NAHRO Policy Team Blog

Update from Washington

Update from Washington

Secretary Shaun Donovan knows the HOME Investment Partnership Program well.  In a new op-ed piece, the Secretary explains what the WashingtonPost got wrong in its investigative report.

Attention NAHRO Members!

Around the Web

Around the Web

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.   

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HUD Awards Nearly $15 million in Family Unification Program Vouchers

Summary:  On June 2, 2011, HUD awarded nearly $15 million under the Family Unification Program (FUP) to fund 1,931 Housing Choice Vouchers to help reunite foster children with their parents or prevent them from ever entering the foster care system.

An Introduction

My name is Emily Pasi and I am the newest addition to NAHRO’s Washington, D.C. office.  During the summer months, I will be working with NAHRO as an intern dabbling in congressional relations, policy and programs, and media outreach.  This fall, I will be beginning my senior year at Penn State University. With a major concentration in public relations, I am also working on completing two minors in business and political science.

During my years at Penn State, I have been actively involved with Penn State’s Lawrence G.

NAHRO's Summer Intern

The NAHRO team has a new addition: Emily Pasi, our summer intern.  For the next few months Emily will be working with the Policy and Program Development staff, along with John Bohm and our Congressional Relations team.  She will be introducing herself shortly, but I'm pleased to let you know that one of her assignments will involve posting to this blog on a regular basis.  So watch this space for Emily's daily updates from Washington on housing and community development policy and programs.

HUD Announces FY 2011 CPD Formula Allocations

In case you missed it, HUD posted FY 2011 formula allocations for CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA on Friday, May 27.  HUD's press release announcing the allocations is available here

NAHRO, Partners Respond to the Washington Post's Coverage of the HOME Program

NAHRO and its partners recently submitted the following letter to the editor of the Washington Post:

The undersigned national organizations representing elected officials and housing practitioners are strong supporters of the HOME Investment Partnerships Program.   We are disappointed that the Post’s recent reporting on the program has favored misleading, blanket assertions while ignoring HOME’s twenty-year track record of success providing decent, safe and affordable housing opportunities for millions of low- and moderate-income Americans.

NAHRO Submits FOIA Request for Capital Needs Assessment

Have you been wondering why HUD hasn't released the final report on the Capital Needs Assessment?  You're not alone.  As recently as last October, the Department assured the industry that the results of the CNA would be unveiled by November 2010.

FY 2011 Budget Deal

Our comprehensive overview of the year-long FY 2011 spending bill is now online.  

Related: NAHRO CEO Saul Ramirez is quoted in this Wall Street Journal blog entry examining the impact of the budget compromise on housing programs.  

Secretary Donovan at the 2011 NAHRO Legislative Conference

Here's a video clip from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan's recent appearance at our 2011 Legislative Conference here in Washington. The moderator is Jim Tankersley from the National Journal