HUD Heartland News
Volume 7, Issue 4
Calendar of Events:
HOME Funds Invested in South Dakota
Over the past 4 years HUD has invested nearly $15 million in South Dakota through the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME).
The program provides grants to state and local governments to create affordable housing for low-income households. Home funds are distributed to the State and the City of Sioux Falls and are administered by the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) (www.sdhda.org/) and Community Development (www.siouxfalls.org/community-development.aspx), respectively.
Examples of HOME funds invested in South Dakota:
FREE Fair Housing Training
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FHA is hosting two webinars on appraisal requirements and procedures:
Appraisal A: FHA Appraisal Requirements - Property Type will be presented 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. on August 28. Topics include lenders and appraisers responsibilities as it relates to FHA guidelines as well as Minimum Property Standards.
Appraisal Policies and Procedures B: How to Review an FHA Appraisal will be presented 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. on September 11. Topics include: using the Fannie Mae 1004; how to review appraisals on difficult property types; the condominium approval process; common appraisal deficiencies; and how to spot potential fraud. To register for the training and for more information about this and other FHA training.
The June 28, 2013 issue of HUD's Office of Housing Counseling "The Bridge" recognized the great work of some of our very own in South Dakota. The South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) was recognized for serving its clients well across our state which encompasses 77,123 square miles and averages 10 people per square mile. Since 1998, SDHDA has been administering HUD counseling program funding, accomplishing this through several subgrantees who provide housing counseling services. In 2001, SDHDA's Board of Commissioners created and funded a separate 501c(3) affiliate, Homeownership Education Resource Organization (http://sdhomebuyered.org/Content/Education/Homeownership-Education) (HERO) to address the need of homebuyer education. HERO also contracts with subgrantees to deliver homebuyer education. This partnership makes it possible for SDHDA to combine funding sources and provide maximum counseling and education services to South Dakotans.
Trevor Bruton of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Black Hills (www.cccsbh.com/) (CCCS/BH) was recognized as a "Champion of Service", providing exemplary service in the housing counseling arena. Trevor, a certified housing and consumer credit counselor with more than 3 years of housing counseling experience and over 6 years of customer service and sales experience, has helped several families with housing counseling. In particular, he helped a homeowner in a very stressful situation while her husband was in the hospital with an illness. CCCS/BH provides housing counseling for all of Western South Dakota which consists of 17 counties.
Over $250,000 has been awarded to three HUD-approved housing counseling agencies in South Dakota. Housing counseling agencies provide services to help people who are buying their first home, seeking affordable rental housing, or facing foreclosure. The funding was part of more than $40 million in housing grants awarded nationwide. In South Dakota, the recipients are: South Dakota Housing Development Authority - $218,261; Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing - $18,167; and Pioneer Credit Counseling - $14,476.
The South Dakota Housing Opportunity Fund (HOF) applications are available. The HOF program is designed to promote economic development by expanding the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing targeted for low and moderate income families and individuals in South Dakota.
HOF funds may be used for new construction, purchase and rehabilitation of rental or homeownership housing, housing preservation, including home repair grants and grants to make homes more accessible to individuals with disabilities, homeless prevention activities, and community land trusts.
Any for-profit entity, tribal government, housing authority, political subdivision of the state or agency of such subdivision, or agency of the state are eligible to apply. First applications are due to the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) by October 1, 2013. More information can be found in the Housing Opportunity Plan (www.sdhda.org/sdhda-main-website/developer/housing-opportunity-fund).
The Black Hills Multi-Housing Association (BHAMHA) will host two training sessions on October 11, 2013. The training will be held at Fox Meadows, 1200 Range View Circle in Rapid City. Susan Weston of The Susan Weston Company in Dallas, Texas will be the presenter.
The Fair Housing Update session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the Customer Service and Satisfaction session will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Fair Housing Update session is approved for 4 hours of required Continuing Education credits and the Customer Service and Satisfaction session is approved for 3 elective credits. The cost is $50 per person for members of the BHAMHA and $75 per person for nonmembers.
To register, contact BHAMHA (www.bhmultihousing.org/index.php/contact-us).
The Veteran's Stand Down will be held on September 20, 2013 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post at 3601 S. Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Public Housing Authorities in 26 communities throughout South Dakota will receive over $1.5 million through HUD's Capital Fund Program. Funds are allocated annually to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. Uses for these funds include large-scale improvements such as new roofs, energy-efficient upgrades, new plumbing and electrical systems.
Capital Fund grants are awarded each year to housing authorities through a formula that considers number, type and age of units in a community. Eligible uses for this funding include development, financing and modernization of the public housing units, and management improvements at the public housing authority.
Over the past 4 years, HUD has awarded over $28 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to the State of South Dakota and Cities of Sioux Falls and Rapid City. The
CDBG program is flexible, providing communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.
The City of Sioux Falls (www.siouxfalls.org/community-development.aspx) utilizes CDBG funds for emergency mobile home repairs, home modifications for individuals with disabilities, single family housing rehabilitation, and land acquisition for Habitat for Humanity.
The City of Rapid City (www.rcgov.org/Community-Development/cdbg.html) utilizes CDBG funds for Neighborhood Restoration, homebuyer assistance, homeless assistance, and public facilities and improvements.
The State of South Dakota (www.sdreadytowork.com/Financing-and-Incentives--CDBG.aspx) utilizes CDBG for water and wastewater infrastructure, community centers, workforce training, medical centers, and senior centers.
Recently funded projects in South Dakota include:
Have you ever wondered how to search for subsidized housing or how the program works? HUD provides funding to Public Housing Authorities (PHA's), private, and non-profit apartment complexes to help low-income families get rental assistance. Information regarding rental assistance programs, including searching for units, is available on HUD's website. All rental assistance is based on household income where the tenant pays rent based on the greater of 30 percent of adjusted gross income, or 10 percent of gross income.
The types of housing assistance available are:
Public Housing: The low-rent housing units under this program are owned and managed by a local PHA. The family must apply at the PHA office.
Housing Choice Voucher (HCV): This is often referred to as Section 8 and is offered by many PHA's. The tenant applies with the PHA, finds a suitable rental unit, the PHA inspects the unit, and the tenant pays a portion of the rent to the landlord. The PHA pays the landlord the difference between what the tenant pays and what the rental unit normally costs.
Project Based Assistance: This type of assistance is tied to the property. A family must apply directly at the property that has assistance. The owner or manager will determine if the family qualifies, based on their income.
Rental assistance is also offered in rural communities by the Department of Agriculture/Rural Development (http://rdmfhrentals.sc.egov.usda.gov/RDMFHRentals/
South Dakota HUD Office
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Sioux Falls Office Staff
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Initially launched in 2000 under the name FirstGov.gov, the web portal is an interagency initiative administered by the Federal Citizen Information Center, a division of the General Services Administration (GSA). The intent of the web portal is to improve the public's interaction with the government by quickly directing visitors to the information they need and by inviting public comment to improve government.
For the most current information from HUD's Multifamily Housing HUB in Denver.
On July 19, 2013, HUD published a new proposed rule to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/07/19/2013-16751/affirmatively-furthering-fair-housing) (AFFH) in the Federal Register and made available background materials and a prototype geospatial tool (www.huduser.org/portal/affht_pt.html). AFFH refers to the 1968 Fair Housing Act's obligation for state and local governments to improve and achieve more meaningful outcomes from fair housing policies so that every American has the right to fair housing, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status.
The proposed rule was drafted in response to a 2010 Government Accountability Office report and requests from stakeholders, advocates, and HUD program participants seeking clear guidance and technical assistance. The proposed rule refines existing requirements so that individuals, organizations, and state and local governments implementing HUD programs better understand their requirements under the Fair Housing Act and have the tools they need to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing.
Public comment is accepted until September 17, 2013.
Mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: To create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.
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