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  • Federal Court Reinstates Small Area Fair Market Rent Requirement

    Posted January 8th, 2018

    Last month, a U.S. District Court ruled that HUD must implement its Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) rule starting January 1, 2018. The SAFMR rule was adopted in November 2016 with an effective date of January 1, 2018, but late last year HUD tried to delay its mandatory implementation for two years, citing plans to review public comments and do more analysis of costs and benefits. In November, civil rights groups responded by filing a lawsuit challenging HUD’s suspension of the rule, arguing that HUD’s action violates the Administrative Procedures Act, a law that governs how federal agencies propose and implement regulations. The goal of the SAMFR rule, which affects 24 metropolitan areas, is to allow more housing choice voucher holders to move into higher-opportunity neighborhoods. It pursues this goal by changing the calculation for housing voucher payments by using zip codes as the geographic boundary for the payment standards, rather than metropolitan boundaries. Keep reading »

  • Housing Demand in Camden

    Posted December 28th, 2017

    The Camden, New Jersey Housing Market Area (Camden HMA) has been experiencing modest economic growth recently as state-based incentives encouraged more companies to relocate to the area. However, demand for housing remains low in the face of high foreclosure rates, declining home sales prices, and residents moving away from the area. A recent comprehensive housing market analysis on the Camden HMA examined the details of the local economy and housing market. Keep reading »

  • Newark Creates Affordable Housing Czar Post

    Posted December 22nd, 2017

    On December 11th Newark officials announced the creation of an “affordable housing czar” position. The post will help to ensure that Newark residents have access to the city’s growing number of affordable apartments and homes. The czar will also be responsible for making sure that developers comply with the city’s new and existing affordable housing laws. Read more here. Keep reading »

  • Affordable Housing and Public Health

    Posted November 20th, 2017

    A recent op-ed in The Hill discusses how tax reform can help—or hurt—the affordable housing situation and notes the connection between affordable housing and public health. Read the piece to see what you think. Keep reading »

  • Considering Rent Protections Amid Evictions

    Posted October 23rd, 2017

    An increased recognition that housing stability and tenant protections are key components of broader affordable housing strategies is leading cities across the nation to examine what policies they can enact to protect tenants. Read what Philadelphia is up to and see whether it may have some ideas New Jersey could use. Keep reading »

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