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HUD Extends Disaster Relief To Texas

President Donald Trump’s disaster declaration for 18 southeast Texas counties in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation opens channels of federal relief to the area. The president may add more counties to the disaster declaration as additional data becomes available

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Public, Assisted Housing Hard Hit

Lawmakers likely will have to bolster HUD funding to account for Hurricane Harvey’s devastation of pubic and assisted housing facilities along a southeast Texas coast just recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Ike in 2008 and massive flooding in the Houston area

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Court Halts Houston Homeless Law

A Houston federal court judge temporarily bans the city from enforcing its new law placing legal curbs on the activities of homeless persons. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt essentially bars the city from citing or arresting anyone for using a tent on public property.

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Federal Court Blocks MERS Lawsuit

In another decision affecting county mortgage recording fees, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas rules that individual homeowners do not have standing to sue Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems over the fees.

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Houston Disaster Funding Use Slammed

HUD's Office of Inspector General (OIG) criticizes the city of Houston for using Community Development Block Grant disaster funding to build affordable housing in disaster areas instead of directly helping those in greatest need.

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Judge Rules Texas Housing Agency Bias

A federal court judge rules the Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs unintentionally discriminated in its allocation of low-income housing tax credits and it must craft a plan to remedy the problem.

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(PROPERTY TAKING) Texas Eminent Domain Reform Bill Signed

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) signs legislation (SB 18) ending a five-year eminent domain reform effort by lawmakers in his state. The legislation is seen by the Property Rights Alliance (PRA) as a rejection of the U.S.

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(PROPERTY TAKING) Property Taking Bill Nears Approval

One more House vote and negotiations with the Senate are the only obstacles left for an eminent domain restructuring is sent to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for signing. Property taking reform was one of Perry's emergency

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(PREMISES LIABILITY) Landlord Not Liable After Disabled Tenant Slips, Falls On Front Porch

Lesson: The landlord is not liable here because the "hazard" associated with the apartment's small front porch -- a 5-inch step was not a hidden defect and the landlord was not required to install handrails on the porch since the tenant did not request handrails as a reasonable accommodation.&n...

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(SECTION 8) Web Crash Loses Sec. 8 Applications

Dallas Housing Authority officials opened the agency's Sec. 8 housing voucher waiting list for the first time in five year to update its waiting list by 5,000 hopefuls. The authority expected as many as 20,000 applications. But

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