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Grants to empower tenants and preserve multifamily assisted housing

WASHINGTON, DC – June 14, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — In an effort to help low-income tenants receiving Section 8 project-based rental assistance and to preserve affordable housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded nearly $5 million to 15 nonprofit organizations through HUD’s new Tenant Resource Network (TRN).  The purpose of TRN is to make grants to qualified nonprofit organizations to assist, inform, educate and engage tenants living in certain Section 8-assisted properties at risk of losing affordability protections or project-based rental assistance.

“The Tenant Resource Network is designed to help working families who are at greatest risk of being priced out of their rental market,” said Carol Galante, HUD’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing.  “The whole purpose of this program is to empower families living in HUD-assisted housing, giving them the information and options they need to stay in their homes.”

HUD is awarding grants to the following nonprofit tenant assistance organizations (see attached grant summaries):



Grant Amount

California LA Center for Affordable Tenant Housing


Connecticut Connecticut Public Housing Resident Network


Georgia Atlanta Legal Aid


Illinois Metropolitan Tenants Organization


Maryland Housing Counseling Services


Massachusetts Boston Affordable Housing Coalition


Michigan United Community Housing


Minnesota Home Line


New York NY Tenants and Neighbors


Ohio Coalition on Homeless and Housing in Ohio


Pennsylvania Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania


Rhode Island Statewide/ Housing Action Coalition


Texas Texas Tenants’ Union


Virginia North Carolina Housing Coalition


Washington Tenants Union of Washington State




One goal of the TRN program is to assist tenants living in project-based Section 8 housing regarding their rights, responsibilities and options when a property owner ‘opts-out’ the program, pre-pays their mortgage, or repeatedly fails to meet HUD’s housing standards.  The second purpose of the program is preservation of HUD-assisted affordable housing by engaging tenants in efforts to preserve eligible properties as affordable housing.

TRN is a new program developed under the authority of Section 514 of the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 (MAHRA).  The TRN Program targeted certain Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) which include a high proportion of TRN-eligible housing units.


HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
HUD is working to
strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the
need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build
inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.
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Brian Sullivan
(202) 402-7527