NSPIRE Demonstration Approval of Information Collection Released

On May 23, HUD will release a Notice of Emergency Approval of an Information Collection on the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) Demonstration in the Federal Register. The Notice is related to HUD’s new NSPIRE Demonstration, which will replace UPCS for agencies that opt to participate in the demonstration, however the notice does not detail the demonstration itself. More information on the actual demonstration will be forthcoming.

HUD’s Emergency Approval of an Information Collection lists the information that PHAs participating in the demonstration will be required to submit to HUD. This includes: an annual self-inspection report or work order receipts, a property profile, copies of building system certificates, local code violations over the rolling calendar year, and participation in feedback sessions.

Comments on the Notice are due 14 days after the publication of the Notice in the Federal Register.

Grants for Carbon Monoxide Detectors Announced

On Monday May 20, HUD issued a press release announcing that $5 million of the $10 million appropriated in FY 2019 for Emergency Safety and Security Capital grants will be made available to PHAs for the purchase and installation of carbon monoxide detectors in public housing. HUD will continue to make the remaining $5 million available for safety and security measures to address crime, specifically drug-related crime, under the FY 2019 Emergency and Safety Security set-aside. These grant applications are still due to HUD by June 5.

Agencies interested in receiving grant funding for the purchase and installation of carbon monoxide detectors should apply for the grant via a separate application from the safety and security grants for addressing crime. PIH Notice 2016-03 will be amended to include the carbon monoxide detector grant application and eligibility requirements. HUD will notify PHAs of the application due date via email and posting at the web page referenced above.

Free Smoke-Free Compliance and Enforcement Webinar

Looking for useful tools and strategies to boost compliance and improve enforcement of a smoke-free public housing policy? Join Clean Air for All, a collaboration between NAHRO, Live Smoke Free MN, and NAR-SAAH, on June 4 to familiarize yourself with our new Smoke-Free Public Housing Compliance and Enforcement Toolkit. On this webinar, Clean Air for All will review resources from the toolkit and highlight examples and strategies that public housing agencies can utilize at their properties. The webinar will conclude with trends from a resident survey (currently underway) that illustrate resident perspectives on smoke-free public housing.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, June 4, from 12:30 – 1:30 PM.

Register here.

FY 2019 Housing Trust Fund Allocations Released

FY 2019 Housing Trust Fund (HTF) allocations will be announced in the Federal Register on Friday, May 17. Today, HUD published the allocations in the Public Inspection section of the Federal Register. HTF grantees include all 50 states, the District Columbia, and U.S. territories. The formula allocation guarantees funding to increase and preserve the supply of rental housing for extremely low- and very low-income families and to increase homeownership for extremely low- and very-low income households. Funding for FY 2019 is $247,666,778.80. While all states at least received $3 million, the formula awards bonus points to certain factors. For example, California received $32 million, New York State received $19 million, Texas $11 million, Florida $9.5 million, Illinois $8.5 million, and New Jersey received $7 million.

New Incentives for Multifamily Properties in Opportunity Zones Announced

On May 9, HUD announced new incentives for multifamily property owners applying for certain Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans in Opportunity Zones. HUD will reduce FHA mortgage insurance application fees for multifamily market-rate transactions and for transactions that meet HUD’s definition of affordable or broadly affordable when the property is located in an Opportunity Zone. Established by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones are designated low-income census tracts that can provide incentives to encourage investment within their community. To date, 8,761 communities in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and five territories have been designated as Opportunity Zones. 

HUD is also improving the procedure for processing applications by designating HUD Senior Underwriters to process applications.

 

Guidance on Over-Income Implementation Process Released

On May 3rd, HUD released Notice PIH-2019-11 (HA) titled “Final Implementation of Public Housing Over-Income Limit Under the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA).” The notice provides supplemental information on the implementation process for public housing income limits, which were codified through regulation last summer.

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HUD Releases Notice on Required Conversions

HUD recently released Notice PIH 2019-10 titled “Required Conversions.” Section 33 of the U.S. Housing Act requires PHAs to convert certain distressed public housing units to Section 8 tenant-based assistance if it would be more expensive to modernize and operate the distressed development for its remaining useful life than to provide tenant-based assistance to all residents; or if the PHA cannot assure the long-term viability of a distressed development. This Notice provides guidance on the requirement that PHAs annually review their inventories to determine whether any of their public housing developments (or parts of developments) meet the criteria for required conversion from public housing. This notice also provides guidance on developing a required conversion plan in such instances.

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HUD Releases FSS New Applicant NOFA

HUD has announced they will be making available $1 million in funding to support the expansion of the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program to new sites. HUD anticipates making 10-12 awards. This funding is not the FY19 Renewal FSS NOFA, which is forthcoming. This NOFA is only for PHAs that have not been funded within the last three years.

HUD recommends interested agencies begin the process of collecting letters of commitment/MOUs from partners sooner rather than later as this process may take some time to complete.

Potential applications may submit questions to fss@hud.gov. Applications are due Thursday, June 13. The NOFA is available at grants.gov.

HUD Posts FY19 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants NOFA

HUD has released a NOFA for $5 million for FY19 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants, including Planning and Action Grants. Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with “severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.” Planning and Action Grants are three and a half year planning grants that “pair planning with action.” Under these grants, the planning process would take place during the first 24 months. The planning process will identify Action Activities that will be carried out during the latter portion of the grant period.

Applications are due June 10. The NOFA and application package must be downloaded from http://www.grants.gov. Potential applications should send questions to ChoiceNeighborhoods@hud.gov.