Legislative Updates

AHMA-PSW’s Weekly Affordable Housing News 03/08/18

  • HUD announces release of CAN E Tool Version 2.2:  The CNA e-Tool team will begin installing System Release 2.2 and deploying a newer version of the Assessment Tool on Friday, March 2 at 9 p.m. EST.  This new release corrects several items, including the missing flag notes and arithmetic errors, plus it improves the lender decision form.  These and more changes will make for a smoother user experience.  We ask that users not use the CNA e-Tool until 11 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 4.  The improved Assessor Tool Excel Sheet (CNA 1.2 V5) will be posted here after Release 2.2 is successfully installed.  Other submissions that were sent using CNA 1.2 V4 or earlier are still acceptable, but we recommend this latest version for all submissions moving forward.
  • A revised “Known Issues and Solutions 2-27-2018” document has been posted, which includes:  A description of the “missing flag notes” error and how to work-around it (Section 3.5.)  While the missing flag notes error is corrected in the new release, lenders have the option after March 3 to continue using this work-around as an easier method for submitting flag notes;   A new Subsection 4.4.3 cautioning users to enter only actual Property ID #s in the Assessment Tool Property form;  Previously identified issues corrected in Release 2.2 are indicated by overstriking these items which will be wholly deleted from future editions of “Known Issues”.  Six new tutorials and webinars were released in February to assist CNA e-Tool Users. They can be found here.
  • California Tax Credit Allocation Committee has announced the availability of approximately $11 million in project-based rental assistance funds under Round II of the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Demonstration Program. These funds are available on an over-the counter basis to state-financed affordable housing projects.  Rental assistance is targeted to Medi-Cal eligible persons with disabilities as described in the NOFA.  Recent amendments to the Round II NOFA include increasing the contract rent and making the funds available statewide (previously Round II was limited to Los Angeles County).  For more information visit: Section 811 Rental Assistance
  • A ballot initiative to lift California’s statewide restrictions on rent control has hit a key milestone, with 25 percent of the signatures it needs to qualify for the November ballot, the California Secretary of State’s office confirmed.  Organizers vowed to take their fight directly to the voters after a bill to repeal the restrictions died in its first committee hearing this year at a raucous January meeting attended by over 1,000 people on both sides of the contentious issue.  At issue is Costa Hawkins, a law the Legislature passed in 1995 under pressure from landlords and developers. Those groups sounded alarms being echoed today that rent control only makes the problem worse by slowing development and constraining the supply of housing.  “We just think it’s going to worsen the affordability crisis in the long term,” said Debra Carlton, a spokeswoman for the California Apartment Association, which sponsored Costa Hawkins more than 20 years ago.
  • HCD has submitted an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature
  • California Tax Credit Allocation Committee:  William Leach of Kingdom Development has proposed a 9% tax credit tiebreaker framework focused on maximizing public benefit per dollar of scarce resource, with various adjustments to account for geography, project type, etc.  The San Diego Housing Commission is working with TCAC and Kingdom Development to further explore this critical issue for affordable housing development.  While TCAC is taking no position on this proposal and makes clear that it will not be considered for the fall 2018 regulation change cycle, staff nonetheless is interested in hearing feedback on the proposal.  To solicit such feedback, TCAC invites you to two public forums to be held: Thursday, March 22, 1:30-4 pm, Fox Courts Community Room, 555 19th St, Oakland and Friday, March 23, 10am-12:30 pm, Ronald Reagan State Office Building Auditorium, 300 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles
  • Release of Updated Resident Rights and Responsibilities Brochure:  The Office of Multifamily Housing Programs has released an updated Resident Rights and Responsibilities brochure today. It is available to download and print at:    https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/Housing/documents/resident_rights_brochure_8.pdf.  This document provides a summary of key resident rights and responsibilities for tenants living in Multifamily assisted housing along with resources and contact information for tenants needing assistance. Owners must provide applicants and tenants with a copy of the Resident Rights and Responsibilities brochure at move-in and annually at recertification. The Office of Multifamily Housing Programs encourages owners and management agents to distribute this brochure electronically, in addition to having printed copies available for tenants who prefer hardcopies. Translation of the updated brochure to other languages is currently pending and will be posted to HUD’s Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity website at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp, once complete. Printed copies are not currently available from the Multifamily National Clearing House but may be available in limited quantities later this year.