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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 manda...

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.

HUD Seeks To Ban Smoking In Public Housing

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Smoking could soon be banned in the nation's public housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a rule ...

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.

The Startling Effects Of Housing Discrimination In Ferguson

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices

Ferguson has become a lynchpin of the #BlackLivesMatter movement since Michael Brown's death, but the city's issues run much deeper than jus...

We Need More Housing Choice Vouchers

Deborah De Santis | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

If we want to save children from the trauma of homelessness, we must increase the resources available to families in need of stable housing.

Housing Equity Is Not a "War on Suburbia"

Andre Shashaty | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Andre Shashaty

Once again, the Obama Administration is being accused of declaring a "war" on suburbia. Nothing could be more absurd and self-serving, or just plain sad. The latest cause for panic is a new rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that says every community that gets HUD money must have a plan to make equal access to housing a reality -- as opposed to a rarely enforced legal principle.

A New Chapter in the Fight for Fair Housing

Andre Shashaty | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Andre Shashaty

HUD issued a new rule explaining the detailed steps local governments must take to ensure equal access to housing for people of all races and ethnicities as a condition of receiving federal grants for housing and community development.

Nick Wing

Obama Administration Unveils Ambitious Plan To Combat Residential Segregation

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

For a decade of his life, James Robertson would wake up most weekdays and prepare himself for a daily work commute that included two buses and 21 mile...

HUD: Providing Housing Vouchers Is The Most Effective Way To End Homelessness

AP | GLYNN A. HILL | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most reliable method in the fight to end homelessness is housing vouchers, a Department of Housing and Urban Development repor...

USICH Opening Doors

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.25.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

When launched in 2010, Opening Doors was more than a blueprint for effective federal, state and local partnerships to end homelessness; it motivated all of us - inside and outside of government - to work harder, together, to address the needs of our most vulnerable people

Your Housing Rights Are on the Line

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.10.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

An alphabet soup of players and policies could have a big impact on where you live, how much you pay for housing, and whether or not you are denied a chance to move into a neighborhood that's good for your kids.

Summit Still Going Strong

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.13.2015 | Chicago
Deborah De Santis

It has been a great privilege blogging with you each day from our CSH Summit: Supportive Housing Innovations in Chicago. Today is the last day of the Summit, but the pace has not slowed one bit.

Mortgage Referral Fees and the Public Interest: 40 Years of Bungles

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

Markets don't work well when one party to transactions has much more information than the other party, especially when the party with better information also controls the process. The two best illustrations of this rule are the markets for medical services and home mortgages.

Please Call Your Senator Today to Help Millions of Homeless Kids

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Mark Horvath

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) current definition of homelessness excludes most children and youth who are actually homeless: those staying in motels, or temporarily with others because they have nowhere else to go.