HUD Resident Training Grants: Cuomo Awards $15 Million FWD

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HUD Press Release
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


CUOMO AWARDS $15 MILLION IN GRANTS TO
HELP NON-PROFIT GROUPS PROVIDE TRAINING
FOR RESIDENTS OF HUD-SUBSIDIZED PROPERTIES


WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Andrew Cuomo today awarded $15 million in HUD grants to help non-profit
groups better represent the interests of tenants of privately owned
HUD-assisted housing where subsidies to landlords are being reduced.

A total of $6 million in grants was announced today for groups in: Alabama,
California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,
Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia
and Wisconsin.

The remaining $9 million in grants will be distributed by three national
organizations to groups representing tenants in HUD properties in every
state.

``We are empowering residents to have a greater role in determining the
future of the HUD-assisted housing where they live,'' Cuomo said.

The grants will enable tenant groups and other community-based non-profit
organizations to organize and train residents to work with state and local
government agencies that help evaluate the performance of private landlords
who receive HUD rental subsidies under the project-based Section 8 program.
The low-income tenants will provide input to HUD regarding management
issues such as building repairs and maintenance, and issues dealing with a
landlord's relationship with HUD.

Residents benefiting from the grants live in apartments covered by the
Mark-to-Market program, under which HUD has ended excessive rental
subsidies to the owners of properties insured by the Federal Housing
Administration that receive project-based Section 8 funding. By cutting
subsidies so that landlords receive rents from HUD at market rates, the
program is saving taxpayers nearly $1.6 billion over five years.

Before Congress approved Cuomo's proposed Mark-to-Market legislation last
year, HUD's subsidies to landlords housing 850,000 poor people in
project-based Section 8 apartments often exceeded market rents -- bringing
landlords far higher rents than they could otherwise get.

The subsidy cut to landlords does not increase rent for residents, who
continue paying 30 percent of their income as rent.

The law enacting the reform program allows landlords to continue earning a
profit by restructuring about $12.5 billion of their debt. Under
restructuring, landlords refinance part of their mortgage balance at lower
interest rates and with deferred payments. This enables landlords to
continue providing affordable housing even after HUD's Section 8 subsidies
are cut.

Tenants often are not given much information about the complex
restructuring process and their interests can go unrepresented. The $15
million in grants awarded today are designed to make sure tenant interests
are represented.

A total of $9 million will be distributed through the Intermediary
Technical Assistance Grants Program. The three intermediaries selected will
distribute smaller grants of up to $70,000 to tenant associations or local
groups representing tenant interests. The regional intermediaries and the
areas they represent are:

       Northwest & Midwest -- $3.6 million
       Amador Toulumne Community Action Agency
       Jackson, CA
       Southwest & Southeast -- $3.6 million
       Low Income Housing Fund
       San Francisco, CA
       Northeast -- $1.8 million
       National Center for Tenant Ownership/Georgetown Law School
       Washington, DC

Another $6 million is being distributed to Outreach and Training Grant
recipients. These are 32 nonprofit organizations that will carry out
technical assistance and training in 28 states. The recipients are:

       COVERAGE AREA NAME AWARD
       Alabama National Housing Trust $35,000
       California-Northern CA Coalition for Rural Housing $280,000
       California-Los Angeles LA Center for Affordable Housing $180,000
       California-San Francisco LA Center for Affordable Housing $110,000
       Florida Florida Housing Coalition $110,000
       Hawaii Legal Aide Society, Hawaii $50,000
       Illinois Tenants United for Housing $350,000
       Indiana Indiana Coalition on Housing & $350,000

Homeless Issues, Inc.

Iowa Iowa Coalition Housing $220,000

Kansas Housing Credit Counseling $250,000

Kentucky Homeless/Housing Coalition $210,000

Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. $160,000

Massachusetts-Western Anti Displacement Project $250,000

Massachusetts-Eastern Mass. Alliance HUD Tenants $250,000

Michigan National Housing Trust $35,000

Minnesota National Housing Trust $35,000

Mississippi National Housing Trust $35,000

Missouri Housing Comes First $350,000

New Jersey Iron Bound $210,000

New York State NYS. Tenants Services $350,000

minus Bronx & Brooklyn

New York - Only NY Legal Aid Bronx/Brooklyn $250,000

Bronx & Brooklyn

North Carolina NC Low Inc. Housing Coalition $250,000

Ohio Coalition Homeless $400,000

Oregon Community Alliance $100,000

Pennsylvania Tenant Action Group $400,000

Tennessee National Housing Trust $35,000

Texas Texas Tenants Union $250,000

Utah Crossroads Urban Center $100,000

Virginia VA Poverty Law Center $75,000

Washington State The Tenant Union $240,000

West Virginia National Housing Trust $35,000

Wisconsin National Housing Trust $45,000

http://www.hud.gov/news.html

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development



CUOMO AWARDS $15 MILLION IN GRANTS TO

HELP NON-PROFIT GROUPS PROVIDE TRAINING

FOR RESIDENTS OF HUD-SUBSIDIZED PROPERTIES

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded $15 million in HUD grants to help
non-profit groups better represent the interests of tenants of
privately owned HUD-assisted housing where subsidies to landlords are
being reduced. 


A total of $6 million in grants was announced today for groups in:
Alabama, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia,
Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 


The remaining $9 million in grants will be distributed by three
national organizations to groups representing tenants in HUD properties
in every state. 


``We are empowering residents to have a greater role in determining the
future of the HUD-assisted housing where they live,'' Cuomo said. 


The grants will enable tenant groups and other community-based
non-profit organizations to organize and train residents to work with
state and local government agencies that help evaluate the performance
of private landlords who receive HUD rental subsidies under the
project-based Section 8 program. The low-income tenants will provide
input to HUD regarding management issues such as building repairs and
maintenance, and issues dealing with a landlord's relationship with
HUD. 


Residents benefiting from the grants live in apartments covered by the
Mark-to-Market program, under which HUD has ended excessive rental
subsidies to the owners of properties insured by the Federal Housing
Administration that receive project-based Section 8 funding. By cutting
subsidies so that landlords receive rents from HUD at market rates, the
program is saving taxpayers nearly $1.6 billion over five years. 


Before Congress approved Cuomo's proposed Mark-to-Market legislation
last year, HUD's subsidies to landlords housing 850,000 poor people in
project-based Section 8 apartments often exceeded market rents --
bringing landlords far higher rents than they could otherwise get. 


The subsidy cut to landlords does not increase rent for residents, who
continue paying 30 percent of their income as rent. 


The law enacting the reform program allows landlords to continue
earning a profit by restructuring about $12.5 billion of their debt.
Under restructuring, landlords refinance part of their mortgage balance
at lower interest rates and with deferred payments. This enables
landlords to continue providing affordable housing even after HUD's
Section 8 subsidies are cut. 


Tenants often are not given much information about the complex
restructuring process and their interests can go unrepresented. The $15
million in grants awarded today are designed to make sure tenant
interests are represented. 


A total of $9 million will be distributed through the Intermediary
Technical Assistance Grants Program. The three intermediaries selected
will distribute smaller grants of up to $70,000 to tenant associations
or local groups representing tenant interests. The regional
intermediaries and the areas they represent are: 


       Northwest & Midwest -- $3.6 million 

       Amador Toulumne Community Action Agency 

       Jackson, CA 

       Southwest & Southeast -- $3.6 million 

       Low Income Housing Fund 

       San Francisco, CA 

       Northeast -- $1.8 million 

       National Center for Tenant Ownership/Georgetown Law School 

       Washington, DC 


Another $6 million is being distributed to Outreach and Training Grant
recipients. These are 32 nonprofit organizations that will carry out
technical assistance and training in 28 states. The recipients are: 


       COVERAGE AREA NAME AWARD 

       Alabama National Housing Trust $35,000 

       California-Northern CA Coalition for Rural Housing $280,000 

       California-Los Angeles LA Center for Affordable Housing $180,000


       California-San Francisco LA Center for Affordable Housing
$110,000 

       Florida Florida Housing Coalition $110,000 

       Hawaii Legal Aide Society, Hawaii $50,000 

       Illinois Tenants United for Housing $350,000 

       Indiana Indiana Coalition on Housing & $350,000 


Homeless Issues, Inc. 


Iowa Iowa Coalition Housing $220,000 


Kansas Housing Credit Counseling $250,000 


Kentucky Homeless/Housing Coalition $210,000 


Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. $160,000 


Massachusetts-Western Anti Displacement Project $250,000 


Massachusetts-Eastern Mass. Alliance HUD Tenants $250,000 


Michigan National Housing Trust $35,000 


Minnesota National Housing Trust $35,000 


Mississippi National Housing Trust $35,000 


Missouri Housing Comes First $350,000 


New Jersey Iron Bound $210,000 


New York State NYS. Tenants Services $350,000 


minus Bronx & Brooklyn 


New York - Only NY Legal Aid Bronx/Brooklyn $250,000 


Bronx & Brooklyn 


North Carolina NC Low Inc. Housing Coalition $250,000 


Ohio Coalition Homeless $400,000 


Oregon Community Alliance $100,000 


Pennsylvania Tenant Action Group $400,000 


Tennessee National Housing Trust $35,000 


Texas Texas Tenants Union $250,000 


Utah Crossroads Urban Center $100,000 


Virginia VA Poverty Law Center $75,000 


Washington State The Tenant Union $240,000 


West Virginia National Housing Trust $35,000 


Wisconsin National Housing Trust $45,000 


http://www.hud.gov/news.html 


SOURCE: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


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