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HUD Gives $10 Million In Funds For Tenant Education And Outreach

Safeguards and financial support expand upon the pledges made in the Biden-Harris Administration’s Framework for a Renters Bill of Rights.

August 25, 2023

Washington- Three new actions have been announced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase fairness in the rental market and rent protections in housing.

HUD is reminding the public housing agencies and property owners of their obligations and best practices for informing rejected applicants for housing by sending messages. Doing so will make the rental screening process much more transparent and also give renters the ability to correct errors that may occur. Nearly $10 Million funds are provided by HUD for educating tenants and outreach in properties by the Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance Program. These funds are required to support capacity building efforts enabling tenants to engage with property management and sustain safe and quality affordable housing.

HUD is also planning to issue a proposed rule addressing the requirements for evictions due to non-payment of rent in subsidized housing properties. When tenants face eviction, the housing providers need to provide the tenants with written notice, and that too 30 days prior under the proposed rule.

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

Nearly 44 Million households live in rental housing. HUD along with the Biden-Harris administration has laid out a plan to support renters and their ability to live with dignity. HUD has also made meaningful conversations with tenant leaders about its policies a priority. HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman also hosted the national conversation on Tuesday which is an opportunity for the tenants, advocates, and stakeholders to engage about the principles within the WhiteHouse Blueprint.

HUD is also encouraging public housing authorities and multifamily-assisted property owners to send action notices to the applicants denied housing due to background checks.

HUD is also providing tenants more time to avoid eviction. All the tenants will receive notice 30 days before lease termination for non-payment of rent. The tenants and other parties will also be able to provide their comments and perspectives to help HUD make sure this rule assists with preventable evictions.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD Affirms Renter Protections and Releases $10 Million Funding Opportunity for Tenant Education and Outreach”. Department of Housing and Urban Development, July 27, 2023,
HUD Affirms Renter Protections and Releases $10 Million Funding Opportunity for Tenant Education and Outreach | / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021