Housing Affairs Letter


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Worried Housing Advocates Regroup

Lobbies concerned with housing poor families at government expense are looking at new strategies following the election of Donald Trump as the next president. Most fret over the possibility of losing gains made since the Clinton administration in the 1990s.

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Lobbyist On HUD Temporary Payroll

Intricate political mechanisms governing the chummy atmosphere in Washington, DC allowed a lobbyist to join HUD’s payroll while she was still being paid by the lobby organization as it pressed the department for relaxed housing regulations.

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Sequester Anger, Panic Mount

To say housing advocates at the annual Affordable Housing Conference in Bethesda, MD are worried about the cumulative effects of the national financial sequestration on federal housing programs would be understating the mood. An undercurrent of anger and panic is pervasive among attendees, particularly about the loss of housing

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Stevens Quits MBA For SunTrust

Former Federal Housing Administration commissioner David Stevens resigns from his post as president of the Mortgage Bankers Association to take on the presidency of SunTrust Mortgage. Stevens will have about 15 months at MBA’s helm before making the July 16 move.

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(STATES) East Seeks Home Heating Funding Cut Halt

  Congress is urged by Eastern state members of the Council of State Governments (CSG) to resist reducing funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in FY 2012, keeping it at the current $5.1 billion level. A letter to the leadership on the House and Senate Appropriati...

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(HOPE NOW) Public-Private Counseling Partnerships Required

Continued funding is needed from public-private partnerships to help nonprofit housing counselors as well as continued support for the alliance's customer hotline, says the financial services industry's HOPE NOW alliance. Faith Schwartz, the alliance's executive director, told an audience at the Oct...

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Housing Trust Internet Warfare

National Low Income Housing Coalition officials reactivate a website challenging what the lobby group says is misinformation about the National Housing Trust Fund. The move was prompted by statements from Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), who has largely led a one-man crusade against the fund with the backing o...

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(GSE REFORM) Think Tank Urges Caution In GSE Reform

Congress should proceed cautiously in its effort to revamp or replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or alter the Federal Housing Administration. That's the warning from the Center for American Progress to the House Budget

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(SPENDING PLEA) Trade Group Presses For Funding

National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) members are pressing key congressional committees to continue funding the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Sec. 8 public housing and, for the first

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A housing and community development advocacy group defends vital programs once again after House Republicans submit new budget-cutting legislation that would eliminate HOPE VI, the entire Community

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