Legislative Updates

AHMA-PSW’s Weekly Affordable Housing News 05/09/18


  • Rent Control:  The following cities currently have active drives to place rent control on the November, 2018 Ballot:
    • Long Beach-27,000 signatures needed due June 5
    • National City-2,225 signatures needed due June 5.  In addition three candidates for City Council are running on rent control platforms.
    • Santa Ana-12-13,000 signatures due June 5
    • Pomona-Signatures needed not determined, due June 5
    • Inglewood-9,506 signatures needed due May 29
    • Pasadena-13,000 signatures needed due May 28
    • Glendale, CA-12,000 signatures needed due June 5
  • Other pending rent control issues include:
    • San Diego, unincorporated Los Angeles Co. and Hawthorne all have active groups proposing rent control.
    • Santa Barbara City Council, after defeating rent control in 2017 is revisiting the issue
    • Commerce extended the Moratorium on Rent increases to April, 2019
    • An initiative may be placed on the November ballot to repeal the Costa Hawkins bill.  The CA Legislature defeated a similar measure in January.
  • The FFY2018 formula allocations for CDBG, HOME, HOPWA, ESG and NHTF expected to be received by the Arizona Department of Housing have been released.  Please download the Information Bulletin for additional information.  For CA and NV info please click here.
  • After receiving Public Comments CTCAC has issued a final proposed rule for income averaging that will be voted on at their next meeting.  To view the proposed final rule click Here
  • ConnectHomeUSA (formerly ConnectHome Nation) helps selected communities bring affordable digital resources to their residents so they can connect to the Internet at home and enjoy access to digital literacy, affordable devices, and educational content. Eligible applicants must be at least one local government partner and HUD-grantee providing rental subsidies (e.g. public housing authority, multifamily housing owners, homeless providers of permanent supportive services). To learn more, please join EveryoneOn and the National Housing Conference for a webinar May 8, 2 p.m. EDT. Applications will be accepted May 15, 2018 through June 15, 2018.
  • The IRS published the 2018 Calendar Year Resident Population Figures, which are used by state and local housing credit agencies that allocate low-income housing tax credits and housing bonds to calculate population-based credit ceilings, volume caps, and volume limits. For Calendar Year 2018, the amount for calculating the credit ceiling is the greater of $2.70 multiplied by the state population, or $3,105,000. The amount for calculating the volume cap calendar year 2018 is the greater of $105 multiplied by the state population, or $310,710,000. To find the population figures, please see the attached Notice or click here.
  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson released a rent reform proposal titled “Making Affordable Housing Work Act of 2018 (click on link for press release).” The proposed legislative text, which requires congressional approval, includes increasing the income limit for all programs to Low Income (80% AMI), changing the rent calculation to 35% of unadjusted income for non-elderly/non-disabled families and 30% for elderly or disabled families (there are hardship exemptions proposed), allows for PHA/Owner proposed rent structures, allows for Interim Recertifications only upon an income decrease of 20% or more and allows PHAs and owners to impose work requirements.  For the full text of the proposed bill click Here
  • The President signed an Executive Order (EO) titled “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility.” The EO calls on HUD, USDA, and other federal agencies to submit reform recommendations to strengthen work requirements, as well as reports on “unqualified” immigrant access to various public assistance programs.