Tele-Briefing on Proposed Small Area FMR Rule Today!

NLIHC, the National Fair Housing Alliance, the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition will host a tele-briefing today, July 25, 1:00-2:30 pm ET, on HUD’s proposal to require public housing agencies (PHAs) in certain areas to use ZIP-code-based Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) in the Housing Choice Voucher program (see Memo, 6/20). Advocates have long urged HUD to switch from metropolitan-wide Fair Market Rents (FMRs) to Small Area FMRs as a fair housing tool that can improve the ability of households to use vouchers in communities that offer greater opportunities and that do not have concentrations of low income households.

The tele-briefing will provide an overview of HUD’s proposal and present critical questions for advocates to consider such as:

  • What are the fair housing issues that led HUD to propose this change in the way rents are set in the voucher program? 
  • How might tenants who already have vouchers be affected?   
  • How will HUD determine the mandatory SAFMR regions?
  • What does it mean that other PHAs can “opt in”? 
  • What improvements are advocates recommending in upcoming public comments on the rule? 

Presenters are:

  • Ed Gramlich, National Low Income Housing Coalition
  • Debby Goldberg, National Fair Housing Alliance
  • Amber Lee, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • Kristina Musante, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • Barbara Sard, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Jorge Andres Soto, National Fair Housing Alliance
  • Phil Tegeler, Poverty & Race Research Action Council

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Closed-captioning is available.  The link to access the captions will be included in the registration confirmation email.