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Federally Subsidized Housing
The portion of the nation's affordable housing supply that tends to serve the lowest income households is rental housing subsidized by the federal government, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and to a lesser extent, the Rural Development Division (RD) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Within HUD, the major programs are Public Housing, Multifamily Subsidized Housing, Project-Based Section 8, and the Section 8 voucher program. Within, RD the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Program is the major resource available in rural areas for low income households. In recent years, Congress established the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC) as the major new affordable housing production program. A substantial portion of the projects and units within these programs are at risk of loss from the affordable housing supply, either because the units may be lost or, more commonly, the private owners of these units seek to convert their buildings to market rate rents. From its inception, HJC has specialized in developing legal and advocacy strategies, working in conjunction with residents and community organizations, to retain these badly needed resources within the affordable housing programs.
When HUD Buildings Go Into Foreclosure
Protecting Affordability at Shingle Creek Apartments.
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Expiring Rent Supplement and RAP Contracts
Regular Section 8 vouchers available for expiring Rent Supplement and RAP contracts.
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HJC Works To Update Utility Allowances
Crowder v. HUD Lawsuit in Texas.
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National HJC Study on HUD Utility Allowances
Study finds that HUD Tenants across the country are being shortchanged on Utility Allowances.
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MN Preservation Plus Prepares To Issue Report
The risks to the continuation of subsidized affordable housing usually come in two forms, conversion of properties out of government programs and into market rate rents, and the decline of properties due to physical or financial deterioration. But what if you could look into the future, assess the relative risk for various kinds of projects, and plan for that?
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The Issue of Maturing Subsidized Mortgages
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Appeals Court Rules for Tenants in Massie
In Massie v. HUD, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals hands tenants a major victory in their fight to preserve the affordability of their apartments.
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Settlement Leads to Tenants' Christmas Bonus
In Scott v. Douglas County HRA and HUD, a recent court settlement is an significant win for hard-pressed tenants in Douglas County, Minnesota.
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Multifamily Preservation Bill Moves Forward
On July 27, 2010, the House Committee on Financial Services passed the Housing Preservation and Tenant Protection Act of 2010 (H.R. 4868).
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Need for Preservation of Housing Subsidies
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HJC Work & HUD-Assisted Housing
In 1999, HJC (then known as HPP) was formed to address a pressing problem: the prospect of losing a large share of HUD assisted housing. Since then, HJC has enjoyed considerable success working with its partners to employ legal and advocacy strategies to save projects from conversion to market rate rents.
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HUD-Assisted Housing 101
Preservation challenges vary somewhat from one HUD program to another. HJC has enjoyed significant success in developing legal and advocacy strategies to prevent the conversion of many of these properties to market rate. Beyond this work, HJC has tackled preservation challenges in other HUD programs as well.
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The Section 515 Housing Prepayment Process
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Rural Housing Overview
An overview of the Section 515 Program.
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