NAHRO and Community Action Partnership Release Survey Findings

NAHRO and Community Action Partnership (the Partnership) are pleased to announce the release of the NAHRO and Community Action Partnership Survey Findings report. Community Action Partnership is a national, 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that provides technical assistance, training and other resources to Community Action Agencies, nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to combat poverty across the United States. Conducted in the Spring of 2017, the survey examines and assess crossover between the nation’s existing network of Community Action Agencies, Public Housing Agencies, and Local Redevelopment Agencies.

Nationally, Housing Authorities help over 4.8 million families and individuals by providing safe, decent, affordable housing for families in need. Community Action Agencies provide critical programs to more than 15 million people with low-incomes every year. Services provided by Community Action Agencies and local Housing and Redevelopment Agencies play an indispensable role in helping combat poverty. NAHRO and the Partnership hope to grow a new and exciting relationship to help address poverty in communities across the nation by strengthening partnerships between these essential and in many cases indispensable organizations. We believe that the mission of Public Housing Agencies and Community Action Agencies is strengthened through collaboration, and when the programs and services of Community Action Agencies are available to public housing residents, localities are in a far better position to combat poverty.

HUD Re-Publishes CY 2017 Administrative Fee Rates

HUD has published the administrative fee rates for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program in the Federal Register in a notice titled “Notice of Annual Factors for Determining Public Housing Agency Administrative Fees for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Mainstream, and Moderate Rehabilitation Programs.” HUD had previously published these fee rates in February on the website of the Office of Housing Choice Vouchers. The rates remain the same as those published in February.

What has changed is that HUD has calculated a proration factor for administrative fees of 74% for January to March of this year. (This is not mentioned in the notice published in the Federal Register, but PHAs should have received notices informing them of this from HUD.) HUD hopes to raise that number as the year progresses by supplementing it with unobligated funds. NAHRO continues to stress the importance of the administrative fee to the proper running of the HCV program to appropriators in Congress.

Finally, it is not too late to apply for a blended administrative fee or a higher administrative fee as the deadline for applying to both has been extended to Friday, June 23.

The full notice can be read here.