On October 20, NAHRO submitted comments on HUD’s PHA Assessment of Fair Housing Tool. This was in response to a 30 Day Solicitation of Comment on the Tool. NAHRO had previously submitted comments (members only) on the tool in May.
NAHRO’s comment letter was divided into three parts that focused on NAHRO’s broad concerns about the implementation of the tool, specific issues with the tool itself, and a list of recommendations to improve the tool.
NAHRO’s comment letter can be found here (members only).
On October 24, HUD will publish a Notice in the Federal Register announcing that they are extending the deadline to submit an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) for small community development agencies. These include: consolidated plan program participants that received a Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 or less in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, or in the case of a HOME consortium, whose members collectively received a CDBG grant of $500,000 or less, from the program year that begins on or after January 1, 2018, to the program year that begins on or after January 1, 2019 for which a new consolidated plan is due, the same date that qualified public housing agencies (PHAs) are to submit their AFHs.
NAHRO learned that HUD created a streamlined version of the AFH tool for these groups to help limit the administrative burden caused by completing the longer and more intensive AFH Tool for Local Governments. NAHRO recommended HUD work to streamline the AFH Tools and is pleased that HUD created a separate insert for smaller community development groups.
NAHRO’s comments on the AFH Tool for Local Governments can be found here (members only).
NAHRO’s joint comments on the AFH Tool for Local Governments with NCDA can be found here (members only).
On October 24, HUD will issue in the Federal Register the initial implementation guidance for the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). HOTMA was signed into law by President Obama on July 29 after being passed unanimously by Congress. HOMTA provides updates and improvements to multiple HUD programs. HUD’s initial implementation guidance informs the public of which statutory provisions are effective immediately and which will require further action by HUD.
The initial implementation guidance includes information on provisions that went into effect immediately upon enactment of the law, provisions which will require either guidance or rulemaking, provisions that require new regulations, and provisions that require HUD to provide PHAs with more information before implementation.
NAHRO’s in-depth summary of HOTMA can be located here (members only).