THE WEEK IN HOUSING
RECENT NEWS & UPDATES FROM MINNESOTA NAHRO
This member update provides an important HUD update on notice requirements for evictions & help us ensure housing remains in the infrastructure bill. Plus check out the recent postings on our Job Board.
HUD Interim Rule Establishes New Notice Requirements for Evictions
HUD published new notice requirements for eviction proceedings that impact both public housing and PBRA programs but not HCV. In the notice published today, HUD updates its regulations to require public housing and project-based rental assistance (PBRA) developments give tenants the opportunity to receive emergency rent relief before eviction. Two key provisions require Housing Authorities to:
- Provide at least 30 days from the date a tenant receives a notice of lease termination for failure to pay rent before terminating the tenant; and
- Provide information about how to apply for and receive emergency federal funding to the tenant (i.e. RentHelpMN) .
This interim rule will become effective in 30 days and HUD will publish another notice outlining the specific information that must be included in the lease termination notification. These requirements apply to public housing and PBRA, which is defined in this rule to include Section 8, Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation, Section 202/162 Project Assistance Contract, Section 2020 Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC), Section 811 PRAC, Section 236 Rental Housing Assistance Program and Rent Supplement.
The rule does not apply to the Housing Choice Voucher program. Read NAHRO’s full blog post here and use this link for the interim rule published today in the Federal Register.
Urge Congress to Keep Housing In Infrastructure Bill
Negotiations between a divided Democratic party are threatening to undermine the hard work NAHRO and its members have done to ensure housing is included in infrastructure legislation. The Washington Post reported on Saturday that these critical housing investments “may prove among the first to hit the cutting room floor.” Your voice is urgently needed right now to tell your members of Congress and the White House that this is unacceptable.
The $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act is stuck in the House of Representatives as leadership tries to gather votes for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF), which is a related piece of President Biden’s “Build Back Better Agenda.” The Build Back Better Act is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to preserve and create affordable housing that currently includes $80 billion for public housing, $75 billion for Housing Choice Vouchers, $40+ billion for HOME and CDBG, and billions more for other essential programs. These essential housing infrastructure investments are at risk of being cut from negotiations entirely. We cannot let this happen! We must tell Congress and the White House not to miss this opportunity to help the lives of millions of Americans.
- Preservation Program Manager/Underwriter — Minnesota Housing (closes 10/8)
- Executive Director – Sleepy Eye HRA (closes 10/12)
- Preservation Officer – Minnesota Housing (closes 10/12)
- Manager, HCV: Tenant Based Vouchers and Portability — Minneapolis PHA (closes 10/15)
- HCV Housing Coordinator — Minneapolis PHA (closes 10/15)
- RFP for Architectural & Engineering Services — Red Wing HRA (closes 10/18)
- Request for Qualifications: Architectural/Engineering Services — Albert Lea HRA (closes 11/17)