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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 04.08.2015 | 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.

Homelessness Ends With Housing

Sandi Vidal | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Sandi Vidal

The naysayers talk about the costs of putting someone in housing, others scoff and retort that they want free houses too. People get upset that their tax dollars go to support people who are lazy or who have made poor choices.

Housing Families, Children and Youth

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Amidst growing concern for families, the National Alliance to End Homelessness this week is holding its 2015 Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness.

Obama Just Quietly Sent His Chief Of Staff To Count Homeless People In San Francisco

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact

It's not every day a top-ranking White House official gets hands-on in a local operation -- especially with very few cameras around. But last Thursday...

Obama's Budget Proposal Provides Homes For 67,000 At-Risk Families

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact

President Barack Obama impressed the need to make "smart investments that strengthen America" when he introduced his record $4 trillion budget plan fo...

President's Budget Proposal Addresses Housing Needs

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

We need to join together to persuade Congress to fund programs that end homelessness, create more supportive housing, and increase the overall supply of affordable housing for all Americans.

How to Finance an Energy Revolution

William S. Becker | Posted 04.01.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

All the financing tools -- federal, state, local and private -- could be mobilized in a national campaign to create a low-carbon U.S. economy, and to achieve it more rapidly than any other major energy shift in American history.

Over 900,000 Homeless Kids Are Invisible to HUD. We Can Change That!

Mark Horvath | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Mark Horvath

When I worked as an outreach case manager in Los Angeles, nothing was more heartbreaking than when I would have to turn a homeless family away because U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development didn't feel the family was "homeless enough."

Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Over the last decade, reverse mortgages have been aggressively pitched in TV ads as an easy way for seniors to cash in their home equity to pay for living expenses. However, for many, improper use of the product -- such as pulling all their cash out at one time -- has led to significant financial problems later, including foreclosure.

Funding for National Housing Trust Fund a Reality

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

The Trust Fund is not the panacea. It will go a very long way, providing funds for bricks and mortar, creating more affordable housing for thousands of Americans, but the operational and service side so vital to affordable housing will continue to rely on other federal programs.

This Veterans Day, Let's Focus on Homeless Female Vets

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Experts believe the number of homeless female veterans is going up because federal veteran assistance programs do not do enough to accommodate women and children, and also there is a lack of affordable housing and child care in our country.

10 Facts About Homelessness

Bill Quigley | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Fact 2: One quarter of homeless people are children. HUD reports that on any given night, over 138,000 of the homeless in the U.S. are children under the age of 18. Thousands of these homeless children are unaccompanied, according to HUD.

Protecting Families on Maternity Leave From Banks Refusing Loans Is a Victory for Fair Housing

Julián Castro | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Julián Castro

When we hear that a mother is on maternity leave, most of us smile and realize it's a special time in that family's life. But often banks hear something else -- they hear something has led lenders to deny the home mortgage loans for expecting families.

Fort Lauderdale Targets Homeless Population, Outlaws Sleeping In Public And Panhandling

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact

Casey Cooper believes he should be able to lay his head to rest in public. But the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, thinks otherwise. Cooper is on...

Zach Carter

Newt Gingrich And Julian Castro Explain Why America Can't Have Nice Things

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There's something disconcerting about watching Newt Gingrich take the stage to deliver a policy speech in 2014. To most Americans, ...

Don't Expect Much From Unregulated Regulators

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

The seeds of this article were planted in my brain some 30-odd years ago, when I did a consulting project for HUD, for which they contracted to pay me...

More Vouchers and Supportive Housing Will End Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

We must have additional commitments to affordable supportive housing to maximize the promising trend in reducing homelessness across all populations, including, families, children, veterans and the elderly.

Counting Homeless Kids, the Right Way

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Kevin M. Ryan

Children don't vote. They rely on us to protect them. The ones who are the most vulnerable, those who are homeless and at risk of being prostituted, need us more than ever.

A New Challenge to the HECM Reverse Mortgage Program

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

The United States today faces a retirement funds crisis: a rapidly growing number of persons who are retiring without the financial capacity to support themselves during ever-increasing life spans.

Julian Castro Confirmed As Housing Secretary

AP | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Wednesday to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, ...

No One Left Behind in Coal Country

William S. Becker | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

What should the Obama administration do to ensure that the transition in coal country is as fair as possible?

Obama Eyeing Rising Democratic Star For Cabinet Post

AP | JULIE PACE and EMILY SCHMALL | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shuffling his second-term Cabinet, President Barack Obama plans to nominate Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan to be budget director ...

Spike is Right! Housing Discrimination is NYC's Hidden Disgrace (Pt 2)

Antonia Marrero | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Antonia Marrero

With undercover agents, Fair Housing Justice Center has exposed an epidemic of housing discrimination on the basis of skin color, disability, source of income and LGBTQ identity in every NYC neighborhood.