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Watchdog Raises Red Flag on Ginnie Mae 28.2.2015 Wall St. Journal: US
A report by the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that it couldn’t sign off on financial statements made by Ginnie Mae, a federal loan backer.
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MetLife Home Loans agrees to pay $123.5 million penalty to feds 26.2.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
MetLife Home Loans has agreed to pay the U.S. $123.5 million to resolve allegations that MetLife Bank violated the False Claims Act by underwriting federal home loans that did not meet ...
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Subsidies go to ineligible houses 24.2.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
HUD paid $37M a month to residents who don’t comply with rules.
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Can Tiny Houses Help Fix Homelessness? 17.2.2015 Mother Jones
Hanging Out With the Tech Have-Nots at a Silicon Valley Shantytown In November 2013, June lived in a makeshift encampment of tarps and cardboard, squeezed between a road and a chain link fence in West Oakland, California. "It can happen to anybody, man," he says of life on the street. "Up today, down tomorrow. That's the way it goes." Come last winter, June upgraded from his ramshackle encampment to a pink wooden house with a tan door and shiny roof. The new house, which is just long enough for him to lie down inside, cost only $30 to build. It's one of about 25 colorful homes artist Greg Kloehn has fashioned from the massive amounts of garbage dumped illegally in Oakland—a city where a minimum wage worker would have to put in 150-hour weeks to afford a fair market, two-bedroom apartment. He uses whatever materials he happens upon—pallets, bed boards, sheets of plastic, dryer doors. One home has an umbrella and grill propped on its miniature front porch. Wheels accommodate the "nomadic life" of people ...
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How Does a City Count Its Homeless? I Tagged Along to Find Out 17.2.2015 Mother Jones
Hanging Out With the Tech Have-Nots at a Silicon Valley Shantytown Early in the evening on January 29, hundreds of people filed into a small assembly room at the San Francisco Health Department, psyched for the night's adventure: They were volunteers for the city's annual "point in time" homeless count, which was taking place simultaneously in cities across the United States.   Cities are required to participate in the count, which is based on criteria provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The data is used by legislators, government agencies, city officials, nonprofits—anyone who is interested, really—to evaluate strategies intended to curb homelessness. With deadlines approaching for the Obama Administration's goal of ending chronic and veteran homelessness by the end of 2015—this year's results would be particularly important. The administration even dispatched officials to rally the troops—San Francisco got White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. "Tonight in Orlando, Tucson, ...
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Effort to boost military spending puts GOP in a bind on the budget 17.2.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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For veterans, having a home is not enough 12.2.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Proposed legislation recently introduced in the Senate arrived with a name that is seemingly hard to argue against: the Homeless Veterans Welcome Home Act. It is a well-intentioned bill meant to provide support for veterans transitioning into permanent housing and to help them acquire furniture...
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Roxbury’s Whittier Neighborhood Seeks $30 Million for Revitalization 11.2.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Boston Housing Authority and the City of Boston are asking for $30 million from the federal government to improve quality of life in Roxbury’s Whittier ...
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LGBT conference protests Denver police shooting death of Jessica Hernandez 6.2.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Activists at a conference Thursday night in Denver protested the recent Denver police shooting of a young ...
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Feds push back goal for ending chronic homelessness, cite budget constraints 3.2.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Feds delay by 1 year goals for ending homelessness 3.2.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is pushing back by one year its goals for ending homelessness among veterans and the general public....
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Feds now look to 2016 for ending homelessness among veterans 3.2.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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L.A. County sets high goal to get all veterans off the street by 2016 31.1.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Traipsing through skid row, trailing media cameras and advance staff, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro stopped to talk to a homeless woman with a white blanket draped over her head.
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High rent limits Housing Solutions 30.1.2015 Durango Herald
Federal money flowed in again this year to help stabilize local families in need, but the dollars aren’t going as far as they have in the past. Housing Solutions for the Southwest received $139,910 this week for a transitional housing program that serves mostly women and children fleeing domestic violence, said Elizabeth Salkind,...
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Transitional housing’s reach limited by high rent 30.1.2015 Durango Herald
Federal money flowed in again this year to help stabilize local families in need, but the dollars aren’t going as far as they have in the past. Housing Solutions for the Southwest received $139,910 this week for a transitional housing program that serves mostly women and children fleeing domestic violence, said Elizabeth Salkind,...
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'Housing First' Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues 27.1.2015 American Prospect
  (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) Andre Stokes, who is homeless, tries to stay warm in a shelter he built in downtown El Paso Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Temperatures were in the 30s, which is unusual for the El Paso area.  In an era of shrinking financial resources, policymakers, providers, and activists who work on homelessness prevention and care in the United States have been forced to develop new strategies. There was a time when officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) saw it as their responsibility to provide both housing and supportive services for homeless individuals, but now HUD now is refocusing its budget predominately on rent and housing—with the hope that other local, state, and federal agencies will play a greater role in providing supportive care. However, whether other organizations will actually be able to pick up those costs and responsibilities remains unclear. The first major federal legislative response to homelessness was the McKinney-Vento Act ...
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State to get $48M from feds to help house homeless 27.1.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Washington will receive $48.2 million in federal money for more than 200 projects that shelter homeless adults and children or prevent them from ending up sleeping in parks or cars in the first place.
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State to get $48M from feds to help house homeless 27.1.2015 Seattle Times: Politics
Washington will receive $48.2 million in federal money for more than 200 projects that shelter homeless adults and children or prevent them from ending up sleeping in parks or cars in the first place.
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Discrimination is discrimination even if it's not intentional 23.1.2015 LA Times: Commentary
In an ideal America, it might be appropriate for the law to concern itself only with racial discrimination that is overt, conscious and deliberate. In the real America of entrenched racial inequality, Congress and the courts rightly have recognized that it's also necessary to address policies...
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Is the Supreme Court About to Gut Another Civil Rights Law? 21.1.2015 Mother Jones
In June of 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, making it more difficult to enforce that landmark civil rights law. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about another 1960s law combating racial discrimination—and civil rights advocates fear the Court is poised to gut it as well. The question before the court is whether the Fair Housing Act of 1968, intended to fight pervasive residential segregation, bans practices that unintentionally discriminate against minorities. For decades, the law has been used not only to fight intentional discrimination but any other practices that have a "disparate impact" on racial and other minority groups. Under the FHA, it is illegal to "refuse to sell or rent… to refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin." Civil rights advocates believe this language is broad enough to ...
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