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  • Use of cars can help families reduce poverty, large study finds

    04/08/2014 4:41:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Pioneer Press/WAPO ^ | 4-4-14 | Emily Badger
    In many circles -- including advocates for cleaner air, safer streets, public transit -- it's a major policy goal to get people out of cars. Reduce car use, and you reduce pollution. Reduce car use, and we'll need fewer costly roads and parking garages. Reduce car use and shift more people onto bikes and trains, and maybe we'll all spend less of our lives idling in traffic. That line of thinking, however, seldom considers a group of people for whom more car use might actually be a good thing: the poor. A group of researchers at the Urban Institute, the...
  • Former HUD-OIG Special Agent In Charge Indicted on Mortgage Fraud Charges

    03/05/2014 7:16:00 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Mortgage Fraud Blog ^ | March 3, 2014 | Mortgage Fraud Blog (Rachel Dollar)
    Former HUD-OIG Special Agent In Charge Indicted on Mortgage Fraud Charges Herschell Harvell, Jr., 53, Conyers, Georgia, made his initial appearance in federal court on charges of making false statements to a bank to obtain a mortgage loan and conspiring to obstruct an investigation into his real estate transactions by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG). Until he was terminated in 2013, Harvell was the Special Agent in Charge of HUD-OIG’s Atlanta office, which encompasses several southeastern states. Harvell’s co-defendant and nephew, Tavus A. Wright, 32, Milledgeville, Georgia, also made his initial appearance...
  • CUOMO’S GLASS HOUSING - His HUD closet is full of skeletons.

    02/13/2014 10:28:55 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | January-February 2014 | Bill Zeiser
    Try as I might, I cannot rule out the possibility that the Democratic Party is some sort of elaborate performance art piece. One of those subversive ones where the real point is not the performance itself, but the reaction drawn from an unsuspecting audience. There was a cocktail party where the artist explained his vision, but we squares who are part of the patriarchal consumer culture weren’t invited. They are just seeing how far they can push this thing before we catch on. That must be it. There can be no other acceptable explanation for the straight-faced rationalizations many of...
  • Feds try to eliminate housing for the deaf -- at complex built for hearing-impaired

    10/21/2013 11:10:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 21, 2013
    Video at link. Arizona is defying a federal order to eliminate apartments for deaf seniors at a housing complex built specifically -- for the deaf. "I think it's about the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a while," said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who attempted to negotiate the impasse. "There are a lot of stories of out-of-control regulators, but this just seems to be going to the extreme." A 2005 federal study found that the U.S. had virtually no affordable housing for the deaf. So the federal government helped build Apache ASL Trails, a 75-unit apartment building in Tempe, Ariz.,...
  • Obama’s Secret Collaboration with ACORN Bosses

    10/17/2013 7:09:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 17, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama’s Secret Collaboration with ACORN BossesPosted By Matthew Vadum On October 17, 2013 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment Former officers of the disgraced radical group ACORN are still advising the Obama administration and guiding its catastrophic far-left policies almost three years after the group filed bankruptcy.Former ACORN Housing public affairs director Bruce Dorpalen, who now runs the National Housing Resource Center (NHRC), has been meeting with and advising senior Obama administration officials on housing policy, according to good-government group Judicial Watch. The watchdog discovered the secret collaborations after filing a...
  • Federal Deficit Declines During Shutdown (CDS Prices Rise Slightly .. To April Levels)

    10/03/2013 12:24:37 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 19 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/03/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Well, there is good news in the government shutdown. The Federal budget deficit is DECREASING in real time. See here. usdebtclocjk100313 This comes on top of the news that many Federal employees are non-essential. This comes from AP. In general, about 60 percent of the 2.1 million federal workforce is still working during the shutdown. But some not-so-loved federal agencies can’t even muster 10 percent on the essential meter. The Environmental Protection Agency, often a whipping boy for Republicans in Congress, has only 6 percent of its workers listed as essential. So does the Department of Housing and Urban Development....
  • Washington's 'Fair Housing' Assault on Local Zoning

    09/07/2013 7:32:12 PM PDT · by NoKoolAidforMe · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-06-13 | Robert P. Astorino
    Do you think it is a good idea to give the Department of Housing and Urban Development unchecked power to put an apartment building in your neighborhood? HUD has proposed a new rule that could do just that.
  • Sowell: Unintended Consequences (Low income housing & schools)

    08/31/2013 11:42:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 3, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the many unintended consequences of the political crusade for increased homeownership among minorities, and low-income people in general, has been a housing boom and bust that left many foreclosed homes that had to be rented, because there were no longer enough qualified buyers. The repercussions did not stop there. Many homeowners have discovered that when renters replace homeowners as their neighbors, the neighborhood as a whole can suffer. The physical upkeep of the neighborhood, on which everyone's home values depend, tends to decline. "Who's going to paint the outside of a rented house?" one resident was quoted as...
  • Obama administration continued to fund ACORN

    08/23/2013 11:30:54 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | August 22, 2013 | Steven H Ahle
    New documents obtained by Judicial Watch, proves that the Obama administration continued to fund ACORN after all funding was banned for that organization. ACORN Housing changed their name to Affordable Housing Centers of America. All the top officials at ACORN Housing retained the same positions at AHCOA. They also retained the same tax number. Snip Since there was a federal ban on public funding of ACORN by the federal government, they should not have received a federal grant. NeighborWorks America, a public/private entity, funded by the taxpayers of the United States, determined that was a violation of federal law. Judicial...
  • John Mellencamp's sons face felony battery charges

    08/17/2013 11:39:25 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 55 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | August 16, 2013 | CBS/AP
    Rocker John Mellencamp's two teenage sons face battery charges for allegedly punching and kicking a man during a fight that left the victim with serious facial injuries. On Thursday, prosecutors in Monroe County, Ind., charged 19-year-old Hud Mellencamp of Nashville, Ind., and 18-year-old Speck Mellencamp, of Bloomington, with one count each of battery resulting in serious bodily injury. Ty A. Smith, 19, of Bloomington, Ind., faces the same charge in the early morning July 29 attack.
  • 60% Of House Purchases All Cash-only And Gary Indiana Offers $1 Homes

    08/15/2013 4:17:58 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 15 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/15/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to Goldman Sachs, a whopping 60% of home purchases are made with cash. GS housing cash That would partially explain the doggedly (as in 1996) levels of mortgage purchase applications. mbaplt081413 Clearly, Fed policies to stimulate the housing market have not overly successful given the dormant purchase application levels. Even mortgage refi applications have run out of steam. mbarefi081413 CoreLogic reports that in-the-money borrowers are dwindling in number. clinthemoney Most middle- and lower-class households don’t have cash on hand to purchase a home, particularly in higher-cost urban areas … like Los Angeles. Foreign investors from China, Europe, Latin America...
  • Votes for Mortgages: If you liked the subprime crisis, you'll love what the feds are cooking up now

    08/12/2013 7:50:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/12/2013 | Joe Dantone
    Fannie and Freddie have been in operation for decades without problems until recently. Fannie began in 1938 as a quasi-governmental agency making affordable homes available to people by making the financing easier and funds more readily available by establishing a secondary market for mortgages. Previously banks had held onto their mortgages in a system called portfolio mortgages and were made mostly to their own account holders. With the homes as collateral, the banks then lent out that same money again to other local borrowers. If you remember the scene from It's a Wonderful Life when there is a run on...
  • HUD Proposes Plan to Racially, Economically Integrate Neighborhoods

    08/10/2013 5:12:24 PM PDT · by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT · 100 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | August 9, 2013 | Elizabeth Flock
    Move would allow Obama administration to institute policies that would better integrate communities The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a new plan to change U.S. neighborhoods it says are racially imbalanced or are too tilted toward rich or poor, arguing the country's housing policies have not been effective at creating the kind of integrated communities the agency had hoped for. The proposed federal rule, called "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing," is currently under a 60-day public comment period. Though details of how the policy would specifically work are unclear, the rule says HUD would provide states, local governments...
  • What a Section 8 Renter Does to Your House

    08/08/2013 12:31:55 PM PDT · by Jewbacca · 71 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 4, 2013 | Section 8 Landlord
    There is an old program called "Section 8" housing where the US taxpayer gives welfare folks a voucher to rent houses or apartments. In many states (and everywhere, if Obama's HUD prevails), landlords have to accept Section 8 tenants or they get sued or even criminally prosecuted. The link is a video showing what happened to a lovely restored home whose landlord was forced to accept a Section 8 tenant. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAzDaKsBUk0
  • HUD Proposes Plan to Racially, Economically Integrate Neighborhoods

    08/10/2013 5:20:20 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 79 replies
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a new plan to change U.S. neighborhoods it says are racially imbalanced or are too tilted toward rich or poor, arguing the country's housing policies have not been effective at creating the kind of integrated communities the agency had hoped for. The proposed federal rule, called "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing," is currently under a 60-day public comment period. Though details of how the policy would specifically work are unclear, the rule says HUD would provide states, local governments and others who receive agency money with data and a geospatial tool to...
  • Obama administration using housing department in effort to diversify neighborhoods

    08/08/2013 3:29:14 PM PDT · by yoe · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 8, 2013 | Doug McKelway
    In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory. The policy is called, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing." It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. "Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard a child...
  • Obama Administration Using HUD To Push For More Diverse Neighborhoods

    08/08/2013 4:51:42 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 33 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 08/08/13 | LD Jackson
    It seems our government will never learn their lesson. For decades, we have seen the political leaders and bureaucrats in Washington push for fair housing practices. They used the Community Reinvestment Act to do this and with each liberal President we elected, the push was intensified. Thus, we saw the housing market plunge off a cliff because so many people who couldn't afford a mortgage received one, nonetheless. Some bankers were afraid to refuse loans because of threats by groups such as ACORN. This push was the beginning of the trend that helped steer our economy into the worst recession...
  • Obama administration using housing department to compel diversity in neighborhoods

    08/07/2013 7:19:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 7, 2013 | Doug Mckelway
    In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory. The policy is called, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing." It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. "Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard a child...
  • Regionalism: Obama's Quiet Anti-Suburban Revolution

    07/30/2013 5:03:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 119 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 30, 2013 | Stanley Kurtz
    The consensus response to President Obama’s Knox College speech on the economy is that the administration has been reduced to pushing a menu of stale and timid policies that, in any case, won’t be enacted. But what if the administration isn’t actually out of ideas? What if Obama’s boldest policy initiative is merely something he’d rather not discuss? And what if that initiative is being enacted right now? A year ago, I published Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. There I described the president’s second-term plan to press a transformative “regionalist” agenda...
  • Obama's HUD to Expand Middle Class

    07/29/2013 7:14:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/29/2013 | Richard Butrick
    How? Just move people from low income neighborhoods into middle class neighborhoods. This brilliant stratagem is being promoted by Shaun Donovan, Obama's newly appointed head of HUD. According to Donovan, the middle class is the middle class because they have all the advantages of living in middle class neighborhoods. After all, middle class neighborhoods have better "schools, jobs, transportation, and other important neighborhood resources that can play a role in helping people move into the middle class." Move people from low income neighborhoods with poor "assets" into neighborhoods with good "assets" and presto they will have middle class jobs and...
  • Uncle Barack to Punish White Neighborhoods For Lack of Minority Families (Video)

    07/25/2013 11:08:19 AM PDT · by Sans-Culotte · 145 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/23/2013 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama’s latest plan to reshape America will involve punishing white communities for their lack of inclusion. Already the Obama Administration has doled out “damages” to 25,000 Americans in the last three years in housing reparation payments. It’s like Pigford on steroids. FOX NEWS VIDEO America Live reported:Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, in a July 16 speech to the NAACP about a new regulation and database aimed at adding “protected classes” into predominantly white neighborhoods. The federal government is getting serious about pushing racial and ethnic diversity into America’s neighborhoods–and is using big data and big money...
  • Will Pelosi And Other Leftist Elites Allow HUD To Threaten Their Neighborhoods Over Racial Quotas?

    07/24/2013 4:15:21 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 13 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/24/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan gave an interesting speech at the NAACP meeting in Orlando on July 16th. To be sure, inner city poverty is a serious problem. The public policy question is how to best address this problem. But HUD Secretary Donovan lays the blame on racial discrimination. The key phrases in his speech are: “Bottom line: people are being denied their freedom of choice and the benefits of full citizenship. Yet because of the subtle nature of this discrimination, often times, they don’t even know they have been subjected to this abuse.” “That’s why HUD is enhancing its enforcement...
  • Obama/Donovan Advocate Federal Redlining of Neighborhoods (But Illegal for Lenders to Redline)

    07/24/2013 12:02:52 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/24/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan gave an interesting speech at the NAACP meeting in Orlando on July 16th. To be sure, inner city poverty is a serious problem. The public policy question is how to best address this problem. But HUD Secretary Donovan lays the blame on racial discrimination. The key phrases in his speech are: “Bottom line: people are being denied their freedom of choice and the benefits of full citizenship. Yet because of the subtle nature of this discrimination, often times, they don’t even know they have been subjected to this abuse.” “That’s why HUD is enhancing its enforcement...
  • Donovan’s Reef: Forced Integration of Neighborhoods … Or Else! (Save The Spotted Owls)

    07/24/2013 9:12:21 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 30 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/24/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan gave an interesting speech at the NAACP meeting in Orlando on July 16th. The key phrases in his speech are: “Bottom line: people are being denied their freedom of choice and the benefits of full citizenship. Yet because of the subtle nature of this discrimination, often times, they don’t even know they have been subjected to this abuse.” “That’s why HUD is enhancing its enforcement techniques by initiating investigations on our own without waiting for individuals to file complaints.” This reminds me of the Federal government decision to slaughter barred owls … in order to save...
  • Mark Levin on new HUD ‘fair housing’ program: Tyranny is HERE and it’s SPREADING…

    07/23/2013 1:30:05 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    http://therightscoop.com ^ | July 23, 13 | The Right Scoop
    Mark Levin weighed in tonight on a new HUD ‘fair housing’ neighborhood-mapping diversity program that is supposed to help ‘integrate’ communities by giving people access to better communities than the ones they currently live in. It’s social engineering like we did with Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac in the recent past…or as Levin called said, it’s communism and he likened it to ‘North Korea’. Levin says that tyranny is here and it’s spreading: Folks, I’m trying to tell you something. …It’s here, tyranny is here. And it’s spreading. And I don’t care what Bob Dole says. I don’t care what...
  • HUD Launches Scheme To Racially Diversify Suburbs

    07/22/2013 4:39:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 105 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 22, 2013 | Editorial
    Diversity: Now even ZIP codes are racist, and according to this race-obsessed administration, you're racist for living in a suburban area with little public housing. And it plans to change that. In what may be the most ambitious social-engineering project undertaken by the federal government, the administration is mapping every neighborhood in America by race. The stated purpose is to use the data to compel local officials to loosen zoning laws and build more public housing, thereby offering more poor inner-city minorities better opportunities for housing and education. But the unstated purpose is forced racial integration. The suburbs are just...
  • 'Fair Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data

    07/22/2013 4:25:06 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 30 replies
    www.cnsnews.com ^ | July 22, 2013 | Susan Jones
    HUD's New 'Fair Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data for Every Neighborhood in U.S. o ensure that "every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of," HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in. The goal is to help communities understand "fair housing barriers" and "establish clear goals" for "improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation.
  • HUD's New 'Fair Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data for Every Neighborhood in U.S.

    07/22/2013 9:59:36 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/22/2013
    To ensure that "every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of," HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in. The goal is to help communities understand "fair housing barriers" and "establish clear goals" for "improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation." “This proposed rule represents a 21st century approach to fair housing, a step forward to ensuring that every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of – where they...
  • HUD's New 'Fair Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data for Every Neighborhood in U.S.

    07/22/2013 9:35:00 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 69 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | July 22, 2013 | Susan Jones
    To ensure that "every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of," HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in. The goal is to help communities understand "fair housing barriers" and "establish clear goals" for "improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation." “This proposed rule represents a 21st century approach to fair housing, a step forward to ensuring that every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of – where they...
  • “Fascism” Is The Best Way To Implement Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan

    06/18/2013 10:52:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    RSN ^ | Monday, 17 June 2013 12:17 | Dr. Richard Swier
    On June 19-21, 2013, there will be dueling Seven50 Summits at the Palm Beach Conference Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. The Seven50 plan is an effort by the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership, funded by a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with the mission to “[C]reate and implement the Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan, a blueprint for a vibrant and resilient economy; socially inclusive, sustainable, and affordable communities; and environmental sustainability.” … The City of Vero Beach, FL has pulled out of the plan. Mayor Craig Fletcher attended a briefing given by proponents of Seven50...
  • Editorial: Westchester's united front against HUD

    06/14/2013 5:52:20 PM PDT · by NoKoolAidforMe · 8 replies
    NewsDay ^ | 04-23-13 | NewsDay
    Westchester lawmakers actually put aside partisan infighting and election-year politicking when they joined together in a fight against the federal government over funding it pulled from the county. The Board of Legislators on Monday agreed to back County Executive Rob Astorino in a proposed lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over $7.4 million the agency stripped from the county because of differing interpretations of the 2009 affordable housing settlement. It's about time the two branches came together in this ongoing standoff. And it's the right thing to do for the county. In approving legal action, Westchester's...
  • ACLU Sues Over NSA Phone Records Program

    06/11/2013 1:49:48 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 154 replies
    Associated Press/ABC News ^ | June 11. 2013 | AP
    Two prominent civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency over its program that reportedly collects the telephone records of millions of American customers of Verizon. The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union say in a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday that the program violates First Amendment rights of free speech and association. It also alleges the program violates Fourth Amendment rights to privacy. The lawsuit additionally alleges the government's program exceeds Congress' authority.
  • Domestic Spying Revelation Could Be Devastating For The Obama White House

    06/06/2013 5:30:26 AM PDT · by blam · 118 replies
    TBI - The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-6-2013 | Peter Foster
    Domestic Spying Revelation Could Be Devastating For The Obama White House Peter Foster, The Telegraph June. 6, 2013, 6:46 AM The Obama administration will be bracing itself for a torrent of hostile questions this morning following the apparent revelation that the National Security Agency has been data-mining the phone records of tens of millions of ordinary Americans. Not to be confused with eaves-dropping, or bugging the phones of those suspected of conspiring to commit a terrorist or criminal offence, the top secret court order published by The Guardian appears to show that the NSA has been trawling the anonymous 'metadata'...
  • Gov’t Spending $32M on Housing for 1,300 AIDS Patients: Average $24,874 Each

    05/31/2013 1:17:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 31, 2013 10:51 AM | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it will spend $32 million to provide housing, life skills and job training for HIV/AIDS patients. “Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $32 million in grant awards to assist more than 1,300 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS annually,” HUD said in a press release on Thursday. A total of $32,336,685 will go to housing and rental assistance programs in 20 states. On average, the 1,300 persons and families will receive $24,874.37 each. …
  • A Wife With Powerful Ties Is an Unexpected Architect of a New York Comeback (Huma, MuzzBro Alert)

    05/24/2013 8:25:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/24/13 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM, MICHAEL BARBARO and AMY CHOZICK
    When Chelsea Clinton wanted to make a low-key visit to the hurricane-stricken Rockaways last fall, she arranged to take a trip with her close friend Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton. -snip- But the reality, it turns out, is just the opposite: Those close to the couple say that Ms. Abedin, a seasoned operative well versed in the politics of redemption, has been a main architect of her husband’s rehabilitative journey, shaping his calculated comeback and drawing on her close ties with one of the country’s most powerful families to lay the groundwork for his return. A...
  • Cuomo’s Attack on Weiner? It’s Now Called a Joke (Clintons blackmail Cuomo over HUD scandals?)

    05/24/2013 8:30:24 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/23/13 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    Have you heard the one about the governor and the missed punch line? Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office said on Thursday that the governor was just kidding when he offered a disparaging assessment of Anthony D. Weiner’s campaign for mayor of New York City — -snip- Asked about Mr. Weiner at an appearance in New Paltz on Thursday afternoon, after the remark in Syracuse had been made public, Mr. Cuomo was diplomatic. “I don’t have an official position on the mayor’s race,” he said, “and I’m going to leave it at that.”
  • IRS, other federal agencies to be closed Friday by furloughs

    05/23/2013 5:17:03 PM PDT · by haffast · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | May 23, 2013 at 5:20 PM | UPI
    WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- The Internal Revenue Service and three other U.S. government agencies will be closed Friday as employees take a forced unpaid holiday due to spending cuts. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Office of Management and Budget are also set to be closed due to furloughs, CNN Money reported. The one-day shutdown of the IRS, at a time when many people want to know when to expect their tax refund checks, is likely to have the most noticeable impact, CNN said. snip IRS offices and hotlines will...
  • A home in Westchester (HUD forces county to build "affordable housing" in high-income neighborhoods)

    05/01/2013 2:23:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/01/2013
    When Americans think of the federal government taking on locals to combat racism, they think of Ike sending troops into a Little Rock high school, of JFK sending the National Guard to Ole Miss or LBJ announcing on television the FBI’s arrest of Klansmen for killing a Freedom Rider. Now the Obama administration is arguing that the leafy hamlets of Westchester County are guilty of their own racial discrimination. And the Department of Housing and Urban Development is using all the power it has to bring the locals to heel. The leverage comes from a 2009 consent decree designed to...
  • Another Reason To Fear Out Of Control Government

    03/09/2013 9:16:41 AM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 56 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 3/9/13 | Alan Levy
    No, I'm not talking about the non-event of the Sequester of Doom. Nope, this column is not about Gene Sperling's love letters to Bob Woodward. I think the talking heads that inhabit PMSNBC, The Communist News Network (CNN), and the FOX Neocon Channel (FNC) are doing a fine job of working themselves into a frenzy about these topics, so there's no need for lil' ol' me to offer my two cents. I'd rather present to you actual news that no one is talking about. For example, look what I found while snooping around the Department of Housing and Urban Development's...
  • Liberty of Floridians threatened by "Seven50" initiative

    12/10/2012 10:28:50 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/10/2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Destroying the sovereignty and freedom of United States citizens is well underway with a new doublespeak plan called Seven50, just another euphemism for Globalism through Regionalism. Flying under the radar, federal bureaucrats and alphabet agencies have joined with local politicians in 7 Florida counties in imposing The Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI), a United Nations created plan which divests Americans of Constitutionally guaranteed liberty by introducing social collectivism. Vero Beach County Commissioner Bob Solari warns that the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) being pushed by HUD, the EPA, and the USDOT is representative of a culture which believes “government can never be...
  • Obama Administration Gave Petraeus's Wife a $187,605-Per-Year Job

    11/15/2012 5:14:02 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 31 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 14 Nov 2012 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration named Holly Petraeus--wife of retired Gen. David Patraeus, who resigned last week as CIA director after revealing he had had an extramarital affair--to a $187,605-per-yer job in the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB, created by the Dodd-Frank law, was placed by that law under the umbrella of the Federal Reserve. The funding of the CFBP, which comes from the Federal Reserve, is not subject to congressional oversight. Mrs. Petraeus became a member of the CFPB Implementation Team on Jan. 12, 2011. She is now the assistant director for the Office of...
  • Housing vouchers can benefit local economy, federal official says in Cedar Rapids

    11/14/2012 1:52:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | November 8, 2012 | Rick Smith
    The city’s Civil Rights Commission has pushed to bring attention to housing discrimination based on how a tenant pays rent, including low-income tenants who qualify for and use Section 8 housing vouchers to help pay for housing. At the commission’s Fair Housing Conference here on Thursday, the regional fair-housing director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took time to emphasize the value of the sometimes maligned “Section 8″ housing vouchers to both extremely low-income households and to the overall economy. Betty Bottiger, who works in HUD’s regional office in Kansas City, Kan., noted that the agency’s “housing...
  • FHA Short-Sale Program may have Cost HUD $1 Billion in False Claims (Most Ethical Gov't Ever! alert)

    09/20/2012 3:11:52 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 8 replies
    Mortgage News Daily ^ | 9-20-12 | Jann Swanson
    Misuse of the FHA Preforeclosure Sale Program may have cost the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over a billion dollars for claims that did not meet program according to an audit released this week by the HUD's Region 7 Office of Inspector General (OIG). OIG initiated the audit after noticing significant deficiencies in borrower qualifications during an audit of program claims at one large lender. The Preforeclosure Sale Program allows borrowers in default due to an adverse an unavoidable financial situation to sell their home at fair market value and use the proceeds to pay off an FHA-guaranteed...
  • HUD Secretary: Without tax hikes, Latinos will go to the 'back of the line'

    09/14/2012 10:29:53 AM PDT · by heartwood · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 9/12/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Congress must raise taxes on the wealthy "because there just isn't enough to go around," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute today. "Latino growth has meant that often they're at the back of the line for housing assistance or other things," Donovan said during CHCI's annual Public Policy Conference this morning at the Ronald Reagan Building in D.C. "And the fundamental problem here (in part) is, are we going to continue to invest in those things? And if we continue to cut the budget for Section 8 housing and public housing and a...
  • North Miami to repay fed $$ - failed to disclose recipient of HUD home councilwoman's mother

    09/10/2012 1:05:57 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 10, 2012 | By Nadege Green
    North Miami violated federal rules and must repay more than $150,000 for not disclosing that the recipient of a federally funded home was the mother of a councilwoman. The city was awarded $2.8 million under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to rehabilitate and sell foreclosed homes to first-time home buyers. The program is run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. One of the recipients who qualified for and later moved into a two-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse was Councilwoman Marie Steril’s mother, Marie Charles-Brutus. According to HUD rules, elected officials must disclose any family ties to individuals who will benefit from...
  • Southeast Florida’s seven counties join to draft 50-year plan for sustainable development [GREEN]

    06/28/2012 1:50:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | June 26, 2012 | ANDRES VIGLUCCI
    ..[SNIP]...The plan is led by a consortium established jointly by the South Florida Regional Planning Council and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and is funded by a $4.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Some 200 public agencies, advocates, business and academic groups are involved, including county and city planners, elected officials, major universities and chambers of commerce. ..[SNIP]..HUD has issued similar grants to 45 U.S. regions in an effort to get more bang for its economic development dollars as federal outlays shrink amid increasing demand. HUD wants to focus its funding on places...
  • NYC complex in doghouse over strict no-pet rule

    05/16/2012 9:14:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/13/12
    A sprawling housing complex in the Bronx has been fined $85,000 for not allowing residents to keep emotional-support dogs. The Daily News reports that the company that manages Co-op City was fined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for denying two clinically depressed residents their pets. Co-op City has a strict no-dog policy, but federal law requires housing providers to make accommodations . . .
  • Enterprise Closes First Green Refinance Plus Loan (HUD Solar Subsidies!)

    05/16/2012 7:43:42 AM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs
    MarketWatch ^ | 5/9/2012 | PRNewswire via COMTEX
    Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. today announced the closing of the first loan under the Green Refinance Plus program, a partnership between Fannie Mae and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduced last year to incentivize energy and resource efficiency improvements in affordable housing.
  • Like Father Like Son, George and Mitt Romney

    04/24/2012 6:07:32 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 11 replies
    RightPundits ^ | Feb. 12, 2012 | Andrew Zarowny
    After edging out Rockefeller 51% to 49% in the winner-take-all race in California, Goldwater had a huge majority of delegates, enough to easily win the nomination at the Republican convention. George Romney set about denouncing Goldwater, and even raised a stink at the convention to have Goldwater′s delegates disqualified. Romney was accusing many of Goldwater′s delegates as being everything from racists, members of the Ku-Klux-Klan, the John Birch Society and even accused some of being Communists! Imagine that! Once Goldwater was named the presidential nominee, George Romney still worked to undermine his campaign, refusing to endorse or support him. So...
  • Wanna See Socialism Up Close And Real Personal-Like ?

    04/19/2012 11:22:01 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 29 replies
    My Brain | 4/20/12 | Alan Levy
    From the deranged mind of Shaun Donovan, Chairman Obama's Housing and Urban Development Reichsfuhrer....er, uh... Secretary: (Emphasis added to the juicy parts, outrage is brackets) *********************************** " September 30, 2011 DRAFT - 2012 – 2015 Environmental 1 Justice Strategy for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Message from the Secretary The ongoing housing and economic crisis has touched every family in one way or another – but for low-income and minority communities, it’s been particularly devastating. [Lost your house ? Tough toenails.] Not only have these communities watched as nearly two decades of economic gains were rolled back...