[Hpn] housing

Thomas Cagle nh-adapt@juno.com
Fri, 21 Sep 2001 09:28:56 -0400


From: Steve Gold <SteveGoldADA@CS.COM>

Information Bulletin #14 - Low and Very Low Income Rental Properties -
9/20/01

    Since 1992, HUD has allocated federal funds under the HOME (Home
Investment Partnership) program.  States receive 40% and local
governmental
entities receive the remaining 60% of an allocation.

    Many places have used their HOME funds to subsidize low income and
very
low income rental properties.  Approximately 128,000 dwelling units have
received HOME funds for rental units.

    These rental properties MUST comply with the Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act which requires a minimum of 5% of the units be fully
accessible.  They must comply also with the federal Fair Housing Act.
Regarding section 504 and the 5% rule, see my Information Bulletin #1
which
can be found at www.stevegoldada.com

    HOME rental units must also accept Section 8 vouchers.  See above
webpage
for a number of Information Bulletins about Section 8 vouchers and for
the FY
2000 and 2001 Section 8 voucher list by city and state.

    Many places use their HOME rental funds TOGETHER with other federal
funds
(for example, Community Development Block Grants) and tax credits (see
Information Bulletin #12).  That makes the HOME recipients really
vulnerable
to challenge under 504, Fair Housing, and the Internal Revenue Code.

    We have obtained a breakdown of HOME completed rental projects of 50
or
more dwelling units - about 42,000.  (Most jurisdictions use HOME funds
for
rental projects of 6 - 49 units).  Go to the webpage and click on
Archives
for "HOME Rental 50 Plus Units" for a city and state breakdown of units
from
1992 thru July, 2001.

    At "HOME Rental 50 Plus Units," we list in order: A. The number of
Completed Units; B. the HOME Participant (which can be either a State or
specific local governmental unit);        C. The street address of the
rental
units; D. the City where the units are located and E. the State.  It is
IMPORTANT to know the "HOME Participant" because that entity received the
federal funds and it is legally responsible for accessible and affordable
units.

    At least 5% of these units should be accessible and have people with
disabilities living in them.  That is the law.  You must enforce it.  We
do
not expect many States or local governments have voluntarily complied.
Please check out the street addresses and find out if both 5% are
accessible
AND have people with disabilities living in them.  If not, ORGANIZE.  You
can
WIN.

    The Disability Odyssey - Steve Gold

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