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Oso-mudslide families to benefit from $1.5 million federal grant 16.9.2014 Seattle Times: Local
DARRINGTON (AP) — A $1.5 million grant is on the way to help communities recover from the devastating Oso landslide in March.
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$1.5M grant to help communities hurt by Oso slide 16.9.2014 AP Washington
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- A $1.5 million grant is on the way to help communities recover from the devastating Oso landslide in March....
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Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound 16.9.2014 Twincities.com: Business
WASHINGTON (AP) — Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions.
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Reverse mortgages showing signs of a rebound 16.9.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Real Estate
Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions.
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Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound 16.9.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions....
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Obama push to hire veterans into federal jobs spurs resentment 15.9.2014 Washington Post: Politics
President Obama’s push to hire military veterans for jobs across the government is fueling resentment in federal offices, as longtime civil servants and former troops on the other side of the cubicle increasingly question each other’s competence and ...
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A Philadelphia apartment building may be a national model for low-income LGBT seniors 13.9.2014 Washington Post: Politics
PHILADELPHIA — The suspicious questions and puzzled looks started as soon Sidney Meyers, 74, put in his applications to live in a sun-dappled Florida retirement community. Was he ever married? Why not? No children? No ...
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FEMA wants at least $5.8M in Sandy aid repaid 11.9.2014 AP National
NEW YORK (AP) -- After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane's victims....
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FHA is urged to reform loan sale program 11.9.2014 LA Times: Business
A program designed to help prop up the Federal Housing Administration is short-changing borrowers and neighborhoods hard-hit by foreclosures, community groups said as they took to the streets to push for changes.
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23 Reasons Why Jeb Bush Should Think Twice About Running for President 9.9.2014 Mother Jones
For months, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been mentioned as a possible 2016 candidate, with the conventional wisdom holding that he was the one GOP contender the party's donor class could unite behind. "Jeb has the capacity to bring the party together," Fred Malek, a top Republican operative, told the Washington Post in March. Bush has yet to signal whether he'll seek to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and their father by launching a bid for the White House, but the Wall Street Journal reported last week that his advisers have reached out to key fundraisers and consultants to ask them to hold off on throwing in with a presidential candidate until Bush makes up his mind sometime after the November election. One Bush family confidant told the Journal that there was a better than 50-50 chance that Bush would run. But there are plenty of reasons why Bush should think long and hard before subjecting himself (and his family) to the ruthless scrutiny of a presidential campaign. His history is an ...
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St. Paul landlord filed HUD complaint over city's inspections 9.9.2014 Twincities.com: Local

In an effort to stop an eviction from his St. Paul property, an East Side landlord has filed a federal housing complaint against the city through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Minnesota faces growing conflict over public housing for disabled 8.9.2014 MinnPost
The young and the restless: The Star Tribune's Chris Serres looks at  the growing conflict over public housing, due to an influx of young people  with mental disabilities “who are being forced by a tight rental market and a shortage of affordable apartments to live with the elderly. Statewide, the percentage of disabled people in public housing increased 24 percent between 2009 and 2012, the last year for which data are available, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The mix of elderly and younger disabled populations can be volatile. …Over the past year, calls to local police have risen enough that residents have set up a neighborhood watch program — something they would have considered unthinkable not long ago.” MPR’s Mukhtar Ibrahim has a story on how  the outbreak of Ebola is affecting the state’s sizable West African community : “The Ebola epidemic that is sweeping across West Africa has hit hard in Minnesota, which has one of the largest West African populations in ...
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State faces growing conflict over public housing for disabled 8.9.2014 MinnPost
The young and the restless: The Star Tribune's Chris Serres looks at  the growing conflict over public housing, due to an influx of young people  with mental disabilities “who are being forced by a tight rental market and a shortage of affordable apartments to live with the elderly. Statewide, the percentage of disabled people in public housing increased 24 percent between 2009 and 2012, the last year for which data are available, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The mix of elderly and younger disabled populations can be volatile. …Over the past year, calls to local police have risen enough that residents have set up a neighborhood watch program — something they would have considered unthinkable not long ago.” MPR’s Mukhtar Ibrahim has a story on how  the outbreak of Ebola is affecting the state’s sizable West African community : “The Ebola epidemic that is sweeping across West Africa has hit hard in Minnesota, which has one of the largest West African populations in ...
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Influx of disabled residents leads to clashes in senior housing 8.9.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
An influx of young, disabled tenants has older residents on edge.
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Colorado re-emerging from $2.9 billion flood disaster a year later 7.9.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
In mid-September 2013, the heavens opened up and, in five interminable days, dropped nearly a year's worth of precipitation on parts of the Front Range. Rivers crested their banks, gushing torrents ate away road- beds, and water poured, spilled and seeped into thousands of Colorado homes.
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US says New Jersey's post-Sandy ads starring Christie were OK but finds procurement issues 4.9.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Federal program helps keep some delinquent borrowers in their homes 3.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
It lets borrowers stay in their homes by selling to private investors.
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Beware, mortgage scammers on the rise again 30.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Business
Bogus companies pocket illegal fees from consumers
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Letter: We stand by Friendship Manor 30.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
We are longtime residents of Friendship Manor. There are 178 apartments at the Manor. Ninety-five of them are “market rate” rentals, and 83 are HUD subsidized rentals. Friendship Manor is a beautiful, caring retirement center and a desirable place to live. When Mr. Jack Coleman moved into the Manor, he arrived without any furnishings, not even a bed. Due to the kindness of the residents and the LDS Church, he now has a beautifully furnished apartment complete with 27-inch TV. Mr. Coleman has f...
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Can Private Capital Save Public Housing? (Tenants Have Their Doubts) 28.8.2014 American Prospect
Traditional public housing is out of favor and substantially out of funds. It’s bureaucratic, concentrates the very poor, and is literally crumbling due to a huge backlog of deferred maintenance. Yet despite real catastrophes—such as Chicago’s bleak, crime-ridden Robert Taylor Homes,  dynamited  over a decade ago—public housing provides low-rent apartments to some 2.2 million people, and much of it is reasonably well run by local authorities. For half a century, presidents, legislators and housing developers have sought alternatives, involving supposedly more efficient private market incentives. However, these alternatives, too, have been far from scandal-free. The Johnson-era  Section 236 program  (named for part of the housing code) gave private developers tax benefits and direct payments to build low-rent housing, underwritten by subsidized thirty-year mortgages. But then, as the mortgages started being paid off in the 1990s, many developers kicked out poor tenants and  converted the buildings to ...
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