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Community Activists And Senator Warren Persuade HUD Sec. Julian Castro To Help Homeowners And Reign In Wall Street Speculators

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

With more homes in the hands of non-profits instead of Wall Street speculators, communities will gain further control over their neighborhoods and be less at the mercy of Wall Street.

Homebuyer Education: The First Step to Buying a Home

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

The purchase of a home is among the biggest financial decisions people will make in a lifetime. Taking a qualified homebuying class will do more than ...

The Mortgage Document Deluge: Did TRID Help? (Part 3 of 4)

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I explained how the large number of documents involved in a mortgage closing can be divided into 4 groups that should...

Study Shows Rich Living In Public Housing

MoneyTips | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business
MoneyTips

With so many needy American families, should people who earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year live in public housing? Shouldn't being a million...

The Mortgage Document Deluge: Does TRID Help? (Part 1 of 4)

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 05.31.2016 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

The TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID), in development by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for several years, became effectiv...

HUD To Roll Out New Reverse Mortgage Rules

Michael Lazar | Posted 05.30.2016 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is set to roll out a new set of reverse mortgage rules if/when the proposed regulations are approved.

A 'Housing First' Solution Could Actually Stimulate Homelessness

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

Recent weeks have brought devastating news for many of the shelters coping with a surge of homelessness in cities across the country: The federal funding they have relied on to house, feed, and care for some of the very neediest Americans is going away.

HUD Says New Reverse Mortgage Updates Are Good For Everyone

Michael Lazar | Posted 05.13.2016 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

According to a new report that was issued by the Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD), the newest reverse mortgage updates on the rules a...

Attorney General Requests Nation's Governors Issue Valid IDs to Released Prisoners

Laura Goldman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Laura Goldman

In the last year of his presidency, Barack Obama has become serious about criminal justice reform. The Department of Justice declared April 24-30 as ...

How Housing Improves Public Safety

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

At first glance, the connection between improving public safety and ensuring a person leaving jail or prison has fair access to housing may not seem o...

Feds Push Back Against Blanket Bans That Keep Ex-Offenders From Finding Housing

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics

Landlords and property owners who exclude people with criminal records from renting or buying may be violating the law, according to new guidance rele...

Let's Study What Works Best for Homeless Youth

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.04.2016 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

My message to local advocates and planning bodies who are submitting applications to HUD without any investments in transitional programs for youth is simple: slow down! Let's study this question, and let both rapid re-housing and transitional living be part of the continuum of care for youth, so we can examine and compare results.

Lifting the Burdens From Struggling Families

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

When families confronting a host of challenges such as mental illness, severe medical conditions or substance use find themselves without a decent home, child welfare agencies often feel they have no choice but to place the children in foster care.

HUD Collection Of Reverse Mortgage Counseling Data Could Improve Process

Michael Lazar | Posted 01.27.2016 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is requesting the approval to collect information of consumers who have participated, as mandate...

Encouraging Climate Resilience with Really Big Carrots

Jad Daley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Green
Jad Daley

Last week, the federal government has announced the results of a year-long, billion-dollar competition that has brought plans for disaster recovery into the 21st Century.

Ending Veteran Homelessness Strengthens the Union

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

I was moved to see Cynthia Dias, a formerly homeless veteran from Las Vegas, sitting in First Lady Michelle Obama visitors' box during tonight's State of the Union Address.

It All Comes Down to Affordable Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

We need elected officials to wake up to the affordable housing crisis and the importance of ensuring that people have housing with access to quality schools and quality healthcare, jobs and transportation.

Every Person Deserves a Place to Call Home for the Holidays

Julián Castro | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Julián Castro

Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home. But in the wealthiest nation in the world, more than half a million Americans sleep on the streets or spend their Thanksgiving in a homeless shelter. Many of them are children.

The Garbage Collectors...

Joel Sucher | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Joel Sucher

The article focused on Fortress Investment's Peter Briger, a/k/a "king of debt" a/k/a "junkyard dog," a man who scored big by buying up the so-called "distressed assets" that banks didn't want and were willing to sell off cheap. So, if you're one of millions of struggling homeowners be afraid, be very afraid.

A Stronger Case for Restoring Housing Vouchers

Douglas Rice | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Douglas Rice

Interim results from the first rigorous, large-scale evaluation of alternative strategies to reduce homelessness among families with children found that vouchers sharply reduce homelessness and housing instability, and do so much more effectively than the other interventions.

HUD Reentry-Reintegration Housing Guidance

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Today, we are delighted to see the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development take a big step toward meeting our call for fairness.

Housing Agencies Restoring Vouchers -- Let's Finish the Job in 2016

Douglas Rice | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Douglas Rice

With policymakers providing the needed funds, state and local housing agencies are restoring many of the housing vouchers lost to the sequestration cuts in recent years. But restoring the rest -- which the President and Congress should prioritize in their fall negotiations over a final 2016 budget -- will likely require relief from sequestration.

HUD 202 Cannot Be Zeroed Out

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

This program is more vital than ever as the need for affordable housing for seniors is growing exponentially. Yet, inexplicably, our leaders in Washington are de-prioritizing efforts to protect seniors by denying essential funding to HUD 202.

Rapid Rehousing Is Not the Only Option for Families

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

Before any data existed to prove the point, rapid rehousing was touted as a low-cost, common sense, humane approach to ending family homelessness.

Florence Nightingale Still Gets It Right: A Healthy Home Equals Healthy Kids

Patrick Corvington | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick Corvington

The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) will soon launch a new app that will allow families to conduct healthy home audits. Why? Because right now there are roughly 6 million substandard housing units nationwide, and low income persons are much more likely to live in them than their middle income peers.