07/05/2012
IN THIS ISSUE:

House Passes FY13 HUD Spending Bill

On June 29, the House of Representatives passed its FY13 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) bill, H.R. 5972.  The bill was considered under an open rule, which permit amendments from the floor of the House, provided that the amendments are directly related to appropriations, do not increase the overall 302(b) allocation, and are not of an authorizing nature.

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New Study Underscores Consequences of Capital Fund Cuts

On June 27, Econsult Corporation and the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC; a HAI Group subsidiary) released a research report that highlights what cuts in capital funding to public housing authorities mean to organizations, residents, and communities.  The study uses data from housing authority surveys as well as a cost benefit framework to estimate the amount that negative impacts resulting from a reduction in capital funding will subtract from intended savings.

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FY13 HUD Budget Stakeholder Call Rescheduled for July 10

With the House still working on the HUD appropriations bill through Friday of last week, the FY13 HUD budget stakeholder call scheduled for Thursday, June 28 was postponed until Tuesday, July 10.  Peter Kovar, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs and Jonathan Harwitz, Deputy Chief of Staff will participate in this call, which will provide an opportunity for hearing about legislative developments and sharing your feedback.

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Comments on PHAS Capital Fund Scoring Due July 11

On June 11, HUD published a Notice in the federal register that restores five points for the occupancy sub-indicator within the Capital Fund subsystem in the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS).  The deadline to submit comments on this Notice is July 11, 2012, and CLPHA urges its members to submit comments at www.regulations.gov.

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Comments on Changes to PBV Program Due July 16

As previously reported, HUD recently published a proposed rule, “The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA): Changes to the Section 8 Tenant-Based Voucher and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Programs.”  This proposed rule seeks to establish, in regulation, the HERA reforms made as discussed in a November 24, 2008 notice and also to make other related regulatory changes, particularly to the project-based voucher program.

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Guidance on Olmstead Implementation

On June 29, HUD released a Notice on “Assisted housing for persons with disabilities under Olmstead implementation efforts to provide community-based options rather than institutional settings.” HUD’s Section 504 regulations impose an affirmative obligation on housing authorities to assess the housing needs of persons with disabilities in their service area. The Notice provides guidance to housing authorities on actions that they may take to assist persons with disabilities transitioning from institutions and persons at risk of institutionalization to access assisted housing.

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CLPHA Member News

News from San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paterson, New York, Portland, and Richmond.

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