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Housing Call: November 1, 2022

Federal Updates

  • Midterm Elections. We’re one week away from Election Day! NC early voting continues until 3 pm on Saturday, Nov. 5. Polling places in NC will be open on election day from 6:30 am-7:30 pm.
  • HUD Announces Creation of RUSH Program. Last week, HUD announced the creation of the Rapid Unsheltered Survivor Housing program (RUSH). The program provides longer-term direct rental assistance and supportive services for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. This is great news after years of advocacy from NLIHC and other supporters. RUSH is similar to the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP), which both Republican and Democrat administrations have supported but FEMA has failed to activate in recent years. HUD will use $56 million in reallocated ESG funds to fund RUSH and has already made its first set of allocations ($6.7M) in response to Hurricane Ian in Florida.
  • HUD Releases DDAs, QCTs for 2023: HUD recently released 2023 difficult development areas (DDAs) and qualified census tracts (QCTs). LIHTC properties built in a DDA or QCT can boost their eligible basis by up to 30%. New QCT and DDA designations will go into effect January 1st, 2023. There are 13 NC counties on the non-metropolitan DDA list and 10 different HUD Metro FMR areas and specific zip codes within them on the metropolitan DDA list. HUD makes these designations based on the modified small area fair market rents, FY2022 income limits, and 2020 Census population counts.


State & Local Community Updates


NLIHC Updates

Sign on by the November 16 deadline to add your organization to the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding’s letter, urging Congress to work together to ensure affordable housing and community development programs receive the highest funding possible in fiscal year 2023. Add your organization here.


NCHC Updates

Important changes on our recent piece on the Source of Income Discrimination and prior comments the corrected version is available.

  • City of Raleigh – 2021
  • City of Winston Salem – June 2022
  • City of Charlotte – July 2022
  • Mecklenburg County – September 2022

Help us develop our 2023 Policy Agenda! The survey will be released in our housing matters this week if you want to get a head start, you can visit our 2021 policy agenda, and start thinking about:

  • What should we prioritize? Add? Change? What is missing?
  • How do you want to engage?
  • What are the biggest issues facing your community and those you serve?

The 2022 County Profiles feedback survey is now closed! Thanks to those of you who took the time to share your thoughts with us. Your responses provided valuable insight into how you use this tool and how we can best support you in your work. Our staff are busy incorporating your ideas into the County Profiles and brainstorming additional NCHC resources to meet your needs.

Big themes that emerged from your feedback:

  • You use them, thank you!
  • You’d like to see more information about eviction & foreclosure rates, homelessness, and median rents and mortgages.
  • You use these profiles across a variety of audiences: community members, elected officials, partner organizations, funders & donors, and volunteers.

Thanks again for your thoughtful contributions and we hope you’ll continue to reach out if you have any other ideas about ways we can best support you in your work.




Reports & Resources 


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