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Housing and Urban Development

Janell Ross

Federal Budget Cuts Imperil Social Services In Florida City | Janell Ross | Posted 02.02.2012 | Business

In the three decades that Fred Marinelli has spent leafing though grant applications from nonprofit groups in Hialeah, Fla., assessing their performan...

Donors Step Up For Evicted 101-Year-Old Woman

Posted 01.28.2012 | Impact

Though a 101-year-old evicted Detroit woman has been taken in by a good Samaritan, she still needs more help to get by. After the U.S. Department o...

BofA Allegedly Modified Home Loans To Keep Complainers Quiet

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business

In an attempt to clean up its battered image, Bank of America allegedly provided mortgage assistance to customers willing to drop complaints about the...

Discrimination Lawsuit Holds Subprime Lenders Accountable

Shaun Donovan | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Shaun Donovan

African-American and Latino families have been hit especially hard by economic recession. Most outrageously, these communities were also targets of many of the practices that helped cause it -- including discrimination, predatory lending and fraud.

Poor Tenants Organizing to Occupy Homes Legally or Illegally

Mira Luna | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Mira Luna

A group of low-income San Franciscans has come up with a positive, long term solution to the housing crisis that is causing millions of Americans to be evicted and some to embrace the "Occupy Homes" movement: buy the buildings.

HUD Gives Colorado Millions

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.13.2011 | Denver

Colorado was awarded $12.1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for improvements to public housing units Tuesday, t...

Obama Launches Community-Based Urban Program To Spark Growth

Posted 09.10.2011 | Business

DETROIT -- The Obama administration is launching a pilot program designed to spark economic growth in urban America by partnering federal officials wi...

Mortgage Counseling: HUD Should Do More Than "Incorporate by Reference"

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has taken some steps toward improving housing counseling by indicating that new rules may be on the horizon. But to really make a difference, HUD must tailor its rules to maximize the benefits of counseling.

Matt Sledge

U.S. Mayors Pass Resolution To Bring 'War Dollars' Home | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics

BALTIMORE -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors approved a resolution on Monday calling for an accelerated end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That...

Is Your Homeless Tally Half Full or Half Empty?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 07.31.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

So this past January, in the quiet of the night, volunteers spanned across cities to count homeless persons. The results are being announced now.

Urbanism Chasing Utopia

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.11.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Generally speaking, the description of any Utopia that involves many details is apt to be an unconvincing way to present a principle which can be appl...

Bishops Push Back On Allowing Gay Couples In Housing

Posted 05.28.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- U.S. Catholic bishops are urging federal housing officials not to adopt proposed rules that would...

Wells Fargo Warns It May Be Fined By Regulators

Bloomberg | Dakin Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Wells Fargo & Co.'s lending and foreclosure practices probably will draw an enforcement action that may include a fine, the bank said today in a regul...

Nixon in China and the American City: Radical Urban Revitalization Needed

Milton Curry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Milton Curry

The America of 2011 is similar to Nixon's America -- one in which the dominant ideology of suburban living has consumed the nation's political and economic imagination.

Government Releases First Ever National Report On Veteran Homelessness

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A new report released today confirms what many Americans have long known: veterans make up a disproportionate amount of the nation's homeless populati...

Something for Nothing: The Selling Off of Public Housing

Paul Boden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Boden

The decision to cut annual appropriations for the Public Housing Capital Fund was neither necessary nor inevitable. As a country, we must stop gambling with people's homes.

Amanda Terkel

Obama Administration Pushing To Strengthen LGBT Housing Rights Through Regulation | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development unveiled a series of proposed rules on Thursday designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual...

How Smart Are Public-Private Partnerships?

Jeffrey Inaba | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Inaba

While public-private partnerships help support public services as municipalities reduce costs, they also call attention to the need to examine the decision-making process for improving cities.

Life After Sprawl: Why the Green Revolution Must Start in Suburbia

Alex Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alex Becker

Calls to be greener and use less energy ultimately mean nothing unless we can fundamentally restructure the suburban environment. The real problem with suburbia, after all, is spatial.

One Thing the Deficit Commission Got Right -- There's a Better Way to Subsidize Housing

Sheila Crowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheila Crowley

There has been remarkable accord among tax and policy experts from the left, right, and middle about one provision the debt-reduction commission addressed: reforming the tax deduction for mortgage interest.

Officials Say No Discrimination In Seeking 'Christian Roommate'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Cami Reister The Grand Rapids Press/Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) A Michigan woman did not violate fair housing law when she pos...

How Arrest Record Screening Fails to Fight Crime and Impedes Fair Housing

Marie Claire Tran-Leung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marie Claire Tran-Leung

Landlords and local housing authorities should stop using arrest records to screen tenants. Bans on tenants with past arrests simply do more harm than good.

Today is World Habitat Day

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

Human habitat is a broad term. But no matter the definition, it includes a safe, secure place to live: a home.

Renters: Know Your Health Rights

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Mold, mites and insect droppings can worsen the symptoms of asthma and other illnesses. But some patients tell me it's impossible to reduce exposure to toxins. Why? They live in rental housing.

Our Broken Regions - Fixing the Hidden Cause of our Economic Downfall

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Sustainable regions are only possible if all people have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Areas that embrace this "regional equity" focus will be on the fast-track to economic stability and growth.