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New Software Available for Affordable Housing Properties

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MRI Software has introduced MRI Affordable Housing, a property management and compliance software program for owners and managers of affordable housing and mixed-income portfolios. This software fully integrates with MRI’s conventional multi-family property management and financial solutions. It is intended…

Housing & the 2020 Presidential Election

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            Earlier this year, three Democratic presidential candidates – Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren – released plans for solving the affordable housing crisis. Two more 2020 hopefuls, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Any Klobuchar have more…

Family Members of Live-in Aides- New HUD Guidance

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In the past, HUD guidance has indicated that family members of live-in aides could not reside with the aide in housing developments assisted under the HUD Multifamily Housing Division. This includes project-based rental assistance programs such as Section 8, as…

Winning Reasonable Accommodation Cases

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Every owner and manager of a housing development understands (or should understand) that disabled applicants and residents have the right to request that properties be modified (reasonable modifications) or that rules be changed or waived (reasonable accommodations) so that the…

Save Affordable Housing Act of 2019

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On June 25, 2019, four U.S. Senators and three members of the House introduced the Save Affordable Housing Act of 2019. The sole purpose of this proposed legislation is to repeal the qualified contract option for the federal Low-Income Housing…

2019 HOME Income Limits

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HUD has published the 2019 HOME income limits. The limits will be effective on June 28, 2019. Until that date, HOME fund recipients should continue to use the 2018 HOME income limits, which were published on June 1, 2018. The…

Proposed Changes to LIHTC Program

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     On June 4, 2019, S. 1703, “The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019,” was introduced in the Senate. It offers some major revisions to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. If enacted into law, it would represent…

Criminal Background Checks and Fair Housing

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     The federal Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are making investigations of fair housing violations in three specific areas a priority for 2019. These areas are sexual harassment, tenant-on-tenant harassment, and policies…

Sexual Harassment – A Fair Housing Priority

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     The federal Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are making investigations of fair housing violations in three specific areas a priority for 2019. Those areas are sexual harassment, tenant-on-tenant harassment, and policies…

New HUD Income Exclusion – ABLE Accounts

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On May 6, 2019, HUD published Notice H-2019-06 and Notice PIH 2019-09, Treatment of ABLE Accounts in HUD-Assisted Programs. Background The Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014. The ABLE Act allows states…

HUD Publishes 2019 Income Limits

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On April 24, 2019, HUD published the 2019 income limits for HUD programs as well as for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-Exempt Bond programs. The limits are effective on April 24, 2019.  The limits for the LIHTC and…
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