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Shutdown Highlights Homelessness

However the federal government shutdown plays out, it has served to put the spotlight on the growing homelessness crisis in America.

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HUD Readies For Long-Term Shutdown

While Congress and the Trump administration are unlikely to drag out the federal government’s partial shutdown with a presidential election year on the horizon, HUD officials still on duty are mapping strategies to protect programs that affect millions of people -- programs such as public

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HUD Shutdown Complicates Programs

On the day after the New Year holiday, the halls of the cavernous HUD headquarters 10-story building in Washington, DC remained largely silent 12 days into the operational shutdown prompted by a lack of FY 2019 spending authorization or stopgap spending approval.

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Patenaude Resignation Rattles HUD Operations

The abrupt resignation of HUD Deputy Secretary Pamela Patenaude after less than 15 months in the key day-to-day administrative post plunges HUD into more turmoil resulting in the naming of FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery to temporarily substitute for her. The substitution

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Homeless Crisis Moves To Forefront

While national leaders have sidestepped or at most paid lip service to the country’s exploding homelessness crisis, more pockets of homelessness are popping up across the nation, particularly in areas where the plight has rarely been a problem.

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New Look At Housing Supply Crisis

A team of housing experts led by Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater shows there has been only one year in which the supply of new housing was lower than in 2017. That year was 1982. It was the year the Federal Reserve intentionally caused a recession to reduce inflation.

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RAD Embrace Begins To Crumble

HUD officials are rushing frantically to get as much of the Rental Assistance Demonstration program into place as possible before lawmakers fully understand the program’s potential pitfalls.

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Source Of Income Bias Cure Proposed

Can source of income discrimination continue to evade national policy implications? It’s highly unlikely considering the growing impetus from state and local government activities and housing activists.

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HUD’s Ben Carson In House Gunsights

If Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) inherits the chairmanship of the House Financial Services Committee as expected considering her years of devotion and commitment to the panel -- particularly her role as ranking member -- HUD Secretary Ben Carson and his effort to unravel

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Military Housing Ticking Timebomb

Defense Department maintenance experts and private firms now managing the nation’s military housing portfolio have been scrambling to keep a lid on a growing scandal over excess amounts of lead and other deficiencies in much of the housing.

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