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The Joint Center for Housing Studies recently released The State of the Nation’s Housing 2011, the Center’s annual report describing the challenges facing the housing industry, with a particular emphasis on affordable housing.  With the tightening of rental markets, a record high 19 million American households are paying more than half of their income for housing, causing affordable housing residents to feel the squeeze.   

HUD officials have been active on the Huffington Post.  According to Secretary Shaun Donovan, renovating affordable housing developments to be green not only helps the environment, but our budget in the long run as well.  And Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity John Trasviñas is committed to ending pregnancy-related lending discrimination in the United States. 

In other HUD news, the Department recently announced new details regarding the Operating Fund Submission Process.  NAHRO members can get the latest information here.  

Attention NAHRO members! With the House Appropriations subcommittee markup looming, NAHRO is conducting a critical new Housing Choice Voucher survey for PHA’s.  The purpose of this survey is to help PHAs and NAHRO educate policymakers about the actual impacts of reduced administrative fee funding resulting from the FY 2011 spending bill. Response deadlines are quickly approaching, and your participation is needed!  For more information, check out our recent Direct Newsitem.  

Finally, on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 2 p.m. EST the Center For Transit-Oriented Development will be holding a webinar on “Understanding Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development.”  This webinar, sponsored by The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), will focus on introducing participants to the benefits, strategies, and challenges of mixed-income Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and will introduce a useful tool, the “Mixed-Income TOD Action Guide,” which helps communities develop strategies to implement mixed-income TOD. Reserve your webinar seat here.