Enterprise and HUD Release National Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for Multifamily

Enterprise Community Partners Inc. (Enterprise), a national organization that creates and advocates for affordable housing in thriving communities, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released a national emergency preparedness staffing toolkit for multifamily housing. Enterprise and HUD developed Ready to Respond: Disaster Staffing Toolkit to help affordable housing organizations build emergency plans that promote business continuity, resident engagement and building protection

Energy Department Recognizes Arizona’s Dysart Unified School District for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today recognized Arizona’s Dysart Unified School District (USD) for increasing the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at 25 schools. Through the department’s Better Buildings Challenge, Dysart USD has committed to 20 percent energy savings over 10 years, spanning more than three million square feet of building space.

U.S. Distributed Solar Prices Fell 10 to 20 Percent in 2014, with Trends Continuing...

The installed price of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States continues to fall precipitously. This is according to the latest edition of Tracking the Sun, an annual PV cost tracking report produced by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

Former Loan Officer Sentenced To Three Years In Prison For His Role In $2...

A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for his role in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

USDA Invests $63 Million to Support 264 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

NREL’s Bobi Garrett Named Top Industry Executive

Bobi Garrett, deputy laboratory director for strategic programs and partnerships at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of the region's top female executives in the energy industry.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary C. Peters, and Congressman John Conyers, Jr., announced the allocation of $8.9 million from the Community Development Block Grant Declared Disaster Recovery Fund (DDR) to the City of Detroit. The funds will help Detroit become better prepared for future floods and other natural disasters, and assist with planning and implementation costs associated with resilient projects in the Brightmoor, Mt. Elliot and McDougall-Hunt neighborhoods, stemming from August 2014 flooding damage

Settlement Agent Sentenced to Six Years in Prison In Multi-Million Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Edward Dacy, 77, most recently of West Melbourne, Fla., was sentenced today to six years in prison on charges stemming from a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme involving 45 properties and $16 million in mortgage loans used for the purchase of residential real estate in the District of Columbia and Maryland


The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest today arguing that making it a crime for people who are homeless to sleep in public places, when there is insufficient shelter space in a city, unconstitutionally punishes them for being homeless. The statement of interest was filed in federal district court in Idaho in Bell v. City of Boise et al., a case brought by homeless plaintiffs who were convicted under Boise ordinances that criminalize sleeping or camping in public

Growing Government Initiatives will Boost the Housing Demand

Indian housing market segment has undergone several transformations during the past. Today, the improved housing options, growing investment opportunities, and entry of various real-estate developers have entirely revolutionized the segment after years of spontaneous development. Apartments, villas, and township projects have sprung up all across the nation, and fresh new master plans of the cities have been prepared to include several sub-urban and peripheral locations within the city.

NREL Report Examines Energy Use in Cities and Proposes Next Steps for Energy Innovation

What U.S. cities are doing to reduce their energy use is outlined in a new report from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that sets the stage for broader discussion and analysis. Given increasing urbanization and their large energy footprint, cities are a prime focal point for establishing a clean energy future.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is issuing a proposed rule that would amend its existing regulations regarding the equal participation of faith-based (religious) organizations in HUD programs.

Assistant Secretary Washburn Announces Approval of Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s...

In keeping with President Obama’s commitment to empowering tribal nations, rebuilding their homelands and strengthening their economies, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced that he has approved the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians’ probate code, which the Department of the Interior’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) will start applying when probating trust or restricted lands within the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota

The Republican Budget is a Roadblock to Rebuilding Our Nation’s Infrastructure

House Republicans forced adjournment a day early last week in flight from a Senate Republican transportation bill. To find the source of the stand-off, look no further than the Republican budget. The surface transportation bill was a “two-for” – a readymade basic need during construction season – and a must-pass bill that must be authorized this year. Yet, the Republican budget, for the first time in our history, cut almost all new highway and transit funding.

USGBC Releases Statement on White House Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Green Building Council applauds President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy for their leadership this week in adopting the Clean Power Plan - a measure critical to the nation’s efforts to address climate change and all the human risks and impacts it entails. Importantly, EPA’s final rule aims to take advantage of market forces to realize significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions along with co-benefits to public health, such as fewer heart attacks and asthma attacks

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on Foster Care Group Homes

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following statement during a committee hearing exploring alternatives to help families and children reduce reliance on foster care group homes

USDA Provides Funds to Improve Rural Texas Water and Waste Infrastructure

USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Brandon McBride today announced $42 million for 16 projects to build and improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities across Texas.

Obama Administration Takes Historic Action on Climate Change/Clean Power Plan to protect public health,...

President Obama announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final Clean Power Plan today, which will cut U.S. carbon pollution from the power sector by 870 million tons, or 32 percent below 2005 levels, in 2030. Power plants are the largest drivers of climate change in the United States, accounting for roughly one-third of all carbon pollution emissions, but there were no national limits on carbon pollution until today.

Field Hearing Highlights Draconian Rejection of Science, Local Stakeholder Input with National Park Service’s...

The House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Small Business Committee held a joint field hearing in Homestead, Florida, on the National Park Service’s (NPS) General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park released in June 2015. The GMP, which includes a Marine Reserve Zone (MRZ) that would be closed to all commercial and recreational fishing, conflicts with the position of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the recommendations of the park's own stakeholder working group.

Thune: EPA’s Backdoor National Energy Tax a Burden for American Consumers

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) announcement that it has approved the Clean Power Plan, which could increase electricity bills for Americans across the country

VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp...

As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide care to Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that it will start the  process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Cantwell Supports the Clean Power Plan, Taking Action to Curb Carbon Pollution

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued her support of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. “After years of talk and no action, this rule requires real action. It will put us on a realistic pathway to reducing carbon pollution,” Sen. Cantwell said


Today at the White House, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will release the final Clean Power Plan, a historic step in the Obama Administration’s fight against climate change

6 Things Every American Should Know About the Clean Power Plan

Today, President Obama will unveil the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan—a historic step to cut the carbon pollution driving climate change. Here are six key things every American should know

Energy Department to Invest in Advanced Reactor Concept Development

Furthering efforts to encourage clean energy innovation, the Energy Department today released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the research, development, and demonstration of advanced reactor concepts. The announcement represents an early step in increasing investment in nuclear advanced reactor technologies, which have the potential to provide substantially enhanced operational performance, safety, security, economics, and proliferation resistance.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has charged the owners and landlords of an eight-unit apartment complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to allow a resident with disabilities to use a wheelchair in his apartment. HUD's charge also alleges that the Salem Family Trust and Calvin L. Salem, trustee and manager of the property, refused to return the resident's security deposit after he was forced to move out of his apartment. Read HUD's charge

Urban Land Institute to use national survey to help local leaders better understand resident...

The Urban Land Institute, a global research and education institute dedicated to leadership in land use, is launching a new initiative to help four U.S. cities – Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit, Philadelphia and San Jose, Calif. – better understand what people value in their communities in order to build more livable, successful cities. The initiative will connect the national results of Urban Land Institute’s biannual survey of consumers regarding housing, transportation and communities to local data and regional trends for each of the cities to help them plan for the future. It is funded by $75,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Bipartisan Bill Permanently Reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Increases Energy Efficiency, Modernizes...

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, advanced bipartisan energy legislation along with Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in an 18-4 vote in committee.

Norton Working to Ensure No Enactment of Anti-Immigrant D.C. Bill or National Sanctuary City...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following prepared statement for today’s rally with immigration rights groups at the John A. Wilson Building reaffirming the city’s home-rule right to be a sanctuary city and detailing the efforts she is taking to ensure that neither the national anti-immigrant bill, which was passed by the House, or the separate anti-home-rule bill that targets D.C. immigrants becomes law

USDA Announces Available Funding for Farm Bill Broadband Loan Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of loans to build broadband in rural areas, along with changes to the program required by the 2014 Farm Bill. "USDA is committed to providing broadband to rural areas," Vilsack said. "Broadband is as vital as electricity was 80 years ago. Since 2009, USDA investments have delivered broadband service to 1.5 million households, businesses, schools, libraries and community facilities.

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State Department Response to Norton Letter on Run-Down Foreign Government Buildings...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who asked the U.S. State Department to address a growing number of buildings owned by foreign governments in the District of Columbia that have been vacated and fallen into poor condition, released the U.S. State Department Office of Foreign Missions’ (OFM) response to her letter, which shows heightened progress on a number of these properties.

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Secretary Zinke Announces $94.3 Million to States for Parks and Outdoor...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that $94.3 million will be distributed for outdoor recreation and conservation projects to the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing. These funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public parks.