Nominations are being accepted to the OCAH Board of Directors…

Are you or someone you know an exceptional member of the affordable housing industry with a perspective that would benefit the Coalition? Consider a nomination to OCAH’s Board of Directors. OCAH is seeking nominations for candidates to serve on the 2022 Board of Directors. There are four open seats on the board. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, August 20th. Apply today. OCAH Board of Directors Nomination Form

Voting Members – Register Now for the QAP Luncheon On Wednesday, June 30

Join the conversation and be part of a coordinated effort on affordable housing. The Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing invites our voting members to a luncheon meeting on Wednesday, June 30th, to review and discuss Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency’s 2022 DRAFT Low Income Housing Tax Credit Application. Registration begins at 11:00, buffet lunch at 11:30 with discussion following. Voting Membership Levels include Sustaining, Corporate and Non-Profit/Housing Authority Members (does not include Corporate Affiliate Memberships or Individual Memberships).

REGISTER NOW! Virtual option available.

It’s Not Too Late to Register for the Upcoming Virtual Session, Oklahoma LIHTC Basics on TR, 6/17/21 @ 1:00 PM – 3 CE Hours

Register Now for the Oklahoma LIHTC Basics Virtual Session on Thursday, June 17, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 3 CE Hours available. Click HERE to see the full conference program and session details.
To find out more about receiving CE credit, please click on the following link to get Additional CE Details.

Virtual Conference (includes all remaining trainings): Member Registration Price: $135 | Non-Member Registration Price: $195 Individual Ticket Pricing for Oklahoma LIHTC Basics Session: Member Price: $40 | Non-Member Price: $65

One day left to register for the Fair Housing Training at the OK Housing Conference per 2021 QAP Requirements…

One day left to register- Per the 2021 QAP, Fair Housing training verification is now required at carryover for Round 1 2021 only. If you are planning to complete the Fair Housing training at the conference to meet this OHFA requirement for Round 1 Applicants, you must be registered for the conference (and choose the Fair Housing Training you need) no later than December 31, 2020. No exceptions. The Fair Housing Trainings for both Developers & Property Managers held at the Oklahoma Housing Conference will meet OHFA requirements and will be acceptable for two (2) years from the date the training was completed.

Register Now for the 2021 Oklahoma Housing Conference and Fair Housing Training.

Don’t forget to register for Fair Housing Training at OK Housing Conference by December 31, 2020

Per the 2021 QAP, Fair Housing training verification is now required at carryover for Round 1 2021 only. If you are planning to complete the Fair Housing training at the conference to meet this OHFA requirement for Round 1 Applicants, you must be registered for the conference (and choose the Fair Housing Training you need) no later than December 31, 2020. No exceptions. The Fair Housing Trainings for both Developers & Property Managers held at the Oklahoma Housing Conference will meet OHFA requirements and will be acceptable for two (2) years from the date the training was completed.

Register Now for the 2021 Oklahoma Housing Conference and Fair Housing Training.

Must register for Fair Housing Training at OK Housing Conference by December 31, 2020

Per the 2021 QAP, Fair Housing training verification is now required at carryover for Round 1 2021 only. If you are planning to complete the Fair Housing training at the conference to meet this OHFA requirement for Round 1 Applicants, you must be registered for the conference (and choose the Fair Housing Training you need) no later than December 31, 2020. No exceptions. The Fair Housing Trainings for both Developers & Property Managers held at the Oklahoma Housing Conference will meet OHFA requirements and will be acceptable for two (2) years from the date the training was completed. For a list of OHFA guidelines/rules, Click Here.

Register Now for the 2021 Oklahoma Housing Conference and Fair Housing Training.

Must register for Fair Housing Training at OK Housing Conference by December 31, 2020

Per the 2021 QAP, Fair Housing training verification is now required at carryover for Round 1 2021 only. If you are planning to complete the Fair Housing training at the conference to meet this OHFA requirement for Round 1 Applicants, you must be registered for the conference (and choose the Fair Housing Training you need) no later than December 31, 2020. No exceptions. The Fair Housing Trainings for both Developers & Property Managers held at the Oklahoma Housing Conference will meet OHFA requirements and will be acceptable for two (2) years from the date the training was completed. For a list of OHFA guidelines/rules, Click Here.

Register Now for the 2021 Oklahoma Housing Conference and Fair Housing Training.

Tampa Eviction Program Connects At-Risk Tenants To Resources

Due to longstanding structural inequities, Black and Latinx households are twice as likely as white households to be behind on rent and twice as likely to report they’re at risk of eviction. The north Tampa region is home to some 10,500 people, 3 in 4 of whom are Latinx or Black, and nearly 9 in 10 homes in the region are rental properties. The Eviction Defense Project, a University Area Community Development Corporation program, provides information in English and Spanish about renters’ rights and financial aid. It performs a critical role in connecting these communities to the services they need. “We are in the middle of a housing market where there is not enough inventory, so we want as many families as we can to be able to stay in the properties,” said Sarah Combs, director of the University Area Community Development Corporation.

How Asian American Women Are Making Homeownership Gains

A report from the Urban Institute found that the proportion of female-headed households increased in the US across all racial and ethnic groups over the past 30 years, likely because of higher household incomes and the increase in married women as household heads. Asian American women have made significant gains in homeownership and have the smallest homeownership gender gap of all women, at 2 percent. However, the study’s authors are cautious about how the pandemic has affected these gains. “COVID-19 has created a disproportionate harm on females, especially single females with children who are working in lower-income industries,” said Jung Choi, a senior research associate at the Urban Institute.

Are Entry-Level Homes A Thing Of The Past?

Entry-level, starter homes are becoming harder to find. In 1982, 40 percent of the country’s newly constructed houses were entry-level modest homes, but by 2019, the annual share had fallen to around 7 percent. The high costs of building materials, labor costs, and zoning regulations that discourage construction all contribute to the lack of entry-level housing. With many people looking for housing near jobs and other opportunities, rising land costs pose another barrier for developing such housing. When land is expensive, it’s harder for builders to turn a profit on smaller homes, so they focus on building larger luxury homes that are out of reach for many families.

Pandemic-Era Housing Solutions Repurposed For People Affected By Wildfires

In 2020, wildfires burned about 17,700 structures in the US. Wildfire damage increases every year and contributes to housing shortages across the country. During the pandemic, states like California and Oregon invested state and federal emergency funds to convert hotels into permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness. States most affected by extreme weather are reworking this same model to house residents who have lost their homes to wildfires, and unhoused people living in fire-prone areas. “In one single investment, you can add emergency shelter and also address the root cause of long-term lack of affordable housing,” says Megan Loeb, program officer at Oregon Community Foundation.

House Financial Services Committee to Hold Hearings on Emergency Rental Assistance and Treasury’s Response to Pandemic

House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) announced on August 31 several hearings for the month of September. The schedule includes a full committee hearing on the Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance program, during which NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel will testify, and a full committee hearing on the pandemic response from Treasury and the Federal Reserve.

White House Announces Immediate Steps to Increase Affordable Housing Supply

The White House announced steps to expand the affordable housing supply by 100,000 units for homeowners and renters over the next three years. These steps will create, preserve, and sell units to homeowners and non-profit organizations, with an emphasis on lower- and middle-income families. The White House’s plan will be a collaborative effort between HUD, the Department of Treasury, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and the Government-Sponsored Enterprises (Enterprises) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

FEMA Announces Major Improvements for Low-Income Disaster Survivors

FEMA announced major reforms to address long-standing barriers that have prevented the lowest-income and most marginalized disaster survivors from receiving the assistance they need to recover. The reforms were developed and advanced by NLIHC’s Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DRHC) and its partners in impacted communities and championed by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY). These reforms are a major victory for disaster survivors, advocates, and the DHRC.

Using Administrative Data Can Reduce Barriers

U.S. Department of the Treasury guidance encourages the use of categorical eligibility to verify income and reduce barriers to accessing emergency rental assistance. In accordance with this guidance, the Philadelphia Emergency Rental Assistance program, PHL RentAssist, which is administered by the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC), is using administrative data matching to make applications more accessible and easier to process.