04/12/2013
IN THIS ISSUE:

HUD Commits to Regulatory Relief Acknowledging Budget Realities for Housing Authorities

Having developed a joint set of recommendations on regulatory and statutory relief measures, CLPHA and industry partners recently met with HUD officials. At an April 8 meeting with CLPHA, NAHRO and PHADA, the Department committed to implement regulatory relief measures for housing authorities facing unprecedented funding cuts and to work with the industry to develop longer-term measures. Sec. Donovan and Asst. Sec. Henriquez announced that HUD would be take a number of steps in the short term to ease costly administrative burdens through measures implemented by FAQs, notices, and federal register.

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Administration Releases FY14 Budget Proposal

The Administration released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 (FY14), on April 10, about two months later than usual. The budget for HUD requests modest increases over FY13 for several programs of importance to CLPHA members and offers the promise of future reform legislation to foster and promote affordable housing preservation, simplification, cost-effectiveness and other priorities.

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Senate Appropriations Holds HUD Hearing on FY14 Budget

On April 11, the Senate Appropriations THUD Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY14 budget. Subcommittee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) presided, with Ranking Chairwoman Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) in attendance. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan was the only witness. Chairwoman Murray opened the hearing by stating that, because Congress could not agree on a balanced deficit reduction plan, we are “living with sequestration and the arbitrary cuts to federal spending that are required.”

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HUD Holds Briefing on FY14 Budget

On April 10, HUD hosted its fiscal year 2014 (FY14) budget briefing, at which Secretary Shaun Donovan stated that HUD’s FY14 budget is built on: growing the middle class while bringing private capital back to the market; prioritizing renewals; creating ladders of opportunity for millions of Americans; and reducing regulatory burdens and increasing efficiency. He explained that HUD’s FY14 budget totals $47.6 billion, an increase of $4.2 billion or 9.7 percent above the 2012 enacted level. More than 84 percent of this funding increase is used to maintain current levels of rental and homelessness assistance for vulnerable families.

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Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission Report Sparks Dialogue on the Future of Housing Policy

In February 2013, the Housing Commission of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) issued a report, Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy, which focuses on providing solutions to the collapse of the American housing finance system, the lack of affordable rental housing in many parts of the United States, and shifting housing needs due to changes in demographics. In order to gather the reactions of housing policy experts and practitioners to the report, BPC recently launched an online forum. CLPHA plans to participate in the forum, and also intends to provide a series of in-depth articles on the report through its newsletter.

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HUD Publishes PHAS Capital Fund Final Scoring Notice

This week, HUD published a notice that makes final the award of 5 points under the occupancy sub-indicator (of the Capital Fund Indicator) to all housing authorities for the 2011 fiscal years ending March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 2011. HUD describes the award of the 5 points as a temporary measure to assist in the transition to PHAS Interim Rule scoring. The award of these 5 points means that no housing authority will be designated as “capital fund troubled” during the coming year.

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CLPHA Member News

From conducting the largest public housing energy efficiency overhaul in the nation's history, to installing a rooftop hydroponic farm, to opening a one-stop homeless housing service center, CLPHA members are making news—and improving lives—in their communities. Read about the latest activities in Boston, Buffalo, Chester, Chicago, Cincinnati, DC, Denver, El Paso, Harrisburg, Houston, King County, Long Branch, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York, Newark, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Richmond, Saint Paul, San Antonio, San Bernardino, San Diego, Snohomish County, Tacoma, and Toledo.

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