LISC Boston’s Green Retrofit Initiative Announces Funding for Multifamily Affordable Housing Owners

With a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, LISC Boston’s Green Retrofit Initiative will provide two statewide funding opportunities for multifamily affordable housing owners.

ULI Awards Grants Totaling $55,000 to Help Improve Urban Resilience in Boston, Detroit, St....

Efforts to improve the urban resilience of St. Petersburg, Florida; Boston; Detroit, Charleston, South Carolina; and Portland, Oregon are being supported by grants awarded by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to its district councils serving those areas. ULI is a research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and creating sustainable, thriving communities worldwide; its district councils advance ULI’s mission in 53 metropolitan regions in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


To protect children and families from the hazards of lead-based paint and from other home health and safety hazards, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $52.6 million in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grants to 23 local and state government agencies (see chart below).

Aumua Announces Grant Award of Over $9.5 Million for Infrastructure & Maintenance

Congresswoman Aumua Amata, was pleased to announce the release of more than $9.5 million in grant funding to American Samoa through the Office of Insular Affairs’ (OIA) Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Program. “These grant funds are essential to making sure our infrastructure is sound, and I am pleased to make this announcement,” said Amata. “It is a never ending fight to make sure that our islands are being put on equal footing as the states and other territories, but I am thankful to have colleagues in the Department of the Interior who work closely with me to ensure that is the case,” continued the Congresswoman.


U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today awarded $8 million to 10 severely distressed neighborhoods to stimulate affordable housing and economic development. Funded through HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, these awards will help local leaders to craft comprehensive, homegrown plans to revitalize and transform these neighborhoods.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $42 million in housing counseling grants to hundreds of national, regional and local organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. HUD’s housing counseling grants and the additional funding they leverage will assist more than 1.4 million households find housing, make more informed housing choices, or keep their current homes. See list of all counseling agencies awarded funding today


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $5 million in grants to 24 public housing authorities in an effort to keep public housing residents safe and secure.

NEH Announces Public Humanities Projects Grant Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced an expansion of its grant offerings for museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations to bolster these institutions’ ability to facilitate public conversations about issues vital to communities, culture, and society

Representative Jordan Introduces Bill to Eliminate Means-Tested Housing Programs June 09, 2016

On May 26, Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, introduced H.R. 5360, the Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act, which would prohibit Congress from funding means-tested housing programs and in their place create a single state block grant for housing activities.

Sen. Murray Announces New Federal Housing Vouchers for Homeless Veterans in WA State

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of both the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced new resources to help homeless veterans secure stable housing and supportive services.


After three years of negotiation with federally and state recognized tribes across the country, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today proposed a new formula to be used to allocate funds through the Department’s Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program. Read HUD’s proposed rule.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it is making $2 million available to support research to develop and improve methods for the identification and control of key residential health hazards.  Key hazards include issues such as pest infestation, poor indoor air quality, injury prevention, mold and excess moisture, and lead in drinking water.  It is especially important to protect vulnerable populations, such as children, seniors, and people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, from exposure to these hazards

Committee Clears Water Resources Bill with Rhode Island Priorities

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, which includes provisions that will promote improvements to our drinking water infrastructure and support U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Rhode Island championed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. The bill now moves to the full Senate


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is making $37.3 million available to fight housing discrimination under HUD's 2016 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Notice of Funding Availability(NOFA). This year's three funding notices support a variety of important fair housing activities, including fair housing testing in the rental and sales market, public education efforts, capacity building, and education and outreach activities.

Murray, Cantwell Support “True LEADership Act” to Remove Lead from Pipes and Invest More...

Through loans, grants and tax credits, legislation would inject more than $70 billion in the next 10 years into water infrastructure and lead relief programs. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell supported the Testing, Removal and Updated Evaluations of Lead Everywhere in America for Dramatic Enhancements that Restore Safety to Homes, Infrastructure and Pipes Act of 2016, or True LEADership Act (S.2821), a comprehensive plan that recommits the federal government to a critical role in water infrastructure investment, lead remediation and the strong drinking water protections provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $9.9 million in “sweat equity” grants to produce at least 541 affordable homes for low-income individuals and families. Funded through HUD’s Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), the funding awarded today, along with the labor contributed by these households, will significantly lower the cost of homeownership.


In an effort to help young people involved in the justice system find jobs and housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced $1.75 million for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and nonprofit legal service organizations to address the challenges justice-involved individuals face when trying to find work and a place to call home. The grantees are listed below.

USDA Seeks Applications for Nearly $12 Million in Broadband Grants for Rural Communities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is soliciting applications for grants to establish broadband in unserved rural communities through its Community Connect program. Community Connect is administered by USDA's Rural Utilities Service and helps to fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not economically viable for private sector providers to provide service

Jackson Housing Authority Awarded More Than $250K in Grants

The Jackson Housing Authority (JHA) will be able to assist an additional 35 families with the help of $250,000 in Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant funds from BankPlus and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas).

VA Awards Grants to Develop Technology to Help Veterans, Servicemembers Modify Their Specially Adapted...

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the award of $784,421 in Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grants to eligible individuals, researchers, and organizations to develop new technologies that would enhance Veterans and Servicemembers’ ability to live in specially adapted homes. The SAHAT Grant Program was authorized by Congress to design assistive technologies to expand home modification options for Veterans who apply for VA’s Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) benefit. Grants of up to $200,000 have been issued to four selected grantees.

Consumers Energy Employees Volunteering to Support Flint

About 75 Consumers Energy employees are giving their time this week to ensure that Flint residents have clean water to drink, part of an ongoing effort this year by the company to help the Michigan community.

Recreational Boating Communities in 32 States Receive $14 Million Boost for Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $14 million in grants to 32 states, commonwealths and territories for projects to suppo

ULI Receives $250,000 Grant from the Kresge Foundation to Support Creative Place Making Initiative

The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities, has been awarded an $250,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation to support a new initiative, Creative Place Making in Communities in America. Through this program, the Institute will examine how to revive declining urban areas such as obsolete commercial corridors through innovative place making that transforms soulless clusters of underutilized space into thriving, vibrant destinations.

March is Women’s History month, an opportunity to celebrate the female Members of the...

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today awarded $1.6 billion in grants to provide funding to 6,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

Community Investment Strategies Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Bloomfield Affordable Senior Housing Community

State, county, and local officials joined Community Investment Strategies, Inc. (CIS) for a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil Heritage Village at Bloomfield – an 82-apartment affordable 55-plus housing community in Bloomfield, Essex County that serves seniors on a fixed income.

DOL-VETS Announces Availability of $13 Million for HVRP Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) has announced the availability of Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program funding of $13 million to provide an estimated 6,000 veterans with job-driven training for in-demand jobs to help them successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs. Homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom, and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services.

18F to Partner with Federal Agencies Providing Grants to State and Local Programs to...

18F, the team of digital technology consultants housed within the General Services Administration, today announced plans to expand its consulting and acquisition services to assist federal agencies that provide grants to state and local programs. Since its launch in March 2014, 18F has grown from 15 to 165 people and helps federal agencies build, buy, and share efficient and easy-to-use digital services. 18F will partner with federal agencies providing grants to state and local programs to offer them the same best practices of human-centered, agile, and modular design.

Seven New Homes Being Constructed Thanks to Affordable Housing Grant

Seven low-income families in the St. Tammany West area of Louisiana will now have an affordable place to call "home," thanks in part to a $45,500 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant from Home Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas). Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West (HFHSTW) received the grant in 2015, which was used to assist HFHSTW families with their down payments. The homes are currently under construction and will be completed this year.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced it is making $40 million in grants available to support hundreds of housing counseling organizations across the country that assist families, including those buying their first home, struggling to locate affordable rental housing or seeking to avoid foreclosure. 

$14,000 Grant to Help Habitat for Humanity Build Homes in Tyler

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and Southside Bank have awarded a $14,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to Habitat for Humanity of Smith County (HFHSC). The funds will help pay for the construction of two new homes in Tyler



Realtors® Have a Positive Outlook for Commercial Markets in 2017

While challenges face commercial real estate markets, Realtors® specializing in the sector should have confidence that growth will continue. That’s according to speakers at a commercial economic issues and trends forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.


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Study: Project Labor Agreement Mandates Inflate Cost of Construction 13 Percent

A study released today by the Beacon Hill Institute found that Ohio schools built under government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) cost 13.12 percent more than schools that were bid and constructed through fair and open competition, free from PLA requirements. The study looked at 88 schools built in Ohio since 2000 and found that those built under a PLA mandate cost $23.12 more per square foot than projects built without PLA mandates.