According to the leaked documents, HUD is contemplating asking Congress for a $42 million cut to the Section 202 program, whose renewal funding need in fiscal year 2017 is $412 million. Funding for Service Coordinator renewals and Senior Preservation Rental Assistance Contracts comprise the rest of the $505 million Section 202 account.

On May 6, 2019, the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs issued a joint Notice, Notice H-2019-06, with the Office of Public and Indian Housing that provides guidance regarding the federally mandated exclusion of ABLE accounts from the calculation of income and assets under the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act). Amounts held in ABLE Act accounts are excluded from asset calculations, and any distributions from ABLE accounts are excluded from income calculations.

The weather was perfect as LeadingAge staff welcomed more than 1,100 to the rally to ask Congress to preserve and expand affordable housing for older adults with very low incomes. The rally brought together affordable housing supporters from the District and neighboring states MD and VA, as well as from PA, NJ, FL, OH, CT, MA and CA.  The rally’s co-hosts helped promote the event and were instrumental in its success.

The draft bill would invest $100 million for single family repair loans to help older adults age in community: $70 billion to meet the backlog of capital repair needs to public housing; $1 billion to meet the backlog of capital repair needs for the Rural Housing Service’s Section 515 and Section 514 programs; $5 billion into the national Housing Trust Fund for the development, preservation, and operation of rental homes for household with the lowest incomes; $1 billion for the Native American Housing Block Grant; $10 billion for a set-aside within the Community Development Block Grant progr

In early April, HUD sent out over TRACS a message to all multifamily housing providers stating that “If your property employs or contracts a social service staff person to support the needs of elderly or disabled residents, you MUST report.”  

HUD’s Standards for Success is the new performance reporting framework for ALL properties that receive funding for either grant funded or budget-based Service Coordinators. Noncompliance may jeopardize your funding.

NOFA: The Section 202 funds now available are the first new construction money for Section 202 housing since 2010, something for which LeadingAge strongly advocated. From the funds made available through this NOFA, HUD expects to make approximately 30 awards. The deadline to apply for the funds under FR-6200-N-52 is August 28, 2019. For the 2020 fiscal year, we are urging Congress to appropriate $600 million for new Section 202 construction, in line with demographic trends and past funding levels.

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