December 14, 2011
Vol. 40, No. 25
HUD OFFERS HOUSING COUNSELING FUNDS. HUD-approved counseling agencies can apply by January 12. Visit http://www.grants.gov or http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/fundsavail.cfm. Contact a HUD homeownership center.
CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU REQUESTS SUGGESTIONS FOR REGULATIONS. The CFPB is responsible for regulations originally written by other agencies, including rules for the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act. It requests specific suggestions by March 5 for ways to streamline “inherited” regulations and practical measures to make compliance easier. See Federal Register, 12/5/11 or http://www.regulations.gov. Contact Jane Gell, CFPB, 202-453-7700.
RULES ISSUED FOR EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANTS, HMIS, AND NEW DEFINITION OF HOMELESS. The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) made numerous changes in HUD’s homeless programs. Rules for the Continuum of Care program and the Rural Housing Stability Assistance program have not yet been proposed. Comments on an interim rule for the Emergency Solutions Grants program, which replaces the Emergency Shelter Grants program, are due February 3. See Federal Register, 12/5/11, or http://www.regulations.gov. Regulations are proposed for Homeless Management Information Systems(HMIS), with comments due February 7. See Federal Register, 12/9/11, or http://www.regulations.gov. A final definition of homeless, broader than in the past, is effective January 4. See Federal Register, 12/5/11. All three regulations are also posted at http://www.hudhre.info. Contact Ann Marie Oliva, HUD, 202-708-4300.
HUD RELEASES FY12 MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME LIMITS. The limits and other materials are available at http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/il/il12/index.html. Contact a HUD office.
ADMINISTRATION REPORTS DROP IN HOMELESSNESS. On a single night in January 2011, HUD states, 636,017 people were homeless, a reduction of 2.1% from January 2010 and 5.3% since 2007. The study report provides national data and figures for each Continuum of Care. HUD’s press release, with a link to the report, is posted at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories.
REPORT SUGGESTS HOW STATES CAN HELP SENIORS AGE IN PLACE. Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices, by the National Conference of State Legislatures and AARP, examines state policies on land use, transportation, and housing, including consideration of rural issues. Visit http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-11-2011/Aging-In-Place.html or contact AARP, 202-434-3890.
SEASON’S GREETINGS! HAC’s board and staff wish peace, happiness, and affordable housing to all!