June 19, 2012

Protecting our Veterans from Foreclosure

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As our veterans’ return home from deployments, it is essential that we ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.  This means ensuring there are jobs and housing available to them and this includes helping them with solutions to keep their homes if they’re in trouble. Take Sabrina Lacy for example.  A single mother, Lacy […]

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June 18, 2012

Green Living: the Via Verde Way

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Two years ago, Secretary Donovan attended a ground breaking ceremony for the Via Verde affordable housing development in the Bronx.  Today, he went back to Via Verde to attend its ribbon cutting ceremony and to tour the completed units. A model for what affordable housing ought to be, the 222-unit building was designed to achieve […]

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May 7, 2012

Caring for our Nation’s Veterans

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According to the Department of Labor, the unemployment rate of young male veterans returning from the Iraq/Afghanistan wars is at a startling 29 percent.  With statistics like this, it is crucial that we do everything we can to ensure we connect our veterans with jobs and decent, affordable housing. In a recent Washington Post Op-ed, […]

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Above and Beyond

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As I walked into work one morning under a railroad bridge near HUD, I noticed Mark Johnston talking to a homeless man.  As HUD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Special Needs Programs, Mark manages over $2 BILLION in grant programs for homeless individuals and families as well as HUD’s HIV/AIDS housing program.  As the Secretary’s […]

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