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HAC News: March 10, 2020

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March 10, 2020
Vol. 49, No. 5

USDA and HUD offer resources on coronavirus Household Water Well System Grants available HAC research brief tackles tax relief for sellers of affordable rental properties HUD guidance describes new provisions for small rural PHAs File information regarding a regional plan by June 30 to garner extra points for some USDA RD funding Housing legislation moves forward in the House CFPB provides FAQs for mortgage disclosure rule New RD Deputy Under Secretary named Census to replace American FactFinder Affordable Homes at Risk Many Living in Rural America Struggling with Housing as Cost of Living Outstrips Wages Toolkit for State and Local Government Officials Understanding Rural Attitudes Toward the Environment and Conservation in America • SAVE THE DATE FOR HAC’S 2020 RURAL HOUSING CONFERENCE!Need capital for your affordable housing project?

HAC News Formats. pdf

March 10, 2020
Vol. 49, No. 5

USDA and HUD offer resources on coronavirus.

Both departments provide basic resources and a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most up to date information. HUD suggests housing providers can share CDC fact sheets to help stakeholders understand the virus and steps to protect themselves. It also offers an infectious disease toolkit for Continuums of Care, noting that people experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council has collected other resources and information on the subject. USDA provides additional information about food safety and pet safety. Articles published by the Daily Yonder and the Center for American Progress present differing perspectives about rural risk: “Rural Areas at Less Risk of Coronavirus Currently” because people have contact with fewer others, or Rural Americans are Vulnerable to the Coronavirus” because they have larger proportions of vulnerable populations, residents often cannot work at home, and access to health care is limited.

Household Water Well System Grants available.

USDA offers grants to nonprofits to establish revolving loan funds that will make loans for household water well systems in places with populations under 50,000, tribal lands and colonias. Apply by May 31. For more information, contact Derek Jones, USDA RD, 202-720-9640.

HAC research brief tackles tax relief for sellers of affordable rental properties.

As the rural rental housing crisis builds, often the best way to preserve a property’s affordability is to sell it to an entity that will keep operating it as an affordable rental. Among the many issues involved in arranging such a sale is the need to cover the seller’s tax bill. A new HAC research brief, Tax Considerations for Rural Housing Preservation, looks at this issue and possible solutions.

HUD guidance describes new provisions for small rural PHAs.

While HUD is developing regulations to implement provisions of a 2018 law related to small PHAs in rural places, it has published initial guidance explaining how it is defining small and rural, and how it is currently implementing provisions that take effect without regulations. Just over 1,500 PHAs fit the definition; see the list of Section 209 Small Rural PHAs. They can inspect voucher units less often than other PHAs and are exempt from environmental review requirements for development or rehab projects costing under $100,000. For more information, contact Harold Katsura, HUD, 202-402-3042.

File information regarding a regional plan by June 30 to garner extra points for some USDA RD funding.

Applicants for community facilities, water and waste, or business programs may receive priority points if their projects support strategic economic and community investment plans. Applicants must submit a form by June 30 to be eligible. For more information, contact an RD state office.

Housing legislation moves forward in the House.

On March 2 the House of Representatives passed the Yes In My Backyard Act (H.R. 4351), which would require governments receiving CDBG funding to report on land use policies that support affordable housing production, and the Improving FHA Support for Small Dollar Mortgages Act (H.R. 5931), which would require the FHA to review its policies, practices and products to identify barriers to supporting mortgages under $70,000. Two other measures were approved by the House Financial Services Committee on February 28 but have not yet been considered by the full House. The Housing is Infrastructure Act (H.R. 5187) would authorize substantial funding increases for numerous housing programs, including USDA’s MPR and Section 504 programs. The Housing Fairness Act (H.R. 149) would fund nationwide housing discrimination testing as well as research and education and would increase appropriations for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program.

CFPB provides FAQs for mortgage disclosure rule.

The consumer agency’s questions and answers pertain to compliance with the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID) for home mortgage closing cost estimates. Specific topics include corrected closing disclosures and the three business-day waiting period, model forms, construction loans, loan estimates and lender credits.

New RD Deputy Under Secretary named.

Donald “DJ” LaVoy, who has served as Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at USDA since September, is retiring. Bette Brand will move into the deputy position. She has most recently been the Administrator of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. The Under Secretary position, eliminated by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and reinstated by the 2018 Farm Bill, remains vacant.

Census to replace American FactFinder.

The U.S. Census Bureau will take its American FactFinder tool offline on March 31. The AFF tool will be replaced with the new data.census.gov utility. While the transition takes place, data and information on rural communities across the country will always be available at HAC’s Rural Data Portal. For more information on HAC’s data portal, contact dataportal@ruralhome.org.

Recent publications and media of interest

Need capital for your affordable housing project? HAC’s loan funds provide low interest rate loans to support single- and multifamily affordable housing projects for low-income rural residents throughout the U.S. and territories. Capital is available for all types of affordable and mixed-income housing projects, including preservation, farmworker, senior and veteran housing. HAC loan funds can be used for pre-development, site acquisition, site development and construction/rehabilitation. Contact HAC’s loan fund staff at hacloanfund@ruralhome.org, 202-842-8600.

Please note: HAC is not able to offer loans to individuals or families. Borrowers must be nonprofit or for-profit organizations or government entities (including tribes).

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HAC Seeks Proposals for Housing Projects Serving Rural Veterans

January 2017

homedepotfoundationlogoSupported by The Home Depot Foundation, grants will go to nonprofits, tribally designated housing entities, and housing authorities serving veterans at or below 80% of area median income in rural areas. Projects may be new construction or rehab, temporary or permanent housing, in progress or beginning within 12 months. Letters of Interest are due Feb. 3, 2017.

ELIGIBILITY. The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tribally designated housing entity (TDHE), or housing authority acting as a nonprofit, that serves veterans at or below 80% of area median income. RURAL SERVICE AREA. The applicant must apply to support programs working in nonmetropolitan areas or in counties that meet the USDA definition of rural for housing (Sec. 520 of the Housing Act of 1949). Please check the USDA Property Eligibility Site, https://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov, to determine rural eligibility.

Contact Shonterria Charleston, Program Manager, 404-892-4824.


HAC News: March 1, 2018

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March 1, 2018
Vol. 47, No. 5

Opportunity Zone deadlines nearing • Grants available for TA to purchasers of maturing mortgage 515 properties • CDFI Funds offered, including for CDFIs serving Native American communities • Small grants available to connect arts and community development • HUD seeks tribal input on revising Section 184 regs • Members named to new congressional committee on budget and appropriations process • Planning underway for Housing Week of Action • CFPB requests input on feedback • USDA launches opioid resources page • Review of Kerner report data shows some improvements, some declines for African Americans over 50 years • New center seeks to connect homelessness research to practice • Materials from HAC’s budget webinar posted online • RD approves a third national online homeownership education provider • HAC to host American Indian Housing Symposium: Brainstorming New Strategies for Systemic Housing Challenges, Rapid City, SD, May 2-3

HAC News Formats. pdf

March 1, 2018
Vol. 47, No. 5

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2018 HAC RURAL HOUSING CONFERENCE!
The conference will be held December 4-7 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. The HAC News will announce when conference registration opens and when the hotel room block is available for reservations.

Opportunity Zone deadlines nearing.
Many states have set early March deadlines for public input as they prepare to meet their March 21 deadline to designate high-poverty census tracts as Opportunity Zones where new Opportunity Funds will make community investments, possibly including housing. Links to some states’ sites have been posted by Novogradac & Co., while others seem to have no information online. HAC encourages rural communities to support selection of rural Opportunity Zones. Search for online information about your state’s public comment process, or contact the state office of community development or economic development. Information is available from the CDFI Fund (including a list and map of eligible census tracts), Enterprise Community Partners (including a map of eligible tracts), and Economic Innovation Group. For more information, contact Leslie Strauss, HAC, 202-842-8600.

Grants available for TA to purchasers of maturing mortgage 515 properties.
Applications are due March 29 for a new USDA RD program offering grants of up to $250,000 for nonprofits or PHAs to provide technical assistance to purchasers of Section 515 properties whose mortgages are maturing. Contact RD state directors for more information and to develop lists of targeted local areas in each state.

CDFI Funds offered, including for CDFIs serving Native American communities.
The CDFI Program makes Financial Assistance awards to certified CDFIs and Technical Assistance grants to certified, certifiable, and emerging CDFIs to build their organizational capacity. The Native American CDFI Program offers the same to CDFIs serving Native communities. Applications are due April 4. For more information, submit a request through the CDFI Fund’s AMIS site or contact the CDFI Fund Help Desk, 202-653-0421.

Small grants available to connect arts and community development.
Small and mid-sized organizations can apply by April 12 for the National Endowment for the Art’s Challenge America grants. The grants are $10,000 and support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, either for professional arts programming or for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. For more information, contact NEA, 202-682-5700.

HUD seeks tribal input on revising Section 184 regs.
HUD plans to revise its regulations for the Section 184 Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Program. It invites tribal members and leaders, tribal housing entities, and lenders to provide feedback to 184consultation@hud.gov until a proposed rule is published in the Federal Register (anticipated to be by September 30), when a public comment period will begin. HUD will also hold a listening session at the NAIHC Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, March 5-7, and others will be scheduled this spring.

Members named to new congressional committee on budget and appropriations process.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 – the federal budget deal adopted in February – created a new Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform. House and Senate leaders have now named the committee’s 16 members, four from each party in each house of Congress. Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) is the chair and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) is the co-chair. The committee must hold its first meeting by March 11 and must hold at least five public meetings or hearings. Its report is due by November 30.

Planning underway for Housing Week of Action.
Our Homes, Our Voices is planned for May 1-8. The National Low Income Housing Coalition is working with partners nationwide to schedule activities and publicity. Resources are available online.

CFPB requests input on feedback.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau requests comments and information by May 29 to help it assess its public and non-public “external engagements,” where stakeholders provide feedback on CFPB’s work. Currently these include field hearings, town halls, roundtables, and meetings of the Advisory Board and Councils. For more information, contact Zixta Martinez, CFPB, 202-435-9745.

USDA launches opioid resources page.
The site is intended to offer resources, information, and best practices to help rural communities respond to and manage the opioid crisis.

Review of Kerner report data shows some improvements, some declines for African Americans over 50 years.
The Economic Policy Institute compared current data to information gathered by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (the Kerner Commission) in 1968. “50 Years After the Kerner Commission” reports improvements in African-American education levels, wages, incomes, wealth, and health, but blacks still lag whites in all these indicators. African-American homeownership and unemployment rates have changed little, while incarceration rates have almost tripled.

New center seeks to connect homelessness research to practice.
The Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness launched in December with a mission to empower communities to plan and implement services for people experiencing homelessness on the basis of the strongest available evidence. Among its early releases, a report titled Where Do Homeless People Come From? shows that substantial portions of people in shelters previously lived in suburban and rural areas as well as in cities.

Materials from HAC’s budget webinar posted online.
A recording of the webinar, as well as the presentation and related resources, are available on HAC’s site.

RD approves a third national online homeownership education provider.
Utah State University Extension
is now approved to provide education for homebuyers using the Section 502 direct loan program. It joins eHome America and Framework as nationally recognized providers.

HAC to host American Indian Housing Symposium: Brainstorming New Strategies for Systemic Housing Challenges, Rapid City, SD, May 2-3.
Presented by the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation and Fannie Mae, this symposium will explore data trends, innovative projects, funding opportunities, and strategies for addressing systemic housing challenges for tribes across the country. For more information, contact Shonterria Charleston, HAC, 404-892-4824.

Rural Placemaking Funding Available

HAC, in collaboration with bcWORKSHOP, is excited to announce a call for participants for Rural Placemaking, a new creative placemaking initiative that will take place in two rural communities (with populations less than 50,000) in the United States. Creative placemaking is a way of working between community developers, housing organizations, artists and local stakeholders to strengthen communities.

Apply Online

Two partnerships between a housing or community development organization and an artist/art organization will be selected to implement a temporary initiative from May to August 2017. Applications are due Friday, March 10, 2017.

HAC Seeks Proposals for Housing Projects Serving Rural Veterans

January 2017

homedepotfoundationlogoSupported by The Home Depot Foundation, grants will go to nonprofits, tribally designated housing entities, and housing authorities serving veterans at or below 80% of area median income in rural areas. Projects may be new construction or rehab, temporary or permanent housing, in progress or beginning within 12 months. Letters of Interest are due Feb. 3, 2017.

ELIGIBILITY. The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tribally designated housing entity (TDHE), or housing authority acting as a nonprofit, that serves veterans at or below 80% of area median income. RURAL SERVICE AREA. The applicant must apply to support programs working in nonmetropolitan areas or in counties that meet the USDA definition of rural for housing (Sec. 520 of the Housing Act of 1949). Please check the USDA Property Eligibility Site, https://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov, to determine rural eligibility.

Contact Shonterria Charleston, Program Manager, 404-892-4824.


USDA Rural Housing Program Funding Activity Year End Report FY 2014

USDA Rural Development Housing Funding Activity FY 2014Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 USDA Rural Housing Program Funding Activity Year End Report

USDA Rural Development Housing Funding Activity FY 2014Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 USDA Rural Housing Program Funding Activity Year End Report

The Housing Assistance Council tabulated data using the USDA Finance Office obligation reports (USDA/Rural Development report code 205c, d and f) and data from the USDA Single Family Housing and Multifamily Housing Divisions in the National Office. The comprehensive report includes tables and maps showing obligation data by program and by State. The report also includes data by fiscal year for each of the programs since program inception.

This document is available by its individual chapters or as one large compiled document. The compilation document is formatted to print as double-sided pages for printers that are able to print on both sides of the paper. Each chapter starts with a divider page which is intentionally blank to maintain consistency throughout the document.

2015, 164 pages

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Executive summary

CONTENTS

Introduction/Table of Contents

  1. Summary of USDA Rural Housing Obligations
  2. Single Family Housing Program Obligations
  3. Multifamily Housing Program Obligations
  4. Other Program Obligations
  5. State Obligation Tables
  6. Historical Activity for Selected Programs
  7. Direct Loan Share of Total Obligations for Selected Programs
  8. Homeowner and Tenant Average Income By State
  9. Appropriation and Obligation Tables
  10. About the Data

Reports

Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 USDA Rural Housing Program Obligations Year End Report

 

In Fiscal Year 2013, USDA’s Rural Development (RD) Agency obligated approximately $23.4 billion in loans, grants, and loan guarantees which were used to build, purchase, repair, or support 177,387 units of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in rural areas.

The Housing Assistance Council tabulated data using the USDA Finance Office obligation reports (USDA/Rural Development report code 205c, d and e) and data from the USDA Single Family Housing and Multifamily Housing Divisions in the National Office. The comprehensive report includes tables and maps showing obligation data by program. In addition, data are compiled for each State’s program activity. The report also includes data by fiscal year for each of the programs since program inception.

This document is available by its individual chapters or as one large compiled document. The compilation document is formatted to print as double sided pages for printers that are able to print on both sides of the paper. Each chapter starts with a divider page which is intentionally blank to maintain consistency throughout the document.

2014, 151 pages

Contents

Introduction/Table of Contents

I. Summary of USDA Rural Housing Obligations
II. Single Family Housing Program Obligations
III. Multi-Family Housing Program Obligations
IV. Other Program Obligations
V. Rural Housing Program Historical Activity
VI. State Obligation Tables
VII. About the Data


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