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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.

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

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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.

Arthur Delaney

Budget Cuts Mean 70,000 Fewer Housing Vouchers For The Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Delores Lewis became an expert on mouse traps while living in her last apartment. "I used the sticky, I used the old-fashioned, ...

The National Debt

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Democrats and Republicans are blitzing us with propaganda about the national debt. My purpose here is not to side with either political party, but to add understating to the subject.

Housing First Doesn't Work: The Homeless Need Community Support

Pat LaMarche | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

With commentary that would make any civil rights advocate cringe, Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness President and CEO Ralph DaCosta Nunez explained that three public policy implementations alienated the average American voter.

My Birthday Wish

Ben Haygood | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Ben Haygood

Sir -- I AM Jersey Strong. It's just that my local post office doesn't recognize "beach behind the dunes" or "Toyota behind the Wawa."

Someday, Augmented-Reality Technology Could Change The Way We Drive

Brandon Gorrell | Posted 12.28.2013 | Technology
Brandon Gorrell

Augmented reality -- a live view of your environment with elements enhanced by computer-generated input -- will undoubtedly revolutionize the way we interact with the world, and even the way we drive.

Fair Housing Is More Than Just a Roof Over Your Head

Noel A. Poyo | Posted 10.11.2013 | Latino Voices
Noel A. Poyo

When it comes to eliminating housing discrimination, knowledge is power. The U.S Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have filed and successfully resolved many housing discrimination cases, and most of these cases began because someone said "Enough!"

Is the Government Shutdown Roadblocking U.S. Housing Recovery?

Doug Lebda | Posted 12.04.2013 | Business
Doug Lebda

The shutdown will likely affect some borrowers, but will have a minimal impact on housing in the short-term. The key for borrowers will be to ask your lender questions about necessary documentation and anticipated closing timeframes.

Politics as Un-usual: My Dinner With Adolfo

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Randee Mia Berman

A bona fide politician actually put down his fork mid-air to listen to me. Not one minute was spent on fundraising or self-promotion. Nope. Instead, Adolfo Carrion, running on the Independent Party ticket, concentrated on us -- all young independent artists struggling to survive in New York City.

Section 3 Rehab Needed

Laura Barrett | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Laura Barrett

When the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee announced back in 2011 that they would be conducting $82 million dollar rehab of the state's large...

Grayson: 'I Scared The Crap Out Of' Republicans

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) shared secrets of his strategy for working with Republicans, telling Salon members of the GOP can appreciate his "interesti...

The Astonishing Decline Of Homelessness That Won't Last

www.theatlantic.com | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact

Despite a housing crisis, a great recession, rising income inequality, and elevated poverty, there is some good news among the most vulnerable segment...