Community Development Digest

Arkansas

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AZ School District Rises to Meet ‘Better Buildings Challenge’

As part of the Obama administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Department of Energy (DOE) this week recognized Arizona’s Dysart Unified School District (USD) for increasing its use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at 25 schools.

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Times Columnist Questions U.S. Affordable Housing Policy

Thomas Edsall, a political columnist for the New York Times, argues that the affordable housing industry is largely responsible for the concentrated poverty characterizing the United States today.

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Firm Nails $20.8M Refinance Deal for Apartment Complex

The loan is structured using the Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 223(a)(7) program.

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HUD Clarifies ‘Equal Participation’ for Faith-based Groups

The Department of Housing & Urban Development issues a proposed rule that would amend its existing regulations pertaining to equal participation of faith-based organizations in HUD programs.

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Grants Help Rehabilitate Affordable Housing Developments

Both developments serve very low-income, elderly residents, as well as individuals with disabilities.

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AR Taking Applications for Rural Community Grant

  Arkansas officials are set to accept three new cycles of FY 2013 Rural Community Grant (RCG) applications. The Department of Rural Services (DRS) is accepting applications for an Aug. 17 deadline, with Dec. 7 and March 15, 2013 the next two deadlines. Applicants can be from incorporated tow...

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DOT Makes Available $100,000 Coop Agreement

The Transportation Department is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement of up to $150,000 from transportation, business and academic groups in five states as part of Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) Program. Eligible groups in the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Minne...

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(STATES) AR Officials Using State Funds to Attract Development

Arkansas community development officials are using state funding to attract economic development in times when federal CDBG funding is likely to decline. Jean Noble, the senior grants manager at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), tells the Council of Economic Development Agencies ...

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(HOUSE) Bill Ending Mortgage Modification Plan Moves to Floor

House Financial Services Committee Republicans pass legislation (HR 839) that would end funding in FY 2011 for the Obama administration's leading tool to prevent home foreclosures. The bill is expected to be considered late next week. The Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) has provided abo...

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(STATES) AR Officials Offering Grant Funding for Rural Development, Fire Programs

Arkansas' Dept. of Rural Services (DRS) is accepting applications for grants of up to $15,000 for the state's Rural Community Development Grant Program and Rural Community Fire Protection Grant Program.The state's Rural Development Commission (RDC) manages the programs and has been awarded $500,000 ...

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