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 RELEASES PROPOSED 2017 BUDGET

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today unveiled President Obama’s proposed HUD Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 which is focused on helping Americans to secure and maintain, affordable housing, ending homelessness, making our communities more resilient from natural disasters and protecting people from housing discrimination. HUD’s work is critical to the Administration’s efforts to strengthen communities, bolster the economy, and improve the quality of life of the American people

    HUD PROPOSES TO EXEMPT RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FROM MANUFACTURED HOUSING STANDARDS

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today (HUD) announced a proposed rule to exempt certain recreational vehicles from HUD’s Manufactured Housing Procedural and Enforcement Regulations.  HUD’s proposed rule seeks to revise the exemption for recreational vehicles that are not self-propelled and is based upon a recommendation from an advisory committee made up of manufactured housing producers, retailers, consumers and the general public.

    HUD SECRETARY CASTRO AND GOOGLE FIBER ANNOUNCE FIRST PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS TO BE CONNECTED TO ULTRA HIGH SPEED INTERNET THROUGH CONNECTHOME INITIATIVE

    Building on the Obama Administration’s goal to expand high speed broadband to all Americans, today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and Google Fiber Vice President, Dennis Kish, announced that the West Bluff Townhomes in Kansas City, Missouri will be the first public housing development to be connected to Google Fiber’s ultra-high speed (gigabit speed, or up to 1000 mbps) internet through the ConnectHome Initiative.

    HUD CONSIDERS NEW RULE ON “OVER INCOME” PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the agency is considering a new rule to ensure that individuals and families residing in public housing actually need housing assistance should their incomes grow well beyond the levels required for their initial admission. HUD is seeking public comment on methods to address ‘over-income’ public housing residents who continue to reside in public housing as other families wait for vacant units to become available

    FHA ISSUES NEW MULTIFAMILY HANDBOOK

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today published a new consolidated handbook to guide lenders on underwriting all FHA-insured multifamily housing construction and rehabilitation transactions. FHA’s new MAP Guide offers a new operating manual for multifamily underwriting through the Multifamily Accelerated Processing program. Read FHA’s new updated MAP Guide.

    HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN DECEMBER

    Sales of new single-family houses in December 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is 10.8 percent (±17.1%)* above the revised November rate of 491,000 and is 9.9 percent (±25.0%)* above the December 2014 estimate of 495,000.

    FHA TO CUT INSURANCE RATES ON MULTIFAMILY MORTGAGES

    In an effort to help preserve and increase the amount of affordable, quality rental housing across the country, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced a multifamily insurance rate reduction designed to encourage capital financing of affordable and energy-efficient apartments. The rate reductions announced today will take effect on April 1, 2016, and will directly impact FHA’s Multifamily Housing Programs and properties housing low- and moderate-income families and/or developments installing energy-efficient systems or building within federal energy guidelines.

    OPHELIA BASGAL TO RETIRE AS HUD’S PACIFIC/HAWAII REGIONAL DIRECTOR

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that at the end of February, Ophelia Basgal is retiring from federal service after nearly 40 years of work to promote affordable housing and community development across the nation and throughout the Department’s Pacific/Hawaii region.

    HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU ANNOUNCE NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN DECEMBER

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for December 2015

    HUD OFFERS APPROXIMATELY $15 MILLION IN GRANTS TO TEST A NEW APPROACH TO HELP LOW-INCOME SENIORS AGE IN PLACE

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced it is making approximately $15 million available to test a promising housing and services model for low-income seniors to age in their own homes and delay or avoid the need for nursing home care. Read HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

    HUD FILES CHARGE ALLEGING CALIFORNIA FORECLOSURE RESCUE COMPANIES SCAMMED HISPANIC HOMEOWNERS

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is charging three Modesto, California, home loan modification companies and nine of their agents with violating the Fair Housing Act by targeting Hispanic homeowners for illegal or unfair loan audit and loan modification assistance because of their national origin

    OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES COMPETITION TO DESIGNATE THE THIRD AND FINAL ROUND OF PROMISE ZONES

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that communities may now apply to be designated a Promise Zone under the third and final round competition. Read the new notice seeking Promise Zone applications.

    HUD AWARDS $100 MILLION TO HELP PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS SECURE HIGHER PAYING JOBS AND BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT

    In an effort to help low-income residents find higher-paying jobs and become self-sufficient, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced a combined nearly $100 million investment through HUD’s Jobs Plus Pilot Program and Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. Together, these programs support local public housing authorities and their partners to help residents increase earned income and financial literacy, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency.

    HUD FINDS HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION DEMONSTRATION INCREASED HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT FOR VETERANS

    In 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) embarked upon a demonstration to explore ways to prevent or end homelessness among veterans. Today, HUD released the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration (VHPD) Evaluation Final Report, which finds participating veterans, many having served in the Iraq and Afghanistan, experienced substantial improvements in housing stability, employment and income that persisted after exiting the demonstration

    FHA ANNOUNCES NEW LOAN LIMITS TO TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1ST

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced the agency’s new schedule of loan limits for 2016. These loan limits are effective for case numbers assigned on or after January 1, 2016, and will remain in effect through the end of the year. Read FHA’s mortgagee letters (for forward and reverse mortgage programs).

    Common Sense Media, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Announce New National Commitment to Benefit HUD’s ConnectHome Initiative

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and Common Sense CEO James P. Steyer announced today that Common Sense has become a national participant in HUD’s ConnectHome initiative, a public-private collaboration to connect families living in HUD-assisted housing to affordable high-speed Internet

    HUD OFFERS NEXT ROUND OF PLANNING GRANTS TO HELP TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES

    the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of new funding to help local communities across the country to redevelop severely distressed public and HUD-assisted housing and transform surrounding neighborhoods.

    HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN OCTOBER

    Sales of new single-family houses in October 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 495,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Census Bureau. This is 10.7 percent (±17.7%)* above the revised September rate of 447,000 and is 4.9 percent (±17.6%) above the October 2014 estimate of 472,000.

    U.S. ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH ILLINOIS LANDLORD FOR FAILING TO DISCLOSE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS LEAD HAZARDS

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with a Rockford, Illinois landlord to resolve a claim he failed to inform tenants, some with young children, that their homes may contain potentially dangerous lead.

    HUD PROPOSES RULE ENSURING EQUAL ACCESS TO HOUSING AND SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH GENDER IDENTITY

    the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its proposed “Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs Rule (Gender Identity Rule).” The proposed Gender Identity Rule was created after reviewing and monitoring the implementation of HUD’s Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Rule (Equal Access Rule), which was published in 2012. The Equal Access Rule ensures that housing assisted or insured by HUD is open to all eligible individuals and families without regard to actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.

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