For the first time, there is a near-universal consensus that public housing plays an invaluable role in the affordable housing pipeline, that it must be recapitalized, and that federal appropriations will never be sufficient to take care of the $30 billion plus backlog.Read More >
The House voted at 1:10 a.m. today on the THUD budget,
approving the public housing program funding voted out of the House
Appropriations Committee last week. An
amendment was circulated Thursday to defund VASH, HOPE VI, and ROSS and to
slash other program funds. It was pulled because of an extensive stakeholder
effort – led by
On July 21, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD)--followed the next day by the Full Appropriations Committee--marked up and reported out S. 3644, their version of the FY2011 HUD funding bill, with its accompanying Committee Report 111-230.
In this tough budgetary environment,
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On July 27, the House Financial Services Committee passed, by a vote of 42-27, and reported for floor action H.R. 5814, the “Public Housing Reinvestment and Tenant Protection Act of 2010”, an omnibus public housing preservation and reform bill comprised of four earlier legislative proposals.
The bill joined together a modified version of the Administration’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative proposal; the draft “Public Housing One-for-One Replacement and Tenant Protection Act of 2010” and the draft “Public Housing Preservation and Rehabilitation Act of 2010”, both of which were the subject of hearings earlier this spring at which CLPHA testified; and H.R. 4224, the “Together We Care Act of 2009”.Read More >
The Green Affordable Housing Coalition held its last meeting of the summer July 23. A large part of the discussion centered on the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and how it is -- or is not -- working for multifamily properties. Several coalition members are tackling the problem. Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) have just published “Use of Weatherization Program Funds to Benefit Residents of Multifamily Housing,” highlighting best practices from several states; the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association has a memo outlining specific steps DOE could take to remove barriers to multifamily use of WAP funds.Read More >