Obama unveils "HUD initiatives meant to increase housing choice and encourage inclusive communities"

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This was an incredibly interesting article–thank you for sharing. I looked up the original press release published in 2013, which also had this to say:

Under the proposed new rule, HUD will provide program participants with:

  • A more clearly articulated definition of what it means to affirmatively further fair housing;
  • An assessment template that replaces the current, loosely defined Analysis of Impediments;
  • Nationally uniform data and a geospatial tool; and
  • Clear guidance and technical assistance.

I’d love to get my hands on some of those tools… The AFFHT website actually has a draft assessment posted, and it has some pretty probing and insightful questions about planning for real integration.

here’s a link to that document–the fair housing assessment tool

and the AFFHT website

It is interesting to note that although Obama is interested in increasing opportunities for fair housing, I received yet another email from the “austinwomeninhousing” yahoo group reminding everyone that because of the sequestration cuts in the federal budget, a lot of housing dollars are going away. So far in Austin, the prior city council has swept those lost dollars into our city budget. Each year our city is taking on more and more of this burden due to lost federal housing dollars.

Austin Housing Coalition Panel Discussion

August 26, 2015
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

M Station
2906 E. MLK, Jr
Austin, TX 78702

On Wednesday, August 26th, the Austin Housing Coalition will host a panel discussion on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. Administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), the tax credit program is the largest producer of affordable housing in Texas (and the United States). It’s a complicated program, with rules governed by a combination of federal tax law and the state-wide Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP).

QAP rules determine the competitive program’s scoring criteria and, ultimately, where affordable housing is located. TDHCA’s tax credit program made news recently, with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that upheld “disparate impact” claims under the federal Fair Housing Act. Essentially, the Supreme Court affirmed that discrimination (whether intentional or not) is unacceptable and violates the Fair Housing Act. Read more about the Supreme Court decision on the Texas Low Income Housing Information Services blog.

Our panelists include Janine Sisak, DMA Development Company, Sarah Andre, Structure Texas, and Jennifer Hicks, Foundation Communities. All three panelists have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the tax credit program. Come join the Austin Housing Coalition for a lively discussion on Wednesday, August 26th, from 9 – 10:30 am at M Station, 2906 E. MLK, Jr. Blvd.