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The Sovereign Citizens Movement and Affordable Housing
A number of our clients have contacted us recently to ask how to handle the applications of individuals who claim to be sovereign citizens, and state that the government has no right to verify thei... 07/23/2021
A. J. Johnson to Present Webinar on Hoarding – A Fair Housing Challenge.
A. J. Johnson will be conducting a webinar on August 3, 2021, on Hoarding A Fair Housing Challenge.  The Webinar will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern time. In May 2013, the American... 07/23/2021
A. J. Johnson to Host Live Webinar on Verifying and Determining Income for Affordable Housing Applicants and Residents.
A. J. Johnson will be conducting a webinar on July 29, 2021, on Verifying and Determining Income for Affordable Housing Applicants and Residents.  The Webinar will be held from 1:00 PM to 3:30 P... 07/19/2021
Exclusion of Military Basic Allowance for Housing for LIHTC Properties
While the exclusion of the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) properties in certain areas of the United States has been around for 13 years, there is... 07/17/2021
Child Tax Credit Excluded Income for Housing Purposes
The American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP) provides a monthly payment from the enhanced child tax credit and these payments are landing in family bank accounts during the week of July 12, with the first ... 07/15/2021
Reducing Insurance Premiums - A Key to Improving Property Cash Flow
Nationally, insurance premiums for multifamily housing make up about 4% of the total operating expenses owners face in the operation of these properties, well behind the big-ticket items like taxes (... 07/10/2021
HUD Proposes Restoring Discriminatory Effects Rule
On June 25, 2021, HUD announced that it will issue a proposed rule titled Restoring HUD s Discriminatory Effects Standard. The publication proposes to rescind HUD s 2020 disparate impact rule and res... 07/04/2021
HUD Extends Effective Period for 2019 and 2020 QCTs, DDAs that Were Not on Subsequent Lists
On July 2, 2021, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register extending the period by 180 days for which certain 2019 and 2020 qualified census tracts (QCTs) and difficult development areas (DDAs) ... 07/03/2021
A. J. Johnson Partners with Mid-Atlantic AHMA for July Training on Affordable Housing Training
During the month of July 2021, A. J. Johnson will be partnering with the MidAtlantic Affordable Housing Management Association for three live webinars intended for real estate professionals, particul... 07/03/2021
Supreme Court Leaves CDC Eviction Moratorium in Place
In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court is leaving a CDC nationwide ban on evictions due to COVID-19 in place. The Court rejected the request by a Landlord group, led by the Alabama Association of Realto... 06/30/2021
A. J. Johnson to Offer Live Webinar on Reasonable Modifications and Accommodations Under Section 504 and the Fair Housing Act
A. J. Johnson will be conducting a webinar on July 1, 2021 on Reasonable Modification and Accommodation Requirements Under Section 504 and the Fair Housing Act.  The Webinar will be held from 1:... 06/21/2021
HUD Restores Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Requirement
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an interim final rule on June 10 to restore the implementation of the Fair Housing Act s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housin... 06/20/2021
A. J. Johnson Partners with Mid-Atlantic AHMA for June Training on Income, Assets & Tax-Exempt Bonds
During the month of June 2021, A. J. Johnson will be partnering with the MidAtlantic Affordable Housing Management Association for two live webinars intended for real estate professionals, particular... 06/12/2021
Biden Housing Plan Stresses Housing as Infrastructure
On May 26, the Biden Administration released its full plans for a surge in new housing spending as part of the American Jobs Plan. The proposal would invest $318 billion, including $105 billion in ne... 05/29/2021
Court Affirms Right of Spouse to be a Live-in Aide at HUD-Assisted Property
In Johnson v. Guardian Management, April 2021, a court ruled that a current spouse may be a live-in aide for a resident at a HUD Section 8 project. Facts of the Case A Section 8 resident reques... 05/24/2021
HUD Enters Into Conciliation Agreement Relating to Language Access Services
The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) recently entered into a Conciliation/Voluntary Compliance Agreement with an owner and management company in Sacramento, CA resolving allegation... 05/23/2021
COVID-19 IRS Extension for Qualifying Units (Notices 2021-12 and 2021-17)- Industry Positions on Year Two Credits
In January 2021, the IRS released Notice 2021-12, extending various COVID-19 relief provisions for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and Tax-Exempt Bond programs. The service also added relie... 05/22/2021
Key Improvements to LIHTC Program Possible for 2021
An updated Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA) has been introduced in the House and Senate with bipartisan support. The House and Senate bills are identical and are a continuation of an... 05/15/2021
American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2021 Introduced
On April 23, 2021, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver introduced the American Housing & Economic Mobility Act of 2021 (S. 1368 and H.R. 2768. These bills reintroduce bills f... 05/09/2021
Administration Announces More Funding for ERAP
On May 7, 2021, the Biden Administration announced the allocation of an additional $21.6 billion under the American Rescue Plan for Emergency Rental Assistance including $2.5 billion targeted to th... 05/08/2021
HUD Publishes Income Limits for Multiple Programs
On May 3, 2021, HUD published 2021 income limits for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program, HOME, HOPWA, Housing Trust Fund (HTF), and the Nei... 05/07/2021