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News by Topic: Housing and homelessness

Feb 2, 2023 - Announces that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide a total of nearly $315 million in grants to help communities provide housing and supportive services to people in unsheltered settings and rural people experiencing homelessness. Communities were asked to develop a comprehensive approach involving coordination with healthcare providers, other housing agencies such as public housing authorities, and people with lived experience.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Jan 31, 2023 - Notice of proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) that proposes to amend the current regulation for the Multifamily Family Housing (MFH) Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP). This proposed amendments are designed to increase the supply of affordable rural rental housing by using loan guarantees to encourage partnerships between the RHS, private lenders, and public agencies. The proposed changes are also intended to improve the customer experience with more timely and proactive responses to housing market demands without frequent regulatory changes. Comments are due by April 3, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 20, 2023 - The Census Bureau will hold a virtual tribal consultation on February 23, 2023, at 3:00-4:30 p.m. Eastern. The Census Bureau is seeking comments from tribes on the Proof of Concept for the Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A (DHC-A). The Census Bureau is seeking comments from tribes on if they will be impacted positively, negatively, or not at all. Questions and topic suggestions for the consultation meeting must be submitted by February 1, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 18, 2023 - A new report from health research organization Common Ground Health notes that homelessness has increased in the rural Finger Lakes area of New York State from 2007-2021. Causes include high housing costs, mental health issues, substance abuse, and inequalities that lead to poverty.
Source: News 10
Dec 16, 2022 - Announces that the that USDA is investing $102 million to expand access to housing and water infrastructure to underserved and rural people in 47 states and American Samoa. The 263 projects will create economic opportunities and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in rural America.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dec 8, 2022 - Highlights several specific housing-related challenges that can create a barrier for broadband investment and adoption in rural areas, including affordability and income, the varying location of subsidized and unsubsidized affordable housing in rural areas. Notes that government at the state and federal level, as well as internet service providers and consumers, must recognize their specific circumstances to successfully increase broadband access.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts