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News by Topic: Housing and homelessness

RHS: Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program Federal Register
Jun 20, 2018 - USDA's Rural Housing Servicing is seeking comment by August 20, 2018 on a proposal to amend current regulations for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) to increase flexibility in loan terms for interim construction financing and the viability of combination construction to permanent loans on the secondary market.
Source: Federal Register
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VA: Case Management Services Grant Program: Rule Federal Register
Jun 5, 2018 - Final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs amending regulations to implement a new statutory requirement to establish a new grant program to provide case management services to improve the retention of housing by veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing and to veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless. Comments on the final rule must be received by August 6, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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ACF: Reallotment of Fiscal Year 2017 Funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Federal Register
Jun 1, 2018 - Notice from the Administration for Children and Families of the preliminary determination that funds from the FY 2017 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are available for reallotment to States, Territories, Tribes, and Tribal Organizations that received FY 2018 direct LIHEAP grants. Includes a table with reallotment assignments by grantee name. Comments on the reallotment are due by July 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA Announces Pilot Program to Increase Homeownership Opportunities on Native Lands
May 31, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a pilot program partnering with two Native Community Development Financial Institutions (NCDFIs) to increase home ownership opportunities on Tribal lands. These NCDFIs will re-lend $800,000 each, provided through the Single Family Housing Direct Loan program, to eligible home buyers for mortgages on North and South Dakota tribal trust lands.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Senate Passes Udall, Tester, Hoeven, Isakson Bill to Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness
May 24, 2018 - Announces the Senate passage of the Tribal HUD-VASH Act, which authorizes a joint tribal veterans housing initiative between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program, which provides rental and housing assistance to veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This initiative allows tribes and tribal housing authorities to access veterans housing funds for Native American veterans.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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HUD: Implementation of the Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program Federal Register
May 22, 2018 - The Department of Housing and Urban Development is consolidating previous notices about the Tribal HUD-VASH program requirements into one notice. This program provides rental assistance and supportive services to Native American veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless living on or near a reservation. This notice supersedes the previous notices and establishes procedures for issuing renewal funding, subject to the availability of future appropriations.
Source: Federal Register
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HUD Awards $5 Million for Community Development in Four Rural Communities
May 18, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $5 million to organizations in California, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C. through its Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program. This funding is intended to help communities improve the lives of low-income individuals by obtaining sustainable housing and resources for their residents.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Needle by Needle, a Heroin Crisis Grips California’s Rural North
May 8, 2018 - Details the growing rates opioid use and homelessness in northern California's rural areas, touching on barriers like stigma, limited access to treatment, and a lack of housing options or support, among other things.
Source: The New York Times
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Asthma Rates Highest Among Poor, Minority Communities in Eastern N.C.
Apr 27, 2018 - Details a new study which found that the rate of asthma-related emergency department (ED) visits in North Carolina is highest in the rural eastern area of the state. The majority of asthma-related ED visits took place in rural counties, regardless of which region they were in. The greatest increases were in children between 5 and 9 years of age. Also touches on potential triggers like second-hand smoke, poor housing conditions, and the state's agricultural industry.
Source: North Carolina Health News
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RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Register
Apr 26, 2018 - The USDA Rural Housing Service is accepting applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative, which provides funding for nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Applications are due June 25, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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