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Mortgage Settlement Helping Homeowners and Exceeding Expectations

(128) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 11:27 AM

Americans are starting to feel a sense of hope about our economy for the first time in half a decade -- and a big reason is the rebound in the housing market. It certainly hasn't always been this way. It was only a few years ago when we learned that...

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Holding the Banks' Feet to the Fire

(54) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 5:04 PM

A recent article by the Huffington Post's Peter S. Goodman showed how one homeowner from the Bronx has continued to struggle to save her home because of the outrageous treatment she's received at the hands of the bank that services her loan. Reporting with painstaking detail the obstacles...

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Holding Banks Accountable

(185) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 11:31 AM

Too often, real progress in Washington can be stymied by bureaucratic red tape, turf fights, or conflicts between federal and state authorities. Unfortunately, it has become a place where partisan deadlock and political games can threaten to crowd out substantive debate.

In times of crisis -- when people's livelihoods are...

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Discrimination Lawsuit Holds Subprime Lenders Accountable

(192) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 11:08 AM

As we continue to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, it is clear that every American family has been touched in some way by the recession -- a recession sparked in many ways by the irresponsibility and recklessness on Wall Street over the last decade.

From...

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Greener Homes Means a Stronger Economy

(163) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 5:27 PM

With gas prices topping $4 a gallon families and businesses are facing a real burden. But we can take action to ensure the American people don't fall victim to volatile energy costs over the long term.

And with 40 percent of America's carbon emissions coming from our buildings, one...

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A Strategic Investment: Getting Americans to Their Jobs

(82) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 9:11 AM

Two years ago, President Obama asked us to form a Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an interagency effort led by the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency. He challenged us to find ways to help build stronger, more economically resilient and competitive communities --...

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How We Can Really Help Families

(520) Comments | Posted October 17, 2010 | 1:46 AM

The recent revelations about foreclosure processing -- that some banks may be repossessing the homes of families improperly -- has rightly outraged the American people. The notion that many of the very same institutions that helped cause this housing crisis may well be making it worse is not only frustrating...

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On the Road from Recovery to Revitalization

(7) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 6:21 PM

This piece originally appeared in The White House Blog.

Five years ago, one of the most destructive natural disasters in our nation's history hit the Gulf Coast. When they hit the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita took thousands of lives, displaced millions of residents,...

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Making Public Housing Work for Families

(50) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 1:07 PM

While the current housing crisis has underscored the broad impact housing has on people's lives, it has also taught us that we need to "reset" our national housing policy - to focus not only on homeownership, but to invest in quality rental housing as well. As such, I believe the...

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Charting a More Sustainable Future

(50) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 10:49 PM

For the first time in the history of civilization, more than half of the world's population lives in cities. Here in America, this trend has been underway for more than two centuries -- as people have moved closer to cities in search of the opportunities and amenities -- from housing,...

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Meeting our Metropolitan Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2009 | 1:07 PM

At the United Nations General Assembly this month, President Obama called on each of the world's countries to shoulder its share of responsibility for a "global response to global challenges." Few of these challenges are more daunting or imbued with possibility than the global demographic shift taking place in metropolitan...

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Giving Families a Choice

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2009 | 10:36 AM

Fifteen years ago, the media briefly focused on the nightmarish conditions in the large housing developments of an Anacostia neighborhood in Southeast Washington D.C. named Washington Highlands. Because of a federal program to demolish distressed public housing and rebuild mixed-income, mixed use housing in its place -- HOPE VI --...

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