HUD

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

Contact:

Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685

   http://www.hud.gov/

    HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN JUNE

    Sales of new single-family houses in June 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 482,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Census Bureau. This is 6.8 percent (±12.5%)* below the revised May rate of 517,000 and is 18.1 percent (±18.1%) above the June 2014 estimate of 408,000.

    HUD MAKES $39 MILLION AVAILABLE TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is making $39.2 million available to fight housing discrimination under HUD’s 2015 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). This year’s funding notice also creates six new types of grants that support fair housing capacity building, education and outreach activities, and testing in rental and sales transactions.

    HUD AND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR LAUNCH TRAINING CURRICULUM FOR HIV/AIDS HOUSING AND SERVICE PROVIDERS

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), today unveiled a new training curriculum for HIV/AIDS housing and service providers focused on employment services.

    HUD AND VA ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS FIND PERMANENT HOMES

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a second round funding to help provide permanent homes to an estimated 122 veterans experiencing homelessness in eight states

    HUD APPOINTS RICHARD K. GREEN AS SENIOR ADVISOR ON HOUSING FINANCE

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced the appointment of Richard K. Green as Senior Advisor on Housing Finance in the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R).  Green replaces Edward Golding, who has served since March as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing

    HUD ISSUES GUIDANCE ON MULTIFAMILY ASSISTED AND INSURED HOUSING BASED ON EQUAL ACCESS TO HOUSING RULE

    As part of the White House Conference on Aging today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued guidance to better serve and help avoid discrimination to LGBT Americans seeking HUD-assisted or HUD-insured housing. The guidance will help clarify the Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Rule (Equal Access Rule), which was originally published in 2012.

    FHA PROPOSES DEADLINE FOR LENDERS TO FILE CLAIMS

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is proposing to establish a maximum time period for lenders to file insurance claims and to revise its policy on reimbursement of eligible expenses and debenture interest when foreclosure and claim filing deadlines are missed.  

    NEW HUD REPORT FINDS HOMELESS FAMILIES OFFERED VOUCHERS FARE BETTER THAN FAMILIES PROVIDED OTHER ASSISTANCE

    Each year, it’s estimated that more than 150,000 families experience homelessness and are forced to seek emergency shelter for themselves and their children[1]. Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the short-term results of a study designed to examine how homeless families in emergency shelter responded to various interventions designed to help them exit homelessness.

    DEAF AND THOSE WHO USE WHEELCHAIRS FACE ADDED DISCRIMINATION IN RENTAL HOUSING MARKET

    Well-qualified homeseekers who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as homeseekers who use wheelchairs, are told about fewer available housing units than comparable homeseekers who can hear and walk, according to a new study released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Institute. Discrimination in the Rental Housing Market Against People Who Are Deaf and People Who Use Wheelchairs finds that people who are deaf or who use wheelchairs are at a statistically significant disadvantage when it comes to the number of homes they are informed about.

    FHA PROPOSES CLEARER RULES FOR LENDERS WITH UPDATED DEFECT TAXONOMY

    Federal Housing Administration (FHA) posted its Single Family Loan Quality Assessment Methodology or “Defect Taxonomy”, which explains how FHA intends to categorize loan defects found in Single Family FHA endorsed loans. The framework, part of the “Blueprint for Access,” centers on three core concepts: identifying a defect, capturing the sources and causes of a defect and assessing the severity of a defect.

    HUD SELECTS FINALISTS FOR NATIONAL DISASTER RESILIENCE COMPETITION

    U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced today that 40 states and local communities will compete in the second and final phase of HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). Aligned closely with a companion education and technical assistance effort by the Rockefeller Foundation, HUD’s competition is designed to help states and local communities recover from past disasters while improving their ability to withstand future extreme events through strategic community investments.

    HOUSING AUTHORITIES HELP FAMILIES CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY

    As the nation prepares to celebrate Father’s Day, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is encouraging communities to support dads living in HUD assisted housing to stay connected with their children. For the fifth consecutive year, hundreds of public housing authorities across the country are participating

    HUD PUBLISHES NOTICE ON EXPANDED RENTAL ASSISTANCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published new guidance to help public housing authorities and private landlords of multi-family housing developments seeking to participate in HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program. HUD’s new guidance represents a set of clarifications and changes in response to operating experience since the program launch and stakeholder feedback; and incorporates key changes authorized by Congress, most notably to expand the program’s scope from 60,000 to 185,000 units. Read HUD’s notice.

    HUD AWARDS ADDITIONAL $6 MILLION IN HOUSING COUNSELING GRANTS

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $6 million in grants to hundreds of national, regional and local organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. The grants announced today are in addition to $36 million awarded in April. See list of all counseling agencies awarded funding today.

    FHA EXPANDS OPPORTUNITIES FOR REVERSE MORTGAGE ‘NON-BORROWING SPOUSES’ TO REMAIN IN THEIR HOME

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today issued a revised policy under its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program giving FHA-approved lenders expanded options to allow eligible ‘non-borrowing spouses’ the potential to remain in their home following the death of the last surviving borrower. Read FHA’s new mortgagee letter.

    HUD CHARGES SALT LAKE CITY PROPERTY OWNERS WITH DISCRIMINATING AGAINST RESIDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has charged the owners of a three-story Salt Lake City, Utah, apartment building with violating the Fair Housing Act by making housing

    HUD ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF INNOVATION OF THE DAY

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the three local initiatives selected as winners in HUD’s Innovation of the Day Competition. The winning entries were chosen by their peers through an online ballot that allowed the public to vote for their favorite projects

    HUD’S REBUILD BY DESIGN WINNER OF 2015 INNOVATION AWARD

    Each year, the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) bestows its Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award to a federal agency with the best model practice that can be adopted government-wide. Today, ACUS announced that the 2015 Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award is being presented to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design Competition.

    HUD LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE FOR HOUSING COUNSELING AGENCIES

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today unveiled a new website specifically designed for HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, offering free on-line training covering a broad range of topics including responsibilities of homeownership and tenancy; avoiding foreclosure and eviction; financial management; and fair housing. The training is designed to help prepare housing counselors for the upcoming, mandatory HUD-certified counselor examination.

    HUD SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON NEW METHOD TO EXPAND CHOICE FOR CONCENTRATED VOUCHER FAMILIES

    In some areas of the country, housing costs limit the “choice” for families receiving assistance from HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program to only a few neighborhoods.  For the areas of the country where this problem is most severe, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is proposing a change to its rules that will expand the neighborhood options available to families.

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