April 18, 2012

White House, HUD and Obama Administration Officials Host Pennsylvania Forum on Housing

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Today, the White House, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a White House Forum on Housing to discuss programs and initiatives promoted by the Obama Administration that help responsible homeowners and struggling communities hit hardest by the housing crisis.

The Housing Forum convened Pennsylvanian elected officials, regional and local leaders, housing and development alliances and community advocates in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building this afternoon for the discussion.

Forum sessions, led by White House and Obama Administration officials, explored tools and resources offered by the federal government and detailed help for homeowners, assistance for underserved communities, insights for cultivating public-private partnerships and the future of housing. Additionally, the historic $25 billion foreclosure settlement, the President’s new housing initiatives and legislative proposals impacting housing reforms were discussed.

The unprecedented mortgage servicers settlement is the largest federal-state civil agreement ever obtained and is the result of extensive investigations led by federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, HUD, the HUD Office of the Inspector General (HUD-OIG), 49 state attorneys general and state banking regulators across the country. The joint federal-state group entered into the agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers, and as a result all Americans are ensured a fair shot, their fair share and fair deal.

Participants shared “best practices” and provided feedback on the effectiveness of targeted federal programs and initiatives.

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