January 19, 2012

Daily Housing News Round-up

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                    Home of the day: the 2011 Solar Decathlon winners, the University of Maryland. Acting Federal Housing Administration Commissioner, Carol Galante talks about low-income tax credits for foreclosed homes. From public housing to self-sufficiency: the Moving to Work program works! Supportive, rental housing for seniors in […]

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A Call to Volunteer – A Call to Service

Just last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the results from the 2011 Point-in-Time (PIT) survey, a national estimate of the number of homeless individuals living in our shelters and, sadly, on our streets.  The report showed a remarkable 12 percent drop in the number of homeless veterans and a reduction […]

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January 18, 2012

Daily Housing News Round-up

              Home of the Day: Dianne Trahan in front of her Habitat home in New Orleans, rebuilt after the storm. Underrated tool for families: housing counseling services. Allen Sloan in the Washington Post on using refinancing to help homeowners. Yglesias says it can work. Rhode Island considers a “homeless […]

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City Sells First Neighborhood Stabilization Program Home

Three years ago, the City of Elgin, Illinois was awarded $2.16 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Funds to buy, renovate and sell properties in distressed housing markets.  Today, the City sold one of its first properties to a first-time home owner. Elizabeth Femal recently became a first-time home buyer, and the first person to purchase one […]

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Homelessness on decline in Carroll County, Maryland

According to the 2011 Point-in-Time count, homelessness in Carroll County, Maryland was 179 compared to 211 in 2010.  This is a 15 percent reduction.  Their commitment to the Opening Doors plan and permanent supportive housing have been key to the decline in homelessness. Though the homeless population in Maryland and Carroll County declined between 2010 […]

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