further information about programs in this issue or other HUD Programs
visit the links listed or go to www.hud.gov.
Armando Fana, HUD Miami
Field Office Director
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For Designating Housing Projects
you are interested in expressing your opinion on the Requirements for Designating
Housing Projects, the deadline
is August 20,
2007. Read the notice
20 & 21
Miami Field Office and local partners will host a FREE
workshop for Faith- and Community-based organizations to assist in
avoiding foreclosure and predatory lending
Dade College, Downtown Miami,
20 & 21, 2007
additional information contact :
Family FHA Education Session
6 and 7, 2007
Quarterly Newsletter About HUD in South
Hurricane Season Is Here!
of Housing and Urban Development’s Miami Field Office recently
participated in an exercise with State and local officials that
included a worst case hurricane scenario: Hurricane Ono is a
Category 5 (155 winds) large hurricane that cuts across 10 counties and
produces 22 inches of rain in the region. Winds and storm
surge damage or destroy 1,005,526 structures in the most impacted
areas. An event as large as hurricane ONO will require assistance from
local, state and federal government agencies, however the first 72
hours of relief can ONLY be provided by your agency. No one
is going to be able to assist in the first 72 hours or possibly longer.
can you do now to prepare (if you have not already done so) for this
hurricane season? Start with visiting some or all of these websites for
plans, guidance and speakers who are willing to visit your non-profit,
management company, housing authority or other form of business to talk
about hurricane preparedness. It is highly
recommended that any organization have a Continuity of Operations
(COOP) plan in place. There are several free resources that you
can access to help your organization create a COOP plan. Once
your COOP is created you must test it by conducting exercises and mock
scenarios at least once per year.
To Become A HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency
counseling is one of the best tools to help prepare future homeowners
for the challenges of buying and maintaining a home. Given the current
mortgage environment, housing counseling by HUD approved non-profit
agencies is more important then ever. Here is what you need to do to
Creating A Task Force
organization has been discussing Regulatory Barriers to Affordable
Housing and is thinking of participating in a task force? Check HUD’s guide to creating one. It is
a 16-page booklet created by our Office of Policy Development and
Research. It will guide you from the origins of Not in my back yard to
key points to keep in mind such as growth control, land, use, zoning,
subdivision ordinances, etc. From reports to checklists it is all
there, including good examples from several communities.
FHA National Appraiser Exam, Updated
national appraiser exam has been streamlined from a 50-question
multiple choice exam to a 10-question, essay type, open-book test which
is part of the appraiser application. The new exam is on page three of
the revised application (form HUD-92563), available online at http://www.hudclips.org.
Take a look at the new form: FHA appraisers form
Your Local Housing Authority Having A Review?
happen over and over again. Check here to view what are
the common audit findings when HUD reviews Public Housing Authorities,
from reimbursement of ineligible activities to lack of internal
controls. Hopefully this will help you avoid these common mistakes.
Impact Fees And Housing Affordability
HUD's Office of
Policy Development & Research published the document Impact Fees and Housing Affordability: a Guidebook for
Practitioners, an analysis of the
status of impact fees as they relate to housing
affordability. The Guidebook
reviews the history of impact fees, discusses a range of infrastructure
financing options, summarizes the roles played by states that have
passed enabling legislation, and recommends methods for calculating the
fees that will have the least adverse effects on housing affordability.
Decision guides and case studies of local impact fee programs are
Yes But, What About Good Design?
Housing Design Advisor http://www.designadvisor.org/ is a
new website developed to help anyone involved in the production of
affordable housing achieve higher design quality. If you're part of the
solution to America
's critical affordable housing challenge, this site is for you. The
Affordable Housing Design Advisor brings together experience and ideas
from successful affordable housing projects all over the country, and
the people who developed, designed and built them.
Housing Design Advisor was completed under contract to the Office of
Policy Development and Research of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development and it is currently managed by the Center for Architecture and Building Science
Research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Take a look
at it; you will bookmark it as one
of your favorite reference sources.