NAHRO Policy Team Blog

HUD Publishes Latest Issue of Newsletters for Public Housing Residents, HCV Staff

HUD has posted to its website the latest edition of The Resident, a quarterly newsletter for residents of public housing.  This issue includes a segment entitled “Ten Things to Know about the Rental Housing Revitalization Act” as well as information about the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program.  A PDF copy of the newsletter can be accessed through HUD’s website.

HUD Lays Groundwork for HOME Program 20th Anniversary

HUD will hold a two-and-a-half day conference in the Washington, DC area  to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program.  The conference is scheduled for May 2-4, 2011. 

As part of its ongoing preparations for the event, the  Department invited several industry groups to a meeting at HUD headquarters this past Friday.  NAHRO was in attendance.

HUD Set to Publish Proposed Rule on LGBT Access to Housing

HUD is set to issue a proposed rule intended "to ensure that its core programs are open to all eligible individuals and families regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."  The proposed rule is scheduled to appear in the Federal Register on Monday, January 24. 

Review an advance copy of the proposed rule here.

HUD Announces FY 2010 Continuum of Care Grants

HUD has issued a press release announcing $1.411 billion in FY 2010 competitive awards for Continuum of Care renewals.  According to the release, HUD will announce awards for new projects "later in the year."  A state-by-state breakdown of the awards made under the renewal competitive programs (Shelter Pluse Care, Single Room Occupancy, and Supportive Housing) is available through

NAHRO Comments on FY 2010 Choice Neighborhoods NOFA

On January 14 NAHRO submitted a comment letter in response to HUD's request that stakeholders offer feedback on the Planning Grants section of the FY 2010 Choice Neighborhoods Round 1 NOFA.  According to an email message, the Department is looking "to improve the Choice Neighborhoods initiative to better meet the needs of housing owners, public housing authorities, and local communities." 

HUD requested comments in the following areas:

NAHRO Spearheads Joint Letter on PHA Developer Status under NSP

A number of NAHRO members have reached out to us in recent weeks to raise concerns regarding HUD's determination that PHAs and Redevelopment Authorities may not act as developers under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.  In response to these concerns, we authored a letter to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan requesting that he exercise the waiver authority provided for under both the Recovery Act and the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 in order to


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