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Sweetheart Low-Income Housing Contract

HUD accuses former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) of greasing a path for his longtime fried Bobby Ferguson and his construction associates to land a city contract for a low-income housing project. The accusation by HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary Donald LaVoy surfaced in testimony

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GSEs May Owe Michigan Millions

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may owe Michigan millions of dollars in unpaid property transfer taxes according to a federal court ruling in Detroit. But the government-sponsored enterprises are expected to appeal because cities and states around the country are waiting in the wings

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(HOUSING BIAS CRITIQUE) Fair Housing Pact Slammed

A federal court judge in Ypsilanti, MI accuses federal agents of lying and trying to entrap a husband and wife who own a 13-unit apartment complex and who were accused of bias against renters with children. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff's scathing critique of the

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(COUNTIES SUE OVER TAXES) Counties Sue On Foreclosure Fraud

Two Michigan counties sue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a first-of-its-kind complaint -- failure to pay taxes on properties that were transferred several times during the height of the foreclosure crisis of the

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(HUD REO HOMES) Court Jolts HUD REO Michigan Homes

HUD must re-foreclose on many of the homes it holds in its Michigan foreclosure portfolio because of a court ruling nullifying the state's principal mortgage electronic registration firm's actions

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(STATE HOUSING AGENCY) Auditors Slam Michigan Housing Agency

A four-year investigation of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) reveals the agency paid millions of Sec. 8 housing voucher subsidies to imprisoned and dead tenants and more than 1,000

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(IMPROPER SUBSIDIES) Housing Agency Subsidizes Felons

An investigation of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority reveals the agency failed to properly screen its tenants and provided public support to convicted sex offenders, drug dealers,

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(HUD REJECTS COMPLAINT) HUD Sidesteps Fair Housing Flap

A fair housing complaint in Grand Rapids, MI against a woman who posted a religious preference in an advertisement has been dismissed. HUD acknowledges that statements suggesting a

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(DRUG TESTING) Drug Tests Eyed For Public Housing

A proposal by the Flint, MI Housing Commission to require all present and prospective public housing tenants to submit to drug testing as a prerequisite for tenancy is met with resistance from the

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(PUBLIC HOUSING) Cloud Over Detroit Public Housing

Redevelopment of one of the nation's first public housing complexes, the massive Herman Gardens project in west Detroit, is in limbo with one of its major contractors fighting eight felony

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