Housing Affairs Letter

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HUD Pivots On Westchester Housing

After eight years of wrangling with HUD over its 2009 fair housing settlement, and 10 HUD rejections of Westchester County, NY’s assessment of the county’s racial and ethnic housing segregation, HUD decides to drop the issue.

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News Bytes From Your Communities

Faced with an increasing number of construction related deaths, the New York City Council considers requiring apprenticeships for construction workers. While unions and construction firms favor the apprenticeships, housing activists decry the plan, accusing the city of shutting

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HUD Digs In At Westchester County

HUD is using the 1863 False Claims Act, the Fair Housing Act’s declaration of affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH), and what the department declares as misspent federal housing subsidies as hammers to promote quota desegregation.

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HUD Horror Featured In Amityville

HUD finishes another week of the Secretary Julian Castro tenure enmeshed in yet another scandal -- this time the department’s refusal to provide funding for housing of homeless military veterans in North Amityville, NY.

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HUD Backpedals In Westchester Affair

What HUD had hoped to be its model for a nationwide suburban desegregation campaign has crumpled somewhat following the department’s decision to restore Community Development Block Grants to the affluent county’s communities.

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Airbnb In New York Regulatory Dustup

Travelers increasingly rely on Airbnb for short-term rentals, particularly where such rentals are at a premium. But the firm, which originated as Air Bed ‘N Breakfast, is under increasing criticism from apartment tenants who claim they’re being forced out to make room for short-term

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NYC Co-opts HUD Diversity Plan

Taking a cue from HUD’s new and yet-to-be implemented plan to integrate suburbs, New York City officials will use its affordable housing program to build housing for poor families in middle-class neighborhoods and homes for moderate-income families in high-poverty areas.

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Westchester Settlement Unraveling

A 2009 fair housing settlement between HUD and Westchester County, NY is beginning to unravel, following several warnings from the settlement monitor to comply with the pact’s terms or face losing federal development subsidies. After holding back for several months, HUD threatens to divert $7.4 million of the county’s Community Development

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FEMA Extends Disaster Assistance Deadline

Victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York have an extra 30 days to register for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other state, federal, and voluntary organizations that serve as partners. The new deadline is March 29.

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Public Housing Land Open For Building

At least 1,000 permanently affordable housing units would be created on public housing property in New York City if the NYC Housing Authority advances its new plan. The plan is expected to add millions of dollars each year to NYCHA revenues.

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