On the evening of Thursday, September 8, the House Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the FY 2012 Transportation-HUD spending bill. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to mark up its version of the FY 2012 THUD at some point this week.
The House bill limits the compensation of PHA employees; cuts funding for the Public Housing Operating Fund, Public Housing Capital Fund, and HOME; and provides no funding for Hope VI or Choice Neighborhood programs.
On Wednesday, August 31, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced five grantees will receive Choice Neighborhoods implementation funding totaling $122 million. The recipients are the Cities of Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Seattle. The as-yet unauthorized Choice Neighborhood Initiative is the administration’s proposed replacement for the established Hope VI Program, which is dedicated to revitalizing public housing.
NAHRO members: Be sure to check out our August 30 Direct News item, which provides updates on the administration's operating reserves offset proposal as well as HUD's initiative to collect PHA compensation information.
On Monday, August 8, HUD and the Department of the Treasury released the Obama Administration’s July Housing Scorecard. The scorecard provides a comprehensive look at the nation’s housing market. The results of the scorecard continue to paint a murky picture of the nation’s housing situation.
On August 3, NAHRO issued a statement on the agreement to increase the nation’s debt ceiling. Issued on behalf of NAHRO, Saul N. Ramirez Jr. NAHRO CEO, made the Association’s position clear that while it is relieved the debt ceiling crisis was resolved, the agreement does nothing to alleviate the $26 billion backlog in public housing capital needs nor does it address any other longstanding housing and community development needs.
Tomorrow is day two of NAHRO’s 2011 Summer Conference and attendees will not have a moment to rest with all that’s in store for them. NAHRO’s prestigious Awards of Merit given to innovative housing authorities will be showcased from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Beginning at 10 a.m., conference goers will be able to choose from a list of 12 exciting and informative sessions ranging on topics from legislative advocacy to strategies for acceptability compliance.
Don’t miss This Just In from Washington—Part II Friday from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Today marks the start of the 2011 NAHRO Summer Conference in Louisville, KY. The day kicked off with featured speaker, Judge Greg Mathis—famous television personality and Civil Rights activist. Day one of the Conference will be busy for attendees with 12 sessions planned throughout the morning and afternoon.
Be sure to catch the latest updates on the Administration’s Operating Reserves Offset Proposal from 10:15-11:45 a.m.
As you know, this week NAHRO is hosting its annual Summer Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. NAHRO recognizes that not all of our members are able to attend the Summer Conference, so we are bringing the conference to you. On Thursday and Friday, I will be reviewing the list of sessions for the day as well as giving a brief synopsis of topics covered in each session. For those of you at the Conference, let us know what you found most informative in break-outs!
HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development will be holding a series of three Consolidated Plan webinars beginning this Wednesday, July 27. The aim of the webinars is to educate grantee staff on the development of new web tools and system upgrades that will help in making future plans more efficient. Each of the three seminars will cover a specific topic—CDBG, Entitlement Grantees and Participating Jurisdictions, and states. All webinars will be held from 2:00-3:30 p.m.