On Thursday, June 27, 2023, the Biden-Harris Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced new commitments to advance affordable housing supply and tenant protections, focused on the Administration’s goal of lowering housing costs.

HUD says it is taking two actions to increase the supply of affordable housing: making available $85 million in competitive grants for housing production and preservation, and providing public housing authorities and multifamily housing owners in the Rental Assistance Demonstration with new tools to repair and build affordable housing.

HUD also is taking three actions to further protect renters:

  • Sending messages to public housing agencies and property owners to remind them of best practices;
  • Making $10 million available to support renters through tenant education and outreach; and
  • Plans to announce a proposed rule to provide more time for eviction notification.

The housing measures announced Thursday include providing communities with $85 million in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to reduce barriers to affordable housing, such as zoning restrictions that in some places have become a hurdle to increasing the supply and density of affordable housing. HUD would provide grants upwards of $10 million.

“HUD recognizes that communities have unique housing challenges and that’s why the resources announced today are not one-size-fits-all,” HUD secretary Marcia Fudge said in a statement.

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