FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH. President Obama’s proclamation is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/02/01/.
ADMINISTRATION BUDGET TO BE PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 14. The process of developing federal funding levels for fiscal year 2012 will begin when the Obama Administration issues its budget proposals in less than two weeks. Watch for details on HAC’s website, http://www.ruralhome.org.
MATERIALS ON HUD RURAL INNOVATION FUND NOFA POSTED ON HAC’S SITE. A recording of a HAC webcast discussing the application process, slides, and other resources are available at http://www.ruralhome.org. Application materials are at http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/fundsavail.cfm or http://www.grants.gov. Deadline remains February 23. Contact Robert Duncan, HUD, 202-402-4681 or 1-877-787-2526.
HUD PROPOSES PROTECTIONS FOR SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY. Owners and operators of HUD-assisted and FHA-insured housing would be prohibited from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The notice explains that a separate rule will add the same protections to HUD’s Native American housing programs. Comments are due March 25. See Federal Register, 1/24/11 or http://www.regulations.gov. Contact Kenneth J. Carroll, HUD, 202-708-2333.
FHFA REQUESTS ALTERNATIVES TO CREDIT RATINGS FOR GSE OVERSIGHT. The Federal Housing Finance Agency seeks alternatives to replace the use of credit ratings for securities in its regulations overseeing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Comments are due March 17. See www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx?Page=89 or http://www.regulations.gov. Contact Scott Smith, FHFA, 202-414-8922.
HUD REPORTS WORST CASE NEEDS INCREASED 20% FROM 2007 TO 2009. Worst case housing needs – defined as very low-income renter households who paid more than half their monthly income for rent, lived in severely substandard housing, or both – were 7.10 million in 2009 (41% of very low-income renters), up from 5.91 million (37%) in 2007. Every racial/ethnic group experienced increases, with Hispanics having the largest increase. The report suggests the rise is tied to the economic recession and homeownership crisis. Worst Case Housing Needs 2009: A Report to Congress is free at http://www.huduser.org.
ONLINE MAP SHOWS POVERTY RATES FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS. An interactive map provides total poverty rates and rates for children. Visit http://halfinten.org/issues/articles/poverty-data-by-congressional-district/.
STUDY ANALYZES HPRP, SUGGESTS IMPROVEMENTS. On the Edge: How HUD Can Improve the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, published by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, is based on a survey of service providers and is available at http://www.nlchp.org.
MISSED THE LAST HAC NEWS? The January 19 issue of the HAC News may not have reached all print subscribers because of a mailing glitch. It is available (along with other back issues) on HAC’s website, http://www.ruralhome.org. HAC apologizes for any problems.