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(TAX CREDIT USE) LIHTC Units Accept Disaster Victims

In the wake of the storms and tornadoes that struck Alabama, the state housing finance authority allowed low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) property owners to participate in a temporary emergency housing relief

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(STORM ASSISTANCE) Foreclosed Homes Shelter Storm Victims

HUD has identified 1,000 foreclosed homes in Alabama that can be used to house victims of the tornadoes that cut a swath across the state April 27. HUD officials say some storm victims may be housed in rental homes

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(MORTGAGE FRAUD) Mortgage Fraud Nets 6 Years, $2.5M

Timothy Wayne Johnson of Bessemer, AL is sentenced to 6 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $2.5 million after he pleads guilty to two counts of mail fraud against an institution and one count of lying to federal agents.

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(PUBLIC HOUSING) Racial Hints Help Kill Legislation

Two measures in the Alabama legislature that called for the Huntsville Housing Authority to notify nearby residents if the agency purchases property for public housing likely will die when the

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(PROTEST) City On Cusp Of Upheaval

Huntsville, AL residents are furious over plans by the Huntsville Housing Authority to buy houses in middle-class single-family communities and convert them to public housing. Homeowners in

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(VOUCHERS) PHA Cuts Vouchers For 300 Families

About 300 families served by the Birmingham Housing Authority can't use their Sec. 8 housing vouchers. The families are forced to move as a result and the housing authority has placed them on a

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(HOPE VI) Powers Push Public Housing Plan

Tuscaloosa, AL housing officials are able to lobby HUD Secy. Shaun Donovan and the state's top federal lawmakers face-to-face to obtain a $20 million HOPE VI grant. The city wants to revitalize and

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(ASSISTED HOUSING) Thousands Seek Sec. 8 Aid

Birmingham, AL, housing official stage the city's first open enrollment in 2009 for Sec. 8 housing vouchers and a line of more than 1,000 applicants stretch for three blocks through the city.

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Realty Firm Hit With YSP Judgment

A federal judge finds real estate brokerage RealtySouth culpable for charging legal fees to more than 30,000 customers represented by the Birmingham-based firm

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Public Housing NIMBY Flap

A move by the Huntsville Housing Authority to purchase several apartment complexes in an upscale section of the city has resulted in a public outcry and calls for the resignations of HHA board

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