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Housing Development Center is pleased to welcome Kris Bryant to our Comprehensive Development Services team. As senior finance project manager, Kris will work with nonprofits and housing authorities to develop and preserve affordable housing and community facilities, with a focus on assessing feasibility and structuring multisource financing for property development and preservation
While the number of closed sales and properties under contract continue to steadily rise, the median sales price has slipped in May for the first time this year. According to data from the North Shore – Barrington Association of Realtors (NSBAR), the number of closed sales in May this year compared to this time last year and increased by 1.3 percent to 678. Year-to-date this number is up by 5.2 percent to 2,534.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today called on Donald Trump to apologize and make the current controversy that he does not need and the country could certainly do without, go away. Trump won a competition to remodel the Old Post Office building downtown into a luxury hotel as a result of a Norton bill.
As part of an agreement with the federal government and Gulf Coast states, BP today agreed to pay $18.7 billion to resolve lawsuits over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
Two U.S. Representatives from Florida, Patrick E. Murphy and Carlos Curbelo, introduced a bill that would allow states to approve private insurers to compete with the government-dominated flood insurance market.  They believe competition will result in better policies and pricing. In addition, they feel innovations involved in that process will ultimately ensure all flood insurance programs are better, including the National Flood Insurance Program
Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew will lead the U.S. Delegation to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which will be held July 13-16 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the creation of the new Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and Enforcement, funded in the Mayor’s FY 15-17 budget, to create a “one-stop” shop and centralized location to streamline applications for the City’s short-term rental registry and more aggressively coordinate complaints and enforcement of the City’s short-term rental regulations.
Tom Woods, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo., issued the following statement on the association’s lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas against the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeking to overturn the “waters of the United States” rule that defines the jurisdictional scope of the Clean Water Act
Last week Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) announced a plan calling for an increase in federal gasoline and diesel taxes to shore up the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and prevent a potential nation-wide road construction work stoppage. According to initial reports, the taxes will generate $164 billion increase in HTF revenues
Stiles Realty, a division of Fort Lauderdale-based full-service commercial real estate developer Stiles, announced today the sale of Lauderdale Marine Center, the largest yacht repair facility and marina in the U.S. The property was purchased by a division of The Carlyle Group, a global asset management firm based in Washington D.C., for an undisclosed amount.
The Obama Administration is committed to ending chronic homelessness nationally in 2017. Achieving this goal nationally is only possible if we achieve it locally. To do so, communities across the country must have enough available permanent supportive housing units to serve people currently experiencing chronic homelessness and to prevent people with disabling conditions from becoming chronically homeless in the future.
There is a high prevalence of criminal justice system-involvement among Veterans experiencing homelessness, with some estimates indicating that as many as one-half of all Veterans experiencing homelessness are involved in the justice system. Strategies to end Veteran homelessness must therefore also encompass efforts to address and reduce justice system involvement.
Although signed on May 27, the Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) was not officially published in the Federal Register until Monday, June 29. The publication of the rule determined its effective date of August 28, 2015, and opened the door for legal challenges. Immediately following publication, at least 18 state attorneys jointly filed three lawsuits to block the rule. Tuesday, June 30, nine additional states jointly challenged the rule in federal court.
Serving the Northeastern states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, JP Pest Services provides integrated pest management for both commercial and residential properties. JP Pest Services continues to emphasize good customer service for every client since its inception in 1925
Maxus Properties is one of the first companies in the Kansas City area to offer car charging stations through the KCP&L Clean Charge Network for electric and hybrid cars. These easy to use charging stations have been installed at Province of Briarcliff, a luxury apartment community in the Northland. Car charging stations are just one of many efforts Maxus is implementing to provide sustainable apartment living to our residents. The variety of eco-friendly amenities will not only save residents money but also helps to protect our environment.
Union Bank contributes $10,000 to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing to support its mission and the Nonprofit’s 45th Anniversary. Central Coast, July 1, 2015 – Union Bank recently presented Peoples’ Self-Help Housing with a $10,000 check in recognition of the award winning nonprofit’s 45th Anniversary in 2015.
Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine is being recognized by EPA with a 2015 Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award. CHP technology produces electricity and useful heat simultaneously from a single energy source, such as natural gas, oil, or biomass. For hospital systems and universities, CHP systems can also provide reliability benefits which ensure that these facilities’ operations can continue in the event of power outages
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced legislation to authorize the initial phase of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Plan. The bill and the plan it implements will dramatically enhance the sustainability and resilience of the Yakima River Basin, particularly in the face of climate change. Specifically, the bill provides for improved water infrastructure and storage, water conservation and ecosystem restoration, and construction of fish passage at two dams, which will restore fish runs that have been blocked for more than a century
On June 4, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reissued its Multi-Sector General Permit (link is external) (MSGP) pursuant to the Clean Water Act (CWA) for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity, replacing the 2008 MSGP. The new MSGP is effective immediately and serves as a national model. EPA will hold a webinar (link is external) on July 8 to provide training on the new electronic reporting requirements in the 2015 MSGP.
On June 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment and peer review a draft of its highly anticipated assessment of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) on drinking water, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources (Draft Assessment). EPA did find instances where hydraulic fracturing activities have the potential to impact drinking water resources, but it also found that such cases were relatively rare, and not “widespread” or “systemic.”
ERC and NCLR Investigation Uncovers Housing Discrimination against Latinos in Three Major Metropolitan Areas

NEW ORLEANS, – July 22, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Today the Equal Rights Center (ERC) —a national non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to equal opportunity for all—and The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) —the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—unveiled the results of a testing-based investigation documenting adverse and differential treatment against prospective Latino renters and homebuyers in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas. Sotheby’s Homes  Fisher Investments on Crunchbase and ALLRMC.COM more »

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