April 17, 2013

Using your Phone to Help those Living on our Streets

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They’ve become so ubiquitous in our daily lives that some might wonder, “how did we ever make dinner reservations or buy movie tickets BEFORE smart phones and tablets?”  It’s precisely because this technology is becoming ingrained in our daily lives that HUD, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Health and Human Services […]

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October 16, 2012

Open your eyes to homelessness

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They say homelessness is invisible, largely because most folks choose not to see it.  I recall that old Roy Orbison ballad “Pretty Paper,” which tells the story of busy holiday shoppers consumed with their own lives, blind to the homeless man on the sidewalk right in front of them.  Today, in the pages of the […]

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July 23, 2012

Turning the Tide Together

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This week, Washington, DC plays host to the 19th International AIDS Conference, a global gathering for researchers, policy makers, persons living with HIV and others committed to ending this pandemic.  Each year, this conference is a chance to assess where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going as a planet in confronting this […]

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December 16, 2011

Hot off the presses…HUD’s NEW proposed HOME rule!

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Today, HUD’s new  proposed regulations under its HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) are published in the Federal Register. HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to produce affordable housing for low-income families.  Since 1992, the HOME Program has successfully assisted the creation of more than one million affordable […]

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August 16, 2011

A picture IS worth a thousand words

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A foreclosed property can hurt the value of nearby homes and even be a drag on the surrounding neighborhood.  Knowing where these “real estate owned” or REO properties are is critical if we want to turn that property into a real home again. HUD is hoping to help struggling housing markets through a new web-based […]

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