When HUD released its FY2011 budget request in February,
Members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban
Committee turned up the heat on Secretary Shaun Donovan as he defended
Administration’s fiscal year 2011 budget proposal for HUD.
While Donovan’s written testimony was similar to his previous testimony before other House and Senate committee panels, most of the questions from Senators—and time during the hearing—focused on issues surrounding the national foreclosure crisis. Senators demanded to know details on the efforts of the department to help stem the crisis, including the pace of loan modifications, the risks to FHA, the status of the GSEs (Fannie and Freddie), the progress of neighborhood stabilization, and other mitigating measures.Read More >
On April 7, HUD released the NOFA for the allocation of FY2009 and remaining FY2008 funds for vouchers for non-elderly disabled households. A total of approximately $40 million will be awarded to PHAs to assist about 5,300 non-elderly disabled households live independently.
The announcement was made by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, part of the two departments commitment to work as partners to provide persons with disabilities the opportunity to live in the least restrictive setting possible. Once the vouchers are awarded, HHS will use its network of state Medicaid agencies and other local service providers to link eligible persons to the PHAs that will administer the vouchers.Read More >
In recent letters and meetings, HUD officials have
reaffirmed the department’s opposition to providing state housing
agencies --or any other entity -- priority during HUD’s Performance
Contract Administration (PBCA) rebidding and selection process.
In a meeting with National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) representatives, Carol Galante, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing, said the relative performance of state HFAs and local PHAs under the current program did not support granting any priorities. She expressed confidence that HUD will attract and select the most cost-effective bids without it.Read More >
An article based
on the HOPE VI economic cost-benefit
analysis sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation