Tag: shelter-short

Bank Fees of a Different Kind

A proposed bank accountability bill in California that had received considerable national attention has suffered something of a setback, but that doesn’t mean we’ve...

Massachusetts CDCs

Massachusetts CDCs generated over $1 billion in economic investment from 2007 to 2010 — Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations’ annual Growing Opportunities, Assets,...

What’s in Store for PETRA?

At the time it was unveiled last year, the Obama administration’s Preservation, Enhancement and Transformation of Rental Assistance Act, or PETRA (see SF, Summer...

Housing Counseling in Crisis

In April, when the so-called budget compromise for continued FY2011 funding was reached, the entire $88 million HUD Housing Counseling budget was left in...

Fighting for the Trust Fund

When we reported earlier this year on the often-frustrating saga of finding a legislative home for the as yet unfunded National Housing Trust Fund...

A Windfall for Los Angeles Landlords “Burdened” with Rent Control

A Los Angeles councilman says rent control places undue burdens on landlords and proposes a plan to reduce their tax burden.

Sounding the GSE Death Knell

Last year, then-chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Barney Frank told Shelterforce, regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, “the model of a private...

NCRC Files Fair Lending Complaints

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition has filed complaints with HUD against dozens of lenders who have set minimum borrower credit scores as high as...

Funding the Fund?

The president has included $1 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund in his FY12 HUD budget, as he did in FY10 and FY11,...

A HOME of a Different Name

In December, the Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act was introduced with moderate fanfare in an unusually active lame duck session of Congress. Unfortunately, HOME,...

Shelter for the Homeless in the Emerald City?

In Seattle, a mayor-appointed citizens’ panel has concluded that the city should put a permanent homeless encampment on city land and make certain parks...

Communities Investing in Their Values

In November, Illinois People’s Action, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, and 15 other community organizations from across the country filed an official protest against...

Affordable Housing Has Mass. Appeal

While many people had their eyes on the Congressional midterm and gubernatorial elections last Election Day, we were looking at the big win in...

A Partial Win for Post-Katrina Mississippi

The Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the state of...

Just Google “Affordable+Housing”

Google has entered the affordable housing arena.

Heartache for HAMP

It’s no secret that the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, has produced lackluster results

Preserving Hip-Hop’s Birthplace

Things may be changing for 1520 Sedgwick Ave. in the Bronx, a deteriorating building that's sometimes credited as being the birthplace of hip-hop.

Community Development: A Love Story

Film director Michael Moore is launching the State Theatre/Michigan Downtowns Project, which aims to promote nonprofit movie theaters as vehicles for revitalizing Michigan towns.

Holding Banks Responsible

The Chicago City Council is considering legislation to hold lenders more responsible for properties they have foreclosed upon.

Speed ‘Em Up or Slow ‘Em Down?

the Florida State Legislature was launching a $9.6 million effort intended to unclog the court system by establishing foreclosures-only courts across the state