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  • Enterprise Zones - I realized my mistake 20 years too late

    08/23/2010 5:23:58 PM PDT · by scrabblehack · 6 replies
    Self ^ | August 23, 2010 | Self
    It's 20+ years late and I realize my mistake. Back in the 1980's, Jack Kemp boosted "Enterprise Zones." They were supposed to revitalize America's cities. Recently a friend has asked me for assistance in starting a small retail business. Of course the biggest obstacle is getting the startup capital. I was looking around and came across the HUD site. I then started looking at possible sites. To make a long story short, the commercial properties inside the zone I could find seemed like high risk sites to say the least. One main drag in town had some commercial properties (no...
  • HUD offers interest-free $50K loans to unemployed homeowners to stem foreclosures

    08/14/2010 8:10:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/15/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Call it a hair-of-the-dog solution to a seemingly intractable problem. The Department of Housing and Urban Development have begun issuing emergency $50,000 loans at zero interest to unemployed homeowners in an attempt to stall foreclosures, using $1 billion of Porkulus funds for the effort and $2 billion from the same source for indirect aid through state governments. Ironically, while foreclosure seizures are rising, the actual trend is more optimistic: The Obama administration is providing $3 billion to unemployed homeowners facing foreclosure in the nation’s toughest job markets.The Treasury Department says it will send $2 billion to 17 states that have...
  • Obama administration to provide $3B in housing aid (HUD to Offer 0% Interest Loans)

    08/11/2010 9:08:58 AM PDT · by mojito · 45 replies
    Google News ^ | 8/11/2010 | Alan Zibel
    ....Another $1 billion will go to a new program being run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It will provide homeowners with emergency zero-interest rate loans of up to $50,000 for up to two years. The administration was required to launch the programs by the financial regulatory bill signed by President Barack Obama last month.
  • HRA Helps Clients Purchase Cars with Wheels for Work Program

    08/10/2010 4:09:11 PM PDT · by Sarah · 19 replies
    Human Resources Administration ^ | n/a | 1-877-472-8411
    HRA Helps Clients Purchase Cars with Wheels for Work Program HRA, the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and the Education and Assistance Corporation (EAC) recently began a program to help lowincome New Yorkers living in areas with limited public transportation buy cars to get to and from work and pick their children up from school. The program, Wheels for Work, serves working families and individuals in Queens and Staten Island, where residents are most likely to need a car. To be eligible, you must be working at least 35 hours a week for the past six months,...
  • Obama Housing Bailout Under Attack

    07/30/2010 8:37:07 AM PDT · by Qbert · 15 replies · 1+ views
    CNBC ^ | 7/28/2010 | Diana Olick
    Criticism of the Obama Administration's mortgage bailout, the Home Affordable Modification Program, is reaching a fever pitch, and I know this because, among other things, the Administration itself appears to be mounting a defense. Recently, reporters who cover housing were called to the Treasury Department for a "background briefing" by Administration officials, who tried to focus attention on the many, varied Administration efforts to stabilize housing; the message's not all about our modification program. Yesterday I received several emailed announcements from both HUD and the Treasury. One alerted us to a "Conference on the Future of Housing Finance," set...
  • Senate committee allocates $150 million for Houston METRO light-rail projects

    07/28/2010 11:53:49 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 38 replies · 2+ views
    Progressive Railroading ^ | Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | ?
    The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) is in line to receive $150 million for the North and Southeast Corridor light-rail lines as part of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s fiscal-year 2011 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill approved last week. The House version of the FY2011 appropriations bill set aside $152 million for the projects. The full House will vote on the bill later this week. The $150 million proposed by the Senate committee would be in addition to $150 million secured in FY2010, bringing the total amount of federal funds allocated for the two light-rail projects...
  • 'Reform' missed 'friends of Angelo'

    07/27/2010 2:35:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 27, 2010 | STEPHEN B. MEISTER
    Democrats claim their sweeping financial-sector reforms will guard against the kind of problems that triggered the recent economic meltdown. But if they really wanted to do that, they would've focused on how so many US officials were simply . . . bought. Fat chance. Nonetheless, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform, is demanding just such a review -- and, for the sake of the nation, he should get one. Last week, Issa wrote to Alfred Pollard, general counsel to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,...
  • S. Korea firm to supply F-15 HUDs

    07/07/2010 1:44:04 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    UPI ^ | 7/6/2010 | UPI
    South Korean electronics maker LIG Nex1 has signed an $8 million contract with Rockwell Collins for head-up data display units for U.S. Air Force F-15 fighters. The displays will also be delivered to the air forces of three other country's that fly the jet, LIG Nex1 said in a news release. The HUD is an instrument that's placed above the cockpit instrument glare shield for viewing data. It allows a pilot to view the information through a transparent screen as the flyer continues to look forward. HUDs are specifically designed to improve pilot situational awareness. The company, in a news...
  • ‘ACORN Youth Union’ Chapters Were Funded by Justice Department, Says GAO

    06/18/2010 5:11:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 442+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 18, 2010 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - The U.S. Justice Department gave a group called the New York Agency for Community Affairs a grant of $135,130 in fiscal year 2005 to “provide youth leadership training to students at select New York City schools, form ‘ACORN Youth Union’ chapters, and coordinate student campaigns to address issues such as school funding, neighborhood safety, and school governance,” according to a Government Accountability Office report released this week. The GAO report says that in fiscal years 2005 through 2009 the federal government gave ACORN and what the GAO calls “potentially related organizations” more than $40 million in federal funds.  According...
  • Crime and Poverty: An American Tragedy in 13 Parts

    05/16/2010 7:42:53 AM PDT · by wizkid · 4 replies · 319+ views
    JohnQuincy ^ | 05/13/2010 | JohnQuincy
    At the beginning of the decade, a plague of chaos erupted in working class neighborhoods across America. In once relatively peaceful areas, epidemics of murder, rape and robbery broke out. Police faced a grim situation. The mayhem once contained to isolated sections of the city had jumped the breaks. A firestorm had erupted destroying neighborhoods and ripping apart families. Horrifying though it may be, crime is mundane in one respect: It tends to occur in predictable patterns. These patterns signify that the thin veneer of civilization is holding. Without the thin veneer of civilization, man would tear himself to shreds....
  • The Ever War: Federal Chaos Plague Destroys Working Class

    05/09/2010 8:31:39 PM PDT · by wizkid · 11 replies · 472+ views
    JohnQuincy Blog ^ | 0509/2010 | JohnQuincy
    Imagine if a plague was intentionally set loose in your neighborhood: A plague of social disintegration leading to the widespread rape of women, sack of property and a skyrocketing homicide rate. During the 1990's, this is exactly what happened. As part of a grand experiment, the working class were injected with a dose of poverty and chaos ensued: Neighborhoods were ruined, lives were destroyed and families were ripped apart. This experiment continues to this day

    04/20/2010 10:24:40 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies · 395+ views
    NEW YORK TIMES ^ | September 30, 1999 | By STEVEN A. HOLMES
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29— In a move that could help increase home ownership rates among minorities and low-income consumers, the Fannie Mae Corporation is easing the credit requirements on loans that it will purchase from banks and other lenders. The action, which will begin as a pilot program involving 24 banks in 15 markets -- including the New York metropolitan region -- will encourage those banks to extend home mortgages to individuals whose credit is generally not good enough to qualify for conventional loans. Fannie Mae officials say they hope to make it a nationwide program by next spring. . .
  • Wired Magazine, Conde Nast Scoop Breitbart, the ‘Bigs’ — HUD next O’Keefe Video Sting Target

    03/12/2010 12:49:06 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 7 replies · 655+ views ^ | 03/12/2010 | Michael Walsh
    <p>This time, there are no prostitutes involved, just a shady, and serious, tax-fraud scheme. The ploy involves the Obama administration’s 10 percent tax credit to first-time home buyers. The law says that the credit maxes out at $8,000 for an $80,000 home. But at the Detroit office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the rule seems open to interpretation. O’Keefe asks a staffer, What if I bought a place for $50,000, but the seller and I agreed to write down $80,000 as the purchase price?</p>

    03/12/2010 12:35:29 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 49 replies · 2,124+ views
    RUSTY HUMPHREY SHOW | MARCH 12, 2010 | swampsniper
    Andrew Breitbart was on the Rusty Humphrey Show tonight. He has tapes taken in HUD offices showing HUD employees discussing ways to get loans far over actual property value. He has released them to ABC. No way to predict what ABC will do with them.
  • NY's Cuomo Is 'Father of Subprime Crisis:' Bove

    03/08/2010 3:45:29 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 13 replies · 127+ views
    CNBC ^ | March 03, 2010 | CNBC
    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is the "father of the subprime crisis" and his aggressive attacks on Wall Street could make him dangerous to the banking sector if he becomes the next governor of New York, well-known banking analyst Dick Bove told CNBC. "One of the key reasons why (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are] bankrupt today, and why the government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars in supporting them, is because of the edicts pushed through by Mr. Cuomo," said Bove, of Rochdale Securities, in a live interview. "It's also thought by many that the hundreds of...
  • City agency halts church services at public housing unit...

    03/06/2010 11:28:14 AM PST · by TaraP · 37 replies · 928+ views
    AP ^ | March 6th, 2010
    <p>DALLAS - A Dallas church that has held Sunday worship service at a public housing apartment complex for the elderly for 14 years has been ordered to stop.</p> <p>Dallas Housing Authority president MaryAnn Russ told the Dallas Morning News that the church services violate separation of church and state and the agency's contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which funds public housing programs.</p>
  • Prosecutor, Charge Thyself (Cuomo's role in the meltdown)

    02/08/2010 3:00:02 AM PST · by The Raven · 10 replies · 498+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | Feb 8, 2010 | editorial
    ... Entitled, "Highlights of HUD Accomplishments 1997-1999," the document chronicles the "accomplishments under the leadership of Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who took office in January 1997." View Full Image Associated Press Andrew Cuomo .HUD's Web visitors learn that in 1999 "Secretary Cuomo established new Affordable Housing Goals requiring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—two government sponsored enterprises involved in housing finance—to buy $2.4 trillion in mortgages in the next 10 years. This will mean new affordable housing for about 28.1 million low- and moderate-income families. The historic action raised the required percentage of mortgage loans for low- and moderate-income families that the...
  • Merry Christmas from the IRS

    12/24/2009 2:04:51 PM PST · by Delacon · 8 replies · 840+ views
    CATO ^ | December 24, 2009 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Here are a few stories to bring holiday cheer for taxpayers. First, we have an Associated Press report that several hundred thousand federal bureaucrats have serious tax delinquencies. The Department of Housing and Urban Development always ranks high on the list of government entities that should be abolished, so it’s interesting to see that HUD bureaucrats are most likely to be dodging their taxes: More than 276,000 federal employees and retirees owed back income taxes as of Sept. 30, 2008, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service. The $3.04 billion owed was up from $2.7 billion owed by federal...
  • George Soros and America's Coming Election Crisis (Part 1)

    07/16/2004 5:55:38 PM PDT · by Richard Poe · 109 replies · 12,902+ views ^ | July 16, 2004 | Richard Poe
    <p>IF YOU ENJOYED the election crisis of 2000, you’re going to love what Democrat leaders are cooking up for November.</p> <p>"George Soros has purchased the Democratic Party," charges Republican National Committee spokeswoman Christine Iverson. (2) Some might dismiss Miss Iverson's comment as hyberbole. However, Soros' massive soft-money contributions have indisputably given him power over Democrat strategy.</p>
  • House Republicans Blast Democrats, Obama Over Alleged ACORN Ties (File a Federal lawsuit)

    12/02/2009 4:44:01 AM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies · 891+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/2/2009 | Lee Ross
    A handful of House Republicans did their best on Tuesday to shame Democrats and the Obama administration for its supposed connections to the controversial anti-poverty group ACORN. Republicans also voiced complaints that Democrats are not moving forward with investigations into the organization that is alleged to have committed widespread voter fraud to support Democratic candidates, in violation of the group's tax-exempt status. "ACORN is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party," Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said at Tuesday's two-hour long partisan forum attended by eight Republicans but no Democrats. Another source of frustration for Republicans is a legal decision from...
  • FHA Delays Yearly Fiscal Report over ‘Accuracy’ of Methodology

    11/04/2009 8:30:06 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies · 399+ views ^ | November 4, 2009 12:13 PM CST | By DIANA GOLOBAY
    The public release of an independent actuarial study of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was delayed late Tuesday as the firm conducting the review completes additional tests. The supplemental tests come after FHA questioned the accuracy of the actuary’s modeling. The audit of FHA’s fiscal year 2009 — which ended in September — was scheduled for release today in conjunction with a press conference addressing the FHA’s fiscal health and financial outlook. A US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spokeswoman indicated hours before the scheduled release that the report would not be completed in time, and FHA commissioner...
  • Day by Day, Law by Law, Mind by Changing Mind

    10/24/2009 7:31:07 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 13 replies · 589+ views
    White House Blog ^ | October 23, 2009 | Brian Bond
    "These ideals, when voiced by generations of citizens, are what made it possible for me to stand here today. These ideals are what made it possible for the people in this room to live freely and openly when for most of history that would have been inconceivable. That is the promise of America. That is the promise we are called to fulfill. And day by day, law by law, mind by changing mind, that is the promise we are fulfilling." – President Obama, HRC National Dinner, October 10, 2009 I came to work in the White House because I thought...
  • A Tale of Fraud and Discrimination at Westchester County

    10/10/2009 6:15:56 PM PDT · by Raquel · 5 replies · 581+ views
    Political Blog ^ | October 10, 2009 | Raquel Okyay
    If you live in Westchester County, get ready for public housing and higher taxes at a town near you. County residents will be forced to pay the price for the fraudulent actions of County Executive Andrew Spano, who was caught red handed in an embarrassing scheme that defrauded the Federal government of $180 million. In February 2009, a Federal Court Judge found Westchester County an “utter failure” when it comes to access to fair housing and that Westchester County provided “false or fraudulent” documentation to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) amounting to racial discrimination. After six months...
  • Now will Congress investigate ACORN?

    10/04/2009 4:01:00 PM PDT · by devane617 · 22 replies · 1,314+ views
    Evidence continues to accumulate from far and wide that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is lousy with corruption. The latest revelations come from Louisiana and Oklahoma. In the former, the local ACORN Housing Corp. office received contracts worth a combined $625,000 from the City of New Orleans for repairing existing low-income housing and developing new units in poor neighborhoods. The contracts were paid for with funds from federal Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. An investigation by the Pelican Institute think tank of New Orleans, however, found that no work...
  • ACORN Legal Memo Confirms Depths of Troubles

    10/01/2009 3:29:31 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 3 replies · 620+ views
    American Spectator via Big ^ | October 1, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    “But whether you try to implement some or all of these recommendations, there must be someone committed to follow-up. There must be a review mechanism, and a means of holding people accountable after any final decisions are made. If you do not make some hard choices now and ensure they are carried out, they almost certainly will be made for you.” –Elizabeth Kingsley of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg Eisenberg LLP, in a prophetic legal memo to ACORN dated June 19, 2008, the day before ACORN’s national board ousted ACORN founder organizer Wade Rathke ACORN’s lawyer warned ACORN 15 months ago to...
  • Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit against HUD to Obtain ACORN Documents

    09/24/2009 8:59:53 PM PDT · by JustTheTruth · 9 replies · 647+ views ^ | September 24, 2009 | Jill Farrell
    Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit against HUD to Obtain ACORN Documents Seeks Records Related to HUD's Taxpayer Support of Controversial Community Organization Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch, 202-646-5188 WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /Standard Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to obtain records related to federal grants provided to the controversial "community organization" Association for Community Reform Now (ACORN). Judicial Watch filed its original Freedom of Information Act request on July 17. HUD...
  • REDSTATE EXCLUSIVE: A Review of ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis’s Rolodex Suggests Strong White House Ties

    09/22/2009 7:23:44 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 13 replies · 1,117+ views
    Red State ^ | September 22, 2009 | Erick Erickson
    The story in a nutshell: Bertha Lewis is the CEO of ACORN. In a review of Lewis’s contacts list, which was leaked to RedState, Bertha Lewis has the office, cell phone, home number, and private personal email address of Patrick Gaspard. Patrick Gaspard holds Karl Rove’s position in the White House and was Obama’s Political Director during the campaign. In addition to Patrick, Bertha has Patrick’s brother Michael in her rolodex. She lists Michael as working at the Advance Group. The Advance Group is ACORN’s lobbying organization. In other words, besides having Obama’s political director’s contact info, the political director’s...
  • Seeds of Doubt [New Orleans ACORN office shutting down?]

    09/20/2009 6:14:20 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 38 replies · 2,798+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | September 20, 2009 | Bruce Nolan
    ACORN, a social justice organization with roots in [New Orleans], battles a string of scandals. The announcement stuck to a wall outside the entrance to ACORN's local office in the 2600 block of Canal Street quietly signals the trouble afoot. In English and Spanish, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now tells walk-up clients that ACORN's housing office has shut itself down for two weeks to immerse itself "in an intensive training program." The sign is a symptom of a tumultuous week in the history of a controversial poor people's social justice movement -- one founded by a New...
  • ACORN wants another $6 million despite scandals

    09/15/2009 7:08:57 AM PDT · by kingattax · 21 replies · 1,794+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/14/09 | Kevin Mooney
    An ACORN affiliate has just submitted applications for over $6 million in government funding, despite the controversial videos of the organization’s workers aiding a child prostitution “promoter.” Employees with the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) in Washington D.C., Baltimore and Brooklyn told uncover investigators posing as a pimp and a prostitute how they could circumvent the law. ACORN has already fired four of the workers. But it claims the tapes have been “doctored” and “edited.” A third video implicating the ACORN workers was released today. Meanwhile, the ACORN Institute, one of many ACORN affiliates, has applied for...
  • Shelby Calls for ACORN Investigation

    09/15/2009 8:28:22 AM PDT · by elizabethgrace · 49 replies · 2,790+ views
    Press Room News Release ^ | September 15, 2009 | Senator Richard Shelby
    September 15, 2009 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), ranking Republican on the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today wrote to committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Inspector General, Kenneth Donohue, calling for an immediate and thorough investigation into the activities of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). Shelby’s call for an investigation follows recent news reports surrounding the arrest of individuals in Florida for falsifying voter applications while employed by ACORN leading up to the 2008 elections, as well as video of employees in...
  • After Census Severs Ties, ACORN May Face Scrutiny of Housing Grants

    09/12/2009 12:27:26 PM PDT · by psychopuppy · 61 replies · 4,029+ views
    Fox News ^ | Saturday, September 12, 2009
    Conservatives have cheered the Census Bureau's decision to sever ties with ACORN because it had lost confidence in the group, but the hidden-camera videos that prompted ACORN to fire four workers this week could raise more questions about the federal funding ACORN receives for housing outreach....
  • After Census Severs Ties, ACORN May Face Scrutiny of Housing Grants (Gets HUD Money)

    09/12/2009 12:54:52 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 8 replies · 539+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 9/12/2009 | Staff
    Conservatives have cheered the Census Bureau's decision to sever ties with ACORN because it had lost confidence in the group, but the hidden-camera videos that prompted ACORN to fire four workers this week could raise more questions about the federal funding ACORN receives for housing outreach. ACORN Housing Corporation received $1.6 million to provide housing services to low-income communities in this fiscal year, ending Sept. 30, according to, a federal government Web site for tracking government grants. The Department of Housing and Urban Development Grants has given $8.2 million to ACORN in the years between 2003 and 2006, as...
  • Barney Frank wants Cabinet post (HUD Secretary)

    09/07/2009 4:01:15 PM PDT · by earlJam · 81 replies · 4,593+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/7/09
    Barney Frank wants Cabinet post By Bob Cusack - 09/07/09 05:07 PM ET Rep. Barney Frank is interested in capping his political career as a member of the president’s Cabinet, according to a new biography of the Financial Services Committee chairman. Frank (D-Mass.) told author Stuart Weisberg that he would like to be Housing and Urban Development secretary. However, the 69-year-old lawmaker stresses that his departure from Congress is not imminent. He first wants to pass more legislation on affordable housing, saying, “I want at least two years with President Obama and a solidly Democratic Senate so that we can...
  • Green Impact Zone

    08/31/2009 3:53:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 264+ views ^ | Posted by Adolfo Carrión, Jr.
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG MONDAY, AUGUST 31ST, 2009 AT 6:13 PM Green Impact Zone Posted by Adolfo Carrión, Jr. We have just arrived in Kansas City where, tomorrow, we will continue our discussion of smart growth and smart planning for America’s metropolitan areas. Special Assistant to the President on Urban Policy Derek Douglas, Special Advisor for Green Jobs Van Jones, and I will be joined by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari. Together, we will meet with local elected officials, stakeholders, and community members to discuss the development of the Green Impact Zone, an...
  • President Shifts Focus To Renting, Not Owning Home

    08/16/2009 9:01:49 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 182 replies · 7,061+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 8-16-09 | Joseph Williams
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration, in a major shift on housing policy, is abandoning George W. Bush’s vision of creating an “ownership society’’ and instead plans to pump $4.25 billion of economic stimulus money into creating tens of thousands of federally subsidized rental units in American cities. The idea is to pay for the construction of low-rise rental apartment buildings and town houses, as well as the purchase of foreclosed homes that can be refurbished and rented to low- and moderate-income families at affordable rates.
  • Obama again uses race to turn America’s Republican White middle class suburbs into Detroit

    08/14/2009 6:10:35 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 33 replies · 1,574+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | August 14, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In June we got peek at Obama’s plans to destroy America’s white middle class suburbs. Now we have new evidence Obama is using race to turn America into the socialist gulag in his dreams for America. The first plan unveiled the idea of the federal government demolishing large sections of Flint Michigan and Detroit and relocating their residents to middle class suburbs. Today comes another plan to flood traditional Republican suburbs with exactly the people these middle class Americans moved away from. No place to run The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been changed into the Department of...
  • Housing Residents Must Stop Worship Services

    08/13/2009 3:02:29 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 59 replies · 1,268+ views ^ | 8/13/09 | PAT KIMBROUGH
    HIGH POINT -- Residents of a local public housing facility recently had to cease holding religious services there after officials told them the activities ran afoul of federal regulations. Worship services by residents of Elm Towers were in violation of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rules, which forbid "inherently religious activities" for organizations that receive HUD funds, according to the High Point Housing Authority. Elm Towers residents had been gathering for years on Sunday mornings and sometimes Wednesday evenings for Christian worship services led by a local minister in a common room on the first floor of the...
  • Will Capitol Hill reimburse new buyers whose home values decline?

    07/12/2009 5:59:03 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies · 564+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | July 12, 2009 | David W. Myers
    Question: Is it true that the government is considering a plan that would reimburse new-home buyers if the value of their property declines later? Answer: One of the biggest supporters of such a plan is Joe Hanauer, who rose to fame while heading one of the largest real estate outfits in Chicago and now serves as chairman of Move Inc., which operates Internet realty giant Move.comHanauer has already met with several congressional representatives and officials at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to "sell" them on the proposal, which he believes could help jump-start the housing market by...
  • Housing authority eyes potential federal budget cut (HUD - hundreds to become homeless)

    07/07/2009 6:52:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 548+ views
    News 14 ^ | 7/06/09 | Ed Scannell
    Housing authority eyes potential federal budget cutUpdated 07/06/2009 06:29 PM By: Ed Scannell WINSTON-SALEM – A potential cut in federal funding to the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem is threatening to put hundreds of families out on the street. It's a scenario being played out in communities across the country. The head of the authority was hopeful the Department of Housing and Urban Development would come up with money for the vouchers the families use to help pay their monthly rent. HUD told the authority to use its $3 million in reserves to cover the cost of housing vouchers to some...
  • ACORN Could Be Eligible for $8.5 Billion This Year

    05/05/2009 10:23:18 PM PDT · by vadum · 13 replies · 593+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | May 6, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    As I told the Washington Examiner a few hours ago after reviewing the Obama stimulus bill and the proposed fiscal 2010 budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), ACORN and other left-wing advocacy groups could have a shot at pocketing up to $8.5 billion this year. Here's how I arrived at the $8.5 billion figure. The $800 billion-plus stimulus bill, which is now formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or Public Law 111-5, originally set aside $5.2 billion that could flow directly or indirectly into the coffers of ACORN and its...
  • Rest in Peace [Jack Kemp has died]

    05/02/2009 6:49:34 PM PDT · by tsmith130 · 241 replies · 17,109+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 5/2/5009 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    After a lifetime of public service and a painful illness, Jack Kemp has died. Our prayers are with his family.
  • Sims nomination mocks Obama’s transparency claims

    05/01/2009 2:47:45 PM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 878+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 1, 2009 | Editorial
    President Barack Obama has settled on a train-wreck of a nominee for Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). On Tuesday, the Senate, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee approved Ronald Sims in a voice vote. They did so despite having credible information indicating financial mismanagement and ethical transgressions, including two egregious abuses of a state freedom of information law. Sims has been King County Executive in Washington state since 1996. Under his watch, local government was fined after it failed to produce documents concerning construction of the Qwest sports stadium. The Supreme Court of Washington, in a blistering ruling...
  • Transparency Killer at HUD: Another Disastrous Obama Nominee

    04/08/2009 4:13:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 747+ views ^ | April 8, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    If you need a shining example of the utter disingenuousness of Barack Obama's commitment to government transparency, I have two words for you: Ron Sims. This lifelong political hack is to transparency what sunlight is to Dracula, what salt is to a slug, what kryptonite is to Superman, what "The View" is to intelligent debate. That is: lethal. In its press release announcing the nomination of the Seattle-area county executive to the No. 2 post at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the White House described Sims as a "visionary urban leader." The White House also touted Sims'...
  • Climate Change Dogma Comes to HUD

    03/29/2009 9:14:40 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 4 replies · 323+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 03/29/2009 | Mike Volpe
    In an interview with Parade Magazine, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said the most remarkable thing about climate change. As head of HUD, is climate change really your problem? We need to stop thinking in the traditional silos, the way the federal government usually thinks. We've got to stop thinking about programs and start thinking about places and how they work. The way we plan our cities, towns, and rural areas needs to change.

    02/25/2009 4:00:28 PM PST · by Cindy · 16 replies · 505+ views ^ | February 25, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: For Release Wednesday February 25, 2009 HUD ALLOCATES MORE THAN $10 BILLION OF RECOVERY ACT FUNDING ONE WEEK AFTER BILL SIGNING Nearly 75 percent of HUD Recovery funds allocated today WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today allocated nearly 75 percent of its funding, or $10.1 billion, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Recovery Act includes $13.61 billion for projects and programs administered by HUD, 75 percent of which was allocated to recipients today - only one week after President...
  • Housing secretary defends Obama foreclosure plan (Obama in panic mode after bailout backlash)

    02/22/2009 7:06:25 PM PST · by tobyhill · 126 replies · 5,721+ views
    cnn ^ | 2/22/2009 | cnn
    The Obama administration's efforts to help struggling homeowners will aid "responsible" borrowers, not deadbeats or speculators, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan said Sunday. President Barack Obama announced the plan Wednesday, saying it will help up to 9 million people keep their homes in a housing market ravaged by foreclosures. But critics, including several leading Republicans and some commentators, said the $75 billion proposal will unfairly help some people at the expense of others. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs acknowledged Friday that some people who made "bad decisions" might end up getting help under the proposal. But Donovan, Obama's secretary of housing...
  • Study: Many minorities cut out of prime loan market (Barfer, again by NPR)

    02/13/2009 3:08:29 PM PST · by wac3rd · 16 replies · 563+ views
    U. of Minnestoa Law School - Institute on Race & Poverty ^ | February 2009 | U. of Minnestoa Law School
    African Americans and other minorities seeking mortgages in the Twin Cities have some of the highest home loan rejection rates in the country. A new study by the Institute on Race and Poverty also finds high income minorities in the Twin Cities are turned down for home loans more often than whites with much lower incomes.
  • "Where is the Money?" Where is the Outrage?? (Funding ACORN is Nuts)

    02/10/2006 5:12:45 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 756+ views
    "Where is the Money?" Where is the Outrage?? by: Tom McClusky The Washington Post today has an article on how protestors are currently in Washington to protest that the federal government isn't providing the victims enough money (presumably because they believe President Bush created the storm with his weather controlling machine.)  The Post article certainly romanticizes the protestors: "They came to Washington yesterday from temporary housing, from apartments in Houston, hotel rooms in Dallas and spare bedrooms in cousins' homes. They came to say that the only place they really want to go is home."  What the Post fails to mention is...
  • SUBPOENA: Former HUD Secretary, NY Attorney General Cuomo [Vanity – Public Service Message]

    01/22/2009 8:43:28 PM PST · by Brooklyn Bob · 5 replies · 589+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | January 22, 2009 | People of NY
    Subpoena Name: Andrew Cuomo, New York State Attorney General Address: The Capitol; Albany, NY 12224-0341 Whereas, the Defendant was formerly the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) between 1997 and 2001. And, Andrew Cuomo is currently being considered for appointment to the United States State Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. Offered to support, simply, that promoting the complicit promotes complicity: EXHIBIT SUPERIOR COURT OF the people of NEW YORK CHICANERY DIVISION - SATIRE PART BROOKLYN COUNTY DOCKET NO.: I don’t own a boat. Name: People of New York - Plaintiff Vs. Name: Andrew Cuomo, New York State...
  • Fannie, Freddie And Now, Hannie

    01/15/2009 6:03:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 558+ views
    IBD Edidorials ^ | January 15, 2009
    Subprime Crisis: The media have pounded President Bush for a wave of Hispanic home foreclosures. But it was Democrats who launched a drive to loosen credit for Hispanics — many of them illegals.Democrats and their advocacy groups also prodded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy the high-risk NINJA (no income, no job, no assets) loans they'd pressured banks to make to Hispanic immigrants. Now immigrants are defaulting on subprime mortgages in droves, adding to the toxic debt that is poisoning the financial industry. Yes, Bush was "eager," as the Washington Post described it, to put more Hispanic families into...