To: Sandra Henriquez, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Deb Gross, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Program and Legislative Initiatives
From: Barbara Sard and Will Fischer, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Ed Gramlich, National Low Income Housing Coalition Catherine Bishop, National Housing Law Project Philip Tegeler, Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Re: Priorities for PIH Regulations/Guidance
Date: February 26, 2013
In the last 15 months of the Obama Administration’s first term, we joined with other groups to identify priority rules, from a low-income and fair housing perspective, that were already in the pipeline and had the potential to be released before the end of the first term. This effort culminated in a meeting with Secretary Donovan and other senior staff, including Assistant Secretary Henriquez, on August 28, 2012. Fortunately, some of the priority rules discussed at that meeting have been proposed or finalized, but none of the PIH priorities on our original list have been issued as final rules. In addition to completing action on these longstanding issues, there are other areas where rulemaking or issuing guidance in the next four years is a priority to improve the effectiveness of PIH’s programs for the families they serve.