Matthew Brian Hersh

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Matthew Brian Hersh served as senior editor at Shelterforce from March 2008 to October 2012. He studied English at Rutgers University and has spent his professional career in journalism, policy, and politics.
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White House Announces Refi Aid

President Obama announced today a move that could allow millions of homeowners—including underwater homeowners— a chance to refinance their mortgages...

HAMP Modification to Include Principal Writedowns

The Home Affordable Modification Program will make further attempts to extend relief to struggling homeowners, the administration announced last week,...

Gallup: U.S. Wants Government to Help Fix the Housing Market

Even though some in the House chamber winced at the president's mention of a mortgage investigative unit during the State...

Mortgage Task Force Moves Quickly as AG Settlement Resurfaces

Eleven financial institutions have been subpoenaed by a new mortgage investigative unit assembled to examine fraud related to mortgage originations...

Schneiderman’s Role in Financial Crimes Unit Is Welcome News

A settlement between attorneys general, federal officials, and the nation's five largest mortgage lenders is reportedly anything but final following...

Too Many Bargains With Pending Foreclosure Settlement, Advocates Worry

Housing advocates and many legislators are voicing their concern with an anticipated $25 billion settlement stemming from an investigation by...

Interview with Shelley Poticha, Director of Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities

Shelterforce speaks with Shelley Poticha, director of HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, about implementing sustainable policy at the federal level while encouraging local innovation, keeping down the cost of green housing, and effecting change while dealing with federal government bureaucracy.

A First Look at Real CFPB Authority

Now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is properly equipped with Richard Cordray as its director, news that it will...

In Case You Missed It: Can Lease Purchase Save Us?

Last week's webinar, “Can Lease Purchase Save Us?,” sponsored by NHI/Shelterforce and NeighborWorks America, provided an in-depth look at the lease purchase model that...

Waiting for Details: NJ’s Foreclosure Relief Corp.

New Jersey has roughly $300 million in a housing trust fund that is currently unused, so on first glance, a...

The New Bottom Line: A Coalition Built to Last

The New Bottom Line, an alignment that is highlighted in the Fall 2011 issue of Shelterforce, recently received the “Most...

Do As I Say, Not (Necessarily) As I Do

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has issued some guidance to banks about the “obligations and risks related to foreclosed property.” The...

BPC’s Housing Commission Sounds Promising…

The DC-based think tank Bipartisan Policy Center announced the full member roster of its housing commission last week. The announcement comes two months after...

Cleveland Has a Foreclosure Problem?

You might have caught 60 Minutes flying over Cleveland last Sunday for a quick look at the city’s challenges stemming from rampant foreclosures and...

Occupy Giving Organizers a “Shot in the Arm”

The Occupy movement took a welcome turn in the last few weeks when it began organizing around the issue of foreclosures. For a populist...

“When Houses Become Widgets”

“What can cities do when limited-liability entities start buying up distressed properties as investments and then ignore basic maintenance?” asks Stephen Clowney, an assistant...

Does the Current Reliance on Credit Scores Deny Deserving Applicants?

Last week, we asked readers if credit scores were too much of a driver in home loan approval. You answered overwhelmingly that yes, credit...

Occupy Our Homes

As readers of this blog likely know, today is the national kick-off for a new phase of the occupy movement...

Can Nonprofits Use Volunteerism to Achieve a Sustained Increase in Capacity?

Last week, we asked readers if volunteerism could play a factor in growing an organization’s capacity. Respondents offered a mixed...

Criminalizing Homelessness

Last week, when we asked if homelessness should be a more prominent Occupy Wall Street issue, we pointed to an article by author Barbara...