2020 Capital Funds Released

HUD has released FY 2020 Capital Fund Processing Information. The 2020 Appropriations Act provided about $2.87 billion for the Capital Fund, $95 million more than FY 2019 funding. The process for retrieving the 2020 ACC amendments is the same the same as it was 2017. More information and the list of Capital Fund awards by PHA can be found on HUD’s website.

The president’s 2021 budget proposes the elimination of the Capital Fund. The president has proposed eliminating the Capital Fund in previous budgets, but Congress has decided to fund the program at increased funding levels for the past 3 years.

Looking Back, Looking Forward – Smoke-Free Public Housing Webinar

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Clean Air For All is presenting a complimentary Smoke-Free Public Housing webinar on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm eastern time.

As the Clean Air for All team wraps up a second year of smoke-free public housing support, we take a look back at lessons learned and success stories from public housing agencies across the country. Then we’ll look to the future of smoke-free housing by addressing the changing landscape of e-cigarette and marijuana regulations on clean indoor air laws, how RAD conversions impact smoke-free housing, and tips for maintaining a smoke-free policy for years to come. We are pleased to be joined by speakers from Live Smoke Free, NAHRO, the Public Health Law Center, and the Bayonne Housing Authority.

Click here to register for the Thursday, February 27, 2020 Smoke-Free Public Housing webinar.

Public Charge Rule Implementation Begins February 24, 2020

Except for in the State of Illinois, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin applying the Public Charge Final Rule to immigration applications and petitions postmarked or submitted electronically on or after February 24, 2020.

As a reminder the Public Charge Final Rule primarily applies to individuals that are applying for entry into the United States and to individuals that are temporarily in the United States and are applying for permanent residency in the United States. NAHRO has also issued an informational one-pager on the Public Charge Final Rule to provide PHAs an overview of the rule. 

USCIS as issued a press release, Question and Answer Legal Resource, and updated the USCIS Policy Manual to provide additional information on the implementation of the Public Charge Final Rule. USCIS will provide additional information on implementation in Illinois if the injunction is lifted.