Seven national organizations, including NLIHC, sent a letter to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on September 30, urging the Department to move forward with regulations on key issues so that final rules may be published before the end of President Obama’s first term. Advocates are concerned that important regulatory planning undertaken by HUD during the past two years may be lost if there are further delays.
The letter contained a list of regulatory actions understood to be in the pipeline, either at HUD or at the Office of Management and Budget, the completion of which would have the greatest longstanding benefit to the largest number of low income households. Fourteen high priority regulations are briefly described, including rules pertaining to the National Housing Trust Fund, Emergency Solutions Grants, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, Section 3 Economic Opportunities, Public Housing Demolition and Disposition, Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP), and Tenant Resource Network grants.
The other organizations contributing to the letter are Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Housing Trust, National Housing Law Project, and Poverty & Race Research Action Council. Each agreed to urge their constituencies to send a tailored version of the letter to the Secretary.
In the letter, the organizations also request a meeting with Secretary Donovan and his senior staff to discuss the regulations and means by which the organizations could help HUD in the process.
The letter is available at: http://nlihc.org/doc/HUD_Regulations_Letter_9-30-11.pdf