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RFPs for Supportive Housing: Deadline March 3, 2017

New Hampshire Housing has posted two new Requests for Proposals for supportive housing. These RFPs stem from allocations to the NH Affordable Housing Fund and the National Housing Trust Fund.

RFPs Offered:

1) Supportive Housing For Persons with Substance Use Disorders (source: NH Affordable Housing Fund). The purpose of this RFP is to commit the remaining $700,000 from the 2016 allocation to the NH Affordable Housing Fund, to be used for the creation of affordable supportive recovery housing.

Full details and RFP linked here.

2) Supportive Housing for Persons with Special Needs (source: National Housing Trust Fund). This RFP makes available up to $2 million for projects that serve those earning less than 30% of the Area Median Income with housing that incorporates services for residents.  There will be a preference for projects serving the Chronically Homeless, as defined by HUD. This RFP will also be used to award Project Based Vouchers (PBVs) to allow funded projects to serve an extremely low income population for the duration of the 30-year minimum affordability period.

Full details and RFP linked here.

Register for New England Housing Network Federal Forum Dec. 16

Join colleagues from around the New England region at this half-day forum, hosted by the New England Housing Network*.

Friday, December 16
9 AM – 12 Noon
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston

What will the Trump Administration and Congress do about the unmet need for affordable housing in our country?  Hear predictions from national experts and reactions from New England speakers about what impact on our states.  We’ll also consider what we can do to encourage a robust federal affordable housing agenda in 2017.

Space is filling quickly and registration closes December 12 (or when full).

Click here for details, including national and regional speakers and panelists, and to register.

*Housing Action NH is the state partner for New Hampshire in the New England Housing Network.

October 2016 News & Legislative Update

Congress’ anticipated Continuing Resolution will fund federal housing and homeless programs at FY 2016 levels until December 9. At the state level, housing advocates are sharing the alarming data released in the annual Residential Rental Cost Survey indicating a severe shortage in the supply of affordable rental homes, generating workforce challenges and undermining economic recovery for New Hampshire families. Click here to read the October Update.

Summer 2016 News & Legislative Update Posted

A successful state legislative session closed with the signing of SB 533, appropriating $2 million to the Affordable Housing Fund for those with substance use disorders. Housing advocates were also pleased to see signs of progress at the federal level with the introduction of the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act in the US Senate as well as a LIHTC expansion proposal. For details on these and other topics, as well as reports and events of interest to NH housing advocates, click here.

Comment on NH Draft Allocation Plan for National Housing Trust Fund

Deadline: July 15

Comments will be taken through July 15, 2016 on a draft Allocation Plan for the $3 million NH will receive this year from the National Housing Trust Fund.

Find our notice here about the NHTF and the comment opportunity, including links to the NH Housing notification and the draft Allocation Plan.

Click here to read Housing Action NH’s testimony at the public hearing held June 2.

May 2016 News & Legislative Update

Advocacy for inclusion of recovery housing in the state’s response to the substance use disorder crisis remains a priority of Housing Action NH’s work at the state level. At the federal level, members of NH’s congressional delegation have been leading the way on necessary reforms to rural housing programs to protect affordable units and tenants.

Click here for an update on these and other housing and homelessness topics.

 

News & Legislative Update Feb. 2016

At the State House, Housing Action NH and our coalition members have been actively supporting the reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Program and advocating for supportive housing for those with substance use disorders.

Good news came from the Obama Administration, which just proposed unprecedented new funding to help end family homelessness. In Congress, housing advocates cheered the unanimous passage of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). HOTMA contains important efficiencies for federal housing programs.

Click here to read our February 2016 Update for details on these topics and more.

FY16 Federal Budget & Tax Extenders Update

Congress has released the text of the omnibus spending bill and the tax extenders package. The omnibus funds all 12 appropriations bills, including the T-HUD and USDA bills, for FY16. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the omnibus and the tax extenders package by the end of this week.

Included in the omnibus and tax extenders bills are several potential victories for housing advocates:

HOME: The HOME program, cut by almost 93% in a prior version coming from the Senate Appropriations Committee, was restored to a level of $950 million. This will likely keep New Hampshire’s HOME program running at the small state minimum level of $3 million. Both Senator Shaheen and Governor Hassan assisted with HOME advocacy. Senator Shaheen had cosponsored an amendment to restore HOME funds and Governor Hassan signed a letter with five other New England Governors calling for strong support for HOME.

Homeless Assistance Grants: The omnibus increases Homeless Assistance Grants from FY15’s $2.135B to $2.250B.

Housing Tax Credit: The tax extenders package would permanently extend the minimum 9 percent credit rate (and make it retroactive to January 1, 2015) for new construction and substantial rehabilitation using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC). The permanent minimum 9 percent rate is considered a major victory, as it is expected to strengthen the Housing Credit by simplifying program administration and allowing states to allocate more Housing Credit equity into individual developments. The bill does not, however, establish a minimum 4 percent credit rate for acquisition that housing advocates had requested.

Public Housing Operating and Capital Funds: The package includes small increases for public housing authorities.

National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF): No NHTF funds are raided in the omnibus. A prior House proposal would have raided 100% of the NHTF’s funds in 2016 and used them to fund the HOME program. If the omnibus is passed, the National Housing Trust Fund will be on track to deliver its first resources to states in 2016 for the production, preservation, and operation of predominantly affordable rental housing for extremely low income households.

USDA Rural Development: Within USDA’s Rural Development appropriations, the omnibus would provide $1.38 billion for Section 521 Rental Assistance, a significant increase compared to FY15’s $1.167 billion, which proved significantly insufficient to meet FY15’s renewal needs. The omnibus bill would also increase funds for the rural housing voucher program.

New VASH Vouchers: The spending package includes new rental assistance vouchers for veterans, a key tool needed to end veterans’ homelessness.

Housing Action NH calls on the NH Congressional delegation to support passage of the omnibus and tax extenders bills. 

We will update you on any further developments.

Comment Period Open on 5-Year Consolidated Plan

The Community Development Finance Authority, NH Housing, and the Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services/NH DHHS, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Housing and Community Development Planning Council, has drafted a 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan and a 2016 Action Plan for the proposed use of HUD funds to address community development, housing and homeless needs.

The Consolidated Plan identifies priority needs in these areas, while the Action Plan establishes the how those priorities will be addressed with HUD resources granted to the state in 2016.

The public comment period is open now through October 28 on the draft 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan and draft 2016 Action Plan. Access drafts by clicking here.  Comments may be emailed to comments@nhhfa.org

Recommendations to Preserve Rural Development 515 Properties

Properties in NH are in the first wave of expiring USDA Rural Development mortgages under the 515 Direct Loan program that keep rentals affordable in dozens of NH communities. Housing Action NH, working with its regional partners in the New England Housing Network, shared policy recommendations with USDA, federal appropriators, the New England congressional delegation and the White House on steps to preserve 515 properties. The letter can be found here.