HUD

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

Contact:

Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685

   http://www.hud.gov/

    DEAF AND THOSE WHO USE WHEELCHAIRS FACE ADDED DISCRIMINATION IN RENTAL HOUSING MARKET

    Well-qualified homeseekers who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as homeseekers who use wheelchairs, are told about fewer available housing units than comparable homeseekers who can hear and walk, according to a new study released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Institute. Discrimination in the Rental Housing Market Against People Who Are Deaf and People Who Use Wheelchairs finds that people who are deaf or who use wheelchairs are at a statistically significant disadvantage when it comes to the number of homes they are informed about.

    FHA PROPOSES CLEARER RULES FOR LENDERS WITH UPDATED DEFECT TAXONOMY

    Federal Housing Administration (FHA) posted its Single Family Loan Quality Assessment Methodology or “Defect Taxonomy”, which explains how FHA intends to categorize loan defects found in Single Family FHA endorsed loans. The framework, part of the “Blueprint for Access,” centers on three core concepts: identifying a defect, capturing the sources and causes of a defect and assessing the severity of a defect.

    HUD SELECTS FINALISTS FOR NATIONAL DISASTER RESILIENCE COMPETITION

    U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced today that 40 states and local communities will compete in the second and final phase of HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). Aligned closely with a companion education and technical assistance effort by the Rockefeller Foundation, HUD’s competition is designed to help states and local communities recover from past disasters while improving their ability to withstand future extreme events through strategic community investments.

    HOUSING AUTHORITIES HELP FAMILIES CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY

    As the nation prepares to celebrate Father’s Day, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is encouraging communities to support dads living in HUD assisted housing to stay connected with their children. For the fifth consecutive year, hundreds of public housing authorities across the country are participating

    HUD PUBLISHES NOTICE ON EXPANDED RENTAL ASSISTANCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published new guidance to help public housing authorities and private landlords of multi-family housing developments seeking to participate in HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program. HUD’s new guidance represents a set of clarifications and changes in response to operating experience since the program launch and stakeholder feedback; and incorporates key changes authorized by Congress, most notably to expand the program’s scope from 60,000 to 185,000 units. Read HUD’s notice.

    HUD AWARDS ADDITIONAL $6 MILLION IN HOUSING COUNSELING GRANTS

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $6 million in grants to hundreds of national, regional and local organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. The grants announced today are in addition to $36 million awarded in April. See list of all counseling agencies awarded funding today.

    FHA EXPANDS OPPORTUNITIES FOR REVERSE MORTGAGE ‘NON-BORROWING SPOUSES’ TO REMAIN IN THEIR HOME

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today issued a revised policy under its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program giving FHA-approved lenders expanded options to allow eligible ‘non-borrowing spouses’ the potential to remain in their home following the death of the last surviving borrower. Read FHA’s new mortgagee letter.

    HUD CHARGES SALT LAKE CITY PROPERTY OWNERS WITH DISCRIMINATING AGAINST RESIDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has charged the owners of a three-story Salt Lake City, Utah, apartment building with violating the Fair Housing Act by making housing

    HUD ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF INNOVATION OF THE DAY

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the three local initiatives selected as winners in HUD’s Innovation of the Day Competition. The winning entries were chosen by their peers through an online ballot that allowed the public to vote for their favorite projects

    HUD’S REBUILD BY DESIGN WINNER OF 2015 INNOVATION AWARD

    Each year, the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) bestows its Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award to a federal agency with the best model practice that can be adopted government-wide. Today, ACUS announced that the 2015 Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award is being presented to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design Competition.

    HUD LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE FOR HOUSING COUNSELING AGENCIES

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today unveiled a new website specifically designed for HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, offering free on-line training covering a broad range of topics including responsibilities of homeownership and tenancy; avoiding foreclosure and eviction; financial management; and fair housing. The training is designed to help prepare housing counselors for the upcoming, mandatory HUD-certified counselor examination.

    HUD SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON NEW METHOD TO EXPAND CHOICE FOR CONCENTRATED VOUCHER FAMILIES

    In some areas of the country, housing costs limit the “choice” for families receiving assistance from HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program to only a few neighborhoods.  For the areas of the country where this problem is most severe, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is proposing a change to its rules that will expand the neighborhood options available to families.

    HUD & ASSOCIATED BANK REACH HISTORIC $200 MILLION SETTLEMENT OF ‘REDLINING’ CLAIM

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced an agreement with Associated Bank, N.A. (Associated) to resolve a disparate treatment redlining case, one of the largest redlining complaints brought by the federal government against a mortgage lender. At approximately $200 million, it is the largest settlement of this kind HUD has ever reached.

    HUD SEEKS COMMENT ON PROPOSED REVISIONS TO ADDENDUM TO UNIFORM RESIDENTIAL LOAN APPLICATION

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a noticeseeking public comment on proposed revisions to the HUD Addendum to Uniform Residential Loan Application, also known as the 92900-A, the loan certification document signed by lenders. HUD is providing a 60-day comment period on proposed revisions to the form and is requesting all public comments be received by July 14, 2015.

    HUD AWARDS $29 MILLION TO 25 LOCAL HIV-AIDS HOUSING PROGRAMS

    Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $29 million in grants to help approximately 1,200 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS annually.  These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population

    HUD OFFERS OVER $100 MILLION IN GRANTS TO CLEAN UP LEAD AND OTHER HOUSING-RELATED HEALTH HAZARDS

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that it is making more than $100 million in grants available to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from lower income homes in order to protect young children from lead poisoning and other housing related health and safety hazardssuch as mold and moisture, radon, pests and other asthma triggers

    OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES EIGHT ADDITIONAL PROMISE ZONES TO BUILD COMMUNITY PROSPERITY

    The Obama Administration announced today eight additional Promise Zones across the country, including six cities, one rural area, and one tribal community. Through the Promise Zone designation, these communities will work directly with federal, state and local agencies to give local leaders proven tools to improve the quality of life in some of the country’s most vulnerable areas

    HUD ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO DISTRESSED ASSET STABILIZATION PROGRAM

    HUD announced significant changes to its Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP). In an effort to better serve homeowners looking to avoid foreclosure, loan servicers will now be required to delay foreclosure for a year and to evaluate all borrowers for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) or a similar loss mitigation program. HUD is making additional improvements to the Neighborhood Stabilization Outcome (NSO) sales portion of DASP which are aimed at increasing non-profit participation.

    HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN MARCH

    Sales of new single-family houses in March 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000, according toestimates released jointly today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Census Bureau.

    NYU WINS HUD’S STUDENT DESIGN AND PLANNING COMPETITION

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a graduate student team from New York University (NYU) the winners of HUD’s second annual Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. The NYU team developed a plan for the redevelopment of a senior affordable housing high-rise in Houma, Louisiana. HUD also announced a team from UCLA as the runner up.

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