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Shaun Donovan

There Must Be Better Ways To Fight Poverty. The White House Wants To Find Them.

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration wants to spend $2 billion testing new approaches to fighting poverty, with a particular focus on catching peopl...

How The Obama Administration Is Helping Big Bank Felons

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics

With the blessing of the White House and the Justice Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is attempting to sneak through a majo...

Obama Administration Rails Against GOP Bill To Deregulate Wall Street

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Wednesday came out swinging against a bill that would hold funding for bank regulators hostage by tying it t...

Multi-Layered Celebration at Ellis Island

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.21.2016 | New York
Megan Smolenyak

The event marked the completion of the Peopling of America Center, the formal post-Sandy re-opening, the bestowal of Family Heritage Awards to Diane von Furstenberg, Patti LuPone and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and the naturalization of eight new American citizens. Following are a few highlights.

Ashley Woods

Detroit To Get $300 Million Aid Package | Ashley Woods | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics

DETROIT -- A bailout still isn't on the books for Detroit, but top Obama administration officials met with regional leaders Friday before announcing a...

Kid Gripes To Top Obama Official: ‘White People Are Taking Over'

Robin Wilkey | Posted 09.26.2013 | Black Voices

Kids say the darndest things. On a recent visit to Everett Middle School in San Francisco’s central Mission District, Secretary of Housing and U...

To Rescue Local Economies, Cities Seize Underwater Mortgages Through Eminent Domain

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In almost every part of the country, entire neighborhoods -- and in some cases, whole cities -- are underwater. They are not victims of natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. They are drowning in debt, victims of Wall Street's reckless and predatory lending practices.

Shahien Nasiripour

Banks May Face Stricter Mortgage Measures After Big Settlement Fail | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

State and federal regulators are weighing whether to impose additional restrictions on the mortgage practices of five of the nation’s largest banks ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Banks Caught In How Many Mortgage Settlement Violations? | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

The government-appointed monitor overseeing mortgage practices as part of last year’s robo-signing settlement between five big U.S. banks and dozens...

Amanda Terkel

Same-Sex Couples Face Significant Housing Discrimination, Historic Government Study Says | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples face significant levels of discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a landmark government study releas...

Dancing Around the Housing Crisis: A Response to Secretary Shaun Donovan

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 05.25.2013 | Business
Elizabeth Lynch

Donovan must continue to monitor the progress of the Settlement with its goal in mind: to save families' homes from unnecessary foreclosure. With so few first lien modifications reported by the banks, it is clear that goal is not being achieved.

Chelsea Kiene

Sequestration Risks Displacing Thousands Of Low-Income Families, Individuals | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Low-income families, veterans, senior citizens and disabled individuals waiting for assistance under the federal housing voucher program...

Amanda Terkel

Obama Circumvents Gridlocked Congress To Advance LGBT Rights | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Don't expect any landmark gay rights bills in the 113th Congress. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives continues to use taxpayer ...

Dept. of Education Latest Report Shows More than 1% of School Kids in 2011 Were Homeless

Pat LaMarche | Posted 09.08.2012 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Last month the U.S. Department of Education issued their most recent report on the education of homeless children. The results -- which even the agency admits are incomplete -- paint a bleak picture of the nation and its glut of homeless kids.

Don't Quit the Dream: A Vision for Homeownership Beyond 2012

Janis Bowdler | Posted 09.08.2012 | Latino Voices
Janis Bowdler

Our community's skepticism is warranted, but there is one reason to think that these latest efforts may be the precursor to true relief: Elected officials finally seem to have gotten the message that voters care about housing.

Are Banking Reparations Justified?

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 06.08.2012 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

I love the smell of "banker repentance" in the morning. Case in point: One of the multi-billion-dollar settlements that's in the pipeline and simmerin...

Arthur Delaney

Obama Administration Hogs Housing Credit | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration wants all the credit for a drop in Nevada foreclosure filings even though housing analysts have attributed some...

DeMarco Speaks! (With Closed Captioning for the Mortgage-Impaired)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

DeMarco's still an unelected ideologue with too much power, and he still needs to go. But yesterday, he finally spoke up. To anyone with the right political or emotional closed-captioning device the message was loud and clear: Don't rush me, Mr. President -- and find yourself another fall guy.

White House Wants Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac To Start Helping Homeowners

Reuters | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) - The Obama administration wants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which finance the bulk of U.S. mortgages, to start reduci...

Behind Every 'Distressed Asset' Is a Distressed Human Being

Joel Sucher | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Joel Sucher

Shaun Donovan, with his engineering of the robo-signing settlement, has done his best to emulate former President George W. Bush's "mission accomplished" moment, trying to spin the deal as some sort of resolution.

Create App To Help Homeless Vets, Win $25,000!

Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact

Combatting veteran homelessness is at our fingertips, according to a new initiative called Project REACH. Real-time Electronic Access for Caregive...

Ben Hallman

Donovan To States: 'Do The Right Thing' With Mortgage Settlement | Ben Hallman | Posted 03.16.2012 | Business

Alarmed by reports that states may divert mortgage settlement money intended to help homeowners, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan...

Alexander Eichler

Why It's A Terrible Time To Be A Low-Income Renter | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business

Everyone knows the economy has been rough on homeowners lately. But for people who rent -- especially for people who rent and don't make very much mon...

Ben Hallman

Mortgage Settlement: The Deal That Divided The Democrats | Ben Hallman | Posted 03.13.2012 | Business

Top law enforcement officers from most of the 50 states gathered last week in Washington, D.C., for the annual spring meeting of state attorneys gener...

Ben Hallman

Mortgage Settlement: How Much Will the Banks Really Pay? | Ben Hallman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business

The massive settlement among states, the federal government and five of the biggest banks landed on Monday, at last, in a Washington, D.C., federal di...