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Congress Seeks Answers on Deadly Philadelphia and Bronx Fires

January 26, 2022    

In early January, a tragic rowhouse fire broke out and killed 12 people, including nine children. The rowhouse was one of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s “scattered site” properties. These are units throughout the city that are owned and managed by the authority but are...

Treasury Redistributes Emergency Rental Assistance Money

January 12, 2022    

November 2021 was a record-breaking month for providing Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) assistance, according to a recent announcement from the Treasury Department. State and local governments provided assistance to approximately 665,000 renters and owners. And the $2.9 billion in ERA...

ERA Program Surpasses 2.5M Payments, Unused Funds to Be Reallocated

December 9, 2021    

The Treasury Department recently released new federal emergency rental assistance (ERA) data. The data shows that several large states and cities have exhausted their ERA allocations. Also, according to the latest data, states and local governments distributed more than $2.8 billion in ERA funds...

Important LIHTC Provisions Added to Build Back Better Act

November 10, 2021    

On Nov. 3, the House Rules Committee released amended text for the Build Back Better Act. The amended text proposes putting nearly $12 billion into the LIHTC program and includes measures to strengthen the program.

Owners' COVID-19 Visitor Policy Overly Broad, Violates FHA

October 25, 2021    

HUD recently signed a Conciliation Agreement/Voluntary Compliance Agreement with owners of a HUD-subsidized community in Fairhope, Ala. The agreement resolves allegations and a HUD investigation into whether the owners’ policy prohibiting visitors under the age of 12 due to COVID-19 was...

Owner Fails to Fulfill Accommodation Involving Recertification Notices

September 29, 2021    

HUD recently announced that it has approved a Conciliation/Voluntary Compliance Agreement between the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, in Mesa, Ariz., and one of its residents who has a mental health disability. Under the agreement, the housing authority will pay $10,000 to the tenant and...

House Committee Includes LIHTC Provisions in Reconciliation Package

September 15, 2021    

The House Ways and Means Committee recently released legislative text of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill related to Low Income Housing Tax Credits. The legislation includes a number of key provisions from the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2021.

Senator Proposes Ambitious Housing Bill with LIHTC Provisions

August 25, 2021    

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) recently unveiled the Decent, Affordable, Safe Housing for All Act (DASH Act). The legislation seeks to make a generational investment to...

Senate Passes Budget Resolution, $332B for Housing and Transportation

August 11, 2021    

On Tuesday, Aug. 10, the Senate passed a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill to improve and modernize the nation’s roads and bridges. Included in the plan are funds for broadband infrastructure. The plan allocates $65 billion to “bridge America’s digital divide and build...

Biden Commits to Affordable Housing in Infrastructure Package

July 21, 2021    

House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) recently issued a press release announcing that she secured a commitment from President Biden to include affordable housing investments in the infrastructure package enacted through a reconciliation process.

2.3M Households Enroll in Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

June 16, 2021    

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) recently announced that 2.3 million households have enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program in its first three weeks. The EBB program provides a discount on both broadband service and needed equipment, such as a modem. Lawmakers...

FCC Launches Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

May 12, 2021    

A new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program has launched to help low-income households receive discounts on their broadband service. Lawmakers authorized the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) in December as part of a $2 trillion coronavirus aid package. Now, with more than 875 Internet...