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HUD Expands Family Self-Sufficiency Program to Privately Owned Multifamily Properties

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Press Release

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that owners of privately owned apartment buildings under Section 8 contract can now offer Family Self-Sufficiency programs to the more than one million households living in their properties. HUD will now allow owners of multifamily properties to use funding from residual receipt accounts to hire service coordinators for their own Family Self-Sufficiency program. Read HUD’s notice to multifamily property owners. Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that provides incentives and supports to help families living in multifamily assisted housing to increase their earned income and reduce their dependence on public assistance programs. FSS promotes the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of HUD rental assistance programs with public and private resources, to enable eligible families to make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency. More...


How Cities Are Preserving Affordable Housing

Source: Next City/Jen Kinney

The U.S. needs more affordable housing. A lot more. Between 2001 and 2013 the country lost 2.4 million rental housing units (both market-rate and subsidized) that were affordable to people making less than 50 percent of area median income. Building more units will help, but preserving existing affordable housing is critical too: It’s generally cheaper than new construction, prevents displacement, takes advantage of existing land use patterns and allows people to remain where they already live. But preservation also presents challenges of its own, often necessitating the blending of multiple federal, state and local funding sources and greater collaboration between developers, policymakers and other stakeholders. More...


Affordable Housing + Art = Stronger Communities

Source: Center for Community Change – Housing Trust Fund Project/Katy Heins

ArtPlace America released research in April 2016 called “Exploring the Ways Arts and Culture Intersects with Housing” that is worth a read for advocates and developers of affordable housing. ArtPlace commissioned the field scan as a first step to better understand the outcomes of creative placemaking work as it relates housing, particularly to affordable housing. ArtPlace, in partnership with the Kresge Foundation and Enterprise Community Partners, is using the field scan as a jumping off point for a working group digging further into the intersection of housing with arts and culture. For housing practitioners and advocates, this research will spur more thinking about how to intentionally engage arts and culture practitioners to help the development of sustainable and engaged communities. The field scan identifies innovative community-based practices at the intersection of arts and housing. More...


Put an End to Senior Homelessness

Source: US News/Mel Martinez, Allyson Schwartz

Among the most heartbreaking sights in our country today is that of older adults living on the streets. Sadly, the problem of senior homelessness is expected to worsen in the coming years, driven in part by the rapid growth in the number of seniors. Neither the United States government nor its citizens should be willing to accept that so many of its older citizens are forced to live without adequate shelter and appropriate care. To solve this problem, we need to make ending senior homelessness a national priority; engage the public and private sectors at all levels; understand that the causes of senior homelessness are often unique to their demographic; and commit to treating the problem with targeted responses.  More...


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