The National Housing Law Project and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council have prepared a brief paper summarizing key issues for advocates to address with their public housing agencies (PHAs) regarding implementing Small Area Fair Market Rents (Small Area FMRs or SAFMRs). The two-page guide explains what Small Area FMRs are and lists the 24 metropolitan areas that are required to start using SAFMRs instead of metro-wide FMRs. It also discusses possible changes to voucher households’ rents, potential new housing opportunities in neighborhoods that were once not affordable, and actions advocates can take to protect voucher households.
Small Area Fair Market Rents Would Increase Available Housing Options in Predominantly White Neighborhoods, Decrease Options in Predominantly Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods
A paper published in Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, “Small Area Fair Market Rents, Race, and Neighborhood Opportunity,” estimates that widespread adoption of Small Area Fair…December 16, 2019
The House passed both the “Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Grants Act of 2019” (H.R. 4029) and the “Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act of 2019” (H.R. 4300) by voice vote on November 18.…November 25, 2019