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HUD Accuses Facebook of Perpetuating Housing Discrimination

“Discrimination in housing-related advertising is against the law” said Paul Compton, general counsel for The Department of Housing and Urban Development. This sentiment was further stated by HUD Secretary Ben Carson who made clear that using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices based ... read more...

Delaware State Housing Authority Releases 2019 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) Deadline Reminders

It’s that time of the year. The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) has released QAP application deadlines for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) 2019 round. Important due dates are as follows: February 15, 2019: deadline to apply to Delaware Transit Corporation for Draft ... read more...

Uncertainty Looms for Low-Income Tenants

With the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) shutdown, the 70% rent subsidy for low-income tenants is not being paid to private building owners. The Washington Post reported that HUD is suggesting to landlords that they should draw on their reserves to make up shortfalls. ... read more...

Failure To Reach Continuing Resolution Causes shutdown and Procedure Changes for The Department of Housing and Urban Development

Whether funding for a future border wall is approved or not, the current shutdown of affordable housing programs: Rural Development (RD), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Treasury, means limited inquiries and effectively prevents any loan/grant ... read more...

Turns Out Mitigation Costs Less Than Rebuilding

A report from the National Institute of Building Sciences found that each dollar spent on hazard mitigation can save the nation six dollars in disaster recovery costs. That’s the bottom line; making a structure resilient before a natural hazard (like a storm or flood) is far less expensive than ... read more...

Rural Development seeks applications for 538 Guaranteed Loan Program

USDA’s Rural Development (RD) published a notice last week in the Federal Register calling for applications for loan guarantees under the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (538 Program) for FY 2016. The 538 Program works with qualified private-sector lenders to provide ... read more...

Affordable Housing: The most effective tool to fight homelessness

This week, the National Coalition for the Homeless recognizes National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, held every year in the week before Thanksgiving. It’s a powerful message and reminder of the realities of our world, as we prepare to celebrate the season with food and family at home. ... read more...

Congress needs to act to prevent rental assistance (RA) crisis

Around the country, property managers of low-income housing developments have been receiving letters from the Rural Housing Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, warning them that the funding for their Rental Assistance (RA) contracts will be exhausted before the end of the ... read more...

First draft of federal spending bill slashes affordable housing programs

How will affordable housing programs fare as the new Republican Congress and the president wrestle over the 2016 budget? Not well, if the first draft of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill is taken at face value. The bill coming out of the ... read more...

Poor families in Delaware struggle more than national average, study says

If you grow up poor in certain parts of the country, the odds are definitely stacked against you – and unfortunately, those odds are worse in Delaware than in most places. That’s a reality shown in the work of Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, two Harvard economists whose recent research into ... read more...