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Housing and Urban Development

Funding for National Housing Trust Fund a Reality

Deborah De Santis | Posted 12.18.2014 | 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.

Dying Homeless

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

As the Babes in the Woods story signifies, asking for assistance from those who can't or won't help, too often leads to desperate action. Recovery takes time and effort.

Congress Must Embrace Solutions That End Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Not only is supportive housing a game changer when it comes to individual success, it is a more cost-effective use of taxpayer dollars. Inexplicably, however, the federal programs used to bolster supportive housing and save money are in a state of limbo, placing at risk the gains we have realized to date.

If HUD Were in Charge of Ebola, 10 Percent of Us Would Be Bleeding From Our Eyes by Now

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.01.2014 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

These guys at the Dept. of Ed., they're more like the Ebola scientists we hope are working on the problem -- testing for homelessness, and treating those afflicted. They don't use limiting definitions or expect people to prove a negative. Consequently they get a much more accurate picture of the problem. And still they fall short.

The UN wants sustainable urban development, but what does that look like?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

From the shortlist of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the United Nations is considering, one goal calls for "inclusive, safe, resilient and susta...

Is the U.S. Falling Behind Mexico? News From Ambos Nogales

Michael Dear | Posted 09.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Michael Dear

Today Mexican Nogales, known formally as Heroica Nogales, is booming and I wanted to catch up on what had been happening. By the end of my visit, I was convinced that the US is falling perilously behind Mexico in terms of borderland economic investment, growth and development.

Republicans Know Hillary Rodham Clinton Is a Force to Be Reckoned With

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Republicans are throwing everything they have up against the wall to see if it sticks trying to keep Hillary Rodham Clinton from running for president. Their problem is this woman who they are trying to paint as diminished in some way is clearly miles ahead in energy and brainpower from any of the people that want the 2016 Republican nomination.

Obama To Name Julian Castro As HUD Secretary Friday

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama intends to nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become housing secretary and will ...

Obama Cabinet May Be Boost For Rising Dem

AP | EMILY SCHMALL | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama's expected nomination of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as secretary of Housing and Urban Developme...

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 ...

NYC Tech Growth Booming, Education Not Keeping Pace, Signs of Hope

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.01.2014 | New York
André Corrêa d'Almeida

New data released by the Census Bureau shows that even though the recession has ended, the city's poverty rate continues to increase, and the gap between the rich and poor is on the rise. Information and communication technology, however, offers signs of hope.

Reverse Robin Hood Funding Threatens San Diego

Laura Barrett | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

San Diego's sunny beaches and beautiful college campuses can be deceptive. The city's soaring housing costs force university students and low-income f...

Could The Fair Housing Act Keep You in Your Home?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Richard Zombeck

When foreclosure actions due to predatory lending are fought from a Civil Rights perspective, the rights and interests of the homeowner who was wronged becomes the focus. It's about fairness and an even playing field. That's all anyone ever wanted.

Will the Housing Market Be a Casualty of the Government Shutdown?

National Council of La Raza | Posted 12.10.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Homeownership remains the cornerstone for stabilizing and rebuilding the middle class. But some in Congress seem determined to make it nearly impossible for struggling communities to recover.

Homeless Advocates Cooperating: It's an Art Form

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Pat LaMarche

Homeless artists from Austin have been creating and selling their work with encouragement and materials provided by Art from the Streets.

Double THUD: The Legislative Debacle Before the August Congressional Recess Hurts Budget Prospects for Fiscal Year 2014

Scott Lilly | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Nothing illustrates the utter dysfunctionality of the 113th Congress more than the failure of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, or THUD, appropriations bills to pass in both houses right before Congress left for its August recess.

Chelsea Kiene

Sequestration Risks Displacing Thousands Of Low-Income Families, Individuals

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Some Veterans Die Waiting for Benefits, One Man Lives to Help Them

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Books are written about the lawyers who dedicate pro-bono time to helping the indigent. One such book put out by the American Bar Association is a collection of stories about the good work being done. But none of the stories tells a tale like the one going on in Charleston.

Amanda Terkel

Obama Circumvents Gridlocked Congress To Advance LGBT Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Marine Guards Homeless Camp

Pat LaMarche | Posted 03.28.2013 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Unlike the military men that were once stationed adjacent to bordellos and trading posts, this 21st century Marine sentry hasn't worn a uniform in quite some time. But that doesn't make him any less duty bound or his imposing stature any less intimidating.

Federal Housing Administration Head Confirmed By Senate

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Sunday confirmed the head of the Federal Housing Administration in her position despite mounting l...

Homeless Rate Remains Steady

AP | By KEVIN FREKING | Posted 12.09.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy. The federal government a...

For Boomers, a Thousand Flavors of Retirement

Ron Cappello | Posted 11.19.2012 | Fifty
Ron Cappello

Every day, 10,000 more Americans turn 65. The baby boomers are behind an unprecedented agequake that will shake up not only this country, but the rest of the developed world. How will this vast new market impact the economic and social landscape?

McKinney-Vento Turns 25 and Homelessness Continues to Grow!

Paul Boden | Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact
Paul Boden

McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs have increasingly become a catch-all system for people who were once permanently housed by mainstream federal programs such as HUD and USDA.

Using the Olympics to Stimulate Urban Growth

Mitchell L. Moss | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Mitchell L. Moss

How London grows will be the true legacy of the 2012 Olympics. As cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Chicago consider their own Olympic aspirations, the impact of London's city building strategy will be the best game to watch.