July 27, 2023

HUD: $10 Million Funding Opportunity Announced for Tenant Education and Outreach

Protections and funding build on commitments made by the Biden-Harris Administration’s Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights

Announcement made at HUD’s “National Conversation at the Community Table” with tenants and renters from across the United States

Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is announcing three new actions to increase fairness in the rental market and further renter protections in housing. The White House released a fact sheet highlighting actions to protect renters, available here.

First, HUD is sending messages to public housing agencies and property owners to remind them of their obligations and to share best practices for informing rejected applicants about why they were turned down for housing. This action makes the rental screening process more transparent and gives renters greater ability to correct any errors that may occur. Second, HUD is supporting renters by making available $10 million for tenant education and outreach in properties supported by the Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance program. Such funding is critical to supporting capacity building efforts that enable tenants to better engage with property management and help sustain safe, clean, and quality affordable housing.

Third, HUD is announcing that it will soon issue a proposed rule addressing notification requirements for evictions due to nonpayment of rent in certain subsidized housing properties. Under this proposed rule, when tenants face eviction for nonpayment of rent in public housing and properties with project-based rental assistance, housing providers would need to provide those tenants with written notification at least 30 days prior to lease termination. These actions advance commitments made in the Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights released by the Biden-Harris Administration early this year.

“We must provide renters with the necessary resources to safeguard their interests and enhance their communication with landlords,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “HUD is dedicated to collaborating with renters and ensuring they are well informed about their rights.”

Over 44 million households, or roughly 35 percent of the U.S. population, live in rental housing. HUD and the Biden Harris Administration has laid out its plan to support renters and their ability to live with dignity and agency. As a part of that commitment, HUD has made meaningful conversation and engagement with tenant leaders about its policies a priority. On Tuesday, HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman hosted the “National Conversation @ The Community Table”, an opportunity for tenants, advocates, and stakeholder organizations to engage in dialogue about the principles within the White House Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights as well as share recommendations regarding additional commitments that they believe would be helpful to communities across the country.

Additional information about the actions taken today include:

This post was originally published here.