families in Massachusetts.  The awards include $1.47 million for rapid rehousing to help an estimated 612 individuals move from homeless shelters to permanent housing,  $1.6 million to support 268 unfunded shelter beds for individuals, 37 unfunded beds for non-EA-eligible homeless families and 12 new units for families fleeing domestic violence, and over $850,000 for homelessnes

NLIHC Files Suit Against Federal Housing Finance Agency for Failing to Fund Affordable Housing - July 9, 2013


Washington, DC – Today, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), along with four individual plaintiffs and the Right to the City Alliance, filed a lawsuit against the Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Edward DeMarco, for failing to uphold Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s statutory requirement to make contributions to the National Housing Trust Fund.

Joint Committee on Housing to Hold Hearings on Public Housing Governance - July 8, 2013

The Joint Committee on Housing has scheduled three hearings on legislative proposals related to state public housing governance (7/22, 9/13 and 9/24).



FY2014 State Budget Conference Bill - July 3, 2013

FY2014 State Budget Conference Bill - July 3, 2013.   Please click here