By Ricardo L. Gilmore, Esq., Shareholder at Saxon, Gilmore, Carraway & Gibbons, P.A.
Published in FAHROgram, March, 2013
We are lucky to have an organization like FAHRO that takes up the causes of housing authorities through the use of our excellent and active lobbying consultants, both in our state and nationally. However, in these times of reduced subsidy from HUD and increased competition among housing authorities for federal grant and/or program funds, each housing authority must consider how it might individually increase its chances to capture some of the dollars that are available to enhance services to its residents. The restrictions on housing authorities engaging in lobbying activities directly are generally not well understood. In short, housing authorities and/or their instrumentalities may engage in lobbying activities and not violate applicable federal laws or regulations, but there are some considerations and disclosures that apply. I will attempt to give a useful overview in this article. Read more…
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